Gone Girl (2014)
Based on Gillian Flynn’s best selling novel, this is a tale of the unpardonable things married people do to each other. On their 5th wedding anniversary bitter and brittle Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing and her slimy husband Nick (Ben Affleck) becomes the prime suspect by reason of his staid, officious personality and the prevailing culture that the husband always did it. His trepidation and stoicism count against him and cue media finger pointing.
The police find an incriminating man cave and a diary that reveals an exuberant marriage that became unendurable. The grimly adjured Nick hires lawyer Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry) to build consensus about his innocence. Meanwhile his twin sister Go becomes the subject of the industrious rumour mill and is demonised by the menacing rabble of media and crime junkies. The town of North Carthage is a non American pastoral town.
Add in white trash, a rotting mall, aggressive homeless, a perpetually fertile screeching neighbour and a wryly weird ex with a propensity for looming (Neil Patrick Harris). This is a very good thriller with an audacious twist, no moral relativism and a detachment from reality.
“There’s some wood for you bitch.”
“Whoever took her is bound to bring her back.”
The Visitor (1979)
This incoherent Italian ‘Omen’ rip-off stars Mel Ferrer and Lance Henriksen and is about a little girl called Katy who is the spawn of an evil space mutant. She plays Pong, has powers and stuff happens. This mess makes no sense at all.