David Fincher truly is a genious! Surely the movie benefits from the exquisite writing from Gillian Flynn, who wrote both the novel and the screenplay, but the way the story is conducted by Fincher is where most of the beauty of this film is. That and the stunning soundtrack by Trent Reznor. And the acting by Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, as well as the outstanding supporting roles by Tyler Perry and Carrie Coon.
The tension built throughout the film is nearly as exhilarating as it is if you were reading the book, taking into consideration the huge depth difference between the two media. After delivering masterpieces such as Fight Club, Se7en, and Benjamin Button, Fincher proves he can be just as great when it comes to adapting to the big screen international best-sellers as he has succeeded twice in a row (Girl With The Dragon Tatoo, and now this one).
Ben Affleck is much more than convincing as Nick Dunne, the husband who is both looking for his wife and a suspect of having killed her. His acting is never exaggerated or pretentious, just splendid. I still don’t understand why some people tend to diminish his greatness. He’s becoming more and more an essential figure in good Hollywood productions, be it as an actor or director. Everyone is entitled to mistakes in the past, aren’t we? Rosamund Pike also astonishes the audience as Amy Dunne, a rollercoaster of a character in one role. A star is born, for sure! Carrie Coon, who plays Nick’s twin sister Margo, is also flawless, as is Tyler Perry (I’d rather not say his part in the movie so as not to kill the fun for those who haven’t actually read the novel). Perfect casting!
All in all, Gone Girl is definitely the best American film released this year so far, thanks to the distinguished work carried out by all the brilliant professionals involved.
Cronenberg strikes again! Famous for delivering outstanding weird stories, his latest film "Maps To The Stars" is no different. We get to see one of the best performances by stunning Julianne Moore alongside our new favorite psycho Mia Wasikowska in a roller-coaster of a troubled Hollywood family and a tormented star who wishes to play the role that her mother once did at all costs.
Here, we have the backstage of how mental people can go when they are on top - the case of the young actor Benji (Evan Bird) who thinks he is some kind of God - or they are struggling to get a role they have dreamed of - as Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore) is.
Little by little, the story of the sweet girl named Agatha (Mia) who comes to work in Hollywood thanks to a connection with Carrie Fisher evolves into the history of a distorted family who has gone to extreme lengths in order to protect their golden son.
Julianne is sensational as the actress who wants so badly to get the part that she is completely unable to lead a normal life or empathise with anyone. Her despair is so true for her - and ridiculous to us, spectators - and depicts how shallow a celebrity can really be. An above-average film, with exceptional performance by Julianne Moore. Oscar nod for her? I surely hope so.
We once fell in love with Keira Knightley in “Pirates of the Caribbean”. That happened a decade ago, and since then we gradually forgot what a sweet tremendous actress she is. "Begin Again", from the same writer and director who gave us a masterpiece named "Once", is the movie which will make you fall back in love with Keira.
Keira Knightley is Gretta, a songwriter with outstanding singing vocals who is dumped by her boyfriend-turned-famous Dave Kohl (Adam Levine, gorgeous as always), and who is spotted by Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced once famous music producer who happens to be drowning his sorrow after being fired at exactly the same bar Gretta is drowning hers.
Together, they record an album in the outdoors, and the lives of both characters is woven during the making of this album. With special appearances by Cee-Lo Green and Catherine Keener, it is delightful to hear what a flawless singer Keira Knightley is, as well as getting the chance to listen to some more Adam Levine without the other four Maroons. Highly recommended for those who appreciated “Once”.
Pure delight! This is the best way to describe "God Help The Girl", Stuart Murdoch's first venture into the movies (because I truly hope he won't stop there) as he tells the story of a troublesome girl named Eve (Emily Browning) who loves music and wants to write music, albeit her lack of emotional stability.
One day she bumps into James (Olly Alexander), a guitar player and aspiring songwriter who also works as a lifeguard (hysterically funny the circumstances of his job), who later introduces her to Cassie (Hannah Murray), to whom he teaches guitar classes. The trio of friends are bonded through music, and together they start a band. Eve finds true friendship in them, but still lacks confidence and balance.
It is against this backdrop that Stuart Murdoch weaves great songs sung by the main actors as well as background music by himself or the powerful interpretation of Belle and Sebastian’s “Funny Little Frog” by Brittany Stalings, which is the fun of this movie.
If you are a Belle and Sebastian lover, you’ll definitely go for "God Help The Girl". If you fancied the homonymic album with songs mainly sung by Catherine Ireton, then you’ll be flabbergasted to see the songs translated onto the screen. In other words, for fans mostly, but still recommended for those who appreciate a boy-meets-girl story in which music is also a main character.
Every year we are blessed to have a new Woody Allen film. He may sometimes lack his genious, but lately it’s been one masterpiece after the other. “Midnight in Paris”, “Blue Jasmine”, and now the sweet "Magic in the Moonlight".
Emma Stone is astonishing as the spiritualist Sophie, who drives a great magician’s attention (Colin Firth) as he seeks to unravel the mistery behind this lovely girl. Whether she really is a phony or not mixtures with the fact that she does not seem to be in love with the millionaire who’s proposed to her, at the same time that Stanley (the great magician) starts to question his true love for his wife.
A romantic comedy so sweet that will appeal to all audiences, be them Woody Allen's lovers or haters. Highly recommended.
Jack White is a genious! His latest project is sensational, in which he brings rock together with blues, and it all feels like a mixture of what music has to offer. It’s raw, and at the same time full of instruments and amazing vocals; it’s a tour in one of music’s finest artists.
"Three Women", based on “Three Women Blues” by Blind Willie McTell, opens "Lazaretto" at full throttle, and the songs that follow only add to the magic of this album. Smart lyrics are throughout this masterpiece. In "Just One Drink" he goes "You drink water, I drink gasoline. One of us is happy, one if us is me. I love you but, honey why don’t you love me?". "Alone In My Home" is likely to appeal to the die-hard fans of The Raconteurs, such as Yours Truly. "Temporary Ground" is beautiful (what? seriously?) due to a touch of heartbreaking country music female voice by Lillie Mae Rische, and violins, of course. He even gets a bit Rolling Stone with "That Black Bat Licorice", a track that resonates “Paint It Black” somehow.
Everything in “Lazaretto” sounds carefully thought of. The instruments, the lyrics, the vocals, all contributing to his best effort up to date. A must-have album.