You may wonder who you associate with after sitting through Gone Girl. Based off of the acclaimed and successful novel by Gillian Flynn, Girl is about a Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) who is trying to find his wife Amy after she had gone missing on one July 5th morning. He hires police and detectives to search everywhere they can. However, once Detective Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) and Officer Jim Gilpin become skeptical of Nick, so does the media. Nick now must fight to defend himself without making himself look even more like a bad guy. If you want to know a more in depth version of this story, go look for spoilers. 

             I was a little skeptical going into this film because of certain casting choices such as Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris. I’ll tell you right off the bat, they are great for the most part here. Tyler Perry knocks it out of the park as Tanner Bolt. Neil Patrick Harris does a good job, however I felt like he was miscast. He did good, but there was something a little off-putting with him as Desi Collings, the man whose been obsessed with Amy ever since high school. It’s not a bad performance by any means, but something about him as Desi didn’t feel right. 

             Ben Affleck kills it here. The more you see him here, you are back and forth with loving him and hating him much like the media and their followers. It’s definitely one of his absolute best performances in his career. Whether you’re loving him as the guy whose trying to find his wife or hate him as the man that reveals a couple of things I won’t spoil, you’re still somehow rooting for him by the time the end credits roll. He’s very well cast as a man who has to deal with off-putting media attention, which I’m sure he could relate to. 

           Rosamund Pike is phenomenal as Amy. While you can’t stand her character in the slightest by the end, you fall in love with Pike. Every expression and every speech she gives is something to marvel over. She will make you wonder, for those of you who are married, who that person really is.

            David Fincher can do no wrong. Everything from his directing to how he had this film edited is outstanding. He’s a director who always has a clear vision of what he wants, and he always gets it right (except for Alien 3, but we all know that was the studios fault). One thing I love about his films is that even though they tend to be very long, I’m never bored. None of his films, including this one, feels like they’re dragging or have filler scenes. His vision is beautiful and disturbing all at once, and he takes our breath away with every bit of it. Gillian Flynn made an off-the-wall phenomenal screenplay out of her novel, and she got the perfect guy to direct it. 

           While there is tiny flaw (sorry Neil), I urge everyone to go see this film. It’s been a while since I’ve sat in amazement and shock for a couple of minutes after seeing a film, and I guarantee you that even if you’ve read the novel (because I did, too) you will find yourself in shock in the greatest way possible. You will leave this film with an evil grin on your face, along with the wonderment of what we’re not seeing behind the scenes in big media spectacles and who the people we love really are. 

Release Date: October 3, 2014

Rated R: for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language.

Directed by: David Fincher

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Written by: Gillian Flynn

Running Time: 2 hrs. 29 mins.

4 1/2 stars/5




          Butch (Paul Newman) and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) rob banks and trains day after day. They get away with everything, appeal highly to women of all kind, and do things in a very stylistic and comedic manner. However, one day after robbing the same train, they run into some trouble; there is a group out to get them dead or alive, and they have no idea who those people are. On the run, they bring Etta Place (Katharine Ross) along with them to help them rob places much more casually and to help them speak different languages. 

           It took me quite some time to finally sit down and watch this film. I try my best not to be biassed towards genres, but westerns tend to not be one of my favorites. However, I must say, this one did it for me! I can’t say I’m on board the western train now, but this one in particular lived up to its hype. The screenwriting alone, done by William Goldman, is magnificent. His comedic and dramatic style really bring to life what could have been another “not-much-is-really-going-on-and-yet-its-slow-anyways” western. George Roy Hill’s direction is by no means dated. In fact, if he were still alive, I would still love to see what he could pull off with his quick and breathtaking takes. 

          Paul Newman and Robert Redford are a match made in Heaven. Their wit and charm truly shine here, and it’s no wonder this was the film that put Redford on the map for good. Katherine Ross I feel is outspoken here, for she feels like the brains of the operations when they have to leave town. Newman’s character is great at thinking and Redford’s character is great at doing, but Ross’s character gets them out of some rather sticky situations. I do believe, though, that all three of them should be remembered for their stellar performances. 

            While most of this film is outstanding, a couple of parts were painfully predictable. It felt predictable of who was trying to capture them all along, and you knew when things were going to get sticky again for them. It’s nothing too terrible, but it did disappoint in certain sequences. 

             Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid definitely lives up to its hype as a one-of-a-kind western classic. Unlike other westerns such as 1969’s True Grit or 1992’s Unforgiven, this one doesn’t feel dated by any means. That tends to be my issue with westerns, and I’m glad that didn’t appear here. 

