By Matthew McKibben | July 7, 2014
There’s no better director working in the crime fiction genre than David Fincher. He completely reinvented the genre with 1995’s Se7en and then set a whole new standard with 2007’s Zodiac, and now returns with Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling book of the same name. All of the staples of a great Fincher are there, including his dark lighting, atmospheric music, and measured dialogue. The subject matter of not being able to tell if one is truly a psychopath or is just an uncaring person seems perfectly suited to Ben Affleck’s acting skills. I’m not sure if that sentence is an indictment or praise…
Gone Girl is set for release on October 3, 2014, from New Regency Pictures producing and 20th Century Fox distributing. It’s directed by David Fincher and stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, and Neil Patrick Harris
Jimi: All Is By My Side
I can’t think of an artist more perfectly suited to play Jimi Hendrix than Andre Benjamin (of Outkast fame). He seems to be all but channeling him in both mannerisms and in voice. It really is a shame the Hendrix estate was so opposed to this movie that they didn’t allow them to use Jimi’s music, because the music seems to be the only bit that didn’t quite measure up to the original. The movie seems to focus on Jimi’s early British days, right as the fuse that lit the world (and his guitar) on fire was sparked. The movie was written and directed by Academy Award winning writer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave). I’ve read that it’s a pretty intense take on the character, showing all his flaws surrounding his legendary sex life and notoriously famous (and ultimately deadly) drug use, which is part of why the Hendrix estate was so opposed to this movie. If you’re even remotely familiar with Hendrix’s bio, you know that it’s pretty par for the course, so I’m not completely sure what the estate is opposing. Regardless, I can’t wait to see what’s in store with this movie.
Jimi: All Is By My Side is set for release on August 8th, 2014, stars Andre Benjamin and Haylee Atlwell, and is directed and written by John Ridley.