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October in Film: Must Watch List

Rosemond Pike disappears and Ben Affleck is the main suspect, Miles Teller puts everything in his life at risk to try and become a jazz great, Michael Keaton attempts a comeback of superhero proportions, Tessa Thompson and company’s college life is one big black satire, and John Gallaghar Jr dates online and get deceived (shocking!)

October in Film…

[October 3]

"Gone Girl" (wide)

Director: David Fincher
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosemond Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Grade: A-

Synopsis: A woman mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary.

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It was the contemporary thriller novel by Gillian Flynn that shot its way up the New York Times Best Sellers list, sparked book clubs around the country, and (apparently) caught the attention of the brilliant director, David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). With a cast headed by Ben Affleck (Nick Dune), Rosamud Pike (Amy Dune), and Neil Patick Harris (Desi), it is one of the best psychological movies in years.

[October 10] 

"Whiplash" (limited)

Director: Damien Chazelle (feature film debut)
Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser

Grade: A- [commentary]

Synopsis: A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.

A male Black Swan story set in the jazz music world and just as good. Miles Teller continues to be everything I want him to be as an actor after grabbing my attention in The Spectacular Now. J.K. Simmons just right-and-out scared me in the best way possible.

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"Gone Girl"

A woman mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary.

It was the contemporary thriller novel by Gillian Flynn that shot its way up the New York Times Best Sellers list, sparked book clubs around the country, and (apparently) caught the attention of the brilliant director, David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). With a cast headed by Ben Affleck (Nick Dune), Rosamud Pike (Amy Dune), and Neil Patick Harris (Desi), it is one of the most anticipated movies this year.

Got to say, not really looking the music they went with for this but I am still beaming with all the potential this has if Fincher is involved. Loving my girl Rosamud Pike; I’m calling her being the big break out of this based on the trailer. Affleck is really nailing that awkward, unemotional husband thing, huh? Maybe he was perfect for Nick after all… Gone Girl hits theaters October 3.

—> If you’re a fan of the book like me, you might want to read this.

The Girls with the Dragon Tattoos: A Comparison

I found this great comparison done by a blogger looking at the differences between the book series, the original Swedish film and the newly released American remake.  As someone who has seen both, I agree with alot of it. All in all, I really liked David Fincher’s take on the film which I thought overall was a better movie, but still question the necessity of a remake so early since the conclusion of the original series. 

Entertainment Weekly's Review of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

So excited for this I can’t stand it. This is my favorite story in the Millennium trilogy so I’m patiently (or not so patiently) waiting to see David Fincher’s spin on it. I didn’t read the EW review because I want to judge for myself but I did see it got an “A”. Owen Gleiberman of EW is one of the movie critics I trust so I think this will be a great one.  

American Psycho (Open Letter to the Studio)

Dear Lionsgate,
You’re killing me. I hear that you have greenlit a remake of your 2000 film “American Psycho”, starring Christian Bale. Why? Why? Why? I really don’t understand how you feel you can improve on this cult classic that perfectly explored the satire and psychology of a wealthy Wall Street banker who is secretly a deranged killer. Did ‘Occupy Wall Street’ have anything to do with this? Sure, David Fincher’s protege Noble Jones will write and direct but it’s not like David Fincher is writing and directing (re: my approval of the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” remake). Apparently you feel that there automatically more story to be told if it is set in present-day. I beg to differ; after all it was set in the 80s for a reason (which I don’t feel I should have to explain to you). There seems to be some sort of thinking going around in big studios that movies between 10-25 years old get lost in some sort of time warp, and no one can access them. Therefore, it becomes necessary to not only remake them but also update them because the new generation will never understand a time without smartphones and Facebook. So instead of cultivating movie cult history for future generations, you want to replace it with a potentially inferior version when, the last time I checked, Netflix had the original to add to my queue. Sure, the original only made $15 million at the US box office, but why not refrain from attempting to capitalize on the legacy of the original and come up with some new movie ideas instead? Just say no. That is all.

Sincerely, Shala