It’s David Fincher‘s birthday! To mark the occasion, here are five films from the acclaimed director. Check some of these out!
The Game (1997)
I think initially I wasn’t too big of a fan of this one, but over the years it’s really grown on me. It’s got some really great performances and a helluva twist to it all. I love the cinematography in all of Fincher’s films and this one is no slouch. Watch it if you haven’t seen it yet, or if you have, give it another whirl.
Alien 3 (1992)
OK, this isn’t known for being one of his best films, but I really don’t blame him for it being so muddled. The studio completely meddled in his directorial debut and almost ruined the franchise. How dare you kill off Newt and Hicks!! But I will say that the Assembly Cut, which includes 37 minutes and 12 seconds of new and alternative footage does a good job of fixing some of the mistakes. Don’t shit on this one too much, the fourth one is worse.
Panic Room (2002)
Has the “road trip movie” ever been any dumber? I am of course kidding because nothing about Dumb and Dumber is dumb beyond the two main characters’ IQ. You know, it wasn’t un YEARS later that I realized the girl in this was Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame and part of me wishes I never learned that, because I’m not a fan of those flicks and I actually thought this girl was talented. That being said, now that she and Robert Pattinson are done with that franchise, I actually do think they are both talented. Anyway, I like the Hitchcockian vibe to this flick and I rewatched it early on in the pandemic and I gotta say it’s a damn solid flick.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
This film was great and I liked the original Swedish version as well. But this one really has a moodiness to it that I quite enjoy. Again, its some fantastic cinematography and all around great acting as well. I really wished they let him make a sequel and didn’t just shit out that Spider’s Web movie with a whole new cast. I also wish that now after seeing ALL the movies made so far, that they all (minus this one) didn’t revolve around Lisbeth and her wacko family so much.
Man, do I love this movie. It’s almost damn near perfect. If I had to rank a Fincher Top Five, this would clearly be in it, I just don’t know if I love this, Seven or Fight Club more. And really it may just be a tie between this and Seven. This flick is so full of tension and it sucks you in. Remember That Scene? Man, this movie is fantastic.
And here’s a great music video he did, from our greatest music videos directed by famous filmmakers.
What are some of your favorite films to feature birthday boy David Fincher?