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Chasing Amy: My Reviews of David Fincher’s “Gone Girl”

If you follow me on Tumbr or Twitter, or like the Facebook page, you’ve probably seen my video review series that I started earlier in September. In that series, I reviewed Gone Girl right after I saw it on Thursday night, trying to be as spoiler free as possible, since I figured many people probably hadn’t seen it yet. You can watch that review here:

My friend Ryan from The Matinee asked me to be on his podcast about the film on Sunday. This was a very spoiler-filled discussion and let me really say how I felt about the film. You can listen to that podcast here. This is definitely a divisive film and one that everyone will be talking about. I didn’t like it, but I’m glad I saw it.


Movie Quote of the Day – To The Wonder, 2013 (dir. Terrence Malick)


Father Quintana: You have to struggle with yourself. You have to struggle with your own strength.

Movie Quote of the Day – Gone Baby Gone, 2007 (dir. Ben Affleck)


Patrick Kenzie: So what kind of name is Bressant?
Detective Remy Bressant: It’s the kind they give you in Lousiana.
Patrick Kenzie: Oh yeah? Thought you were from here.
Detective Remy Bressant: Well, it all depends on how you look at it. I mean, you might think that you’re more from here than me, for example. But I’ve been living here longer than you been alive. So who’s right?
Patrick Kenzie: I’ll mull it over.

Movie Quote of the Day – Chasing Amy, 1997 (dir. Kevin Smith)


Alyssa: Why are we stopping?
Holden: ‘Cause I can’t take this.
Alyssa: Can’t take what?
Holden: I love you.
Alyssa: You love me?
Holden: I love you. And not, not in a friendly way, although I think we’re great friends. And not in a misplaced affection, puppy-dog way, although I’m sure that’s what you’ll call it. I love you. Very, very simple, very truly. You are the-the epitome of everything I have ever looked for in another human being. And I know that you think of me as just a friend, and crossing that line is-is-is the furthest thing from an option you would ever consider. But I had to say it. I just, I can’t take this anymore. I can’t stand next to you without wanting to hold you. I can’t-I can’t look into your eyes without feeling that-that longing you only read about in trashy romance novels. I can’t talk to you without wanting to express my love for everything you are. And I know this will probably queer our friendship – no pun intended – but I had to say it, ’cause I’ve never felt this way before, and I-I don’t care. I like who I am because of it. And if bringing this to light means we can’t hang out anymore, then that hurts me. But God, I just, I couldn’t allow another day to go by without just getting it out there, regardless of the outcome, which by the look on your face is to be the inevitable shoot-down. And, you know, I’ll accept that. But I know, I know that some part of you is hesitating for a moment, and if there’s a moment of hesitation, then that means you feel something too. And all I ask, please, is that you just – you just not dismiss that, and try to dwell in it for just ten seconds. Alyssa, there isn’t another soul on this fucking planet who has ever made me half the person I am when I’m with you, and I would risk this friendship for the chance to take it to the next plateau. Because it is there between you and me. You can’t deny that. Even if, you know, even if we never talk again after tonight, please know that I am forever changed because of who you are and what you’ve meant to me, which – while I do appreciate it – I’d never need a painting of birds bought at a diner to remind me of.

Movie Quote of the Day – Changing Lanes, 2002 (dir. Roger Mitchell)


Doyle Gipson: So, now what?
Gavin Banek: I’m going to dinner with my wife. . .her parents. And this weekend, I’m gonna go look at a boat. And then on Monday, I’m gonna come back in here and go to work. And then magically this whole incredible day just somehow. . .becomes a memory. It’s like you go to the beach. You go down to the water. It’s a little cold. You’re not sure you want to go in. There’s a pretty girl standing next to you. She doesn’t want to go in either. She sees you, and you know that if you just asked her her name, you would leave with her. Forget your life, whoever you came with, and leave the beach with her. And after that day, you remember. Not every day, every week… she comes back to you. It’s the memory of another life you could have had. Today is that girl.

Movie Quote of the Day – Forces of Nature, 1999 (dir. Bronwen Hughes)


Ben: You will be here when I come back, won’t you ?
Sarah: Oh, well, you know me.
Ben: I would not presume. [ Exhales ] All right. Wish me luck.
Sarah: Ben, do me a favor and just forget about luck, okay? Forget about loyalty, forget about being nice, forget about polite, okay? Because this is the rest of your life and possibly somebody else’s too.
Ben: Yeah.
Sarah: You know?
Ben: Yeah.
Sarah: Just be honest.
Ben: If her father happens to shoot me on my way out, I guess I’ll see you in heaven.
Sarah: Yeah. I don’t think I deserve heaven.
Ben: Ah, Sarah. You deserve so much more than you think. You deserve to be with somebody who will be really, really depressed if your plane goes down.

