And Then There Were None (2005 Video Game); Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally released 27 Oct 2005
Designed by Lee Sheldon

Developed by AWE Productions
Published by The Adventure Company

My rating: ★★★ stars

Christie’s mystery elevates point-and-click adventure game.

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The Mystery Mania Blogathon Is Finally Here!

You feel uneasy. What is going on? Where is that sound coming from? How did you get here? When did that dead body show up? Why is this happening? And, most importantly, who done it?

If this is you, you may have MYSTERY MANIA! We do here at Pop Culture Reverie. And this weekend we’re celebrating all things mystery. Read the entries. Solve the mystery.


Thank you to all the participants in this blogathon!

THE SUBMISSIONS (will be updated as they come in):

It Came from the Man Cave considers I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016):

Reel Weegie Midget examines The Return of the World’s Greatest Detective (1976):

The Midnite Drive-In talks about Sherlock (2010- )

Various Ramblings of a Nostalgic Italian pays tribute to Old Dark House Mysteries: Murder By Death (1976) and The Private Eyes (1980):

Silver Screenings studies The Lady Vanishes (1938):

Thoughts All Sorts contemplates The Last of Sheila (1973):

The Stop Button reviews The Maltese Falcon aka Dangerous Woman (1931):

MovieRob looks at Who Done It(1942):

MovieRob sails in with Death on the Nile (1978):

MovieRob writes about The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959):

Pop Culture Reverie examines Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (2005 video game):

Musings of a Classic Film Addict considers The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939):

Critica Retro discusses My Name Is Julia Ross (1945):

18 Cinema Lane watches Murder, She Wrote (1984-1996):

Overture Books and Films covers You’ll Find Out (1940):

Cinema Essentials critiques Evil Under the Sun (1982):

Screen Dreams explores Laura (1944):

Cinematic Scribblings looks at A Canterbury Tale (1944):




Announcing the It’s a Young World: Teen Movie Blogathon!

It may be something to do with spring or prom season or impending summer vacation, but the teenagers are getting restless at Pop Culture Reverie and In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood. We have to give them their own blogathon before they run wild in the streets. It will be anarchy, I tell you. Anarchy! To prevent the teenpocalypse, we’re having a teen movie blogathon 16-19 May 2019.

And now for you gals and guys, a few words to the wise:

  1. Chosen movies must be about characters ages 12-19. And so, my fans and friends, think It to Animal House as the bookends.
  2. Since there are so many films to choose from and teens are easily bored, we’re staying groovy and only allowing one duplicate per movie.
  3. The teens will be studying for finals and planning for prom, so a maximum three entries per blog lest their brains explode.
  4. If you don’t have a blog and still want to participate, don’t be a wallflower. Put on your dancing shoes, and let me or Crystal know. We can post the entry on one of our blogs.
  5. It’s a young world, so all entries must be fresh. No old posts allowed.

For all you rebels without a cause, these are the laws. We have to stick to ‘em, or it will be anarchy. See above.

So bring your surfboards, hot rods, poodle skirts, and red windbreakers. We’re going to rock & roll all night and party every day—for four days.


Pop Culture Reverie: Summer of 84 & Firstborn

In the Good Old Days of Classic Movies: Splendor in the GrassTo Sir, With Love

Thoughts All Sorts: 10 Things I Hate about You (1999)

Pale WriterHeathers (1989); A Date with Judy (1948)

Poppity Talks Classic FilmStealing Beauty (1996)

DubismBad Boys (1983)

Overture Books and FilmCan’t Hardly Wait (1998)

Cinematic ScribblingsPeppermint Soda (1977)

18 Cinema LaneLean on Pete (2017)

Realweegiemidget Reviews: Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

The Midnite Drive-InBack to the Future trilogy

It Came from the Man CaveSay Anything… (1989)

The Stop ButtonEighth Grade (2018)






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Shag; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally released 21 Jul 1989
Written by Robin Swicord and Lanier Laney & Terry Sweeney from a story by Laney & Sweeney

Directed by Zelda Barron

Starring Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Annabeth Gish, Page Hannah, Scott Coffey, and Robert Rusler

My rating: ★★★ stars

Delightful teen movie where the girls go wild, like proper young ladies.

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Dark Shadows (1991); Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally aired 13 Jan 1991 – 22 Mar 1991 (NBC)
Created by Dan Curtis

Starring Ben Cross, Jean Simmons, Joanna Going, Barbara Steele, Lysette Anthony, Roy Thinnes, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

My rating:  ★★ stars

A vampire love story/gothic romance that never engages our emotions.

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Announcing the Mystery Mania Blogathon!

The game is afoot! It’s time to exercise your little grey cells. From Nancy Drew to Scooby Doo, from Poe to Poirot, from the country houses to the urban night world, we love a mystery here at Pop Culture Reverie. We’re celebrating the whodunnits, the private eyes, the locked rooms, alibis and clues, everything mystery with a blogathon, 29-31 March 2019.

1) Topics may include movies, novels, video games, and TV. You may also write about general mystery topics like subgenres or tropes. Or, you can choose to study a particular detective or author.

2) No true crime or documentaries. However, docudramas of true stories (such as David Fincher’s Zodiac) are allowed.

3) Due to the abundance of potential topics, no duplicates will be allowed. Stories in different formats do not count as duplicates. For example, if someone does a novel, the movie version is still fair game.

4) No more than three entries per blog.

5) If you don’t have a blog on your own, I can post your entry on my blog.

6) New entries only. No old posts.

So grab your magnifying glass and join the hunt. Search for the evidence, interrogate the suspects, ferret out the villain, and join the fun.


Pop Culture Reverie: Cut & Run, by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux (2008); Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None PC game (2005)

Various Ramblings of a Nostalgic ItalianMurder by DeathThe Private Eyes (1980)

Musings of a Classic Film Addict: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

Silver Screen ClassicsRebecca (1940)

Realweegiemidget: The Return of the World’s Greatest Detective (1976); Deathtrap (1982)

Thoughts All SortsThe Last of Sheila (1973)

Movie Rob:  The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959); Who Done It?Death on the Nile (1978)

The Stop ButtonThe Maltese Falcon (aka Dangerous Woman) (1931)

Overture Books and FilmYou’ll Find Out (1940)

It Came from the Man Cave!I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)

In the Good Old Days of Classic MoviesThe Spiral Staircase (1946) and Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

dbmoviesblogGosford Park (2001)

Screen DreamsLaura (1944)

The Lonely CriticCharade (1963)

18 Cinema LaneMurder, She Wrote (1984) 3 episodes TBD

Silver Screenings: The Lady Vanishes (1938)

The Mystery Buff: Recurring actors and characters on Murder, She Wrote (1984)

Cinematic Scribblings: A Canterbury Tale (1944)

The Midnite Drive-InSherlock (2010)

Critica RetroMy Name Is Julia Ross (1945)




The Mad Miss Manton; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally released 21 Oct 1938
Screenplay by Philip G. Epstein from a story by Wilson Collison
Directed by Leigh Jason

Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda

My rating: ★★ stars

Romantic screwball mystery misses the mark of a true classic but offers fine performance by Stanwyck.

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