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Gone Girl, 2014
Directed by David Fincher
With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.
David Fincher, a favourite among many film critics and fans, has made a name for himself with really good adaptations of really good books. From the incredible Fight Club back in 1999 and The Social Network a few years back to the middling Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Fincher has proven that he knows what he is doing when it comes to taking the novel source material and putting it up on the big screen. This is on show once again with Gone Girl, adapted from the very »
- Luke Owen
Daniel Kasman: I'm glad to be discussing this film, which opened the New York Film Festival on Friday, with you Doug. Several friends and acquaintances of mine in the film world are either unduly fascinated by director David Fincher (along with Steven Soderbergh, brothers in cinema, I'd say) while an equal part seemingly has no interest in him whatsoever. I don't believe we've ever talked about him before, so I'd be curious to know what you thought of his work, and especially his work over the last decade or so, after Fight Club.
- Daniel Kasman
At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. With the release of Gone Girl this week, let’s examine the trademark style and calling signs of David Fincher as director.
Fincher’s love for film started at an early age, when, like Steven Spielberg, he made home movies with an 8mm camera. He was able to translate this love for film into a career. In the 1980’s he worked for several production companies, including Industrial Light and Magic. Later he joined Propaganda Films and began to direct music videos and commercials. Propaganda Films was also a starting point for directors such as Michael Bay, Spike Jonze, Gore Verbinski, Alex Proyas, and Zach Snyder. All of these directors, understandably, have a focus on visuals, and David Fincher is no exception.
His feature debut was Alien 3 »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
If you prefer your punch lines screamed at high volume, this trailer is the one for you. Colin Farrell is otherwise engaged, and he's been replaced by the combination of Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine, playing a father-son team who steal our heroes' business idea and therefore Must Pay. Speaking of stealing: Does it count as ripping off Fight Club if you call out that you're ripping off Fight Club? »
- Nate Jones
20th Century Fox
Since Gone Girl premiered at the New York Film Festival last weekend and began screening for critics, the buzz-o-meter has been going off the charts, with David Fincher’s 10th film currently sitting at a strong 85% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average score of 8.2/10. The critical chorus has certainly been enough for many to begin singing its Oscar praises already, and though those claims might be well overblown, there’s little denying that, now that Gone Girl is rolling out advanced screenings for the public ahead of its October 3rd wide release, positive word of mouth is only likely to spread.
Gone Girl is, however, not David Fincher’s strongest work, and it’s really nowhere near either: it simply lacks a narrative as watertight and compelling as Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac or The Social Network, but as a slice of finely-tuned pulp, it’s hard to »
- Jack Pooley
Gone Girl is a movie about two marriages. The first union is between Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike), two out-of-work writers living in small-town Missouri. The second is between director David Fincher and scribe Gillian Flynn. Both Fincher and Flynn are masters of their domain, sharing a knack for precise plotting, macabre stories and finessing those tales with slices of razor sharp comedy. The latter couple is a marriage built to last. The former, not so much.
Nick wakes up one balmy July morning – his five-year wedding anniversary, no less – and heads over to the bar that he runs with his twin sister Margo (Carrie Coons). The thirty-something husband returns home to find his dog barking madly, a glass table in his den shattered and his wife gone. Nick is aghast when the two investigators, Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) and Jim Gilpin (Patrick Fugit), suggest »
- Jordan Adler
First of all there's, nothing wrong with David Fincher's Fight Club. That movie is brilliant. But you can leave it up to the gang over at Cinema Sins to try to tear it down. Here's the thing though, people have apparently been asking for them to do it, so here it is.
Many of you have been asking for this for a while, so... hope you're happy. Because a whole bunch of other people are going to be sad now. But I digress... Like most movies, even Fight Club has some sins. We thought we'd list them for you.
- Joey Paur
By Gary Salem and Michelle McCue
“What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage. We create the illusion of changing the actors into what they are not. We ask the public to believe that every time they see a performer on the screen he’s become a different person.”
