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Official ‘Gone Girl’ trailer delivers gritty mystery

- July 7th, 2014

Gone Girl’s first official trailer has landed.

David Fincher’s upcoming psychological thriller based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn has become one of the most anticipated films of the fall season.

Although fans of the novel were treated to a slightly facetious teaser trailer months ago, it’s the debut trailer that manages to encompass the mysterious ambience and gritty undertones found within the book.

In the trailer, we’re finally introduced to Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike), Nick’s (Ben Affleck) wife who has suddenly disappeared without a trace.

Important aspects from Amy’s personal story, including glimpses into her diary and teasing little phrases for the upcoming plot readers will pick up on instantly, have all been finally showcased.

“You ever hear the expression, ‘simplest explanation is probably the correct one,’” an unidentified man says in the background as the trailer starts to fade away.

“Actually, I’ve never found that to be true,” Pike answers.

It’s a great foray into the complex story Flynn wove for 400 pages.

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As readers know, siding with either Amy or Nick in Gone Girl is a complicated task, and in the trailer, it’s apparent we’re in the period of rooting for Amy and hating Nick.

Affleck does a great job of portraying the darker side of Nick, the self obsessed, arrogant, indulgent writer who couldn’t give a damn about his wife.

Fincher, a self proclaimed massive fan of Flynn’s story, will probably stick to the flip flop style of the story and it would wise to consider this a teaser of Affleck’s role.

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Best of all, if you’re a fan of the original scores Trent Reznor and musical partner Atticus Ross have devised for former Fincher films (Social Network, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), you’re in for a treat.

The newest trailer proudly boasts the first song off of the new score, and it’s just as creepy and deranged as people could have hoped it to be.

While the debut trailer is pretty great already, fans should expect to see at least one more trailer before the movie drops on October 3.

Maybe we’ll get Nick’s side of the story in the next one.

First trailer for David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ debuts

- April 14th, 2014

David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling Gone Girl is shaping up to be one of the biggest movies of 2014. And before we see the finished product this October – complete with an ending different from the book – we’re getting our first look at the upcoming thriller.

Set to Elvis Costello’s She, the trailer hints at the book’s dark undercurrents, with Fincher’s trademark muted colour palette on full display. After all, it is about a woman (Amy, played by Rosamund Pike) who vanishes on her fifth wedding anniversary. Her husband (Nick, played by Ben Affleck) is the prime suspect.

Personally, I loved what Fincher did with Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, so I think he’s the perfect visionary to bring this toxic romance to the big screen.

Check out the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Watch: First footage from ‘Gone Girl’

- April 12th, 2014

Ahead of the premiere of the first trailer next week, we’re getting our first look at footage from David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling thriller, Gone Girl.

It comes courtesy of a 20-second promo spot from Entertainment Tonight (via EW). It features Fincher’s hallmark muted visuals, and we hear Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne say convincingly: “I did not kill my wife. I am not a murderer.”

Dunne is suspected in the disappearance and murder of his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike), who vanishes on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary.

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Flynn’s novel was one of the most twisted mysteries I’ve read in years. If you’ve read it, you’ll know that it has a unique narrative conceit; something Flynn plans on changing in her screenplay adaptation.

“There are certain things you might love in the book — like a dialogue exchange — that just can’t translate to a movie,” she said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments. And if you haven’t read Gone Girl, get to your local bookshop or run to the library now. You won’t put it down.

First photo of Ben Affleck in ‘Gone Girl’

- December 29th, 2013

Of course, everyone wants to know what Ben Affleck’s Batman will look like in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.

But before that movie hits theatres in 2015, Affleck will star in the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller Gone Girl for director David Fincher.

That film is due out Oct. 3, 2014, and 20th Century Fox has released the first image of Affleck’s Nick Dunne character. The film revolves around a man who is suspected of killing his wife, Amy (played by Rosamund Pike), after she vanishes on their fifth wedding anniversary.

In case Fincher’s name isn’t enough of a hint, Flynn’s novel provides plenty of twists and turns, not to mention narrative voices. If you haven’t read it, I implore you to do so. No matter how solid your CSI skills are, I promise you the ending will throw you for a loop.

It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out on the big screen, but Fincher is one of my absolute favourite directors who never misses.

Here’s hoping we spot this one at TIFF ’14.

Brad Pitt’s 5 greatest roles

- December 17th, 2013

Hey, want to feel old? Brad Pitt is joining the 50-and-over club this week.

But since stealing movie lovers’ hearts in 1991’s Thelma & Louise, Pitt has had one of the most varied and interesting careers in Hollywood. He has never repeated himself (well, okay, he played the same character three times in the Ocean’s movies) and his presence in a film has usually been a seal of quality.

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There have been hits and flops, like all big stars, but in his 25-plus year career, he’s shown a deft ability to flip between the eccentric (Twelve Monkeys), dark (Killing Them Softly) and commercial (World War Z) with relative ease.

Here, I take a look back at Pitt’s five best moments on film. He’s had many great roles, but these are my faves. Don’t like my choices? Sound off in the comments below.

Oh, and Happy Birthday Brad. Here’s to another 50!

Benjamin Button – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The story of a man aging in reverse proved to be a stunning meditation on the passage of time. With a two-and-half-hour running time, it was not only a technical marvel, but one of the most touching love stories ever made. It’s his best film to date.

Detective Mills – Se7en

Directed by then-newcomer David Fincher, Se7en is the type of unrelenting thriller Hollywood rarely makes. And it has an ending that people to this day have never forgotten.

Rusty Ryan – the Ocean’s movies

Pitt has never been above indulging audiences in bits of cinema fluff. But he’s always made sure that when he’s giving us a popcorn muncher, the entertainment factor remains high. His part in the Ocean’s Eleven movies alongside pals George Clooney and Matt Damon are guaranteed crowd pleasers for even the staunchest of film snobs.

Tyler Durden – Fight Club

By 1999, Pitt could have done pretty much anything career-wise. But instead of playing it safe, he made a message-laden film that skewered consumer culture and defied easy explanation. It wasn’t a box office hit at the time, but it is one of Pitt’s most important roles to date, and still boasts a huge cult following.

Aldo Raine – Inglourious Basterds

Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino’s collaboration on the WWII blood-soaked revenge fantasy made audiences both cringe and laugh. Before QT retires, they need to do at least one more film.

Other Pitt gems: 12 Monkeys (Pitt at his kookiest); Moneyball (you don’t need to be a baseball fan to enjoy it); True Romance (his bit part turned out to be a scene stealer); The Counselor (critics may have hated it, but there was plenty to love about Pitt’s Westray in this dark tale of greed and murder); Burn After Reading (his dancing gym rat was a hoot); World War Z (a white-knuckle zombie thriller – essential for any film oeuvre); Legends of the Fall (an epic classic in which Pitt held his own alongside Anthony Hopkins); A River Runs Through It (early proof that his Thelma & Louise cameo wasn’t a fluke).

Pitt’s biggest misses: The Devil’s Own (Pitt can do a lot, but mastering an Irish accent isn’t one of his strong suits); Meet Joe Black (how about you go meet him and tell us all about it); Seven Years in Tibet (A for effort, F for results).