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Film, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo": Rooney Mara Takes Control

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo": Rooney Mara Takes Control

Set in a freeze-your-blood land of streamlined chrome and steely dawns, David Fincher's Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a malevolent remake of the 2009 Swedish blockbuster directed by Niels Arden Oplev from Stieg Larsson's thriller, follows a cold trail of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist David Fincher Directs <i>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</i> -- Expect <i>Serious</i> Darkness

David Fincher Directs The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo -- Expect Serious Darkness

You will have no doubt already heard that the much-anticipated English-language version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is out later this month (Dec. 21, to be precise), based on the first of Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium book…
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Film, "Submarine": Highly Stylized Brit Teen Dramedy Scores Big

"Submarine": Highly Stylized Brit Teen Dramedy Scores Big

Imagine if David Fincher had played Joey on Friends. Or if Michel Gondry had replaced Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men. It's one thing for a music-video director to graduate to feature filmmaking (from Fincher to Spike Jonze,…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Can't Not Play This Game

You Can't Not Play This Game

In The Game, the venerable mind-fuck con movie (set in San Francisco!), director David Fincher presciently asked the question: What is not the game? You can usually tell what the game is, but what about what it isn't, or what…
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Film, Old Man Pitt

Old Man Pitt

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is certainly curious — a modest F. Scott Fitzgerald story, about a man born in the twilight of life and gradually regressing toward dawn, which has been adapted into a two-ton, Oscar-season white elephant.…
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Film, Violence Is Golden

Violence Is Golden

Of the summer's many revenge-of-the-nerd fulfillment fantasies — from The Incredible Hulk all the way down the megaplex food chain to The Foot Fist Way — Wanted stands the best chance of dislodging Fight Club from fanboys' Facebook pages. It…
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Music, All Shook Down David Fincher Takes on Heavy Metal

David Fincher Takes on Heavy Metal

Paramount Pictures recently announced a new Heavy Metal movie. The Sci-fi anthology will feature David Fincher(Seven/Fight Club/Zodiac) as one of the many directors to create a segment for the film. This means that fans get to enjoy atmospheric, psychological…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Boy Trouble

Boy Trouble

Joshua (Fox) George Ratliff's movie, a sort of satirical take on Rosemary's Baby, came and went upon its release; seems no one got the joke about how parents (Sam Rockwell and Vera Farmiga, in this case) are scared shitless of…
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Film, Oh, the Humanity of a Heist

Oh, the Humanity of a Heist

At various times over the last decade, David Fincher, Sam Mendes, and Michael Mann were attached to direct Scott Frank's screenplay for The Lookout, about a brain-damaged high school hockey stud who's smooth-talked by distant acquaintances into robbing a small-town…
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Film, Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct

When the editorial cartoonist turned amateur sleuth Robert Graysmith published Zodiac, his sprawling, meticulously researched account of the eponymous San Francisco serial killer, he wrote that the tale was "the most frightening story I know," and it was easy to…
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Film, Revenge of the Nerds

Revenge of the Nerds

David Fincher needs a hug, the poor bastard. Or possibly a diaper change. Ever since 1992, when he ruined the Alien series with the excrescence of his pointless, senseless third installment, he's been making the same bratty, obnoxious movie over…
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Losing It

The Game Directed by David Fincher. Screenplay by John Brancato and Michael Ferris. Starring Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Carroll Baker, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Deborah Kara Unger. At area theaters. The Game is a puzzle picture, and beyond its premise there…
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