On Monday, Wamg attended the press preview for the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building.
Taking five years to create, this exhibition is the kickoff for the whole Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Emphasizing how costumes are so important in creating characters, this one-of-a-kind exhibition comes with its own film score, enhanced with dazzling animations and screenplay excerpts.
Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), and sponsored by Swarovski, this ticketed exhibition »
- Movie Geeks
They might not be any smarter this time around, but the Horrible Bosses trio of Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) are back for more attempts to make their lives better in the sequel to the 2011 comedy. The new trailer has arrived, featuring shower weirdness and Chris Pine going full Fight Club. This time, the boys are looking to leave behind their roles as cogs in the corporate machine and seize their own destinies by launching a business. Unfortunately for them, they run afoul of dodgy, scheming businessman Christoph Waltz, who screws them over and laughs all the way to the bank (via the golf course).But instead of cutting their losses, the idiots consult Dean “Motherf*cker” Jones (Jamie Foxx) once more and decide to kidnap the swindler’s son (Pine) for ransom. What they don’t realise is that he’s meaner, weirder and far crazier than his pop, »
Before J.J. Abrams secured the job of kicking off Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy, numerous filmmakers were linked with the director’s chair on Star Wars: Episode VII, including David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club), who has spoken about meeting with Disney and Lucasfilm during a promotional interview for his new film Gone Girl.
“I talked to [Kathleen Kennedy] about it, but I think that it’s a different thing from… I don’t know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like,” Fincher tells Total Film. “It’s tricky. My favourite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, ‘I want to do something more like that,’ then I’m sure the people paying for it would be like, ‘No! You can’t do that! We want it like the other one with all the creatures!’ “I always thought of Star Wars as the story of two slaves [C-3Po and R2-D2] who go from owner to owner, »
- Gary Collinson
One of those "what if" scenarios that apparently was close to fruition is a David Fincher-directed "Episode VII." The master behind "Se7en," "Fight Club," and the new "Gone Girl" considered taking on the newest film in the iconic franchise.
Fincher worried about meeting the newly-merged studio's expectations. "If I said, 'I want to do something more like that,' then I'm sure the people paying for it would be like, 'No! You can't do that! We want it like the other one with all the creatures!'" he aid.
- Kelly Woo
I can't tell you exactly when I first saw David Fincher's Se7en. I definitely saw it in theaters on or around when it was released on September 22, 1995, and after seeing it I know I quickly ran to purchase the film's soundtrack, not because I necessarily loved Howard Shore's score, but because that's what I did back then. In the days before short theatrical windows and immediate DVD releases, purchasing the score was my way of preserving the experience of seeing a movie I truly loved. In this case I could listen to Shore's "Suite from Se7en" or "Portrait of John Doe" and immediately find myself back in the seedy, noir world Fincher envisioned, Andrew Kevin Walker scripted (read it here*) and Darius Khondji photographed. It was the films of David Fincher that first caused me to start looking at movies differently. Se7en and then Fight Club were »
- Brad Brevet
Gone Girl unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
Gone Girl sees Affleck and Pike joined in the cast by Emily Ratajkowski (iCarly), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Tyler Perry (Madea Gets A Job), Missi Pyle (The Artist), Patrick Fugit (We Bought a Zoo »
- Gary Collinson
Director David Fincher is loved by cinephiles (including yours truly), and has an iconic lineup of films on his resume, which include Fight Club, Se7en, The Social Network and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Fans of mystery/thrillers also tend to have special reverence for Fincher’s Zodiac, and are therefore probably eager to see his new film, Gone Girl.
However, while out promoting Gone Girl, Fincher has been talking about other happenings in his career – which has understandably brushed up against big blockbuster undertakings like the current mega-universe franchises like DC/Marvel superheroes and more specifically, Star Wars. Apparently, there was a possibility that we could’ve seen David Fincher’s Star Wars Episode VII instead of J.J. Abrams’.
Speaking with Total Film, ...