Release Date: October 24, 1969

Rated PG

Directed by: George Roy Hill

Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross

Written by: William Goldman

Running Time: 1 hr. 50 mins.

4 stars/5


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A lot of people will talk about how he died. That’s not what matters though. What matters is that he brought so much laughter and joy into our lives. He was a great actor and an amazing person overall. Thank you, Robin Williams. You will be missed.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (UK - Germany, 2014)

A truly hilarious and beautiful piece of filmmaking. 

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               Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely something different for Marvel. It’s not too much of a drastic change because it’s still all basically hero’s with mostly superpowers. It is, though, a different direction. We’re not focusing on our usual hero’s; this time we have Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), aka Starlord, stealing a mysterious orb from the evil Ronan (Lee Pace). To get it back, he recruits Gamora (Zoe Saldana). She gives Quill a good one-two-punch once they first encounter, but they soon become friends after being put in jail. While in jail, they become friends with Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), and Drax (Dave Bautista). It appears that when they put their minds together, they become one hell of a team with highly intelligent plans.

              I haven’t had this much fun with a Marvel film since The Avengers. They oddly come off as quite different from one another, they’re equally entertaining. The humor is all there, the action is there (although the action can become a bit exhausting), and the great chemistry between all the actors is most definitely there. 

            The visuals are beyond phenomenal. I can honestly say that I felt like I was a completely different world, and I only went to go see the 2D version. Nothing about it felt cheap or like a kid had a tornado come through their room. This is the first time this year that I have been astoundingly impressed with a live action’s films visuals. Maleficent's visuals were kind of impressive, but also felt a little cheap. This truly felt like a whole new world. 

            We can all now forgive James Gunn for doing a segment for Movie 43 because he has outdone himself here. We all know Marvel has a tendency to not fail. They’ve had a couple of week films (Iron Man 2 and Thor), but they’ve never had a terrible film. James Gunn has made one of the great films of the Marvel empire. 

          With all the action and hilarity, this is a film I recommend to everyone. There are touching moments and laugh-out-loud humor. The soundtrack will make you want to dance, along with Chris Pratt’s hilarious little dance numbers. Thank you, Marvel, for always knowing how to entertain the entire world. I truly feel like a fanboy who can’t wait for the next installment.

Release Date: August 1, 2014

Rated PG-13: for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language.

Directed by: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista

Written by: James Gunn. Nicole Perlman

Running Time: 2 hrs. 1 min.

4 1/2 stars/5

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"When was the last time you touched someone?" - Under the Skin (2013)

One of the best films I’ve seen about inner beauty ever.

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              How to Train Your Dragon was the film that made us all laugh, and made us realize that we can indeed still be emotionally unprepared for a children’s film. Granted, Up was the start of that, but How to Train Your Dragon made us realize that we will be emotionally unprepared for beauty and friendship. The second installment of this little franchise, however, gave us a scene that had us all crying uncontrollably. I will not spoil what happens, but be warned that you will need massive amounts of tissues. 

            Dragon 2 opens with the changes of the town, which celebrates dragon’s these days and has dragon racing. Hiccup (Jay Baruhel) may no longer be an outcast, but he still won’t stick to tradition and keeps his father, Stoick (Gerard Butler), worried. He and his tough and fabulous girlfriend, Astrid (America Ferrera), set out to see what is going on outside of their town. That’s when they stumble upon a group of dragon catchers who will stop at (almost) nothing to capture as many dragons as possible. On another note, Hiccup and Toothless come across a Dragon Rider. This Dragon Rider will change Hiccup’s life forever.

               Despite being completely emotionally unprepared for this film, I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed myself. The animation is just as beautiful as it was in the first film. The voice acting here fits outstandingly well with its characters. The storyline does not drag and is filled with fun adventures and heartfelt and sometimes highly sad surprises. I’m happy to say that there is a film this summer that does not undermine children, and will even have adults cheering. See it or be that person whose a drag that doesn’t want to see a film just because it’s a “children’s” film. It’s the best animated film since The LEGO Movie.

Release Date: June 13, 2013

Rated PG: for adventure action and some mild rude humor. 

Directed by: Dean BeBlois

Voices: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson

Written by: Dean DeBlois

Running Time: 1 hr. 42 mins

5 stars/5


Fantastic retro poster for Behind the Mask

A horror comedy much better than most horror films from today. It deserves so much more love.


Fantastic retro poster for Behind the Mask

A horror comedy much better than most horror films from today. It deserves so much more love.

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