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Gone Girl review

Posted : 2 years, 6 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, 6 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, 7 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
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Desire As 5:20
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Posted: 22 hours, 8 minutes ago at Jan 20 0:10
Is it me, or is it feeling a little cold around here?

http://www.listal.com/list/head-trekmedic

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

http://www.listal.com/list/dorian-dennis
http://www.listal.com/list/janice-griffith-trekmedic

As always, thanks for all the votes and comments! You're continued support is always appreciated!!
Posted: 4 months, 2 weeks ago at Sep 7 2:38
The Semi-Finals of the Hot 100! campaign are here:

http://www.listal.com/list/top-100-semifinals-round

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Posted: 4 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: 4 months, 3 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:



http://www.listal.com/list/the-lone-star-state

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Posted: 4 months, 4 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,...

http://www.listal.com/list/romancing-romola

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Posted: 5 months ago at Aug 21 23:25
A quick list in honor of the 2017 Great Solar Eclipse:

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Posted: 5 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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Posted: 5 months, 1 week ago at Aug 10 2:00
Vacation's over and look what I found:

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Posted: 5 months, 2 weeks ago at Aug 4 0:38
And the final group from Stage II of the Hot 100 competition:

http://www.listal.com/list/top-100-stage-ii-1207

I'm also keeping Part 3 from July open because it was never promoted to the front page (likely due to its lack of SI or VS models) and 11 votes just isn't enough to validate the results:)

http://www.listal.com/list/top-100-stage-ii-trekmedic

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Posted: 5 months, 3 weeks ago at Jul 29 0:36
Just a few music-related lists to hold everyone over while I get ready to go on vacation:

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http://www.listal.com/list/trekmedics-favorite-jack-white-videos

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Posted: 6 months ago at Jul 21 2:24
Sigh,...still having computer issues, so a few lists that describe how I feel this week:

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Posted: 6 months ago at Jul 18 4:36
Thanks for the Vita Sidorkina vote !
Posted: 6 months, 1 week ago at Jul 11 0:29
I meant to post these last week, but computer issues,...

With the regular TV schedule over and, in the US, major sports championships completed, here's a few lists appropriate for the season:

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http://www.listal.com/list/sometimes-they-come-back

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Posted: 6 months, 3 weeks ago at Jul 3 1:36
Time for the next stage of the HOT 100! competition:

http://www.listal.com/list/top-100-stage-ii-trekmedic

July marks the start of the second half of the year, so if you haven't participated yet in my annual Ask TrekMedic poll, here's another chance:

http://www.listal.com/list/ask-trekmedics-2017-most-desirable

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Posted: 6 months, 3 weeks ago at Jun 30 23:47
Happy Canada Day and Fourth of July to everyone!

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Posted: 7 months ago at Jun 23 9:00
Thanks for the list vote, Avid! Have a great day. :)
Posted: 7 months ago at Jun 23 2:23
It's officially summer, so time to ask "Hot enough for you?" and jump in a pool:

http://www.listal.com/list/ive-seen-pose-142

And afterwards, how about a drink to cool you off (or, judging by my selections, steam you back up)?

http://www.listal.com/list/ive-seen-pose-xix

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Posted: 7 months ago at Jun 20 2:07


Orphan Black has started airing its final episodes in the US, so when the show is over, I'm going to shut down this poll. If you haven't participated in the past, this is your final chance!

http://www.listal.com/list/whos-your-favorite-orphan

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Posted: 7 months, 1 week ago at Jun 13 2:32
Starting a new series from some of the celebrities that didn't make the Hot 100 cut:

http://www.listal.com/list/classic-beauties-ann-miller
http://www.listal.com/list/classic-beauties-grace-kelly

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Posted: 7 months, 2 weeks ago at Jun 4 2:07
I have a lot of new lists I could be posting right now, but instead I'm watching the horrific news of yet ANOTHER wave of attacks in Britain! I've been to the British Isles several times in my life, each time making sure I visit the War Museum and Churchill Bunker Rooms. They are a reminder of the resiliency of the British people. So, to that end, I'm reposting this list in honor of Britain!


http://www.listal.com/list/cool-britannia

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