And Then There Were None (1939) by Agatha Christie

A very enjoyable mystery. The characters were distinct (tricky with a large cast in a short novel like this), the pace was brisk, the mystery itself wasn’t too illogical (a more perceptive reader than me may have been able to work out the culprit before the ending). I really enjoyed the sense of atmosphere too…

The Tree of Life (2011)

Stunningly beautiful visually, Malick crafts an intriguing (and at times revelatory) meditation on forgiveness, nature and grace, the question of why a benevolent deity would let bad things happen, and one’s place in the universe. I loved the unconventional structure, although I thought the middle of the film suffered from some some repetitiveness and shapelessness.…