Stephanie McCarthy

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Manhattan Murder Mystery

In Shows on January 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Manhattan Murder Mystery is a Woody Allen film starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton as two neurotic New Yorkers who believe their mild-mannered next door neighbor has murdered his wife.  The film was originally written for Mia Farrow, but when the relationship went south Allen turned to Diane Keaton.


Good choice.


I absolutely love Diane Keaton in this role, she’s fabulous.  And Woody Allen, of course, plays Woody Allen.  The dialogue is witty and fun, with much of it making fun of New Yorkers.  Most of the film uses handheld cameras which tightens the action and heightens the suspense (also gives great views of Greenwich village and the Upper West Side).  It’s a classic detective story, so if you’re looking for something that steps out of genre, keep looking.  It strikes all the right notes with the bumbling detectives literally stumbling over bodies as they show us “real people” turned into master(less) sleuths.


Larry Lipton: You’re suggesting we try to provoke him into murdering us?
Marcia Fox: You have a problem with that?
Larry Lipton: Well, either that, or I suddenly developed Parkinson’s.

Murder She Purred

In Shows on January 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm



Am I the only one who remembers this movie???


Ricki Lake, a talking cat and dog (their mouths don’t move but you hear their thoughts), you srsly could forget something like that?

Well, I can’t and it’s driving me crazy I can’t find it on DVD.  It was based on the Rita Mae Brown series, but they only made this one movie.   FYI- It’s a Disney murder mystery.  That means these are murders the whole family can enjoy, and it’s never too early to get the kiddies to use some deductive reasoning.  “Think it over logically, Billy.  Who else could’ve killed him besides Dr. Blair Bainbridge?” 

I guess I’ll have to buy a VHS player.  Do they still make those?




In Shows on January 3, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Spoiler alert.

Just finished watching Dead Man’s Mirror with David Suchet as Poirot (but of course, mon ami).  I found Miss Lingard’s final ploy really weak and think the story would’ve been much more plausible if Miss Lingard had confessed to save her daughter and then committed suicide. Ruth was obviously going to find out at some point and the whole spirit sham was just implausible.  Otherwise, very entertaining story and the costumes were scrumptious.  I’m always pleased when Poirot’s vanity is challenged as it was with Gervase Chevenix (although his superior detective skills are confirmed in the end).

Radioland Murders

In Shows, Uncategorized on January 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Just finished watching Radioland Murders, a classic from 1994 featuring Brian Benden and Mary Stuart Masterson.  It’s an homage to screwball comedy films from the 1930’s like It Happened One Night and Bringing up Baby (so if you don’t like those films, you probably won’t like this).  I don’t know why it got panned so badly, I think it’s great for what it is.  It’s available on Netflix and if you want to spend an enjoyable few hours you should look it up (please don’t expect any intellectual exercise – “Screwball” comedy obviously isn’t elevated material).   The banter put me in mind of The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, or even Manhattan Murder Mystery, both Woody Allen’s I’m going to have to look up again.   It’s nothing but fun and for film buffs a tidbit- it was co-written and produced by George Lucas.

Ghosts of Christmas Past

In Shows on December 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm

After a rather hellish trip to the mall to see Santa, kids are asleep, T is at dog park w/ big dog, and I’m enjoying Midsome Murders and some Christmas cookies.  This series is really brilliant and I’m glad for once the British realized they were on to a good thing and made a lot of them.  The best part- they’re all on Roku!!! Huzzah!!! I’m watching Ghosts of Christmas Past and think I’ve forgotten who-dun-it (Although I have my suspicions).