So I actually have very good news for once, last Thursday I successfully presented by Master's project and paper to my review board, and they not only liked the presentation but also stated that I did an excellent job with my paper, and that I should indeed "give myself a pat on the back." Essentially the most difficult part of my Master's degree is now over, which since starting back in 2013 was a huge weight on my shoulders, now I have this great feeling of relief washed over me. Now I just have to get through the next couple of months and get myself settled somewhere else than where I currently am. The year is essentially half over today; time has just flown by this year thus far. I finally sat down this evening and watched a move which had been sitting on my blu-ray player since April; Gone Girl. I can sum up my entire viewing experience of that film in just one word....wow. Rosamund Pike should have gotten the Academy Award for her performance in this film; she was astounding! For those of you who don't know, she plays a woman who is missing and presumed dead for which her husband gets the blame for, played by Ben Affleck. It's amazing that Mr. Affleck is staging as big of a come back as he is; his performance was equally astounding, and the two had such brilliant on-screen chemistry. These two were the main reasons to watch the film, although there were excellent performances from the supporting cast such as: Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Missi Pyle, and David Clennon. David Fincher directed the film, and I have to say he did an amazing job of it. The writing was perfection; Gillian Flynn who wrote the novel also wrote the screenplay, and he did an excellent job with it. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross composed the music, neither of which I care for the music they compose or their style, but the music they came up with for this film seemed to work quite well, so I guess you can't argue with that. I will say that I won't be listening to their score anytime soon though. It was a very well done film which grabbed and then held my attention for pretty much its duration, with a few slow spots in the middle. The characters are interesting, flawed and dynamic, and the story is oh so compelling. It isn't a funny hahah film, and some people may not like the ending, and it is rather...disturbing at times, but all in all quite a good film. If you like well written and performed dramas then this is for you.
Gone Girl trailer
Rosamund Pike interview
Star Wars Battlefront game trailer (usually I don't post game trailers, but this does look pretty good).