Ben Affleck Named Best Director At Directors Guild Awards

This means Affleck, who was not nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards for his film Argo, has won the award at the Critic’s Choice, Golden Globes and now the DGA. Pretty strange. I’m not sure the last time something like this has happened, but it sure is bizarre. The other nominees at this year’s DGA ceremony were  Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty and Tom Hooper for Les Miserables, also whom were not nominated at the Oscars, and Ang Lee for The Life of Pi and Steven Spielberg Lincoln. Spielberg is the frontrunner for the Oscar win, while Argo is currently the frontrunner for Best Picture. If it were up to me Michael Haneke and his film Amour would win all the awards, but I don’t get to vote.


“Argo” Named Best Picture, Affleck Best Director at Critics Choice Awards


Best Picture: Argo
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Young Actor/Actress: Quvenzhane Wallis
Acting Ensemble: Silver Linings Playbook
Director: Ben Affleck
Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Adapted Screenplay: Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood/Katie Spencer, Anna Karenina
Editing: William Goldenberg/Dylan Tichenor, Zero Dark Thirty
Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
Makeup: Cloud Atlas
Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Animated Feature: Wreck-It Ralph
Action Movie: Skyfall
Actor in an Action Movie: Daniel Craig, Skyfall
Actress in an Action Movie:  Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games
Comedy: Silver Linings Playbook
Actor in a Comedy: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Actress in a Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: Looper
Foreign Language Film: Amour
Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugarman
Song: Skyfall
Score: John Williams, Lincoln

Movie Quote of the Day – Boiler Room, 2000 (dir. Ben Younger)


Jim Young: Okay. Here’s the deal. I’m not here to waste your time. I certainly hope you’re not here to waste mine. So I’m gonna keep this short. If you become an employee of this firm, you will make your first million within three years. Okay? I’m going to repeat that: You will make a million dollars within three years of your first day of employment at J.T. Marlin. There is no question as to whether or not you’ll become a millionaire here. The only question is how many times over. You think I’m joking? I am not joking. I am a millionaire. It’s a weird thing to hear, right? I’ll tell ya. It’s a weird thing to say. I am a fucking millionaire. And guess how old I am. Twenty-seven. You know what that makes me here? A fuckin’ senior citizen. This firm is entirely comprised of people your age, not mine. Lucky for me, I happen to be very fucking good at my job, or I’d be out of one. You guys are the new blood. You’re gonna go home with the kessef. You are the future big swinging dicks of this firm. Now, you all look money hungry, and that’s good. Anybody tells you money is the root of all evil doesn’t fuckin’ have any. They say money can’t buy happiness? Look at the fuckin’ smile on my face. Ear to ear, baby. You want details? Fine. I drive a Ferrari 355 Cabriolet. What’s up? I have a ridiculous house in the South Fork. I have every toy you could possibly imagine, and best of all, kids, I am liquid. So, now you know what’s possible. Let me tell you what’s required. You are required to work your fucking ass off at this firm. We want winners here, not pikers. A piker walks at the bell. A piker asks how much vacation you get in the first year. Vacation time? People come and work at this firm for one reason: to become filthy rich. That’s it. We’re not here to make friends. We’re not savin’ the manatees here, guys. You want vacation time? Go teach third grade public school. Okay. The first three months at the firm are as a trainee. You make $150 a week. After you’re done training, you take the Series Seven. You pass that, you become junior broker and you open accounts for your team leader. You open 40 accounts, you start workin’ for yourself. Sky’s the limit. Word or two about being a trainee. Friends, parents, other brokers, they’re gonna give you shit. It’s true. $150 a week? Not a lot of money. Pay them no mind. You need to learn this business, and this is the time to do it. Once you pass the test, none of that’s gonna matter. Your friends are shit. Tell them you made 25 grand last month, they not gonna fucking believe you. Fuck them! Fuck ‘em! Parents don’t like the life you lead? “Fuck you, Mom and Dad.” See how it feels when you’re makin’ their fuckin’ Lexus payments. Now, go home and think about it. Think about whether it’s really for you. If you decide it isn’t. . .listen, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. It’s not for everyone. Thanks. But if you really want this. . .you call me on Monday and we’ll talk. Just don’t waste my fuckin’ time. Okay. That’s it.

Oscar Vault Monday – Good Will Hunting, 1997 (dir. Gus Van Sant)

This was one of my favorite films when it first came out and it remains one of my favorite films to date. Actually, 1997 is one of my favorite years for film and I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite of the five films that were up for Oscar’s top prize that year. Good Will Hunting was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning two: Best Original Score Danny Elfman, Best Original Song “Miss Misery” by Elliott Smith, Best Film Editing, Best Supporting Actress Minnie Driver, Best Supporting Actor Robin Williams (won), Best Actor Matt Damon, Best Original Screenplay Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (won), Best Director Gus Van Sant and Best Picture. The other films up for Best Picture that year were As Good As It Gets, The Full Monty, L.A. Confidential and winner Titanic.

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