Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ranking Fincher's films

By sati (harlequinade) Tuesday, September 30, 2014 , 48 Comments
"Filmmaking isn’t if you can just strap on a camera onto an actor, and steadicam, and point it at their face, and follow them through the movie, that is not what moviemaking is, that is not what it’s about. It’s not just about getting a performance. It’s also about the psychology of the cinematic moment, and the psychology of the presentation of that, of that window."

Well, here we are guys, days before most of you get to see Gone Girl and about 2 weeks until I get to see it (no, seriously, fuck my life) we reached the end of my David Fincher Blog Event. Hopefully you guys liked the series and perhaps it even got you in the mood to watch or rewatch some of his movies.

Fincher, a guy who is nicknamed 'the prince of darkness', is for me the most talented director working right now. And hopefully through one of my lists it was also evident that this guy has a great sense of humour, a knowledge that may come quite handy when you realize just how many hilarious things there are in Gone Girl.

But don't worry, it's still dark, creepy and morally repugnant. Fincher you know and love.

Friday, September 26, 2014

(150) Technically, Missing + links

By sati (harlequinade) Friday, September 26, 2014 36 Comments
  • Another horrid week and I'm publishing this on midnight on Thursday which means it's now 5 hours until I need to be up again and then it's 8 more hours of work this week for me.
  • I mean seriously - I'm taking few days off for the first time in 5 months (!) in 2 weeks. And it's not to chill - it's to go across the country to take an exam which I'm almost sure I'm going to fail.  I've been learning for months but this thing is impossible - you have to get 120 out of 150 answers right, there are 4 options, only one is correct and sometimes they differ with one word. And then if by some miracle I pass there is the second stage which is writing a ruling on whatever horrible legal cases they will sadistically think of this year. And the thing is that because of my 3 days off I now have 5 days - not 8 - to finish 17 cases for the judge next week. And then I'm back home studying for the exam. I'm gonna cry blood, you guys. Because my brain will be leaking.
  • Yes, I do need that hug.

  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Soundtrack Wednesday - Gone Girl

    By sati (harlequinade) Wednesday, September 24, 2014 , , 12 Comments
     While it's still a little over a week till the whole album is released four tracks showed up on soundcloud today. I think this will become my favorite of the three scores Reznor and Ross did for Fincher. Sugar Storm on its own is so gorgeous. I can almost taste sugar and snow while listening to it. Just like You sounds like something straight from David Lynch's movie and I think The Way he looks at me plays in a certain montage that is bound to make everyone lose their shit.

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    Are you ready to meet Amazing Amy? + 5 essential performances by Rosamund Pike

    By sati (harlequinade) Monday, September 22, 2014 , , , , , , , 42 Comments

    The first reviews for Gone Girl arrived. Here's what the critics are saying about Rosamund Pike's performance as Amy - my most anticipated performance of the year:

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    (149) Wedding invite with a hot tub photo? Amy! That's a no-no! + links

    By sati (harlequinade) Friday, September 19, 2014 26 Comments
  • A new picture of Stephen emerged on tumblr this week. He is wearing his 'I'm homeless' clothes again. 
  • I don't even know where the jacket ends and the suit begins.
  • I think I have a new idea for a perfect job - undressing him and then dressing him. In actual sexy clothes. Oh that would be fantastic.
  • this week Carice Van Houten tweeted that there was a fire drill at her hotel in the morning. What if she is where Stephen is. What if he run out…naked?
  • This is what happens with my brain when all I get is one picture of him during the filming of the show. It wonders. It goes beyond usual heights. It's pervy in an imaginative 'fire drill, you say?' way.
  • That's not good.
  • Anyways, a girl who looked exactly like Sansa sat in the streetcar right in front of me this week. Why God, why couldn’t it be someone who looks like Stannis? Seriously, that chick even had red hair. I was stunned. No way it could be Sophie Turner, though, because 1. it was on the streetcar 2. it was in my country (which is closer to a shithole than an actual civilized country like England or USA; we're also kinda trapped in the olden days, I mean I have a fucking VCR in my room) 3. she got off in my neighborhood and I live in the place that is basically on the edge of society.
  • It's not like I live in the ghetto - there's the beach and pretty woods and there's always a lot of tourists everywhere here, so it's kinda a place that's picturesque. 

  • Monday, September 15, 2014

    Top 10 performances in David Fincher's films

    By sati (harlequinade) Monday, September 15, 2014 , , , , , , , , 44 Comments

    Whenever there is a new Fincher's movie there is always Oscar talk. Sometimes people do get in but on occasion they're not the ones who most root for to be nominated - what the fuck did Brad Pitt actually do in The Curious Case of the Benjamin Button? Another thing? I was always baffled by Eisenberg being the one who was nominated for Social Network.

