The ‘Gone Girl’ Review

Wow. Well, I enjoyed that. A lot of mixed reviews on this coming from people but if I’m honest I felt this wasn’t your typical Fincher film in a lot of ways. Adapting a book for screen is never easy because when you start there is always the uphill struggle of people’s preconceived notions of ‘how things are’. They’ve read the book and in their minds they’ve already constructed the ideas to how the story should play out. This film isn’t the type of film I’d recommend to the ‘average moviegoer’ who’s looking for Michael Bayisms. You’ll be bored. But if you’re someone that appreciates what David Fincher does, and you like a storyline that doesn’t play out as you expect, then this is the one for you. 

The intro got me hooked instantly through Jeff Cronenweth’s delightful style. The dark charactistics of a ‘flyover town’ are brought to our attention with a mix of slow and fast pans, not to mention the usual ‘hold your eyes on this’ moments where the camera doesn’t move. The title shot (shown above) had this darkness to it I couldn’t quite place. We see a large boat moving down a dirty river at dusk surrounded by a whole bunch of ‘nothing worthwhile here’. 

The story goes through some extremely odd twists and turns and you’re put in a position of never truly knowing how you feel for Afflecks character apart from on a couple of occasions where you catch yourself going ‘ok he is an asshole’. I love a good twist and this film is full of them, so my advice is don’t jump to any conclusions because you’re probably wrong. Just let the story take you where Fincher decides. There is a very prominant dig at the media in this film as well which I loved. It’s like the mask is off and we’re shown how easily the world is led to believe things when the truth might not be that closely related. I’m not giving anything away don’t worry, but the film really is one where the dialog is essential. The cinematography sits well with it but as always with ‘first watches’ of films I never pay much attention apart from the intro and shots where I’m given the chance to not be tied into listening to a conversation. As I said, the intro for me was wholly amazing. It’s simplicity suited the vibe well and that was a moment I was able to appreciate the craft more. 

I will probably go back for a second watch on this so I can take in the cinematography, but all in all I really enjoyed this film. I wouldn’t tick it as my favourite Fincher film but I would drop it in the box marked ‘something I will return too often’. Another thing I loved was the use of straight black cuts after a specific time period or ‘act end’. It gave you the chance to stop for a brief moment, take in what had happened and then move on when we were brought back into the story. It was very much like a play. These ‘to black’ cuts happened often. I felt like it gave my brain time to breathe; for the information to ‘buffer’ in my memory banks. Scarily Fincher probably knew this when he placed these into the film and at the end it was like I had been sat in a jury and fed information on a case. Even more alarming for me was the way I felt at the end of the film…. I can’t discuss it but it was slightly twisted. I felt like I would have done what Afleck did. You’ll have to check out the film to understand. For the record, I have an extreme crush on Rosamund Pike’s character.

For me in my work, especially my documentary stuff, I like to shoot very static. There are shots in this which inspired me in that avenue. I like to shoot things where you can go back a second or a third time and see something new. I’m sure a lot of people consider me to be a bit of a snob with directing and the way I talk about it, but I honestly think that thinking carefully about what you do and asserting meaning to it IS the job. Taking a camera out and doing a half assed job of something after years of practise doesn’t get you your directors badge. Films like this inspire me more so when it comes to this line of thought. 

I rate this film 4 chainsaws out of 5.

Get your ass to a cinema and see it!

What’s up world? I’m in NYC in a week’s time for a couple of weeks. Keen to hang with any followers who like coffee/filming stuff.
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What’s up world? I’m in NYC in a week’s time for a couple of weeks. Keen to hang with any followers who like coffee/filming stuff.

