• The Wrong Trousers

    The Wrong Trousers

    ★★★★½

    A brilliant Hitchcock parody. The funniest, and probably best-directed of the Wallace and Gromit shorts.

  • Lord Edgware Dies

    Lord Edgware Dies

    ★★★½

    Absolutely ridiculous and more than a bit unbelievable as a mystery, but fun enough that it doesn't really bother you.

  • And Then There Were None

    And Then There Were None

    ★★★★

    Absolutely gorgeous with great set design for those of us who love art deco. The miniseries also does a great job of balancing the characters. The performances are great all around, and Charles Dance is fantastic.

    The only negatives is that it is a bit overly oppressive, like grimdark Agatha Christie, and the score is super oppressive. None of this ruins what is still a pretty great adaptation, but it does reduce the level of airy fun you might otherwise expect from a Christie adaptation.

  • Evil Under The Sun

    Evil Under The Sun

    ★★★

    In a rarity, I prefer the Guy Hamilton version of this. Once it gets going (about 40 minutes in) it is as fun as the rest of Suchet's work, but until leading up to that point, the comedy (focusing mostly on Poirot's weight and diet) is pretty weak. The Hamilton version also has a much stronger cast and does a much better job of developing its characters.

  • Le Corbeau

    Le Corbeau

    ★★★

    A pretty satisfying climax makes up for a somewhat meandering trip getting there. You can see some of the seeds of what Clouzet would do better with Diabolique.

  • Murder by Decree

    Murder by Decree

    ★★★½

    Plummer and Mason are perhaps my favorite Holmes and Watson, at least in terms of the chemistry they have with one another. Mason in particular is quite funny as Watson without slipping into the buffoonery some have in the role. The atmosphere is great, doubling down on the stylized foggy London you think of when you think of Holmes or Jack the Ripper.

    The mystery itself is fine, though it cribs a lot from a dozen other conspiracy mysteries of…

  • The Cat and the Canary

    The Cat and the Canary

    ★½

    Some cool atmospheric cinematography aside, this is mostly dull as dishwater. A boring mystery that doesn't commit to an idea (why both try to drive the heiress mad AND try to kill her) with a bland lead and pretty unfunny jokes.

  • Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Appointment with Death

    Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Appointment with Death

    ★★★

    Maybe it was the overly stylized direction, but this one felt a bit more pretentious than most of the Poirot stories. Tim Curry is always great to see though.

  • Poirot: The Mysterious Affair At Styles

    Poirot: The Mysterious Affair At Styles

    ★★★

    Ultimately a bit forgettable due to a pretty lackluster supporting cast.

  • Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Halloween Party

    Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Halloween Party

    ★★★½

    Some great stylistic bits in the beginning, and some great shots, but mostly the typical (well-executed) Poirot plot.

  • Death on the Nile

    Death on the Nile

    ★★★★½

    Surprisingly beautiful art direction and cinematography, with great use of exotic locations. I always found this to be one of the more emotionally engaging Poirot stories, and this is probably the gold standard for how well it can be done.

  • Peril at End House

    Peril at End House

    ★★★★

    One of the better executions of the formula I have seen so far.