This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.
If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web. Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.
January 19, 2012
All Good Things (2010)
When it's over, the film has "creepy" written all over it. The thing about watching a film based on a true life unsolved murder is that you are almost guaranteed to be unsatisfied, because there's no real ending, only possible conclusions, and that can be frustrating, as I was with the ending of All Good Things. Ryan Gosling stars as David Marks, who is heavily scarred by witnessing his mother's suicide early in his childhood. When his marriage to Katie (Kirsten Dunst) starts to crumble, David transforms from a loving husband to a mentally disturbed individual. He was suspected, but never tried for killing Katie after her disappearance in 1982. Director Andrew Jarecki used pieces from trial records to help tell what might have happened and how the plan was executed, and I think he does a well-layered job of it; however, the ending seems unfinished, but not by fault of the director. Gosling was very convincing at playing creepy, especially in disguise as a woman, and Dunst was believable as the carefree wife who was slowly tormented by her husband.