David Fincher

In Defense of Seeing the Movie Before You Read the Book

Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 crime novel, hits theaters today, and I encourage you to see it at your earliest opportunity — it’s sharp, funny, bizarre, and great, PTA’s most enjoyably loosey-goosey effort in years. But there will be some foot-dragging, as it seems there always is when a film version of a high-profile bestseller hits the screen, by those who feel it’s their obligation to first consume the work in its original and vastly superior words-on-a-page form. After years of struggling with this arbitrary impulse/obligation, let’s just come out and say it: you don’t have to do that. … Read More

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How the Death of Mid-Budget Cinema Left a Generation of Iconic Filmmakers MIA

Earlier this year, John Waters — whose last movie, A Dirty Shame, was released a full decade ago — finally got the offer he’d been waiting for all this time. According to his hitchhiking chronicle Carsick, his very first driver was “Harris,” “an art school type” with a sideline in weed dealing who called himself a fan. They talked for a bit about movies before Harris asked the (five) million-dollar question: “How come you aren’t making a movie?” … Read More

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Michael Fassbender Is the Latest Possible Steve Jobs

After both Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio backed out of Sony’s upcoming Aaron Sorkin-written, Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs biopic, the… Read More

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Pulque, Porn, and David [P]incher: Links You Need to See

You’re probably finding yourselves sobered after a blurry/slurry summer “sleep” by this week’s crisp fall air. And, now that you’re being forced back into reality, here are a few distractions from said reality: … Read More

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The “Cool Girl” Speech May Be a Meme, But It’s Not the Point of ‘Gone Girl’

If you haven’t read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl or seen the David Fincher-directed, Ben Affleck-starring film adaptation since its release on Friday, you may still know all about Gone Girl‘s “Cool Girl” speech, solely because of the Internet, especially if your social media presence includes a Tumblr. [Spoilers ahead, obviously.] … Read More

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Why ‘Gone Girl’ Readers Will Be Surprised — and Satisfied — by David Fincher’s Adaptation

There is always apprehension attached to book-to-film adaptations, a wary uneasiness that only increases when the source material is such a well-written, genuinely thrilling, and viciously brilliant novel like Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. It doesn’t matter that the directing duties are placed in the very capable hands of David Fincher or that the screenplay was written by Flynn herself. Adaptations still go wrong when everything seems to be in place. Gone Girl is the rare exception. The film pulls off an impressive, double-duty feat: Gone Girl is not only a strong, faithful adaptation of the novel, but it also makes the story feel wholly original again, even if you’ve already read it. (This post is very spoiler-heavy, so proceed with caution.) … Read More

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Stop Calling David Fincher a “Control Freak”

As you may have heard, David Fincher’s terrific adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller Gone Girl premiered last weekend at the New York Film Festival. So your film editor was perusing some of the coverage of that premiere, like ya do, when I came upon Anne Thompson’s analysis of the “Three Reasons to Worry About Gone Girl.” She mostly examines the film’s chances at box office success and Oscar gold (ugh), but this is the line that jumped out at me: “Fincher was being typically controlling during the press conference, exhorting the press to hide Gone Girl plot spoilers — while the bestseller is still flying off bookshelves — and refusing to allow anyone to record the NYFF press conference.” It’s not often that you see three consecutive inaccuracies in the same sentence, but that’s what happens when you have to conform your facts to a preexisting narrative — in this case, that Fincher is some sort of cruel, demented control freak. It’s a narrative that’s been floating around for a while now, and the more you think about it, the sillier it is. … Read More

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