Gone Girl works as a marriage fable, but fails at almost everything else

By Eoin Molloy

Directed by Hollywood book-to-film wunderkind, David Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac),

Gone Girl is surely going to be nominated across the board at this year’s Oscars. But that doesn’t mean that it’s any good. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Nick and Amy Dunne who for all intents and purposes seem to be a happy couple.

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The Pros of Being a Conman: Probable Oscar Glory

With the Academy Awards a mere day away, perhaps it is time to reflect on what really makes a movie Oscar-worthy. Should Oscar movies be uplifting tales of personal triumph in the face of adversity? Should they be Earth-shattering narratives? Compelling dramas?

No. If you take two of this year’s main contenders: Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and David O. Russell’s American Hustle, who have fifteen Oscar nods between them, it seems that all you need is the autobiography of a conman, drugs, a questionable moral compass, sex and more drugs. All of these mix perfectly to form quite an entertaining cocktail, provided you have a star-studded cast and an experienced director.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Review

Here we go. I’ve read Tolkien’s classic fable three times. I’ve now seen Jackson’s premier adaptation three times. After letting my thoughts mix around in this old head of mine for about four and a half months,  I think I’m finally ready to give my review… And it isn’t a particularly favourable one. Allow me to present to you my elaborate and cunning list of  reasons why the Hobbit is good, but not as good as it should have been.

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