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I'm Still Here (2010)
I'm Not Here
I expected more from this. More, because well let's be honest, Phoenix's presence on Letterman was a pivotal moment in late night television and sparked everyone's curiosity, finding out that they would have to wait for two years to view the actual film. This is the normal length taken to make a giant studio movie, not a mockumentary. After Casey's older and more well known brother (such seems to be the fate of so many sibling celebrities) Ben Affleck gave a critically well received directorial debut for Gone Baby Gone, and as the release of The Town co-insided with I'm Still Here, I expected more of a pivotal directorial debut for Casey. I was of course rooting for him as his turn in The Assassination Of Jesse James never turned him into the star that he has fought to be. This was his chance to make a name for himself behind the camera. Once again, I guess Ben is stealing the lime light.
The one element that this film benefits from is it's uniqueness. Today's media culture is so over saturated with giant studio event films like Avatar and now Tron Legacy, Sucker Punch, The Dark Knight, Superman, Inception....the list goes on and on. It's a rare gem to find something different. So, I give it credit for some originality, but it did not peak nearly the same level of interest as Phoenix's performance on Letterman had built up.
Seven and Silence Of The Lambs
I will tip toe around this claim ever so carefully, but I think it is a relevant argument to made that this film's integrity if of equal value to that of Silence Of The Lambs. Spacey's performance is just as impacting as Anthony Hopkin's Lecter. There is also is mildly similar blueprint to the script and characters, per dealing with rogue detectives.
The main difference is the psychological study of Clarice Starling's deep relationship with Lecter, while in Seven the dichotomy of the two officer's and their respective relationship is at the forefront. Wisdom and novice naive brooding perseverance are at grips with one another.
Needless to say, the gritty style of Fincher's direction, and the fail proof script written by Andrew Kevin Walker are classic and inspirational. It is a hall of fame masterpiece.
Fight Club (1999)
If I remember correctly, I saw this movie in theaters as a last resort. I think whatever I wanted to see at the time was sold out, so my dad took me to see this. I knew nothing about it other than the fact that it was about a bunch of guys boxing/fighting, or so I thought.
It's purely a psychological analysis and one that David Fincher captured so perfectly. I mean it's one of those films that you watch over and over....I watch it to this day and I catch something new every time.
From the "psychological imprint" flashes of Tyler Durden before his main introduction and much more, Fincher took Plahnuk's (I hope that's the right spelling) novel and made it into a masterpiece of a film. It's no wonder it's a cult classic.