January 2015 Film Wrap-Up

Gone Girl

[4 out of 5 stars]

A psychological thriller based on the book written by Gillian Flynn.  It follows a man who is being blamed for his wife’s disappearance and supposed death.

I came into this movie with high expectations and was not disappointed, although I did have my doubts. The first 40 minutes were hard to watch because the acting was just so strange, it made me very uncomfortable. The character Amy Dunne spoke all of her lines in a monotonous whisper and I just wanted her to stop. This discomfort later turned to surprise and then fear. So many twists and turns and a very confusing ending. Ben Affleck too, was crazy! The main plot centering on the wife’s disappearance/death was easy to decipher from the first fifteen minutes, but I was nowhere near prepared for the next hour and half of full-blown crazy. Many questions were unanswered and story lines were abandoned, but the film maintained great shock-value throughout.


[3 out of 5 stars]

Viewed on Netflix

An independent film about a man in his late twenties searching for his grandfather while on a trip to Copenhagen. A young 14 year old girl meets him while on his trip and helps him find his grandfather.

The main thing I liked about this film were the gorgeous shots of Copenhagen. It’s such a beautiful city and now all I want to do is go visit! The soundtrack was pretty good, as most indie film soundtracks are, as well as the cinematography. Unfortunately, I didn’t care much for the characters or the plot. The protagonist lacked depth and he was very difficult to relate too. He was also an absolute butt-face from the start so it was hard to give him any sort of sympathy later on. The young girl was likable and had a great personality. However, I never fully understood why it was that she took such deep interest in our main character. It’s supposed to be an almost Lolita-esque film due to age differences but there is barely any risqué scenes in this film and I would recommend watching it if only to see the beautiful city of Copenhagen.

That Awkward Moment

[2 out of 5 stars]

A bunch of guys and Zack Efron being idiots for two hours.

I had very low expectations for this film and that was great because it was awful. I sat down and watched this knowing it would be bad solely because I was in the mood for something lighthearted and funny. I don’t regret it although I probably won’t see it again. They never even mentioned the phrase “that awkward moment when…” but you can definitely figure it out. The plot was predictable and overused, the dialogue was mediocre and Zac Efron was very handsome. If you need some mindless entertainment, it’s worth a watch.

Tiny Furniture

[3.5 out of 5 stars]

Viewed on Netflix

A story about a privileged girl in her twenties who just finished college and is struggling with the post-grad life.

I love the show Girls so when I saw this was on Netflix, I immediately sat down to watch it. Lena Dunham played a struggling graduate who was trying to find her two feet after college. I could definitely see parts of her life which she wrote about in her book reflected in this film. There wasn’t really a plot, just more of a depiction of someone’s day to day life. I like the way Lena writes, it’s just very easy and stripped back. Also, the fact that two actors from Girls were in this film made me very happy.  I can never relate to any of Lena’s characters being as I’m just a poor college kid who dreads the idea of partying and wouldn’t know the first thing about studio-living. Nonetheless, it was still fun to watch, it felt like an extra-long Girls episode. 

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