- Kofi Outlaw
Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as a couple whose marriage severely hits the rocks, is the tenth feature in Fincher's 20-year career. Digital Spy picks out some of the highlights from his previous nine films below...
1. Alien 3's death of Ripley (1992)
Fincher himself is no big fan of his directorial debut Alien³, a blockbuster that experienced a turbulent production and was ultimately disowned by the man calling the shots behind the camera. That said, it featured a watershed moment for the franchise - Ripley sacrificing herself while a Xenomorph bursts through her chest, desperate to escape certain death.
2. Seven's "What's in the box? »
Director David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) revealed in an interview with Total Film that he had met with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy about directing a Star Wars movie for them. Fincher got his start in the business working on Return of the Jedi, so it would have been completely appropriate for him to come back around and direct a movie. That's obviously not how it has played out, and the reason is because the director was unsure about Disney's involvement. He said,
"I talked to Kathy about it, but I think that it's a different thing from... I don't know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like. It's tricky. My favourite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, 'I want to do something more like that,' then I'm sure the people paying for it would be like, 'No! You can't do that! We want it like the other one with all the creatures! »
- Joey Paur
Now that filming has officially begun on Batman V Superman, fans are hungry to see any available details that the studio has kept under wraps so far. Unfortunately, Ben Affleck isn’t giving any major information about his brand new Batman (aside from the character’s unique anger issues), but seems to have nothing but kind words for the film’s script, director Zack Snyder, and Warner Bros. in general.
Affleck – set to return to the front of the camera in David Fincher’s Gone Girl – spoke with the Boston Globe about what drew him to the film, citing his interest in working with the mind behind Se7en, Fight Club, and The Social Network to improve his own directorial ...
- Andrew Dyce
David Fincher has a sterling track record when it comes to adapting novels, from Chuck Palahniuck’s Fight Club to 2011's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. And once again, Fincher brings his observant, rigorous filmmaking style to a book: this time, it’s Gillian Flynn’s best-selling thriller, Gone Girl.
On the surface, married couple Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) have everything the average American could possibly want: good looks, a big house in a pleasant area of Missouri. Even their cat has its own bedroom. But something darker lurks beneath the wafer-thin surface: the house is a rental, the couple were forced to move there when Nick’s mother fell sick and they both lost their jobs in New York, and worse still, the loving spark that once flickered »
While filmmaker Alexandre Aja is typically known for ridiculously gory horror movies like Piranha 3D and High Tension, his latest film, Horns, is a sinful departure into Young Adult territory that maintains a hard-r bite. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Aja’s adaptation of Joe Hill’s original novel follows a boy who sprouts horns that force people to reveal their darkest thoughts and secrets, a helpful tool that Radcliffe takes advantage of while hunting his ex-girlfriend’s killer.
It’s a darkly comedic journey into tragic waters, one that’s benefitted by Aja’s direction when psychedelic hallucinations and explosive visual attacks are called upon. I caught the film at Fantastic Fest this past week and enjoyed the hell out of it, where I also had the distinct honor of talking with Alexandre Aja, who was in attendance.
Heading into one of The HighBall’s brand new karaoke rooms, I had »
- Matt Donato
[With the upcoming release of his new film Gone Girl, I’m taking a look back at the work of director David Fincher. These articles contain spoilers.] Listening to the commentary tracks for Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, and Panic Room, you can hear in Fincher's voice a slight bit of annoyance and frustration. It's not quite bitterness, but there's an acerbic quality from a man who's exhausted and can't help but lay out wry observations. The Panic Room track in particular conveys the sense that no one should ever make a movie because it's a hellish experience meant only for masochists. But his commentaries pick up afterwards, and I believe that's partly because Fincher found his true love: digital. Digital completely changed the way Fincher made movies, and it allowed him to provide the precision to performances that he'd applied to all other aspects of his pictures. From here on, he sounds much happier, and when talking about Zodiac, it's like a trip down memory lane as he recalls childhood memories of a serial killer »
- Matt Goldberg
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