Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ranking Fincher's films

By s. 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 s. Friday, September 26, 2014 36 Comments
  • Gone Girl reviews are wonderful. Save for Indiewire and Buzzfeed, the sites which hire, apparently, illiterate simpletons. Their reviews are not only terribly written but these people have completely misunderstood the whole story. These reviews were worse to read than 'the ending was bad' comments. Also from Buzzfeed - "Pike is good, but she’s a little too aristocratic for the role." What the fuck does this even mean? 

  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Soundtrack Wednesday - Gone Girl

    By s. 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 s. 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 s. Friday, September 19, 2014 26 Comments

  • This week I read that Joe Wright dumped Rosamund Pike right before their wedding because she sent out wedding invites with the pic of them in a hot tub. What the fuck? I mean the man made some wonderful films but I always suspected someone who also made The Soloist must have some serious issues. Yep, I was proved right.
  • Good God, if she sent an invite with a pic of his dick, but this, seriously? This woman is gorgeous and her voice is super hot. She also appears to be very smart, articulate and evidently has a sense of humour. So he can go to a strip club (apparently he frequents those) but she can't send an invite she wants?  Men *snort of disdain* - am I right?

  • More screenings for Gone Girl were held. The common opinion seems to be that 1. the movie is good 2. Affleck is very good 3. Rosamund really embodied Amy. People keep saying how this isn't the kind of role Academy awards go to but as Amy she gets to show every single emotion there is. SPOILERS It's only halfway through that people realize most of them were faked. But the actress still gets to do those things! END OF SPOILERS So I'm so hoping the film is indeed a success and makes a splash during award season.
  • New sorta poster was released and it's a slight improvement but did they seriously just slapped the word "loveless" in the middle of it? Wow, that's inspired. It's as if I took a pic of myself right now with word 'tired' written on my forehead. 

  • Wait there is another one - that one is actually slightly better because at least they figured to highlight the word 'LIE' so that's something.
  • And why are these posters so dark? It's bad enough you can't see shit in trailers but do posters also have to be shot looking as if it's the end of the world and darkness is all that is left?
  • There is a terrific interview with Fincher in Playboy magazine. Seriously, go read it, it's hugely entertaining and so informative. David had this to say about Rosamund -   "I wanted Faye Dunaway in Chinatown, where you think, This person has experienced avenues of pain that no one can articulate. Or Faye in Network, where it’s, You’re never going to get to the bottom of this, so just stop. It’s crazy how much Rosamund reminds me of Faye." Well, this is awesome.
  • Meanwhile, while the marketing has been embarrassing themselves (though these are not the worst posters this week, more on that later) at least one thing came handy here - that above image of Rosamund as Amy from Loveless poster. I cropped it out and I conjured this. Then I figured it looks good so I started making avatars that kinda look like posters, it was  quite a bit of coloring because I usually make this stuff up as I go along:

  • You know what? it took me about an hour to make all of these, so how much time did it take for marketing team to make their poster? 5 minutes?
  • You will probably have to wait for my review of the movie for several weeks cause I plan on filling it up with graphics, just like with Under the Skin review.
  • Word is that the final Interstellar trailer will be attached to Gone Girl. Meanwhile, here are the new posters. The one with McConaughey is so bad. I never thought the poster with some random space thing would be better than the poster actually featuring him.
  • In another bad news, Matthew will not be in Magic Mike sequel. So I'm probably never going to watch it. This is so stupid, he was the best thing about the first film.
  • Big Eyes trailer wasn't as awful as I thought it would be. The music was though, what the hell was that? Anyways it looks like one of those mediocre biopics we get every year - not horrible, but not great. And mediocre is the most forgettable. Though you gotta feel the relief of no 1. crappy CGI 2. Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's movie for once.

  • But in the absence of shit fake looking aesthetic in the movie by Tim Burton we get all of that in Into the Woods this year which wins 'worst poster' title this week. It's Meryl coming for your potential Golden Globes and Oscars.
  • Ryan Gosling is a father. Here comes a flood of buzzfeed 'articles' with him looking all hipster pushing a stroller.
  • Idris Elba’s new movie features him as an“unstable escaped convict”. Well, here come fucked up and inappropriate thoughts one more time.
  • I saw Honeymoon, about which I wrote on Sunday. It was really great and I hope Rose Leslie gets to do many more good movies like this one.
  • I also saw The Other Guys. At first I was like 'so how is this funny?' but then it really got funny. I laughed so hard when Ferrel asked for his gun back. Keaton's reaction - or a lack of one - was priceless. Walhberg was actually really funny too.
  • Check out another nightmarish trailer for AHS: Freakshow.
  • The quick snippet with actual footage from the episode 1 was released and you can see fabulous Jessica Lange in it:
  • There's also more hype around the main villain this season - Twisty the Clown
  • And then there are these gorgeous cast photos:
  • Elina reviews Lucy
  • Alex writes about the director Andrea Arnold
  • Jack writes about Obvious Child
  • James reviews Honeymoon
  • Brittani participated in Back to School blogathon
  • Wendell writes about Desolation of Smaug


    Monday, September 15, 2014

    Top 10 performances in David Fincher's films

    By s. Monday, September 15, 2014 , , , , , , , , 45 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 s. 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 s. Friday, September 12, 2014 46 Comments

  • There is a new poster for Gone Girl and yes, it's as terrible as the previous ones, if not more so. At least Rosamund is in it but good God, it looks so bad. From atrocious photoshop to seriously ridiculous design....who made those? They should be ashamed of themselves. 
  • I don't say it a lot but truly, I could do better than this. Much better. In truth, a drunk money could do better than this. 
  • The worst part is that they don't capture the story at all - what the fuck is this? Affleck staring at her and her looking all calm looking off at the distance? The only thing remotely connected to the story is the fact that Nick talks about his wife's head a lot. And I'm sure the fact this is where he is looking in that poster is by accident.
  • However there is also a pininterest account for Amy which is actually quite clever.
  • There are two new awesome TV spots (1,2) for the movie. Tyler Perry looks really great in the movie, I know people are sceptical but he is really a brilliant choice for his part.

  • Monday, September 8, 2014

    Scene of the Week - The Social Network

    By s. 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 s. 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 s. Thursday, September 4, 2014 44 Comments
  • As for my birthday wish you can actually see it here.
  • I already did celebrate a little bit and it ended up kinda like this:
  • Whiskey might have been too strong of a choice.

  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    Top 10 Funny Moments in David Fincher's films

    By s. 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 s. 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: