The Films of David Fincher: SE7EN

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[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.]

Where as Alien3 has been forgotten thanks to ignominy, the shadow of the first two Alien movies, and its botched production, Se7en has persevered for almost twenty years if for no other reason than what’s in the fucking box.  Se7en is where David Fincher‘s filmography truly begins, and it’s fitting that a director who self-identifies as cynical should lead with a movie that abhors human nature, massacres the good in more ways than one, and even feels slight reverence towards its heinous killer.  There’s a beauty to the cruelty as the movie presents a stylized realism that taps into a rotting, fetid world but does so without establishing a particular locale, drenching the unnamed city in rain, and sinking the shots into darkness and low angles.

Se7en is where David Fincher finally got to come out and play.  Alien 3 was a trap that became a prison and eventually he just had to flee from the depressing hellhole of that production.  He returned to music videos thinking he would never make another movie again, and when Se7en came along, he went all in on a “meditation on evil and how evil gets on you and you can’t get it off.”   Fincher didn’t return with an open palm.  He came back with a clenched fist.

The Films of David Fincher: ALIEN 3

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[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.]

“It was a baptism by fire.” David Fincher doesn’t have particularly fond memories of his directorial debut, Alien 3.  It was a troubled production before he even came on board, and despite his wealth of experience having worked on music videos and commercials, he was thrown into a situation that would easily scare away experienced feature film directors.  Call it hubris on Fincher’s part, but the hellish production on Alien 3 was a key part of his development.  And yet despite all of the problems on set, Alien 3 is not without its redeeming aspects.

The Work of David Fincher: Introduction, Commercials, Music Videos, and THE BEAT OF THE LIVE DRUM

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In an age where movies are designed to appeal to the broadest demographic possible and no one wants to feel too uncomfortable, David Fincher has gone against the grain time and time again, but his work is consistently engaging.  “I don’t know how much movies should entertain. To me, I’m always interested in movies that scar,” he told The Independent in 2010.  Known for his exacting, precise, and unique approach on-set, Fincher has consistently pushed boundaries with films that are divisive, thought-provoking, biting, and yet, for all their cynicism, strangely heartfelt.

In anticipation of the release of David Fincher’s latest film, Gone Girl, I’ll be looking back at his career and filmography.  In this first installment, I’ll be examining his work in commercials, music videos, and his first movie, Rick Springfield’s concert picture The Beat of the Live Drum.

Listen to a Track from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ GONE GIRL Score; Plus 9 New Images

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October 3rd seems so close and yet so far away.  Gone Girl is hands down my most anticipated film of the rest of the year, not because of the story or source material, but because David Fincher is one of the few truly uncompromising filmmakers we have left.  When the film hits theaters, we’ll know that this is Fincher’s film through and through, and he seems to have a lot to say about relationships and our inherent narcissistic nature in the telling of this story.  Another reason to be excited about Gone Girl is the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.  The duo’s work on The Social Network is one of the vital pieces that makes that movie a masterpiece, and while their Girl with the Dragon Tattoo score was a bit too similar-sounding to Social Network for my taste, I’m incredibly curious to see what they’ve come up with for Gone Girl.  And I’m in luck, because the very first Gone Girl soundtrack clip has been released online, and it teases a very different—yet still haunting—kind of score.  Is that a copy machine I hear?

Take a listen to the first Gone Girl soundtrack clip from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross after the jump, along with some new images from the film.  Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler PerryCarrie CoonKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris, Gone Girl will premiere at the New York Film Festival and opens in theaters on October 3rd.

New GONE GIRL TV Spot Tortures Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne

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Can’t it just be October 3rd already?  I already know Gone Girl will be good because I’ve never disliked a David Fincher movie and I love the book by Gillian Flynn.  But I’m starting to be more and more convinced this will be one of Fincher’s major works.  For me his best stuff is Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac and The Social Network (with The Game, Panic Room, Benjamin Button and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo all being very good but not all time greats).  My money is on this new one joining the upper ranks.  This new TV Spot doesn’t diminish any of that and focusses on the tribulations of Ben Affleck‘s character (be sure to check out the trailer first if you haven’t seen it).

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl TV Spot.  The film also stars Rosamund PikeTyler PerryCarrie CoonKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Gone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd.

