GONE GIRL (David Fincher, 2014)

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“Friends see most of each other’s flaws. Spouses see every awful last bit.”

Gone Girl was great as a murder-mystery-thriller. It was even more brilliant as a commentary on the absurdity of marriage. Watch now.

Ben Affleck was so good in making us doubt him, seeth with anger, and yet sympathize with his amoral character. Probably his best work in years.

The real star though was Rosamund Pike, cooing her lines like the most twisted angel. She was just brilliant. An Oscar nod please!!

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published October 16, 2014.)

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (David Fincher, 2011)

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Honestly speaking, I found Zodiac completely boring. Even with a 2.5 hour running time, this movie was not even remotely close to that one.

I’m sure purists would have a lot to complain about, but the only one I have was that David Fincher was robbed of an Oscar Best Director nomination.

Rooney Mara was the perfect choice as the desensitized Lisbeth Salander.

Brutal, brooding, exciting, and completely fascinating.

Rating: ★★★★★

PANIC ROOM (David Fincher, 2002)

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I miss Jodie Foster. Even with Angelina Jolie kicking ass in her movies, I think that Foster is still the toughest heroine in Hollywood.

In this engrossing suspense/thriller, she plays a game of cat-and-mouse with bumbling intruders taking over her new house. The first half of the movie is great but when the characters start doing things they shouldn’t be doing (especially growing a heart), it quickly loses its momentum.

A pre-Twilight Kristen Stewart also stars and you start to wonder what happened with her potentials.

Rating: 3/5