❝I feel as if I am an ad
for the sale of a haunted house:

18 rooms
I’m yours
ghosts and all.
Roundup of Gone Girl reviews



A lady vanishes and is soon presumed dead, but it’s her marriage that winds up on the autopsy table in “Gone Girl,” David Fincher’s intricate and richly satisfying adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 mystery novel. Surgically precise, grimly funny and entirely mesmerizing over the course of its swift 149-minute running time, this taut yet expansive psychological thriller represents an exceptional pairing of filmmaker and material, fully expressing Fincher’s cynicism about the information age and his abiding fascination with the terror and violence lurking beneath the surfaces of contemporary American life. Graced with a mordant wit as dry and chilled as a good Chablis, as well as outstanding performances from Ben Affleck and a revelatory Rosamund Pike, Fox’s Oct. 3 wide release should push past its preordained Oscar-contender status to galvanize the mainstream.

Digital Spy:
Pike, so often a decorative supporting player, delivers a career-defining performance here. She’s a revelation, showing a complete command over Amy - with any luck Gone Girl should bag her an Oscar nomination come awards season.

The Independent:
English actress Pike, playing an over-achieving Ivy League woman, gives the performance of her screen career so far - one, that more than a decade after her appearance in the James Bond movie Die Another Day (2002), looks set to establish her as an international star. She captures her character’s Martha Stewart-like perfectionism and romantic notions about love as well as her relentless drive. She’s a complicated and contradictory personality. “Complicated is code for bitch,” one character acidly notes of her.

The Hollywood Reporter:
Making Amy even steelier and more brazen than one might have imagined, she evinces no vulnerability but, rather, a strong sense of self-worth, as Amy seems to dare others to size themselves up against her. Physically and emotionally, Pike looks to have immersed herself in this profoundly calculating character, and the results are impressive.

The Wrap:
The author’s clever, cruel and cool work also gives Pike the role of a lifetime in the shining, secretive Amy, while still making her human and comprehensible.

About Pike I must—at the behest of the movie’s publicists—say less, although her acting is also a study in acting. In those few moments when the mask slips, she’s tight, frightened, childishly vulnerable, desperately grasping for a sense of control that the universe has denied her.

The Telegraph:
There is a key speech in the novel in which Amy describes the fate of the “cool girl” – the archetypal sexy girlfriend who morphs, unbidden, into a pliant wife — that Pike delivers with a note of venomous triumph that makes you want to cheer.

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❝I never got to be that, dumb maybe, but never a kid. They called me “€œthe little grown up”€ and I was so proud of that, of being good and following the rules. Anything to be the teacher’€™s pet, but then you grow up and there’€™s no teacher to please. Just some idea of what people expect from a pretty girl. You make a nice home and you raise well-behaved children. You don’t make waves, you don’€™t make trouble, you keep your voice down. And you go along like that and your wanting to be good makes you quiet, so quiet that you forget the sound of your own voice, people forget that you’re there, your husband forgets that you’€™re there. Maybe you aren’€™t and you meet someone who doesn’€™t like you very much, who doesn’€™t think that you’€™re kind or you’re good, who thinks that you’€™re ignorant or prejudiced even, which maybe deep down you are. And this thing that you have been afraid of forever, someone thinking ill of you, it is almost a relief because at least someone is seeing you and you are not invisible.
Emma Watson's speech in occasion of the "HeForShe" UN campaign launching.


Today we are launching a campaign HeForShe. I am reaching out to you because we need your help. We must try to mobilize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change. We don’t just want to talk about it. We want to try and make sure it’s tangible.

I was appointed…

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❝It was supposed to say “Great Artist” on my tombstone, but if I died right now it would say “Such a good teacher/daughter/friend” instead; and what I really want to shout, and want in big letters on that grave, too, is FUCK YOU ALL.
❝When you’re a girl, you never let on that you are proud, or that you know you’re better at history, or biology, of French, than the girl who sits beside you and is eighteen months older. Instead you gush about how good she is at putting on nail polish or at talking to boys, and how you roll your eyes at the vaunted difficulty of the history/biology/French test and say, “Oh my God, it’s going to be such a disaster! I’m so scared!” and you put yourself down whenever you can so that people won’t feel threatened by you, so they’ll like you, because you wouldn’t want them to know that in your heart, you are proud, and maybe even haughty, and are riven by thoughts the revelation of which you would show everyone how deeply Not Nice you are. You learn a whole other polite way of speaking to people who mustn’t see you clearly, and you know-you get told by others-that they think you’re really sweet, and you feel a thrill of triumph: “Yes, I’m good at history/biology/French, and I’m good at this too!.” It doesn’t ever occur to you, as you fashion your mask so carefully, that it will grow into your skin and graft yourself, come to see irremovable.
❝Let me assure you: the world is full of mediocre men who are stunning successes.
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