10 Bad-relationship Movies: 3. ‘Gone Girl’

3. “Gone Girl” (2014) – Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) goes missing, and her husband Nick (Ben Affleck) is the prime suspect. Even though he insists that he had nothing to do with her disappearance, just about all eyes – including those glued to the television – believe that Nick killed Amy. Director David Fincher’s thriller closely follows Gillian Flynn’s wicked novel, including some extremely heady surprises.  One of the best films of 2014, “Gone Girl” centers around a complicated marriage, and the appearance of a spousal murder is the least byzantine…

10 Bad-relationship Movies: 4. ‘Revolutionary Road’

4. “Revolutionary Road” (2008) – Director Sam Mendes’ cautionary tale about marriage lives in the 1950s, a time-cradle for suburban expansion, and Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April (Kate Winslet) Wheeler put their best feet forward to raise a family. While Frank gets tangled in the humdrum existence of a thankless corporate job, April stays home to raise children.   They soon discover that their surrounding environment does not naturally fulfill contentment, so April suggests that their family just leave it all behind and runaway to Paris. Peer pressures attempt to keep…

10 Bad-relationship Movies: 5. ‘The War of the Roses’

5. “The War of the Roses” (1989) – Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner starred in the wildly funny action-picture, rom-com “Romancing the Stone” (1984) and its less-magnetic sequel “The Jewel of the Nile” (1985).  Four years later the two paired up again in another comedy, but a dark one.  Danny DeVito – who also acted in both previously-mentioned films – spins the story of Oliver (Douglas) and Barbara (Turner) Rose, a couple pitted in a vicious divorce proceeding that purposely delves into cartoonish altercations. Barbara wants the divorce, and her…

10 Bad-relationship Movies: 6. ‘Blue Valentine’

6.  “Blue Valentine” (2010) – The title of director Derek Cianfrance’s film is exactly what one would expect.  It’s a love story that goes south, and the unfortunate man and woman caught in the downward spiral are Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams), respectively.  This young couple’s initial attraction to each other is clear, and marriage seems like a romantic forever-rendezvous and the most logical next step. Altruistic bliss is their vision, but reality sets in during a five to six year-relationship, when money, alcohol abuse and the monotony…

10 Bad-relationship Movies: 7. ‘Heathers’

“Heathers” (1988) – Ah, the new kid.  The new kid at school automatically qualifies for attention from other students, because he or she is an unknown. “Who is the new kid?”   “What’s her deal?”   “Where is he from?” Someone new – at school, work or a social club – can offer a fresh perspective, and in this case J.D. (Christian Slater) certainly offers one at Westerburg High School in Ohio.  He’s a dark, brooding loner and speaks a lot like Jack Nicholson. Veronica (Winona Ryder) has recently grown tired of…