THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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ALL GOOD THINGS (2010)

This almost unknown film is lurking within the confines of Netflix, and if you want to see a well-acted film about an incredible true story, this may be your bag as Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella and Phillip Baker hall are among the leads.  Based on the life of alleged murderer Robert Durst (he really liked the movie), All Good Things stars Ryan Gosling as David Marks, son of real estate tycoon Sterling Marks.  David’s a bit of an odd bird who meets and marries Katie (Dunst) and they get far away from her dad’s influence, opening a store in Vermont.  But Daddy follows them up there and implies strongly that she is secretly unhappy in Vermont.  So David moves them back to the Big Apple and takes a job as his father’s bagman, collecting rents in cash from some scummy business tenants.  The marriage seems to be heading south, capped off by his horrified response to her announcement that she’s pregnant.   The LAST thing he wants to be is a daddy, due to the horrible way his mother died before his eyes when he was a kid, and his general  bad feelings towards his father.  Anyway, things get worse, she has an abortion and they head for a breakup –  then Katie vanishes without a trace.  Sure he’s a suspect but no one can pin anything on him.  Then the film gets REALLY odd as he flees to Texas so no one with bother him – and dresses in women’s clothes and a wig!  He meets Merwyn Bump (Hall), a down-on-his-luck neighbor who just might be able to take care of some things that are bugging David. 

 Don’t expect a neat resolution – the case stays unsolved.  The performances are great, but All Good Things is a little too offbeat and ambiguous.  It was barely released to theaters and it sits in Netflix waiting to be discovered.  Intriguing but ultimately unsatisfying. 

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