Tag: Thriller

THE OLD MAN EPISODES 1 – 2 (ANALYSIS)THE OLD MAN EPISODES 1 – 2 (ANALYSIS)

The Old Man Episodes 1 - 2 Analysis

The Old Man Episodes 1 – 2 are the first two instalments of an American action thriller television series based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Thomas Perry. The premise involves a former CIA operative who has been living off the grid for over 30 years. When an assassin arrives and tries to take him out, the operative (“old man”) must go on the run. The series debuted on FX in mid-June (USA/Canada) and will be streaming on Disney+ (worldwide) from mid-August.

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SHINING GIRLS EPISODE 8 (ANALYSIS)SHINING GIRLS EPISODE 8 (ANALYSIS)

Shining Girls Episode 8 is the eighth (and final) instalment of an American thriller streaming television series based on the 2013 novel The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. Though ostensibly about a serial killer, there are supernatural horror elements in this series that recalls the Stephen King HBO adaptation The Outsider from 2018.

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SHINING GIRLS EPISODE 7 (ANALYSIS)SHINING GIRLS EPISODE 7 (ANALYSIS)

Shining Girls Episode 7 is the seventh (and penultimate) instalment of an American thriller streaming television series based on the 2013 novel The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. Though ostensibly about a serial killer, there are supernatural horror elements in this series that recalls the Stephen King HBO adaptation The Outsider from 2018.

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SHINING GIRLS EPISODE 5 (ANALYSIS)SHINING GIRLS EPISODE 5 (ANALYSIS)

Shining Girls Episode 5 Analysis

Shining Girls Episode 5 is the fifth instalment of an American thriller streaming television series based on the 2013 novel The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. Though ostensibly about a serial killer, there are supernatural horror (and possibly scifi) elements in this series that recalls the Stephen King HBO adaptation The Outsider from 2018.

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SLOW HORSES EPISODE 6 (ANALYSIS)SLOW HORSES EPISODE 6 (ANALYSIS)

Slow Horses Episode 6 Analysis

Slow Horses Episode 6 is the season finale of a spy thriller television series based on the novel of the same name by Mick Herron. The 6-episode season is streaming on Apple TV+. The series follows a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 due to their career-ending mistakes. 

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SLOW HORSES EPISODE 5 (ANALYSIS)SLOW HORSES EPISODE 5 (ANALYSIS)

Slow Horses Episode 5 Analysis

Slow Horses Episode 5 is the fifth instalment of a spy thriller television series based on the novel of the same name by Mick Herron. The 6-episode season is streaming on Apple TV+. The series follows a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 due to their career-ending mistakes. 

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SLOW HORSES EPISODE 4 (ANALYSIS)SLOW HORSES EPISODE 4 (ANALYSIS)

Slow Horses Episode 4 is the fourth instalment of a spy thriller television series based on the novel of the same name by Mick Herron. The 6-episode season is streaming on Apple TV+. The series follows a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 due to their career-ending mistakes. 

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IS SEVERANCE WORTH BINGE-WATCHING?IS SEVERANCE WORTH BINGE-WATCHING?

Severance

Severance is an American science fiction psychological thriller streaming television series created by Dan Erickson. The nine-episode first season stars Adam Scott, Zach Cherry, Britt Lower, Tramell Tillman, Jen Tullock, Dichen Lachman, Michael Chernus, John Turturro, Christopher Walken, and Patricia Arquette. The series debuted on AppleTV+ in February 2022 and has received wide critical acclaim. So, is Severance worth binge-watching.

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SLOW HORSES EPISODE 3 (ANALYSIS)SLOW HORSES EPISODE 3 (ANALYSIS)

Slow Horses Episode 3 is the third instalment of a spy thriller television series based on the novel of the same name by Mick Herron. The 6-episode season is streaming on Apple TV+. The series follows a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 due to their career-ending mistakes. 

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DEEP WATER (STORY ANALYSIS)DEEP WATER (STORY ANALYSIS)

Deep Water Story Analysis

Deep Water is a 2022 erotic psychological thriller film directed by Adrian Lyne, from a screenplay by Zach Helm and Sam Levinson, based on the 1957 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith. Lyne, of course, is best known for erotic film thrillers like Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal, 9½ Weeks and is his first film in 20 years.

