The David Fincher Films Ranked: 5 – 1

Let me quickly say before you scroll off into the ranked David Fincher wilderness, the top five as the final results were counted was so, so close, the order of the final list could have been a little different very easily. I suspect there will be equal measures of jubilation and heartbreak here. Without further ado, […]

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The David Fincher Films Ranked: 10 – 6

Thanks to those involved in voting for the Directors’ Weekend poll. Clearly, the realm established by filmmaker David Fincher has certainly created a huge fanbase – I know some of you unashamedly declare him as your favorite of the modern era, or indeed all time. I know one guy who does not like any of […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017 – Line-Up Announced

Here we are once again. I literally salivate at the mouth at the prospect of spending hours and hours in a darkened room with all these women. Women directors, and their marvelous work, as we fast approach the Directed By Women Worldwide Film Viewing Party. Following the success of last year’s online viewing event, Femme […]

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Masterpiece Memo: Seven

Alien 3 had it’s merits with regard to the superb technical visual aspect, and this was down to music video director David Fincher. He had to put up and shut up there, a poor, insult of narrative material, but that which was directed superbly. Everyone starts somewhere. Seven was Fincher’s second chance to demonstrate his […]

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Over 11 Hours Of David Fincher – Interviews, Documentaries, Profiles Etc

Off the bat, the following barrage of videos centering around the elusive career of David Fincher, were not to difficult to track down. However, they were extremely tough to stop watching. Behind the scenes of early works, in depth discussions and revelations, interviews, retrospectives, hours of it, and minute-for-minute unmissable. You best get cracking…

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Genre Blast: Who’s Playing Whom? – The Biopic

For this exercise, I’m choosing films where the tone, pace and look are intended to enhance the spirit to the person being portrayed. They have the feel of a time or place as well as convey the essence the subject, be it crazy, pathetic, heroic, or creative. Based on artistic merit of the film and NOT the person portrayed –or doing the portraying, although most of these performances are career highs – here are ten biopics worthy of acclaim. Five for him and five for her. And filmmakers – please take a chance and give us another classic biopic of a woman. 1928 was oh-so-long ago. And make certain a woman will direct it, as well. Thanks

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Listmania – David Fincher Awards Edition

To put it simply, David Fincher is my all-time favorite movie director. I like how stylish his movies are, and how much detail he puts into them. You can tell how much he thinks about doing as best a job as possible, even to the point of shooting the same scene multiple times to get […]

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Directors’ Weekend: All 10 David Fincher Films For Streaming

There are, however you look at it, 10 examples of David Fincher‘s cinematic flair in those movies of his – even his underwhelming debut showed signs of execution brilliance. All are available on many platforms to stream, some free, some pocket change. So this Directors’ Weekend, enjoy, whichever ones you pick, and have a marvel […]

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Masterpiece Memo: The Social Network

To begin with I think The Social Network is a masterpiece. It’s a film that I really love, and ever since I first saw it in January 2011, I always feel like it is an event to watch. There are not many films that I have felt this strongly about. Titanic is a film that […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #32

This edition we get the kind folk at Variety to explain MoviePass to us, a bit of motivation from the Head Sprite, a loving piece on Antonioni, as well as Sasha Stone mixing Oscar with Trump. I know – dying to get clicking and reading! Go ahead:  25 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Edinburgh Fringe Festival […]

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Vote: Ranking The 10 Feature Films Of David Fincher

So with exactly 10 feature film credits to his name (it feels like more, right?), we have our David Fincher top 10. But let’s not stop there, let’s rank them for the next edition of Directors’ Weekend – Friday 25th August til Sunday 27th. You know the drill now. Vote, vote, vote. Only this time […]

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NZIFF: Christchurch Closes Its Film Festival Curtain

The curtain has fallen on NZIFF’s Christchurch leg for 2017, and it has been a remarkable Festival. Every year, NZIFF goes above and beyond to provide cinephiles with the best New Zealand and the world has to offer cinematically. Better yet, the Festival is not just in a single location, but across New Zealand, with […]

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NZIFF Review: The Square

After a satisfyingly diverse NZIFF for 2017, all eyes were on the Closing Night film, Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winning satire The Square. Not only is the film wholly deserving of its Cannes win, it was also a perfect finale for the Film Festival. The Square takes a tongue-firmly-in-cheek look at a modern art gallery […]

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Writer-Director Peyv Raz Talks Film Debut With ‘Clarity’

From joy to despair in a matter of seconds as a family congratulatory gathering becomes a tense affair in a hospital waiting room. A life is at stake, and 20 years are about to be bridged. First time feature film director and screenwriter Peyv Raz establishes the pace early with Clarity on as two cultures, […]

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Masterpiece Memo: L’enfer d’Henri-Georges Clouzot

“You have to see your madness through. You have to take responsibility to the end… I believe there’s a job to do every day and from time to time, ideas do or don’t come. It’s like a seed you plant in the earth. Every day, you water it and whatever grows will grow. And there’s no point pulling the stem to make it grow faster. If […]

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Masterpiece Memo: Le salaire de la peur (Wages of Fear)

The Fifties, that squeaky-clean decade of that saw the birth of the suburbs, strict morality and, the McCarthy era, also had the misfortune to precede the Sixties and Seventies in film history because the number of industry–challenging styles of storytelling positively exploded in the latter two. Since then, with a couple of major exceptions like […]

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3 Fantastic Henri-Georges Clouzot Films And Where To Find Them

Several people I spoke to very recently were open about not only their lack of knowledge of French film-maker Henri-Georges Clouzot, but also that they had seen hardly any of his films – a couple claimed they had seen zero. What?! To aid those in a similar basket as they follow the latest Directors’ Weekend, […]

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Genre Blast: Not the Funny Pages Anymore – Comics Onscreen

Films based on comic books and their younger, slightly more pretentious sibling, the graphic novel, have enjoyed an immense popularity that only seems to increase as cinema technology begins to catch up with the imaginations of their creators as well as the expectations of fans. Once relegated to Saturday afternoon matinees in serialized format with hysterically low production values, this genre is now home to some of the most expensive and successful films ever made.

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #31

The long overdue, and overly neglected, links series on the site returns to pay respect to just some of the fine, informative, intriguing writing on Henri-Georges Clouzot, the French film-maker who is the subject of the Directors Weekend this time around. Henri-Georges Clouzot On The Criterion Collection Senses Of Cinema Great Directors: Henri-Georges Clouzot Noir […]

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NZIFF Review: The Lost City of Z

The Christchurch leg of the New Zealand International Film Festival is creeping ever closer to the final few days; but there are still magnificent films on offer until the curtain falls this coming weekend. While my chosen films have ranged from the cerebral (Stalker, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) to the heart-warming (Spookers), there […]

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