Gone Girl

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David Fincher’s Gone Girl gave Jacop T. Swinney the idea of comparing the first and final frames of films. Of course Gone Girl would but you would have to know the film well to get the impact of what Fincher ...

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Good directors are everywhere. They populate the awards race this year and every year. They dazzle with their first movie, try to live up to it in their second movie and with each hyped film try to beat back the ...

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My daughter drew this for me as a Christmas present. Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas!

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The Golden Satellites usually look like fantasy football to me. But their Best Picture nominations in the last few years have 6 or 7 that match Oscar. Make of that what you will. Here they are. Last year, 12 Years ...
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In addition to Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, which is being screened and will be reviewed soon, many women already have taken center stage in the Oscar race. Instead of unveiling just a thirty-minute showreel of Selma at the AFI Fest, director ...

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The lost boys that crowd Oscars 2015 have no real qualities to be leaders or heroes. They are fumbling around trying to avoid failure at all costs. That failure claps through the canyon like a falcon’s cry — who are ...

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Rope of Silicon points us to this Oscars Roundtable discussion by writers. One has to marvel that with all of the films headed into the race — there isn’t a single woman writer or even co-writer among them. Except one. ...

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This is your mission should you choose to accept it. Spend an entire year talking about which films might go to the Oscar race. To go to the Oscar race the movie must be: 1. A feel-good theme 2. Take ...

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David Fincher’s Gone Girl is about to make in 4 weeks what Benjamin Button made in 18. Argo totaled out at $136 million, and didn’t get where Gone Girl has gotten until about 18 weeks. Gone Girl will likely hit ...

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Craig Kennedy, Ryan Adams and I kick around Gone Girl for a bit before moving on to the notion of what defines a frontrunner and what are the frontrunners so far this year. ...

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Awards season can ruin every great thing about movies because films are set up to succeed or fail based on criteria.  Ratings and scores, rumblings from Academy members, opening weekend – we’re all a Greek chorus of judgmental experts deciding on ...

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Considered the greatest film of all time Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo was not taken very seriously at all when it first came out in 1958. Had we been covering it — or were it opening today — it would be ...

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In case you were wondering why Oscar pundits like Scott Feinberg and now, the LA Times’ Glenn Whipp are so cool on Gone Girl’s Oscar chances because stories like this reveal how Academy members think. This has been an ongoing ...

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Gone Girl far surpassed expectations to earn $38 million this past weekend, (early tracking had it at $20 million), landing between last year’s Gravity which opened to $55 million in October and Captain Phillips, which opened at $25 million. For ...

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Gone Girl vaults to the top of David Fincher’s box-office chart with the best opening weekend of his career. $38 million; that’s 4.5 million tickets. Panic Room made $30 million selling 5.1 million tickets 12 years ago (in 2002, when ...

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(SPOILERS) “Kubrick is after a cool, sunlit vision of hell, born in the bosom of the nuclear family, but his imagery–with its compulsive symmetry and brightness–is too banal to sustain interest, while the incredibly slack narrative line forestalls suspense.” – ...

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The Gone Girl soundtrack is another brilliant masterwork by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, opening up yet another dimension to the work of David Fincher.  It’s as harmonious a marriage as the one between Steven Spielberg and John Williams, providing ...

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It’s 1941. A movie comes out that blasts a character who has an uncanny resemblance to William Randolph Hearst. It is a cold depiction of the American dream, an icy portrait of a man’s rise from poverty to world-famous fortune, ...

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“So if you meet me Have some courtesy Have some sympathy, and some taste Use all your well-learned politesse Or I’ll lay your soul to waste” – The Rolling Stones (slight spoiler warning) When the economy began to collapse in ...

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