So, yesterday, I posted the following film-themed question to twitter:

The responses I received were so great that it has inspired me to start The Joseph Mallozzi Crime Club!

Moving forward (for as long as I’m able to maintain my viewing discipline)  I’ll be announcing a new crime-themed movie every blog entry covering everything from the black and white classics to contemporary foreign cinema.  I’ll watch and then weigh in with my thoughts the following day.  Yes, that’s a movie day for the foreseeable future.  You’re all free to join me in screening whichever of the movies I announce happen to catch your interest, hopping on and off this crime train as you see fit and joining in any discussion.

So we’ll kick things off with the Spanish thriller Contratiempo (The Invisible Guest).  Check out the trailer to gauge your interest…

“A young businessman wakes up in a locked hotel room next to the body of his dead lover. He hires a prestigious lawyer to defend him, and over the course of one night, they work together to find out what happened.”

It’s available on Netflix (in my region of Canada).  If you can track it down, great!  I look forward to hearing your thoughts.  If you’re unable to source it, fear not.  Plenty more movies to come!

4 thoughts on “Welcome to the Joseph Mallozzi Crime Club!

    1. This movie was a great first pick! The film itself was well written and acted. Oriol Paulo does a good job sending the viewers on a whodunit journey that made me feel as is a character such as Sherlock Holmes was trying to solve the case.

      The majority of the film you follow Adrian on his journey into a story with plenty of twists and turns. With some plot points feeling predictable early on, but by the end of the film I definitely found originality in how those points ended up.

      The later scenes with Blanca Martínez and Mario Casas had me switching back and forth as to my theories of what happened. I also felt some Hitchcockean moments in these scenes including a lean towards Rear Window, but obviously not the same story Hitchcock told.

      I found myself switching back and forth between Blanca and Mario as to whom I believed and trusted.

      Without giving anything away to those who may still wish to see the film all I will say is keep your mind open to possibilities while watching. You never know what prop or character might not be what or who you think they are!

  1. I’m not sure of your time table but I did find the movie on Netflix. I’ll try and watch it very soon. I like crime fiction. I haven’t watched The Invisible Guest and I’m looking forward to it.

    These foreign flicks are fun. I picked up a little French after a season of “La Mante” and “The Tunnel”.

    Also, I watched a series set on one of the Swedish islands and learned they put cheese in their coffee. Learning something new everyday is what keeps life fun.

    As for tragic news, have you been following the explosion in Beirut? 😯

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