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Old 10-05-2014, 06:10 PM   #21
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I thought Gone Girl was brilliant.

SPOILERS!

To me, it seems less about gender politics and more about other things, like crushed expectations and the moral bankruptcy that can be exposed.

That mall in the modern Heartland? OMG! It doesn't get more post-apocalyptic than that. And the city doesn't have enough pride or awareness to raze it. The fabric of life seems to be failed materialism and lies in the film's world. And the whole culture of celebrity around victims was pretty scathing, too. The woman had no friends, but she had candle-carrying mobs and nightly attention from the Nancy Grace-type once she attained status as an attractive victim.

That Amy's childhood failings became triumphs in her fictionalized life by her parents for commercial success made for an awesome backstory of a creative sociopath.

I thought the story was populated by a very good array of female characters. Especially the twin, the cop, and the grifter -- not your typical helper. Also, I had to laugh when the Affleck character, under stress, went for the tub of ice cream. Subversive?

Many in my theater applauded at the end, even though there was that "oh, come on" moment, too. I forgave it at the end, though. Excellent writing!
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Old 10-05-2014, 06:23 PM   #22
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Based on a novel by a woman.
Screenplay by the novelist (still a woman).
Rewrite by a woman.

The story elements were all created by women! So get off this bullshit auteur theory thing that the director creates the story. The *writers* create the story. Every writer on this film was a woman.

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Which makes me REALLY sad.

Women writing women as psycho, crazy, selfish murderers. Great.

How "empowering."

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Old 10-05-2014, 06:25 PM   #23
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Many in my theater applauded at the end, even though there was that "oh, come on" moment, too. I forgave it at the end, though. Excellent writing!


Wait just a cotton-pickin' minute...

An ending with plot holes the size of Georgia, and loose ends you could swing a piano from that were not tied up, and you call that "excellent writing"???

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Old 10-05-2014, 06:27 PM   #24
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10th grade?
I was thinking more like sophomore year of college...*shrug*.
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Old 10-05-2014, 06:39 PM   #25
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"Gone Girl's audience skewed older (75 percent 25 and up) and female (60 percent)."
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"Gone Girl's audience skewed older (75 percent 25 and up) and female (60 percent)."
Yes, VERY old.

I always love to note the demographics that a movie pulls in before the lights go down, and in the theater I was in it was mostly females in the 40-60 range, with a few older men.
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:47 PM   #27
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Which makes me REALLY sad.

Women writing women as psycho, crazy, selfish murderers. Great.

How "empowering."

"Citizen Kane" was written by two men...
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Old 10-06-2014, 01:03 AM   #28
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Some people really want to hate what is supposed to be an enjoyable, pulpy thriller. I'll be looking forward to it, though I've had the book for a while so I may read that first.
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Old 10-06-2014, 02:22 AM   #29
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"Citizen Kane" was written by two men...
I think Exponent 5 would prefer American Psycho.
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Old 10-06-2014, 02:29 AM   #30
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I'm not a woman.
I don't want to speak for women.
I don't want to censor women or tell them what they can or can not do.

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