I turned 31 today.
Pretty mental when I think back to 10 years ago when I made my first documentary about a surfing trip to Indonesia and screened it to friends at a birthday event I created with a bunch of bands. One of my best friends worked on the release with me and ironically, we are still working together now, both self employed and both creating pieces of work we’re still as proud of.
I’ve been extremely fortunate over the last 10 years to see and do a lot of things. However what I will say is that these things came from hard work and self-belief. Tonight I went for a surf at the spot pictured and scored some great waves. However between the waves I got a few brief moments to just sit and have a think about everything. A huge cloud front moved in over St. Ives and was hammering it with rain. The water was like glass; warm with some nicely sized waves rolling in. I’ve grown up around this beach learning about the sea and just enjoying it for what it offers. I remember heading into the water when I was 9. I remember burying a small R2D2 model in the sand and being mortified when I never managed to find it again. I remember my grandad sitting in his silver car up in the car park with his flat cap, watching birds with his binoculars. My mind kinda skimmed over everything I’ve been through over the last 10 years till now, and only one thing stung me a bit. That was the fact that over my life I have at times given far too much time to people who simply really did not deserve it.
I mean this not in a way where I’m being bitter and angry, but more in a way where I regret not having more guts to just cut them off. Cutting off people is a hard and often risky business if all the facts haven’t been looked at. I’m a person that believes in fixing problems, but sometimes in life you have to realise that some people do not think or act the same way. They don’t want to fix the situation, and they might be too cowardly to admit that to you. I’m dropping a pearl of wisdom to you all here and saying that no matter what age you are; please do not waste your time on people who don’t readily make you feel good without some sort of ‘reason’ other than ‘they think you’re the bees knees’. Sometimes people act poorly because they don’t know better, or sometimes they do it just because they are assholes. Whichever the reason, your life is richer with the right people in it. You have within your hands the power to achieve great things, but at the same time, you can also create terrible things. The feelings which associate themselves with ‘the terrible’ often are, pain, loneliness, depression, heartache, sadness, self-pity. You must under all circumstances avoid these feelings. We need to feel them at times but they can be poisons which become addictive in the most screwed up of ways.
Some of you have been on this blog for a while with me, while others are new, but I write everything I do on here with the same goal in mind; to help spread a little knowledge. In short; please do not replace the steel of who you are with attempts to win over people who do not want to be won over. Some people just don’t know the good from the bad, and some people PREFER the bad to the good. How? Why? We will never really know. The answers we seek to these questions sometimes just don’t even exist. That is something I’ve had to learn lately. Sometimes there are no answers and sometimes you have to just say ‘oh fuck off’. I set high standards in everything I do in my life, I aim to be ‘the best’ and this also is in my relationships. Expectations are dangerous things so learn to take it easy with them. But at the same time, set a standard for living, and be electrified by that. 
I have an ability to write to you all in whatever capacity I want, and although the most part of this blog is about my work and how I go about it; there is a large section of this blog which is dedicated to me trying to be a distant friend you’ve never met. I want to live my life inspiring others and offering help and assistance wherever I can, and that is part of my fibre. So if you read this and you feel a little stronger or a little wiser, my work here on this occasion is done (but it’s never quite that easy). But in the grand scheme of things, I rode some waves tonight, I chilled out, and I came to the conclusion that my mission in life is to FUCKING WIN at it. I am on a journey to be someone that inspires thousands of people (if not more). On that path there’s some potholes; so while I’m climbing out of one I’ve been in for the last 6 months, I’m chucking a small step ladder your way so you can carry it on your person. Then the next hole you fall down you might be able to scramble out of it a bit quicker.
Ryan Mackfall. 31 years old (still feeling like a 25 year old). Another 12 months to expand and grow. See you out there friends. 
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I turned 31 today.

Pretty mental when I think back to 10 years ago when I made my first documentary about a surfing trip to Indonesia and screened it to friends at a birthday event I created with a bunch of bands. One of my best friends worked on the release with me and ironically, we are still working together now, both self employed and both creating pieces of work we’re still as proud of.

I’ve been extremely fortunate over the last 10 years to see and do a lot of things. However what I will say is that these things came from hard work and self-belief. Tonight I went for a surf at the spot pictured and scored some great waves. However between the waves I got a few brief moments to just sit and have a think about everything. A huge cloud front moved in over St. Ives and was hammering it with rain. The water was like glass; warm with some nicely sized waves rolling in. I’ve grown up around this beach learning about the sea and just enjoying it for what it offers. I remember heading into the water when I was 9. I remember burying a small R2D2 model in the sand and being mortified when I never managed to find it again. I remember my grandad sitting in his silver car up in the car park with his flat cap, watching birds with his binoculars. My mind kinda skimmed over everything I’ve been through over the last 10 years till now, and only one thing stung me a bit. That was the fact that over my life I have at times given far too much time to people who simply really did not deserve it.

