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The Zero Effect is one of my favorite movies ever – one of the very few I have watched more than once and it is just loaded with good advice on writing mysteries. Check out the following quote for instance.

“Now, a few words on looking for things.  When you go looking for something specific, your chances of finding it are very bad, because of all the things in the world, you are only looking for one of them.  When you go looking for anything at all, your chances of finding it are very good because of all the things in the world,  you are sure to find some of them.  And the most important rule:  Often the thing you are looking for is right in front of your nose.”

–  Richard Stark & Jake Kasdan The Zero Effect

The movie stars a dynamic cast with Bill Pulman, Ben Stiller, Kim Dickens and Ryan O’Neal.


Nothing To Lose 1997 – Tim Robbins & Martin Lawrence

“When the odds are against you, sometimes the only bet is yourself.”

This is one of the funniest, roll on the floor laughing, movies, ever – none of that abbreviated text stuff – it’s funny enough for all the letters.

One of the most enjoyable movies ever! Starring Bill Pulman and Ben Stiller. Truly a fantastic way to spend two hours. Richard Stark, one of the writers,  is a pseudonym for that master mystery writer Donald E Westlake – who can do no wrong as far as I am concerned. Alternately a dark or delightful read depending on which series you are devouring:

“Passion is the enemy of precision. Forget the nysnomer crime of passion. All crime is passionate. It is passion that moves the criminal to act, that disrupts the static inertia of morality. The client’s passion for this dead woman had facilitated his downfall. And the blackmailers passion would facilitate hers. When you live with no passion at all other people’s passions come into glaring relief.”

Richard Stark & Jake Kasdan The Zero Effect

Although some adaptations of Dame Christie’s movies are suspicious to say the least, the following movie, about Agatha is excellant. A plot worthy of her own creation.

Agatha 1979 – Vanessa Redgrave & Dustin Hoffman

Based on a surmises about the unaccounted for two weeks that famous mystery author Agatha Christie disappeared after her abandon, running car was found under suspicious circumstances.

As you can see, Death to Smoochy is an old movie by now but I highly recommend it, especially for those of you with a slightly bent sense of humour.

Death to Smoochy 2002 – Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Catherine Keener

Directed by Danny De Vito. Hilarious dark comedy

Some movies are really worth watching – and a select few are worth watching over and over again. This is one of them with the comic genius of Danny Kaye. It also stars a very young and nubile Angela Lansbury.

The Court Jester 1956 – Danny Kaye & Angela Lansbury , Glynnis Johns, Basil Rathbone A comedy classic. “A jester unemployed is nobody’s fool.” – “Get it? Got it. Good.”