I didn’t especially care for Gillian Flynn’s thriller Gone Girl. I feel she can’t hold a candle to the mystery novelists Denise Mina and Tana French. These women are Irish and Scottish, and their mysteries have a real grounding in their cultures, the gritty side of their societies.
Friends took me to see Gone Girl, bribed me with dinner. I am easily bribed. The theater was so crowded, it was he opening weekend, that I had to sit alone, way up high in the single empty seat separated from my friends. I laughed in surprise. (I laughed alone, the men on either side of me, exclaimed, but did not laugh out loud at some of the outrageous evil surprises of the screenplay.) I forgot the book and was carried away by David Fincher’s direction. Ben Affleck is perfect, and that is something I never expected to say. An actor who is almost handsome, but not quite, totally lacking in charisma, a little clumsy… perfect. I recommend Gone Girl.
I came across a story of abuse in an amazing editorial cartoon, a cartoon that addresses the issue of abuse and in particular mentions the excuse that some abuse has cultural roots. If so, then your culture must be changed. You can’t use culture as an excuse. That excuse is used from beatings to genocide, and it must stop. I heard about this interview the other evening from a woman who was still reeling from the emotional experience of seeing Scott Stantis on Chicago Tonight. Thank you, Linda, for sharing. http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/09/29/editorial-cartoon-shows-impact-abuse