Memento is Nolan's second directorial work and it's a huge upgrade from his first. Costing less than $10m to make and earning back almost four times that. This story told in reverse continued the non-linear trend that Nolan will keep for most of his career. Tons of film students thought it was the greatest movie ever but what did you think?
Switching directors to the one and only Christopher Nolan. We explore his first feature film "Following." Joel Schumacher saw this film and knew great things were coming from Nolan. Did you when you watched it?
We top off our journey through David Fincher's directorial works with his first streaming motion picture: Mank. This movie is his first motion picture in six years since Gone Girl, a stark contrast in themes, subject matter, and accessibility. Following the life of Herman Mankiewicz and primarily his path to writing Citizen Kane. Please join us as we dissect this throwback to the golden age of Hollywood. Did you get the feeling of Mank's life when you watched or was it too riddled with inaccuracies?
David Fincher returns to the director’s chair in the second season of Mindhunter, and your hosts explore what that might say about the closer connection to the material as compared to House of Cards. They also discuss expectations and surprises, their reaction to the season overall, and that famous Manson scene.
Based on the real work of the FBI agents who defined the special crimes unit that analyzed serial killers to assist with their capture, David Fincher returns to the world of the murderers that chilled the latter part of the Twentieth Century with Mindhunter. These cases continue to fascinate people to this day and your hosts examine how Fincher’s approach to the material displays all his growth since Se7en.
After the relative disappointment of Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher adapted another hit crime novel, Gone Girl. Perhaps more accessible to American audiences than Lisbeth Salander, Amy Elliott thrilled audiences and delivered a box office success while making Rosamund Pike a household name and giving Ben Affleck a chance to show his own acting prowess. Defined once again by a terrific cast, the work nonetheless left one of your hosts disappointed because of an editing choice. Discover what they thought of it all, the last film release by David Fincher until Mank.
David Fincher redefined television with the release of House of Cards, a series that focused on a different kind of psychopath and broke the fourth wall as a means of connecting with its audience. The show shifted viewing habits and ushered in the era of “binge watching,” as it was called. Your hosts discuss the first two episodes of the series, the only directed by David Fincher, and how they see him trying new techniques and refining choices in a more intimate medium.
Legendary producer Kathleen Kennedy urged David Fincher to adapt Stieg Larrson’s hit novel series about Lisbeth Salander. Despite thinking it wouldn’t be a strong box office draw, Fincher took on the task of adapting a difficult tale to an American retelling. Assembling a stellar cast anchored by Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in a starmaking turn as the titular character, the film nevertheless had trouble finding an audience. One of your hosts had problems with it at the time, and so was challenged on this journey into the House of Fincher to look on the work with fresh eyes.
After The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, David Fincher turned his attention to the real-life story of the people who changed the world forever with the invention of Facebook. Your hosts explore what Fincher’s dramatization says about the type of people he sees behind the machinery of social media, the accountability of those lost in its web, and whether this is a Fight Club for computer programmers.
One year after Zodiac, David Fincher released a heartwarming tale penned by the screenwriter of Forrest Gump with a similar tour through American history. Pairing once more with Brad Pitt, Benjamin Button uses a unique character to explore the dynamics of age, maturity, pain, and love as advanced effects are leveraged to take the main character on a mystical journey backwards in age as he moves forward in time. The hosts discuss their first reactions to the film, their reactions after having children, and what this film might tell the
world about the fascinating case of the real David Fincher.