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Hell hath no fury like Amazing Amy.

This is a multiple choice quiz about the film Gone Girl, written by Gillian Flynn and directed by David Fincher.

1. The word "Gone" in the title Gone Girl refers to
  1. a. the disappearance of Nick Dunne's wife.
  2. b. the kidnapping of Nick's wife.
  3. c. the suspected murder of Nick's wife;
  4. d. the suspected suicide of Nick's wife.
  5. e. the insanity of Nick's wife (as in "She's far gone, her mind's all messed up.")
  6. f. all of the above.
  7. g. none of the above.

2. The word "Girl" in the title Gone Girl refers to
  1. a. Nick's wife Amy, played by Rosamund Pike.
  2. b. Amazing Amy, Nick's wife's alter-ego.
  3. c. Nick's twin sister Margo Dunne, who looks nothing like him.
  4. d. Amy's mother Marybeth Elliot, who has already set up a website to find her missing daughter just one day gone.
  5. e. Detective Rhonda Boney, the lead investigator in Amy's disappearance.
  6. f. Nick's mistress Andie, played by Emily Ratajkowski a.k.a. that girl from the "Blurred Lines" video.
  7. g. Both a and b.
  8. h. all of the above.
  9. i. none of the above.

3. The music of this film is amazing because
  1. a. one of the scorers was Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.
  2. b. it was scored by the duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for 2010's The Social Network.
  3. c. it was scored by the duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross who won a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media in 2013 for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which came out in 2011.
  4. d. the score is unnoticeable but leaves a haunting and disturbing feeling, which greatly enhances the film's exploration of psychosis and psychotic behaviour.
  5. e. all of the above.
  6. f. none of the above.

4. Rosamund Pike's performance was exceptional because
  1. a. she is really pretty and nice to look at even though she is psychotic.
  2. b. she portrayed her character so effectively that it made engaged couples think twice about tying the knot.
  3. c. she achieved different physical appearances for her different states of mind.
  4. d. she screams and moans rather loudly when having sex.
  5. e. she might receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress this year.
  6. f. all of the above.
  7. g. b and c only.
  8. h. b, c, and e only.
  9. i. none of the above.

5. Neil Patrick Harris's performance was disappointing because
  1. a. his face looked really old in this film and I don't like it.
  2. b. I am so used to seeing him in comedic roles that I half-expect him to break into a smile and say something funny.
  3. c. his sex scene with Rosamund Pike was weird since we all know he's gay.
  4. d. I covered my eyes when his throat was slit with a box cutter, which prevented me from seeing him act out his death scene.
  5. e. all of the above.
  6. f. none of the above.

BONUS: On a scale of 1 to Amazing Amy, how psychotic is your partner?

Psychotic? But she's adorable!

Gone Girl. USA. 2014.

Original rating: 8 / 10
Nail-biting suspense: + 0.1
Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt: + 0.1
Neil Patrick Harris's death: - 0.1
The adorable reporter from Almost Famous as a grown-up and judgmental cop: + 0.1
Final rating: 8.3 / 10

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The younger kids today might not know who Robin Williams is. He made his debut as the alien Mork in Mork and Mindy, but it was his title role in 1978's Popeye that made him Hollywood's hottest comic commodity.

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At first, I thought Lucy was Luc Besson's first directorial gig in a long time. But IMDb has proven me wrong. He had one last year, in fact, and it was a Hollywood film, which means I should have at least heard of it. But I have not. This could only mean either 1) it wasn't really a Hollywood film but a French film with a Hollywood cast; or 2) it did so poorly at the US box office that they chose not to distribute it here.

It was, in fact, the second one. It scored 29% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is around the average score for a Luc Besson film. So does that mean he sucks? No. Maybe. I don't really care.

The Golden Rule of Moviegoing is this: Never let critics dictate your cinematic taste. That rhymes, so dibs.

Luc Besson is one of my favourite film directors. I don't care what others think. I watched this film because it was directed by Luc Besson, and not because of the promise of seeing a Scarlett Johansson butt close-up. Now let's use this time to discuss Luc Besson's directing style in relation to his latest film, Lucy.

Why would anyone cover his eyes with ScarJo right in front of him?


As I mentioned in a previous review, sequels are the bane of Hollywood. This is especially true of animated films, because children cannot discern good movies from bad ones, and will most likely drag their parents to watch anything with their favourite characters in it.

Or anything with wingsuit flying.

This, however, is not true for How to Train Your Dragon 2.

See? How can you go wrong with lots of warships?


The United States' Men's Soccer Team made history in their game against Belgium, resulting in their elimination from the Round of 16 of the World Cup. They ended the 90th minute with no goals scored for both sides. But football is known for its unpredictability, and true to form, all goals were scored in added time.

The second half of added time showed the world the best football ever played by the Americans. All thanks to their coach, Jürgen Klinsmann.

And then I read the tweets about him. And the tweets about US Soccer. Which made for a great morning read yesterday.


The art of adaptation has many forms (I am of course talking of adaptation in its literary sense). Adaptation is the process by which a work is transposed from one medium to another. For example, a novel can be adapted from a stage play, or a poem can be adapted into a short story. And movies can be adapted from almost any medium under the sun.

The film Noah from director Darren Aronofsky is one such example, coming out as the second of at least three films this year adapted from biblical sources. Understandably, viewers would tend to compare Noah with other biblical films such as The Passion of the Christ, The Last Temptation of Christ, and The Prince of Egypt.

There are some films which are considered modern-day adaptations of Biblical stories, like the obvious modern-day Christ narrative The Matrix, but in my opinion, these aren't so much adaptations as modern-day retellings. Yes, they may be similar, but they are distinct. Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet is a modern-day adaptation, while Romeo Must Die is a modern-day retelling of William Shakespeare's classic play. So where does the difference lie?

"Adaptation? Retelling? I'm confused now."

Maleficent was the Celia Rodriguez of the Disney universe. Her outfits look like she's best friends with a gay designer, and when she arrives in parties, everything stops. In fact, she doesn't need an invitation to come to parties. She is so kick-ass her grand scheme to get back at the king for not putting her on the guest list is pure genius: everyone in the kingdom will fall in love with Aurora, only to have their hearts shattered when she turns 16 and she dies of a needle prick.

That's as cruel as giving a baby AIDS by sharing a druggie's needle with her. For 16 years, people around Aurora build relationships with her knowing she will die soon if she so much as breaks her skin with a needle. It's hard to get emotionally invested with a girl like that, but Aurora is gifted with beauty and charm, so it's really a Catch-22.

The thing that hath beene, it is that which shall be: and that which is done, is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing vnder the sunne.
Ecclesiastes 1:9

You might be wondering if this is the Noah review, because of this Bible verse in fancy old English. No, it’s not. And the old English text comes from the 1611 version of the King James Bible.

What does the verse mean? In a nutshell, what it’s saying is that nothing is original anymore, because everything has been done before. Sounds like a perfect descriptor for Hollywood cinema.

The only thing that hasn't been done before is the collaboration between Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.


The X-Men film franchise is now on its fifth film (2013’s The Wolverine is considered a spin-off, which would make 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine a prequel slash spinoff – or a sprinquel, if I may coin the term. What's that? No, I may not coin the term? Okay then.), and Days of Future Past (DoFP, because I love acronyms) is the second film in what we all first thought was a reboot. DoFP ends somewhere before the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, which could actually allow the filmmakers to pretend that third X-Men movie never really happened.

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