David Fincher Says Corporate Culture Killed 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA; Will Be Focusing on HBO Series All Next Year [Updated]

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Sometimes I think it would be cool to see a genius like David Fincher tackle something like a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The project had been in the works at Disney for years, and at one point it seemed pretty close to happening.  But, according to Fincher, it was corporate culture that killed this big-budget behemoth.  Not a huge surprise at that level of expenditure.

I’m not too bummed about losing this particular project, and I do think Fincher’s version is lost whether or not Disney moves ahead with their own.  It would have been cool, but now we’re getting Gone Girl, a movie I’m infinitely more excited about than I would have been about 20,000 Leagues. Still, his comments on the matter are more than worth checking out, as they’re largely representative of a studio culture in which domestic ancillary revenue is on the wane (thanks pirates) and foreign markets must be relied on to break even. [Update: We've added more from Fincher, including a fantastic-sounding description of what his 20,000 Leagues would have entailed and the revelation that he'll be focusing solely on his upcoming HBO series Utopia next year.]

David Fincher Says He Cast Ben Affleck in GONE GIRL for His Experience with Public Scrutiny; Talks Walking a Satirical Line

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Director David Fincher’s Gone Girl is my most anticipated film from the rest of 2014.  I like Gillian Flynn’s book well enough, but it seems to be a fantastic foundation on which Fincher could build something truly special.  As the film’s October 3rd release date looms closer, we’ve started hearing rumblings about what Fincher’s adaptation entails, including more than a few mentions of the word “satire”. The filmmaker recently took part in an interview for the film in which he was candid about his tonal aspirations and why he cast Ben Affleck in the lead role.

Specifically, Fincher admits that Affleck’s experience of being under public scrutiny was an invaluable resource for playing the character of Nick Dunne—a man who becomes the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance—and also discusses how the crux of the film is about “the idea of our collective narcissism as it relates to coupling.”  Read on after the jump.

David Fincher and James Ellroy Talking to HBO for a Crime Noir Series Set in 1950s Los Angeles

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Hold onto your fedoras, it’s about to get noir-y!  Recent reports have Oscar-nominated director David Fincher and one of Hollywood’s go-to-crime novelist James Ellroy teaming up in talks with HBO for a Los Angeles-set 1950s crime noir series.  That setting should sound familiar to fans of the Ellroy novel-inspired  L.A Confidential, but it’s also an area that Fincher has wanted to explore for some time now.  Fincher was once attached to direct an adaptation of Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia novel (which was helmed by Brian De Palma to a lukewarm reception).  Since Fincher apparently envisioned his version of the crime thriller as a miniseries, perhaps this new project will be a marriage of the two previous adaptations.  Hit the jump for more.

David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Movie Ending Potentially Clarified

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I’m very much on the record in saying that I’m very, very excited for Gone Girl.  It’s easily one of my five most anticipated films of the year.  I love Gillian Flynn’s book and I’m an ardent fan of director David Fincher, so the fact that I may have to wait another month to see it has me on pins and needles.  I’m not concerned about the film’s ending either, though many people seem to be.  There were some comments from Flynn that Fincher had “started from scratch” in his approach to the book’s finale (Flynn also wrote the film’s script).  Then Fincher offered a hilariously vague comment when asked to elaborate on her statement.  But now we have some new info that may settle the debate (at least until we see the film).

Hit the jump to read about the Gone Girl movie ending.  The film stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Gone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd.  Potential spoilers ahead.

Over a Dozen New GONE GIRL Images Show Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike’s Crumbling Marriage

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Gone Girl is one of my most anticipated movies of the year, due in no small part to David Fincher being one of my favorite directors in addition to the fact that I really dig Gillian Flynn’s source material.  In addition to the images that hit yesterday, we’ve got 14 new pics from the film that take us a bit further inside the established aesthetic on display in the latest trailer, but do nothing to spoil the surprises of the piece.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl images.  The film stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Gone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd.

Watch 4 New Gap Commercials Directed by David Fincher

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Though 2011 isn’t too terribly long ago, the wait for a new David Fincher film has been tough.  He finally has a new feature on the horizon with October’s Gone Girl, but in the midst of finalizing the Ben Affleck-fronted drama, it appears that Fincher found time to helm a new campaign of Gap commercials.  Fincher got his start in short-form filmmaking with music videos and commercials, and while he recently helmed the Justin Timberlake music video for “Suit & Tie”, he’s now taken his talents to the world of advertising with a series of pretty swell Gap ads.  Fincher’s signature aesthetic is present with a striking black-and-white atmosphere, but the overall tone of the campaign is fun and spunky, which is somewhat refreshing given the bleakness of Fincher’s last film.  They’re definitely worth your time and will likely be in heavy rotation as the fall fashion season begins.

