Archive | October 2014

Fury


Fury Movie Poster

Joy

Fury calls for a celebration, because not only is Brad Pitt’s hair finally fixed, but it sat atop the head of an actor delivering a fantastic performance in a really, really good movie. Better yet: the war between the Greek gods must be over, because Logan Lerman (aka demigod Percy Jackson himself) has returned to the mortal world to fight in a very different war, one told with enough haunting cinematography to linger in the minds of the audience long after the end. (In more neutral news, it turns out Shia LaBeouf was just kidding about giving up acting. Oh.)

Though devoid of a consistent story outside of “We’re being shot at in this location!” and “Now we’re being shot at in this different location!,” director David Ayer manages to create a great cast of US crewmen operating a tank in the middle of Germany during World War II. Especially effective here is the film’s sound effects during these fight scenes, featuring deep-felt, vibrate-the-clothes-on-your-back missile pops and booms that enthrall far deeper than the battle’s solid but understated visuals.

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Gone Girl


Gone Girl movie poster

Damn girl

This time last year I made it well-publicized that I thought Gravity would be a dominant force at the Oscars, and while I’m hesitant to declare the same thing with such confidence this year, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have similar gut feelings about Gone Girl. Director David Fincher’s vision of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 source novel is a perfectly-measured blend of casting, music, and storytelling, a near identical companion to Flynn’s saw tooth-edged writing.

The story begins with a simple catalyst: Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) comes home from his bar to find his front door unlocked and his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) missing (guess you could also say ‘gone’) on what was to be their five year anniversary. Nick, a failed writer and current drunk, contacts the police, unaware the incident would soon become a widespread media phenomenon with him as the main suspect. His inability to express seemingly any emotion about his missing wife (could it be stress? Nerves? Guilt?) makes the media suspicious of him, and their suspicions strengthen when a trail of clues (some literally in envelops marked ‘Clue One’) start popping up, each adding to the suspicion.

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