Dan Olson is a boss. He’s a media critic from Alberta, Canada, who analyzes the rhetoric — the arguments presented and how they’re made — of pop cultural phenomena and products. So, film, video games, music videos, TV shows, and books, but also pop cultural movements; how they fit into and reflect the culture in which they’re made, and what ideas they’re presenting, not just through the messages they explicitly state, but through imagery, editing, theme, and context, as well. In other words, I’ve found a new favorite vlog. Keep reading »
“I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?”
This seemingly innocuous quote from “Gone Girl” takes on a much more chilling undertone once you’ve read the book or, now, seen the movie. In fact, throngs of movie theater goers took to Twitter this week to voice their fear of marriage after seeing the film, and Jezebel even went so far as to say that “Gone Girl’s biggest villain is marriage itself.” There is something so fascinating about a novel that has you questioning how well you really know the person you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with and the secrets we all hide from our partners — even when the premise is extreme. These dangerous love stories have become so popular that they’ve even garnered a new subgenre: “marriage thrillers.” And while there’s nothing new about the notion that marriage is scary, it takes on a much darker meaning in these 10 novels. Read more on Tres Sugar…
As if you needed another reason to put “Gone Girl” on your must see list, star Ben Affleck confirmed to MTV that his penis will indeed make an appearance in the film adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel. This will be the first time Affleck’s Big Ben (well, we hope) appears on the screen in all its glory, but it’s all for the love of the craft! “It’s ironic, because David [Fincher] said to me from the beginning, this is a warts and all movie,” Affleck told MTV. “It can have no vanity. You have to see the naked underbelly of this character.” Well, technically the penis is under the belly. Affleck continued, “The penis is in there!It’s IMAX penis! You’ve gotta pay fifteen bucks to see it in 3D… it’s better in 3D.” But reign in your expectations. “You should know it was very cold.” Brrrrrr. [MTV]
I rarely go see movies in the theaters — people loudly chewing popcorn! tickets are so expensive! — but an exception will absolutely be made for “Gone Girl,” David Fincher’s adaptation of the page-turning Gillian Flynn novel. I loved the book, but was feeling a little ho-hum about the casting, especially of Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, until this quickie clip from the movie was dropped on the internet today. In just 30 seconds, Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Amy perfectly capture the sexy but sort of off connection between the future husband and wife in their first meeting. That smile on Pike’s face says it all. “Gone Girl” hits theaters October 3.
Yes, you still have to wait until October 3 for “Gone Girl” to be in theaters. No, it isn’t going to get any easier after watching this new trailer that dropped today. SO. EXCITED. [YouTube]