Gone Girl (2014) Dir. David Fincher
Synopsis: With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.
My rating: ★★★★☆

It’s very rare that you can be glued to a screen for two and a half hours but Gone Girl did it for me. Director David Fincher can take the praise for that as he continues to make superb thrillers with great characters. Firstly, the performances are solid: Ben Affleck is well, as good as Ben Affleck gets. Rosamund Pike is also well cast and lets be honest, it could have gone a different way with a more commercial actress such as Reese Witherspoon who would have been unable to bring the subtleness that Pike brought to Amy Dunne. 
Gillian Flynn’s script is well crafted and I haven’t read the book but the narrative is truly clever because you are given so many points of view that tie into each other. Everybody who watches Gone Girl will change their mind multiple times on who the bad guy really is and who they empathise with which is perfectly manipulative and genius. 
What I liked the most about Gone Girl was the questions it raised about gender roles. Why are the media so quick to make men out to be villains yet victimise women when they don’t have all the facts? Why are the media never accountable and how is it they can have so much power to sway the public to hate a man? 
You are most definitely in for a ride with this one however without revealing a spoiler, I have to mention the ending. I personally did not have a problem with the ending but mainly with the way it was done. After a two and half hour run time, in my eyes Fincher should have taken another minute to spread out his ending in detail and what the future holds for these characters but perhaps he just didn’t want to. Perhaps Fincher wants you to figure it out for yourself. One thing is for sure though: this is not a date movie.

Gone Girl (2014) Dir. David Fincher

Synopsis: With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.

My rating: ★★★★☆

It’s very rare that you can be glued to a screen for two and a half hours but Gone Girl did it for me. Director David Fincher can take the praise for that as he continues to make superb thrillers with great characters. Firstly, the performances are solid: Ben Affleck is well, as good as Ben Affleck gets. Rosamund Pike is also well cast and lets be honest, it could have gone a different way with a more commercial actress such as Reese Witherspoon who would have been unable to bring the subtleness that Pike brought to Amy Dunne. 

Gillian Flynn’s script is well crafted and I haven’t read the book but the narrative is truly clever because you are given so many points of view that tie into each other. Everybody who watches Gone Girl will change their mind multiple times on who the bad guy really is and who they empathise with which is perfectly manipulative and genius. 

What I liked the most about Gone Girl was the questions it raised about gender roles. Why are the media so quick to make men out to be villains yet victimise women when they don’t have all the facts? Why are the media never accountable and how is it they can have so much power to sway the public to hate a man? 

You are most definitely in for a ride with this one however without revealing a spoiler, I have to mention the ending. I personally did not have a problem with the ending but mainly with the way it was done. After a two and half hour run time, in my eyes Fincher should have taken another minute to spread out his ending in detail and what the future holds for these characters but perhaps he just didn’t want to. Perhaps Fincher wants you to figure it out for yourself. One thing is for sure though: this is not a date movie.

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The Skeleton Twins (2014) Dir. Craig Johnson
Synopsis: Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins Maggie and Milo reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.
My rating: ★★★★☆

Gaaaaah finally a great film this year! Were we expecting much else though from Wiig and Hader in a dramedy? Kristen Wiig is one of my favourites and she is killing it post SNL because she is choosing GREAT scripts and Hader has gone on this ride with her. There’s something about her: what is it? It’s those painfully funny performances she gives that have that undertone of sadness that makes me want to see more and more of what she can create. 
I loved this film. It is everything: funny, sweet, sad, tragic and thankfully: surprising! Both actors eat up their funny moments as well as their dramatic scenes and it’s beautiful. I loved how supportive Wiig’s character Maggie is of her gay brother, it’s such a sweet relationship and Hader plays a great gay man. Also, Luke Wilson is so perfect as Maggie’s sweet husband which could have gone under the radar but he is perfectly cast. One of the best films of 2014, check it out….at least for it’s amazing lip synching scene!

