David Fincher began his directorial career making music videos for some of the biggest talents in pop music. Beginning with Alien³ in 1992, his work in features has combined a drive for technical achievement off-screen with a consistently recognizable interest in detail-oriented obsession on-screen. He is a consummate craftsman, but one with an uncanny ability to lay his finger right on the cultural pulse. Together, those talents result in films which have gone beyond reflecting cultural attitudes, to defining them.
With the release of his latest film, Gone Girl, we’ve taken the opportunity to revisit the director’s narrative works on film. (And, briefly, in television.) Below is a list of the films of David Fincher ranked by achievement. It’s a highly subjective effort, we realize. Where does Gone Girl fit in alongside Fight Club, Se7en, The Social Network, and Zodiac? What stands out as the best film in his career to date, and what virtues can we find even in his least successful efforts? As you’d expect with Fincher, the answer to that last question is a lot more detailed than it would be for many other filmmakers. Compare our list with your own after reading further.
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Daniel Silva has edited a 17-minute tribute to filmmaker David Fincher, artfully splicing together the director’s nine feature films including Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This video tribute does not include Fincher’s Alien 3 (because, you know why), his 1985 documentary The Beat of the Live Drum (probably because it isnt a narrative feature film) or his upcoming film Gone Girl. The edit is not just a music video like most of the tribute videos you see these days, including lengthy bits of scenes. That said, the short does include “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails and “Oraculum” by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. Watch Daniel Silva’s The Films of David Fincher now embedded after the jump.
Posted on Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
This fall brings the release of Gone Girl, David Fincher‘s first theatrical release since 2011′s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. In between the two films, he was circling several others including the Dragon Tattoo follow-up The Girl Who Played with Fire and Disney’s Jules Verne adaptation 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
The latter is definitely dead at this point, with Fincher even offering up an explanation as to where things went wrong. The director sounded a bit more optimistic about The Girl Who Played With Fire, however, predicting that Sony would do “something” with the project. Hit the jump to read his comments on 20000 Leagues and the Dragon Tattoo sequel.
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Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
The recent flurry of activity surrounding Gone Girl seems like a pretty good indication of where David Fincher‘s attention is focused right now. But that leaves the question of what’s going on with all those other projects he had brewing as his possible follow-up to 2011′s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
That includes the sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, titled The Girl Who Played With Fire, as well as Disney’s long-gestating 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Well, as it turns out, the good news is that the former isn’t dead, or at least not entirely. The bad news is that the latter is. Hit the jump for details.
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Posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
Because it was based on the first of a trilogy of books, David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was inspiring sequel talk even before the first film started shooting. Yet over a year since the film’s theatrical release, Sony’s made surprisingly little progress on The Girl Who Played With Fire.
Some wondered if Sony’s financial woes or Fincher’s reluctance to return could be to blame, but now a report suggests that the real holdup may in fact be star Daniel Craig. Fortunately for Steig Larsson fans and unfortunately for the Skyfall star, there’s a totally doable fix — his character, Mikael Blomkvist, could simply be written out of the story altogether. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
Next to the $1B+ grosses for The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, Project X‘s respectable $100M worldwide take seems like spare change. But there is one arena in which the Todd Phillips-produced raunchfest is king: illegal downloads.
Project X has emerged as the single most pirated film of 2012 — as well as the lowest grossing of the top 10, which also includes both of the aforementioned box office smashes. Read the full list after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
Forget about Tyler Perry and that $130 million he raked in last year. Even the man behind Madea would have to toil for almost five centuries at that rate to equal the $62 billion personal fortune amassed by Smaug. The Middle-earth dragon dominates Forbes‘ list of the 15 wealthiest charcters, followed by the likes of Carlisle Cullen, Lisbeth Salander, Tywin Lannister, and Robert Crawley.
As you might guess, the accounting doesn’t seem entirely scientific. It seems suspiciously convenient, for example, that most of the men, women, and creatures in the Top 15 come from pop culture franchises that are especially hot right now. But if you’ve ever wondered whether Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne would dominate in a pissing contest for the 1%, hit the jump for the rankings.
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John Carter isn’t the only write-down being talked about right now. While Disney’s recent release is a much bigger financial albatross, with the company being forced to call it a $200m loss, MGM now saying that David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which it co-financed, hit below studio expectations and is “a modest loss.”
The studio wanted about 10% better returns on the picture, but the real takeaway here is what this effect this might have on further adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium novels. MGM has the option to co-finance the next two films and is interested in doing, so. But it wants “better economics,” which means cheaper films. And that could mean that David Fincher will not direct. Read More »