Video Show: Mystery Madness


Mysteries are awesome! And who’s better suited to examine the wonderful, the terrible, and the adequate of the movie mystery genre than a teenager with nerdy glasses and substandard editing software? …Many people, probably, but enjoy the show anyway!


VIDEO: The Reaping (2007)

In this schlocky horror film, Hilary Swank travels to the Louisiana bayou to investigate a series of events that seem to resemble the ten plagues as described in the Book of Exodus, and gets stalked by AnnaSophia Robb, who might be devil spawn.


VIDEO: Puppets by Daniel Hecht

Yulia showcases her favorite mystery novel of all time: Daniel Hecht’s Puppets, the prequel to Skull Session, and a grossly underrated tale about a serial killer who hangs his victims like marionettes on the wall… and it has some stuff about illegal government experiments, too.


VIDEO: Orphan (2009)

UPDATED Dec. 9, 2012 with commentary from Full of Questions!
Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard adopt a little Russian girl (Hunger Games‘s Clove) who seems sweet and innocent, but soon she’s killing small animals, dropping F bombs, and seducing her adoptive father. Luckily, it’s all explained away by an utterly bonkers twist ending.


VIDEO: Pi (1998)

Stretching the definition of “mystery”, Full of Questions looks at the first feature film from director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Fountain). In a complex plot involving a lot of shaky-cam and hip-hop montages, Max Cohen (Sean Gulette) works to discover a number and uncover the truth about why the people he encounters would kill to get it.


VIDEO: Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009)

The kickoff for a trilogy, it stars Andrew Garfield as a journalist who decides to examine a possible connection between the disappearances of three young girls. What he finds is far more sinister than he ever expected. It’s a criminally underrated story of corruption, murder, and steamy sex in 1970s West Yorkshire that’s quite a gripping tale, assuming you can understand what’s being said.


VIDEO: Get a Clue (2002)

Flash back to when Lindsay Lohan wasn’t a washed-up 26 year old, with a Disney Channel Original Movie where she plays Lexy Gold, who despite the name, is not a stripper. Instead, she’s a prep school fashion queen who solves a mystery with the help of best friend Brenda Song.


VIDEO: Along Came a Spider (2001)

Morgan Freeman reprises his Kiss the Girls role as retired D.C. detective Alex Cross, who’s lured back into action when a senator’s daughter is kidnapped. He teams up with a Secret Service agent (Monica Potter) and the two spend most of the film trying to out-bland each other. FoQ explains how the movie is nowhere near as smart as the book, yet still enjoyably dumb.


VIDEO: Harper's Island

It’s a mostly spoiler-free retrospective of the 13-episode murder mystery series Harper’s Island. The show was suspenseful despite being a somewhat clichéd tale of a large cast of characters who get killed off one by one, but does it hold up for a second viewing on DVD?


VIDEO: Holes (2003)

Shia LaBeouf is teenager Stanley Yelnats (geddit?), who’s falsely accused of a crime and sentenced to a concentration camp juvenile detention camp where the kids are forced to dig holes each day. Meanwhile, in flashback, we learn how Stanley’s entire family was cursed by Eartha Kitt, and how Patricia Arquette was a notorious bandit back in the 1800s.


VIDEO: Se7en (1995)

Full of Questions proves she’s no sloth by providing snobby analysis of one of her favorite mystery movies ever: David Fincher’s Se7en starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman as two cops on the trail of a serial killer (Kevin Spacey), who murders people according to a fun, seven deadly sins-related theme!