Tagged: Kathleen Rose Perkins

Gone Girl Poster

Summary: When Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) discovers that his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) is missing and there is sign of a struggle, he is immediately concerned. But as the case develops, the nation becomes transfixed with the search and a series of clues begin to make Nick look like something other than a mere bystander, the police, the media, the viewing public and his family begin to doubt his innocence.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 4th October, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: David Fincher

Screenwriter: Gillian Flynn

Cast: Lynn Adrianna (Kelly Capitono), Ben Affleck (Nick Dunne), Lisa Banes (Marybeth Elliott), David Clennon (Rand Elliott), Carrie Coon (Margo Dunne), Kim Dickens (Detective Rhonda Boney), Nicholas Fagerberg (Charlie), Patrick Fugit (Officer Jim Gilpin), Neil Patrick Harris (Desi Collings), Alexander Michael Helisek (Mover Charles), Boyd Holbrook (Jeff), Pete Housman (Walter), Leonard Kelly-Young (Bill Dunne), Lola Kirke (Greta), Saffron Mazzia (Celina), Scoot McNairy (Tommy O’Hara), Jamie McShane (Donnelly), Terry Myers (Steve Eckart), Kathleen Rose Perkins (Shawna Kelly), Tyler Perry (Tanner Bolt), Rosamund Pike (Amy Dunne), Missi Pyle (Ellen Abbott), Emily Ratajowski (Andie Hardy), Donna Rusch (Lauren Nevens), Cyd Strittmatter (Maureen Dunne), Sela Ward (Sharon Scheiber), Casey Wilson (Noelle Hawthorne), Ricky Wood (Jason)

Runtime: 149 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR GONE GIRL REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Adam Ross: You can check out Adam’s Gone Girl review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #99 .

Stars(4)

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Gone Girl review on www.filmreviews.net.au

Stars(4)

 

Nick Gardiner: You can check out Nick’s Gone Girl review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #99

Stars(4)

 

David Griffiths:

If people were asked to name a director that has been pretty much constant for releasing great films over his career many would have David Fincher on their list. With films like Se7en, Fight Club and The Social Network on his resume you could argue that he is one of the most important directors of the past twenty years. Hell, he is even one of the very few directors who have been able to make a U.S. remake of a foreign film not only something watchable but something that was a hit with both critics and the public alike.

Now comes his latest film Gone Girl, which to many film lovers has become one of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2014. So how does it fair up? Well to be honest this is probably the must un-David Fincher films that Fincher has made to date in his career, but despite saying that this is a film that certainly works and shows that there are people out there in the cinematic world who are willing to try something different and be creative in doing so.

Based on Gillian Flynn’s hit novel of the same name the story of Gone Girl is told in three parts. First we find out-of-work writer Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) return home one day to find his wife Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) missing. Nick is a suspect from Day One and even the help of celebrity lawyer Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry) can’t stop the media from making him one of America’s most hated men.

The second part of the film follows Amy’s story and then the third and final act pretty much delivers the wash-up and sees Detective Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) trying to tie up the loose ends of the case and help those that have been caught up in it all get on with their lives.

Now the first thing you’ll notice is that I’ve been pretty vague in my description of the plot of the film. That is because if someone ruins what happens in this film for you then they are the kind of the person that you should not associate with, this is a film that you need to go into cold with. Even those that have read the novel will not get the special thrill that those who know nothing about the story will get when they view this film.

The three acts of the film being so well defined throughout the film does take some getting used to but it actually does work and you certainly aren’t going to complain when the constant twists and turns that seem to play with your mind throughout this film. Just a word of warning though don’t try to over think the criminal case part of this film because while Fincher and Flynn (who is also the screenwriter here) have been pretty smart it would only take someone who has watched a couple of episodes of C.S.I. to see that there are many flaws involved in this film’s so called ingenious criminal plot.

One of the things that really lifts this film though is the style and tone that Fincher and Flynn have brought to the table. The script heads into some pretty dark areas but unlike a film like The Lovely Bones there is also some dark humor in there designed to get a chuckle from the audience. That element brings a touch of Fargo to the film while the town setting and Fincher’s way of portraying the community and society instantly conjures up thoughts of David Lynch’s career, particularly Twin Peaks. The good thing is that these styles meld together pretty well and despite the film’s length this is a film that will keep you engrossed for the entire time without any clock-watching.

Once again though the big talking point about this film is the fact that David Fincher has once again got the most out of his cast. Many like to highlight the fact that Ben Affleck has made some horrendous films over his career (and let’s be honest films like Gigli are pretty hard to forget) but over recent years he has also become one the finest characters actors going around. Here Fincher works with that and as a result you see Affleck play Nick Dunne in such a way that as an audience you find your feelings for the guy change almost from minute-to-minute. One moment you feel sorry for him and the next you are hoping he gets the death penalty.

Fincher also directs Rosamund Pike to a performance that should see her get an Oscar nomination. She plays a character with a lot of ‘issues’ (again I don’t want to give anything away) in such a way that she conjures up thoughts of some of the performances by the leading ladies in past 90s thrillers like Basic Instinct. Even the sub-cast get a good look in here with Kim Dickens playing Fincher’s Lynch-like Detective brilliantly well, Tyler Perry finally delivering a performance that will warm him to people outside of his normal fan base while Neil Patrick Harris joins the growing list of comedic actors who are dangerously good when playing criminally minded nut-jobs.