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NIGHTMARE ALLEY (MOVIE REVIEW)NIGHTMARE ALLEY (MOVIE REVIEW)

Nightmare Alley Movie Review

Nightmare Alley is a 2021 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Guillermo del Toro from a screenplay by del Toro and Kim Morgan, based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham, being the second feature film adaptation of Gresham’s novel, following the 1947 version. (Wikipedia)

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Reacher Season 1 (TV Review)Reacher Season 1 (TV Review)

Reacher Season 1 (TV Review)

Reacher Season 1 is the first season of an American crime thriller streaming television series based on the Jack Reacher book series by Lee Child. The eight-episode first season, based on Killing Floor, Child’s 1997 debut novel, is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The premise of this first season is as follows – titular character Jack Reacher, a former U.S. Army military policeman, visits the fictional rural town of Margrave, Georgia and quickly becomes embroiled in a clash with the criminal conspiracy that killed his brother.

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THE BEST FILMS OF 2021THE BEST FILMS OF 2021

The Best Films of 2021

The Best Films of 2021 is based on the films that we have reviewed on Power of Pop in 2021. Most of these films were watched online, as visits to the cinema were hampered by the damned pandemic. Truth be told, overall, TV series were stronger than films in storytelling and characterisations and we will get to that particular list in a later post.

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THE LOST SYMBOL (STORY ANALYSIS)THE LOST SYMBOL (STORY ANALYSIS)

The Lost Symbol Story Analysis

The Lost Symbol, is an American action-adventure mystery-thriller television series based on Dan Brown’s 2009 novel, The Lost Symbol. The series is a prequel to the Robert Langdon film series, which began with The Da Vinci Code. Now, right off the bat, we found The Lost Symbol series to be annoying, boring and preposterous but have decided to write this story analysis as a means to understand what a BAD TV series looks like.

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DON’T LET GO (MOVIE REVIEW)DON’T LET GO (MOVIE REVIEW)

Don't Let Go Movie Review

Don’t Let Go is a 2019 American science fiction horror thriller film written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes. The film is a cross between a supernatural time travel story and a crime procedural and involves a premise that is essentially borrowed from Frequency (2000). This basic premise has been taken aboard as a staple of many South Korean movies and TV series as well (for e.g. The Phone), for some reason.

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THE GUILTY (MOVIE REVIEW)THE GUILTY (MOVIE REVIEW)

The Guilty Movie Review

The Guilty is a 2021 American crime thriller film directed and produced by Antoine Fuqua, from a screenplay by Nic Pizzolatto. A remake of the 2018 Danish film of the same name, the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Christina Vidal, with the voices of Ethan Hawke, Riley Keough, Eli Goree, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Paul Dano, and Peter Sarsgaard.

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OLD (STORY ANALYSIS)OLD (STORY ANALYSIS)

Old (Story Analysis)

Old is a 2021 American horror thriller film written, directed, and produced by M. Night Shyamalan. It is based on the French-language Swiss graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. As with most M. Night Shyamalan films, there is a significant plot twist in the story denouement, which ultimately will affect the viewers’ enjoyment of the film, depending on whether one is able to accept the logic behind said plot twist. 

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REMINISCENCE (STORY ANALYSIS)REMINISCENCE (STORY ANALYSIS)

Reminiscence

Reminiscence is a 2021 American neo-noir scifi thriller drama film written and directed by Lisa Joy, in her feature directorial debut. Joy – together with spouse Jonathan Nolan – were the showrunners for the HBO scifi TV series, Westworld. And of course, Christopher Nolan is Joy’s brother-in-law and one cannot but feel that Reminiscence shares – or attempts to, in any case – similar high concept scifi tropes as Nolan’s Inception and Tenet.

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FEAR STREET PART THREE 1666 (REVIEW)FEAR STREET PART THREE 1666 (REVIEW)

Fear Street Part Three 1666

Fear Street Part Three 1666 is a 2021 American slasher film directed by Leigh Janiak, with a script co-written by Phil Graziadei and Janiak, from an original story by Kyle Killen, Graziadei, and Janiak. Based on the book series of the same name by R. L. Stine, the film was released by Netflix on July 9, 2021 as the third and final instalment in the Fear Street trilogy.

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