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Gone Girl review

Posted : 2 years, 9 months ago on 19 July 2015 09:20 (A review of Gone Girl)

As a follow up to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), David Fincher adapts another selection of popular crime/mystery/thriller/murder fiction. As popular culture becomes ever more inundated with this sort of thing, it does become more difficult for films like Gone Girl to distinguish themselves from another episode of 20/20, Dateline, I killed my BFF (real show title), etc. Still, Fincher's famous dexterity with aesthetics lift the proceedings to above average entertainment fair.

Rosamund Pike earned much richly deserved praise for her turn as Amy Dunne, the psychotic, Manhattanite wife of Ben Affleck's Nick Dunne. Affleck himself is fine, in typical everyman decent-but-flawed mode. Fincher keeps up a good fight with the plot developments and drama, not letting it get too out of control, until the latter part of the third act, which feels as if it goes on far too long. An understandable dilemma, as the popular page-turner on which it is based left little chance to be abridged enough without losing all sense of tone or pacing. So, the film does go off the rails to some extent, but the good qualities still make it worth exploring on HBO or a cross-country flight.

It's Fincher's overall command of the photography, soundtrack and story that once again triumph. It's easy, I suppose, to put the blame on the script, but in this case, I think it's entirely justified. The best thing Gone Girl has going for it is Fincher's pacing and ability to let the space (physical, temporal, aesthetic) come through in the film. To that end, the soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is quite helpful. Deliberate and spacey, it exemplifies ambience. Longtime Fincher DP Jeff Cronenweth's photography is dark, chilly, and beautiful while showing the right amounts of restraint so as not to overplay these qualities and create something so sumptuous that it is actually distracting. Again, this has become a hallmark of Fincher's films.

Most of the somewhat workmanlike scene-by-scene drama is bearable, but a bit off-putting in that you never sense the characters and story falling into synch. While there is some good dialogue, too much of it goes for a cutesy tone that doesn't exactly hit the dark humor that might work here—it is a little Coen-esque, but curiously doesn't agree with where the film is going..

So, a very flawed—but also quite worthy—effort from a terrific director and certainly worth checking out for anyone who likes David Fincher's recent work.


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The General's Daughter review

Posted : 2 years, 9 months ago on 13 July 2015 11:10 (A review of The General's Daughter)

Hammy, overwrought, and over-the-top, The General's Daughter is still good for some rainy day entertainment, as long as the creepy rape/homicide storyline isn't too disturbing for the viewer.

The cast is the sole reason to look in on this mid-tempo, dark suspense flick. John Travolta, Madeline Stowe, Tim Hutton, James Woods and James Cromwell are all in good form in this paranoid anti-alpha male military thriller.

Released two years after G.I. Jane, this is another look at the changing U.S. military culture, where women are admitted to the elite military academies (USMA, West Point, in this case) and are a growing part of the officer class. This film, unsurprisingly, plays the rape epidemic at these institutions mainly for "thrills" with little in the way of (substantive) commentary. Again, no surprises there, as this is a Hollywood whodunit.



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Steve McQueen review

Posted : 3 years, 10 months ago on 12 June 2014 10:12 (A review of Steve McQueen)

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Kitchenware Records, KWLP3, 1985, UK

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Goodbye Lucille #1 4:28
Hallelujah 4:19
Moving The River 3:57
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Desire As 5:20
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When The Angels 4:29


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Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago at Apr 7 2:53
Zounds!! I found this zee bottom of zee unfinished list pile:

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And Thandie's a candy (and another unfinished Hot 100 babe):

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Posted: 3 weeks, 5 days ago at Mar 24 1:00
Travelling East for "East"er?

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Posted: 1 month ago at Mar 17 2:25
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona!

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Posted: 1 month, 1 week ago at Mar 10 4:16
It's great when your chief and the fire board find a bunch of grant money for education, so,....like Led Zeppelin, I'm Going To California:

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Posted: 1 month, 2 weeks ago at Mar 2 3:06
The couch potato in me is going for something different this week:

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Posted: 1 month, 3 weeks ago at Feb 26 2:24
Light posting last week as I was attending a major conference. Just flew back from Charlotte (and boy are my arms tired!). Anyway, an appreciation of Charlotte's home state:

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Posted: 2 months ago at Feb 14 21:45


Time for the season of loving, so breaking out the box of list chocolates, hoping for some list love:

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Posted: 2 months, 1 week ago at Feb 10 4:49
Here's a few more classics that didn't make the Hot 100 cut:

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Posted: 2 months, 2 weeks ago at Feb 3 4:25
Bzzzz! Groundhog Day! (If you've seen the movie, you'll get the joke!)

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And beaming up a new Star Trek list:

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Posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago at Jan 28 2:11
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Posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago at Jan 26 3:35
Time to induct a few more members into the Tao Sorority House:

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Posted: 2 months, 4 weeks ago at Jan 20 0:10
Is it me, or is it feeling a little cold around here?

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If it is, here are a few lovelies to warm you back up!

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Posted: 7 months, 2 weeks ago at Sep 7 2:38
The Semi-Finals of the Hot 100! campaign are here:

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Posted: 7 months, 2 weeks ago at Sep 4 16:29
Listal members of the world, UNITE!, and check out this list for Labor Day:

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Posted: 7 months, 2 weeks ago at Aug 31 21:29
New lists coming later (assuming I don't get deployed with the regional EMS Strike Team), but in honor of the people currently dealing with the effects of Hurricane Harvey:



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Posted: 7 months, 3 weeks ago at Aug 25 2:26
If you stared at the eclipse this week, you might being seeing spots before your eyes. These are probably better looking:

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And another celebrity that didn't make the Hot 100 cut,...

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Posted: 8 months ago at Aug 21 23:25
A quick list in honor of the 2017 Great Solar Eclipse:

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Posted: 8 months ago at Aug 18 0:49
Finally, what else do you do on vacation? Take endless photographs!

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(At least I don't have to create a bunch of fake profiles to get list votes!)
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