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Screaming Sunday - Honeymoon

    By sati (harlequinade) Sunday, September 14, 2014 , 14 Comments
    Movie rating - 73/100
    Plot:  Young newlyweds Paul (Penny Dreadful's Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Game of Thrones' Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.
    The heroes: Paul, who is trying to figure out what happened to his beloved wife.
    The antagonists: Something bad in the woods.
    Best scene: The chilling scene on the lake near the end.
    Oh-oh something's not right line: She's not being herself today.
    What makes it so great? The film is genuinely scary - it has a very tense, creepy atmosphere, terrific suspense building up throughout the entire movie and so far it's the best horror film of the year.

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    (148) Freakshow + links

    By sati (harlequinade) Friday, September 12, 2014 46 Comments
  • I finally made a gifset of Ordinary Decent Criminal. Time stood still during that second gif. Oh my God.

  • What is that on the left you may ask. Well that is, apparently, Stephen's actual signature. This appeared on tumblr with the comment 'he's not even trying'. I laughed so hard. 
  • Also the photo of Stephen from his performance as Macbeth showed up and I never wanted to time travel back to 2004 and be there in London so badly before. Good God, I'd get arrested so fast if I were there in the audience.
  • Look what Peter Capaldi did for his fangirls. Stephen, there are like 50 of us on tumblr. Give us something.
  • I obviously rewatched Firelight to celebrate my birthday movie-style (and as usual I rewatched Anything Else). If I were to make a list of  best romantic movies, that would be in top 3. That scene where Sophie Marceau battles with sexual frustration as she watches him drying himself off as he is naked after swimming (which we see that through a foggy window, never forget, never forgive) was the most relatable thing I've ever seen in the movie.

  • Monday, September 8, 2014

    Scene of the Week - The Social Network

    By sati (harlequinade) Monday, September 8, 2014 , , , 25 Comments

    The Henley Royal Regatta
    directed by David Fincher

    This is one of the many scenes in the Social Network that are so well directed it just takes your breath away. But it's probably also the most memorable scene for most of the people. Just what the hell is it about this scene? It's not really connected to the main narrative, it's sticks out of the movie but doesn't distract.

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    Top 10 Music Moments in David Fincher's Films

    By sati (harlequinade) Saturday, September 6, 2014 , , , , , , , , 37 Comments

    One of the many things I adore about Fincher's movies is how perfectly the man uses the music in them. He directed music videos before the became the movie director so he certainly understands the rhythm and how to make the footage go perfectly with the music. Not only are the soundtracks for his films brilliant, it's also about those particular songs that fit the movie so well, that frame this particular scene so superbly, you cannot possibly imagine anything else accompanying them. Here are my favorite music moments from Fincher's movies.

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

    (147) 25 + links

    By sati (harlequinade) Thursday, September 4, 2014 44 Comments
  •  That is the shot I posted for this #cinephilephoto thing on twitter. Obviously. 
  • I realize how it's somewhat ironic that I open the post that's largely about how wrong these nude pics of actresses are with this picture (though to be fair it is my favorite screenshot out of any movie) but....screw that, it's *well it was yesterday but it's a several day long celebration* my birthday. 25th. Which means I'm now closer to 30 than 20. So I'm just gonna stare at it for several minutes.
  • God I'm so old. On tumblr I'm essentially the creepy old lady, who's into even older people. I bet all those young people look at my tumblr and they feel like they sneaked in into retirement home. For batshit insane cases.

  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    Top 10 Funny Moments in David Fincher's films

    By sati (harlequinade) Wednesday, September 3, 2014 , , , , , , , 37 Comments

     One of the most amazing things in Fincher's movies is that as dark as they may be they miraculously manage to have hilarious, sometimes even laugh out loud funny moments. Whether it's Robert Downey Jr.'s character genius lines in Zodiac, Tyler pissing and - doing worse things - into people's soup in Fight Club or snarky Harvard president being absolutely dismissive of his students, Fincher's films have really wonderful moments of humor which I always appreciate.

    I hate tonally black and white films - just because something is a thriller doesn't mean you have to sit there stewed in dark tension for 2 hours straight. So let's take a look at some of the funniest moments in Fincher's films.

    I'm sure Gone Girl will bring a few of those as well. Tyler Perry's "would you look at this stupid motherfucker incriminating himself?" looks at Ben Affleck are already so funny and we just saw a little bit of that in trailers.

    (I didn't bother rewaching Alien 3 for this, though, I'm sure there are some great moments of unintentional humor, Benjamin Button was shockingly devoid of funny bits despite all its warmth, the funniest thing about Panic Room was Jared Leto's acting and The Game, while did have few golden moments of Douglas being disgusted, didn't make the cut)

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Hit Me with Your Best Shot: The Matrix

    By sati (harlequinade) Tuesday, September 2, 2014 , 16 Comments
    Over at filmexperience there is a wonderful series going on called 'Hit me with your best shot' where you get to choose your single favorite shot from the assigned movie and write the reason why you chose it. Today, it's all about The Matrix. I'm gonna go ahead and post 3 but the main one I'm choosing is this: