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littlesati:


“Like other Fincher movies Gone Girl deals with a theme that so many of us can relate to - religion (Se7en), ambition (The Social Network), anger (Fight Club), fear (Zodiac) - now it’s love. You can choose to think that there really is no love here - just lies, pretending and hellish entrapment. Or you can choose to believe that Nick and Amy are so uniquely messed up that they become the modern kind of soul mates - all their issues, all their bad experiences, all the things that made them cold, insecure and fucked up shaped them into these two specific people who understand each other and who see each other better than anyone in the world sees them. There’s something oddly romantic about that.”

- Beauty covers rot, Cinematic Corner’s review of Gone Girl (x)

littlesati:

Like other Fincher movies Gone Girl deals with a theme that so many of us can relate to - religion (Se7en), ambition (The Social Network), anger (Fight Club), fear (Zodiac) - now it’s love. You can choose to think that there really is no love here - just lies, pretending and hellish entrapment. Or you can choose to believe that Nick and Amy are so uniquely messed up that they become the modern kind of soul mates - all their issues, all their bad experiences, all the things that made them cold, insecure and fucked up shaped them into these two specific people who understand each other and who see each other better than anyone in the world sees them.

There’s something oddly romantic about that.

- Beauty covers rot, Cinematic Corner’s review of Gone Girl (x)

I asked my ex, now good friend, if she would ever have an open relationship and she said, “No, I don’t think I could do that” then after a pause and a smile, “but what about love affair friendships?” She went on to describe an impenetrable fortress of female friendship, her own group of best mates who’d known each other since school and had supported and loved each other through almost all of their lifetimes. They sounded far more bonded to, and in love with one another, than their respective husbands. It struck me that we don’t have the language to reflect the diversity and breadth of connections we experience. Why is sex the thing we tend to define a relationship by, when in fact it can be simple casual fun without a deep emotional transaction? Why do we say “just friends” when, for some of us, a friendship goes deeper? Can we define a new currency of commitment that celebrates and values this? Instead of having multiple confusing interpretations of the same word, could we have different words? What if we viewed our relationships as a pyramid structure with our primary partner at the top and a host of lovers, friends, spiritual soul mates, colleagues, and acquaintances beneath that?

aphfandoms:

DO YOU EVER REALISE HOW AMAZING IT IS TO KNOW A SECOND LANGUAGE

LIKE ANY OTHER LANGUAGE IS JUST GIBBERISH BUT SOMEHOW YOU UNDERSTAND THESE DIFFERENT WORDS AND THEY MEAN THINGS AND JUST

LANGUAGES ARE SO FREAKING FASCINATING HOW DO OUR BRAINS EVEN FUNCTION WHAT ARE LANGUAGES

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sadurday:

oh man the best is when a dude is like "you’re not wife material." fucking good. i want to be totalitarian dictator material; blood sucking life ruiner material; fucking bulletproof immortal drug lord material. not your fucking wife you gross asshole. 

Gone Girl — The Thinkpiece Masterpost

connietough:

Over the past couple of weeks, well-regarded media sources, bloggers, etc. have been putting out some pretty fantastic arguments and essays dissecting the commentary and politics within Gone Girl. It is needless to say that I have been eating them up— even the ones I don’t agree with— because I think it’s interesting how much the book/movie seemingly demands from people. Honestly I don’t remember the last time a single film generated this much thought? Anyway, I’ve been posting select quotes here and there, but I thought I would do a whole post on particular pieces that really resonated with me.*

*when I say “resonated with me” I mean that in a very literal sense. If you want to go find all of the articles that berate Gillian Flynn for being anti-woman you can go Google those ones because you won’t find them here. 

Marriage is an Abduction," The New Yorker. Elif Batuman — “The uncanny thing about “Gone Girl” is that the violations that Amy stages have a way of coming true. It’s as if she doesn’t invent abuse so much as anticipate it. At one point she hits herself in the face, to look like a battered wife—and a few scenes later a couple gangs up on her, beats her, flings her onto a motel bed, and steals the money she wears under her dress, leaving her howling into a pillow. Amy fakes a pregnancy—only to be required, by byzantine demands of the plot, to gain an absurd amount of weight, lose her looks, and plot her own suicide. None of her ruses are any worse than reality; she is only matching the world at its game.”

Lady Psychopaths Welcome," The New York Times. Maureen Dowd — “The idea that every portrait of a woman should be an ideal woman, meant to stand for all of womanhood, is an enemy of art — not to mention wickedly delicious Joan Crawford and Bette Davis movies. Art is meant to explore all the unattractive inner realities as well as to recommend glittering ideals. It is not meant to provide uplift or confirm people’s prior ideological assumptions. Art says “Think,” not “You’re right.””

Under the Hood: ‘Gone Girl’ and the Unreliable Narrator," Tribeca Film. Zachary Wigon — “However, an unreliable narrator is a far more powerful device when employed in cinema. Why? Because audiences have a very strong reaction to images that they see - if we see an image in a film, we automatically assume the events depicted to have actually taken place. Unlike text, which may or may not refer to the truth, an image is the truth, and so to depict images, in the course of a film, that later turn out to have been false can be extremely jarring and powerful.”

Gone Girl’s Feminist Update of the Old-Fashioned Femme Fatale," The New Republic. Becca Rothfeld — “Phyllis Dietrich killed her husband and implicated herself. Amy Dunne “kills herself”and implicates her husband. And, in so doing, she turns the Cool Girl trope on its sorry head.”

What Gone Girl is Really About," The New Yorker. Joshua Rothman — ““Gone Girl” is fascinating because it gets at what is unsettling about coupledom: our suspicion that, in some fundamental sense, it necessarily entails victimization. Just as “Fight Club” showed that manliness and violence were imaginatively inseparable, “Gone Girl” raises the possibility that marriage and victimhood are inseparable, too.”

Destroy All Monsters: ‘I’m That Cunt,’ said the Gone Girl," Twitch. Matt Brown — “Amy is not just the cunt Nick wanted; she’s the cunt he constructed; she’s the interlocking puzzle piece that fits the sawtooth edges of invented personality that any amoral, shiftless, and generally useless modern American male will concoct in order to fill the beats of the programmed script from meet-cute to baby-daddy, with a dusting of sugar in between.”

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