The Skeleton Twins (2014) Dir. Craig Johnson

Synopsis: Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins Maggie and Milo reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Gaaaaah finally a great film this year! Were we expecting much else though from Wiig and Hader in a dramedy? Kristen Wiig is one of my favourites and she is killing it post SNL because she is choosing GREAT scripts and Hader has gone on this ride with her. There’s something about her: what is it? It’s those painfully funny performances she gives that have that undertone of sadness that makes me want to see more and more of what she can create. 

I loved this film. It is everything: funny, sweet, sad, tragic and thankfully: surprising! Both actors eat up their funny moments as well as their dramatic scenes and it’s beautiful. I loved how supportive Wiig’s character Maggie is of her gay brother, it’s such a sweet relationship and Hader plays a great gay man. Also, Luke Wilson is so perfect as Maggie’s sweet husband which could have gone under the radar but he is perfectly cast. One of the best films of 2014, check it out….at least for it’s amazing lip synching scene!

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This is Where I Leave You (2014) Dir. Shawn Levy
Synopsis: When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.
My rating: ★★☆☆☆

It’s so hard to look at a Hollywood films these days with fresh eyes because we’ve seen so much of it all before. I wanted to really like this film because the cast is amazing but it was just too safe and predictable. At one point the main character even tells another character what his issues are in order to keep the narrative moving forward and so we don’t have to think for ourselves - come on Hollywood, are we that dumb? Also Shawn Levy: must you play a sentimental song every time your characters are having a D&M? This isn’t Dawson’s Creek dude.
You’ve seen it all before. My advice would have been to keep the great cast, use your talent and try to show us something different: take a page out of Death at a Funeral, The Big Chill or Little Miss Sunshine and give us a killer black comedy grounded in reality. 

This is Where I Leave You (2014) Dir. Shawn Levy

Synopsis: When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

It’s so hard to look at a Hollywood films these days with fresh eyes because we’ve seen so much of it all before. I wanted to really like this film because the cast is amazing but it was just too safe and predictable. At one point the main character even tells another character what his issues are in order to keep the narrative moving forward and so we don’t have to think for ourselves - come on Hollywood, are we that dumb? Also Shawn Levy: must you play a sentimental song every time your characters are having a D&M? This isn’t Dawson’s Creek dude.

You’ve seen it all before. My advice would have been to keep the great cast, use your talent and try to show us something different: take a page out of Death at a Funeral, The Big Chill or Little Miss Sunshine and give us a killer black comedy grounded in reality. 

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Blow Out (1981) Dir. Brian De Palma
Synopsis: A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.
My rating: ★★★☆☆

Being a huge Brian De Palma fan, I had to check this one out. De Palma is like a trashy Hitchcock to me and Blow Out has much of his signature style including a great climax and some terrific build up scenes. Unfortunately the film is slow at times, especially towards the middle and it’s female protagonist played by De Palma muse Nancy Travis became tiresome for me with her careless and naive attitude. However, this is classic De Palma and must see for fans of his!

Blow Out (1981) Dir. Brian De Palma

Synopsis: A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Being a huge Brian De Palma fan, I had to check this one out. De Palma is like a trashy Hitchcock to me and Blow Out has much of his signature style including a great climax and some terrific build up scenes. Unfortunately the film is slow at times, especially towards the middle and it’s female protagonist played by De Palma muse Nancy Travis became tiresome for me with her careless and naive attitude. However, this is classic De Palma and must see for fans of his!

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Tammy (2014) Dir. Ben Falcone

Synopsis: After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Predictable, not as funny as it could have been and just so bad. However if you don’t ask much from your movies: it’s awesome! McCarthy step up your game: you’re hilarious but you need a good script to stay on top dude.

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Octopussy (1983) Dir. John Glen
Synopsis:A fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent’s death lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.

Currently watching.

Octopussy (1983) Dir. John Glen

Synopsis:A fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent’s death lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.

Currently watching.

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