Hit the jump to watch the new David Fincher Gap commercials. 

GONE GIRL Images Offer a Behind-the-Scenes Look at David Fincher’s New Film; Ben Affleck Says It’s the “Perfect Date Movie”

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David Fincher is one of my favorite filmmakers working today, and so it’s with great joy that I greet a new batch of behind-the-scenes Gone Girl images that have landed online.  Fincher’s new film is an adaptation of the page-turner novel of the same name by author Gillian Flynn, and revolves around a man (Ben Affleck) who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  Fincher has always been leading the charge when it comes to innovative filmmaking techniques, and one of these new Gone Girl images shows the unique way in which he photographed an underwater scene involving Pike.  Moreover, accompanying the images are some comments from Fincher, Pike, and Affleck about the film, with the latter explaining why he thinks it’s the perfect date movie.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl images and comments.  The film also stars Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Gone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd.

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA Resurrected? Disney Eyeing Potential Early 2015 Production Start for Remake [Updated]

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One of the most promising projects of the past decade may have new life, though whether it still resembles its former iteration is unclear.  Filmmaker David Fincher had been developing a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Disney for years, and it finally looked like he was ready to tackle the project after the back-to-back productions The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  He worked hard to make the film happen, but his vision for an epic, adventurous retelling necessitated a massive budget from Disney, which in turn necessitated a bankable star in the lead.  Fincher approached his pal Brad Pitt, but he opted to make Fury instead.  Then Matt Damon and Daniel Craig were considered, but neither wanted to leave their families for a lengthy shoot in Australia.  Even Channing Tatum was a possibility.

Last summer, after Fincher committed to Gone Girl has his next picture, word came that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was officially dead.  However, it appears that the film may yet have life, as Disney is in negotiations with the Australian government for tax incentives that would pave the way for an early 2015 shoot on 20,000 Leagues. [Update: It's possible that Disney may actually be trying to use the pre-approved incentive for 20,000 Leagues on the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean 5. More after the jump.]

David Fincher Offers a Hilariously Confusing Clarification on the Ending of GONE GIRL

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There are very few films I’m looking forward to this year as much as Gone Girl.  Not only am I a huge fan of director David Fincher, I love the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name.  The film stars Ben Affleck as a man who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  Fincher made a big splash earlier this year when he claimed that the ending had been completely changed, stating that he had “started from scratch.”  This upset some die-hard fans of the book (Flynn has subsequently stated that the rumors were exaggerated), but I think we’re in good hands regardless of whether or not it has been changed.  Not only is Fincher a genius, but Flynn herself wrote the screenplay.  I’m sure whatever happens is true to her vision.

Today Fincher hilariously (and probably intentionally) confused the situation by offering a further “clarification.”  Hit the jump for his new comments on the Gone Girl ending and click here for the trailer.  Tyler PerryKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris also star.  20th Century Fox releases the film on October 3rd.

The Search for Amazing Amy Continues in New GONE GIRL Posters; Plus New Image Puts Ben Affleck in the Hot Seat

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20th Century Fox has released a pair of new Gone Girl posters for David Fincher’s upcoming Gillian Flynn adaptation, as well as a new image from the film.  Ben Affleck stars as Nick Dunne, a man who becomes the prime suspect when his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  These new posters are pretty great, framing Amy’s watchful eyes over a fractured Nick, standing sullen and frustrated amidst a flurry of news ticker headlines.  Fincher is always hands-on in the marketing of his own films, and thus far the campaign for Gone GIrl has failed to disappoint.  Additionally, a new image shows Affleck’s Dunne being questioned by Detectives Boney (Kim Dickens) and Gilpin (Patrick Fugit) as Amy’s parents look on.  The film continues to look fantastic, and I really can’t wait to see what Fincher does with this dark and emotionally complex story.  Hopefully we’re in for a few surprises.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Gone Girl posters and image.  The film also stars Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Emily Ratajkowski, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson, Sela Ward, Lisa Barnes, and David ClennonGone Girl will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival and opens in theaters on October 3rd.

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