Thursday Movie Picks: Private Eye

Thursday Movie Picks

Does anyone else find that the Thursday Movie Picks weeks they think are going to be the easiest, turn out to be the hardest? This week’s theme is Private Eye, and I love a good detective thriller, but as I scrolled and scrolled through my film diary it turns out most of the ones I’ve seen are to do with police departments rather than private detectives.

That said, I still found 3 good picks for this week – but I’m really excited to see everyone else’s as I know I’ll be adding a lot to my watch list! As always, let me remind you that Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. Check out the schedule and join us if you don’t already!

Without further ado, here are my 3 favourite movies featuring private detectives…

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

When a family member disappears without a trace 40 years ago, her uncle suspects murder and hires a journalist and hacker to act as private detectives. It’s based on a book which is an excellent read and although the 2011 remake by David Fincher is still a very good movie, the 2009 original is far better. It’s darker, grittier, and stays truer to its source material. I haven’t seen the very latest one yet but I know it can’t be as good.

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Based on the classic Agatha Christie novel, Murder on the Orient Express is arguably a bit style over substance, but it’s a fun watch regardless! When a murder occurs on the train he’s a passenger on, detective Hercule Poirot is hired to solve the case. I haven’t read the book to know how accurate the adaptation is, and although I wouldn’t say its a very in-depth mystery, it makes a good Saturday night with a takeout movie.

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Gone Baby Gone (2007)

If you’re looking for a detective story that’s darker and packs an emotional punch, look no further than Gone Baby Gone. Directed by Ben Affleck, it’s the story of how a 4-year-old girl goes missing, how the local cops are helpless in trying to solve the case, and how the girl’s aunt hires 2 private detectives as her last resort. The movie’s tagline is “Everyone wants the truth…until they find it”, which I think is perfect.

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Mini Reviews: Okja (2017), Gifted (2017) & Atonement (2007)

I’ve been trying to find a bit of a theme for my mini review posts recently. My mini reviews are basically an eruption of thoughts without much focus at the best of times, so it’s nice to have a bit of order somewhere. So what do a super pig, a mathematical genius kid and a 10-year old period drama have in common? I watched them all over the last 2 weeks and they all made me ugly cry!

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Okja (2017)

Back in 2014, the blogging world alerted me to Snowpiercer (2014), a crazy movie directed by Joon-ho Bong. Last month, a movie recommendation site threw a fascinating crime story called Memories of Murder (2003) at me, also by the same director. So, when my blog feed got filled with mentions of Joon-ho Bong’s latest movie about a super pig named Okja, I knew I had to see it!

Okja had just been released on Netflix so I didn’t even bother with a trailer. I figured it would be some kind of family-orientated movie with a happy ending. Ohh, I was so wrong. This movie is dark. So, very dark. It’s worth it alone for the cast to be honest, but Okja is a movie that will make even the biggest meat-eaters out there question themselves. I did a lot of crying and felt guilty as hell about my bacon sarnie the next morning…

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Gifted (2017)

So I judged Okja terribly, but Gifted is absolutely a movie for the whole family! It stars Chris Evans as a single parent to his niece, who just so happens to be a mathematical genius just like her late Mother. It sounds like your bog-standard, average family movie but there’s a lot to be enjoyed here, it certainly stands out from the crowd. Think Matilda meets Manchester by the Sea!

Unlike a lot of child actors, McKenna Grace is an absolute gem and a pleasure to watch in this movie. Her comedic delivery is spot on and she nails that dead-pan kind of humour. I really hope she lands some more lead roles in the future because she’s one to watch! Gifted really pulls on your heart strings and I wouldn’t say it has a predictable plot at all, I was left guessing right up to the end.

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Atonement (2007)

Why did I watch Atonement when I have such a passionate dislike for period dramas? My littlest Brother was coming to stay and I told him we’d have a movie night. He loves plot-twist movies but wanted to watch something none of us had seen before, so I put together a little list. Atonement wasn’t what we watched (we went with The Village) but it kept cropping up in my searches and I couldn’t understand why a movie like that would be considered a plot twist movie. Safe to say, my curiosity got the best of me.

I ended up watching Atonement over 2 days in the end, and at the point the movie tells us who actually committed the crime, I whinged and complained about wasting so much time to a twist that wasn’t even a twist. Then I realised I still had another 20 minutes of the movie to go. If you’ve seen Atonement, well, I know you won’t have forgotten what happened next. That ending destroyed me. I went to bed in silence that night and still felt upset the day after!