I mean this not in a way where I’m being bitter and angry, but more in a way where I regret not having more guts to just cut them off. Cutting off people is a hard and often risky business if all the facts haven’t been looked at. I’m a person that believes in fixing problems, but sometimes in life you have to realise that some people do not think or act the same way. They don’t want to fix the situation, and they might be too cowardly to admit that to you. I’m dropping a pearl of wisdom to you all here and saying that no matter what age you are; please do not waste your time on people who don’t readily make you feel good without some sort of ‘reason’ other than ‘they think you’re the bees knees’. Sometimes people act poorly because they don’t know better, or sometimes they do it just because they are assholes. Whichever the reason, your life is richer with the right people in it. You have within your hands the power to achieve great things, but at the same time, you can also create terrible things. The feelings which associate themselves with ‘the terrible’ often are, pain, loneliness, depression, heartache, sadness, self-pity. You must under all circumstances avoid these feelings. We need to feel them at times but they can be poisons which become addictive in the most screwed up of ways.

Some of you have been on this blog for a while with me, while others are new, but I write everything I do on here with the same goal in mind; to help spread a little knowledge. In short; please do not replace the steel of who you are with attempts to win over people who do not want to be won over. Some people just don’t know the good from the bad, and some people PREFER the bad to the good. How? Why? We will never really know. The answers we seek to these questions sometimes just don’t even exist. That is something I’ve had to learn lately. Sometimes there are no answers and sometimes you have to just say ‘oh fuck off’. I set high standards in everything I do in my life, I aim to be ‘the best’ and this also is in my relationships. Expectations are dangerous things so learn to take it easy with them. But at the same time, set a standard for living, and be electrified by that. 

I have an ability to write to you all in whatever capacity I want, and although the most part of this blog is about my work and how I go about it; there is a large section of this blog which is dedicated to me trying to be a distant friend you’ve never met. I want to live my life inspiring others and offering help and assistance wherever I can, and that is part of my fibre. So if you read this and you feel a little stronger or a little wiser, my work here on this occasion is done (but it’s never quite that easy). But in the grand scheme of things, I rode some waves tonight, I chilled out, and I came to the conclusion that my mission in life is to FUCKING WIN at it. I am on a journey to be someone that inspires thousands of people (if not more). On that path there’s some potholes; so while I’m climbing out of one I’ve been in for the last 6 months, I’m chucking a small step ladder your way so you can carry it on your person. Then the next hole you fall down you might be able to scramble out of it a bit quicker.

Ryan Mackfall. 31 years old (still feeling like a 25 year old). Another 12 months to expand and grow. See you out there friends. 

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"Your dying, I’m living. It’s your bad decisions. The world that we envisioned is dead so, you said “I’ve been trying to wipe away the tears, trying to wipe away the tears, trying to wipe away the tears”. I’m a thousand miles away from here. A thousand miles away from here. A thousand miles away from here. You said so, yourself so, yeah."
A Thousand Miles Away From Here by Hostage Calm

ALBUM. OF. THE. YEAR. Seriously, I have this spinning on repeat constantly. I love the fact the album artwork pretty much looks like my feet 90% of the time haha.

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This is a conflicting and confusing time in culture. I think about these things a lot. I worry for future generations about where we are headed as a society. There is so much to discuss and talk about and I invite the conversation because it is an important one.

There are many cans to be opened and not everyone likes worms. We have yet to define the parameters and boundaries and it’s hard to do so but we should all feel free to speak up with out feeling like we are going to be attacked, condemned, called crazy, told we are slut shaming, body shaming or girl hating for our opinions.

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Bodie Dalle on ‘the summer of ass’.

Read the full article here.

What needs to be acknowledged is true talent. Not pathetic, introverted circles of stuck up people who think their own style makes them exceptionally gifted. Your music/style/interests do not make you successful in your career; the results from the interactions of your products do.