While not as good as some of Fincher’s previous films like Se7en and The Social Network Gone Girl is still a credible film that does deserve to be listed as one of 2014’s finest. The twists and turns of the plot will captivate the audience while its slamming of today’s trial-by-media mentality also gives the audience something to ponder once the credits have rolled. The film’s unique mix of drama, suspense and dark humor should guarantee that it also stands up against the test of time.
Stars(4)

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(4)

 

IMDB Rating: Gone Girl (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Gone Girl′: For our full Gone Girl review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #99 . You can also read Dave’s Gone Girl review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

Trailer:

Enough Said

Summary: A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini in one of his final performances) – a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client who happens to be Albert’s ex-wife. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne’s ex.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th November, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: 2nd April, 2014

Country: USA

Director: Nicole Holofcener

Screenwriter: Nicole Holofcener

Cast: Alina Adams (Grace), Philip Brock (Jason), Toni Collette (Sarah), Tracey Fairaway (Ellen), Ben Falcone (Will), James Gandolfini (Albert), Tavi Gevinson (Chloe), Luke Grakal (Brandon), Eve Hewson (Tess), Toby Huss (Peter), Anjelah Johnson-Reyes (Cathy), Catherine Keener (Marianne), Amy Landecker (Debbie), Natasha Sky Lipson (Sage), Lennie Loftin (Martin), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Eva), Kathleen Rose Perkins (Fran), Christopher Niicholas Smith (Hal), Jessica St. Clair (Cynthia), Ivy Stohmaier (Maddy), Michaela Watkins (Hilary), Nick Williams (Chris)

Runtime: 91 mins

Classification:M

OUR ENOUGH SAID REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths: 

“Enough Said” is guaranteed to have film lovers going to have a look at it. After all, it is the final film for the talented James Gandolfini (“Nicky Deuce,” “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”), although this is a film that deserves an audience for an entirely different reason. So often romance films hit the cinema and then are quickly criticised for their poor scripts and woeful acting. This isn’t the case for “Enough Said” that overcomes a couple of low patches with some strong acting performances and a script that is guaranteed to engage.

Directed and written by Nicole Holofcener (“I Hate That I Love You,” “Please Give”) “Enough Said” centres around divorced masseuse Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Planes,” TV’S “Veep”) who struggles through her mundane job while preparing for the fact that her daughter Tess (Eve Hewson – “Blood Ties,” “This Must Be The Place”) is about to leave home and head to college.

Her life however becomes a little better when she attends a party with her best friend Sarah (Toni Collette – “Lucky Them,” “The Way Way Back”) and firstly meets an exciting new client, a poet named Marianne (Catherine Keener – “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” “Captain Phillips”) and then the intriguing Albert (James Gandolfini).

While Albert is not the kind of guy that Eva would date in a million years he fascinates her and despite some warning signs she decides to take a chance for once in her life and start a relationship with him.

A few things will hit you about “Enough Said”, beginning with the sensational script. Holofcener throws everything out the window when it comes to scripts for romantic films. There are a couple of clichés in the third act but aside from that, the script is almost as alternative as last year’s “Take This Waltz.” The film contains so much really natural dialogue which makes the characters endearing and just when it feels like Holofcener has put the film into cruise control the film hits hard with a twist that no one sees coming. It’s a twist that sets up a sensational second half of the film.

The script also throws in a few curveballs along the way. At time it does feel like the screenplay is man-slapping with characters such as Will (Ben Falcone – “Bad Words,” “The Heat”) but that evens out with some of the nasty, bitchy comments that are made about Albert throughout the film, which highlights a rarely explored topic in cinema – that sometimes it can be females that are all about body image.

Holofcener’s screenplay is manipulating in a good way. It draws the audience in and makes you like both Albert and Eva, meaning that real suspense builds around the relationship. The script also allows for the right mix of drama and comedy (yes this a comedy that you will actually laugh at), while it expertly uses its peripheral characters such Will and Chloe (Tavi Gevinson – “Cadaver,” “First Bass”) to full comedic and dramatic effect.

The second big thing that hits you about “Enough Said” are the quality of the acting performances of the cast. James Gandolfini overcomes an awkward opening few minutes and delivers a performance that is heartfelt. He is well supported by Julia Louis-Dreyfus who seems to brush aside the myth that “Seinfeld” actors haven’t had success in movies with a brilliant performance that will hopefully see her appear in more films in the future.

Also good in her smaller role is Toni Collette who does enough to make film lovers forget all about her woeful work on “Mental.” Also really announcing herself in “Enough Said” is young Tavi Gevinson who excels as the lost Chloe and often steals the spotlight away from her more esteemed cast mates.

“Enough Said” is surprisingly good and is a great reminder that there can be some classy well-written and engaging romantic films still made in Hollywood.

Stars(4)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(4)

IMDB Rating:  Enough Said (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Entertainment Enough Said reviews: You can read Dave Griffiths’ Enough Said review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

Trailer: