2016: My Blogging Aims

Looking Ahead

The end of the year is always a listactial time, so here are my blogging aims for the year ahead.  These aren’t resolutions as such, more like general themes which will hopefully get me back, and keep me on, the right blogging track.

For me, 2016 is all about consistency. Too often, especially at this time of year, promises are made only to be broken come February. This is often true with reviewing. A quick look back through my posting schedule would highlight this – a rush of enthusiasm in January, before nothing but a barren wasteland, with an occasional oasis, until years end. 2016, I hope, will be different.

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A Seven Year Old’s View of 2014

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Throughout 2014, my seven year old daughter racked up just over a dozen trips to the cinema to see new releases.  This was her biggest cinematic year to date and what has been noticeable more than anything has been her desire to push herself cinematically.  She is now becoming bored and a little frustrated with her five year old sister’s standard U animated films and appears to be gravitating towards more advanced PG and live action films.  This has been mirrored in her reading habits as well; she devoured the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and is now launching herself into the magical world of Harry Potter.  While this evolution is still the first step up the certification ladder, it is climb which is fascinating to watch and and I hope guide. (more…)

Watching Films on The Big Television

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I have two young daughters aged 5 & 7, who, after a lot of hinting from Daddy, are taking a keen interest in films and are growing up to be excellent little cinephiles in their own right.

2014 was their biggest cinematic year so far and saw them both break out from traditional children’s animated films and start to embrace a wider and more diverse selection of titles.

Each weekend we try and do a secret cinema evening, during which their ban on entering ‘the parents room’ is temporarily lifted and they are able to snuggle up to Daddy to watch a new film on ‘the big television’. It is through these evenings that you can really see the magical and timeless nature of cinema in full flow. Watching their faces captivated by what is on the screen has led to some cherished childhood moments and I hope formed memories that will linger in their minds as they grow older. (more…)

The Combined Strengths of Gone Girl

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The release of Gone Girl, David Fincher’s chilling adaption of Gillian Flynn’s massively popular novel, feels like a significant moment in cinema this year. Rather than reviewing it, I thought I’d look at how Gone Girl was anticipated, experienced and then subsequently reviewed. I think there have been unique aspects in all these areas, which when combined produces not only one of the year’s best thrillers, but also a timely reminder of the magic that cinema can sometimes produce. (more…)

Gone Girl – 2nd Trailer

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David Fincher has always been one of favourite directors.  His filmography is littered with classics such as Fight Club, Se7en and The Social Network to name but three.  He has a gritty visual style and an ability to suck the viewer into the heart of the narrative which makes each of his films a truly immersive experience. Therefore I have followed the development of his latest project, Gone Girl, closely. The story, adapted by Gillian Flynn from her own best-selling novel, about a missing wife who leaves behind a flawed husband who seems to attract suspicion, appears to be slap bang in the middle of Fincher’s wheelhouse.

As soon as I heard Fincher was attached to the project I was keen to track the book down and read what was coming.  The book was hugely satisfying and intensified my anticipation of the film.  I was particularly taken by the lead character of Nick Dunne, who was an everyman, an average Joe who made mistakes and had flaws which were worryingly easy to identify with.  I have slight reservations that Ben Affleck may be potentially too ‘big’ for the role and that the relatable, everyman, aspect of Nick may be lost in Affleck’s persona, but it is way too early pass any judgement on this.

My main thought as I finished the book was a nagging doubt about how the more inward looking third act might transfer to the screen.  However, I have been encouraged and really quite intrigued to read that Flynn has completely rewritten the third act for the screenplay.  This is fascinating and I can’t wait to see what direction she has gone.

Anyway, this is a long-winded way of highlighting that the second trailer for Gone Girl has dropped this week, check it out below.  Gone Girl itself arrives on a screen near you in early October 2014.