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Thursday, October 9, 2014

David Fincher's Films Ranked

Gone Girl marks David Fincher's tenth feature film in 22 years, so it seemed like perfect timing for us to create our own countdown, from worst to best!

10. Alien³ - 1992

A legend in studio interference is just about the only memorable thing to come out of Fincher's debut feature. Granted, Alien and Aliens were tough acts to follow, but Alien³ is a total trainwreck. Luckily, Fincher didn't give up there...

9. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 2008

An oddly optimistic choice for Fincher's green-toned indifference, Benjamin Button has some touching moments and award-winning special effects, but is overall left forgotten, largely because the script suits someone more like Zemeckis.

8. Panic Room - 2002

Not a bad movie, but clearly where Fincher is playing with his style–and way overdoes it. The amount of impossible camera movements, careening through kitchen utensils and keyholes, is distracting and weird, and while Kristen Stewart gives the most nuanced performance of her career, Leto's ridiculousness and the simple plot leave Panic Room to languish in relative obscurity.

7. The Game - 1997

In some ways, The Game is pure Fincher: Pretty to look at, narratively twisty, and built on the back of a frankly ridiculously twist. But while The Game might just be Fincher's shallowest (and dumbest) film, that isn't necessarily a bad thing, as Fincher mines his goofy premise for every memorable image and ridiculous twist he could possibly find. The Game is a misstep, but it's a fun movie regardless.

6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - 2011

Although it is instantly less interesting because many had already read the book and seen the respectable original Swedish film, Fincher's adaptation is both exciting and elegantly stylish. Its downfall is that underneath the ice-cold veneer, there is little added to a film that was already made well in its native language, and therein seems a bit pointless.

5. Se7en - 1995

Fincher's sophomore effort, Seven (or Se7en, if you hate America), could have spelled doom for the director after the disastrous Alien³. But with this grim, grimy murder mystery, Fincher had an improbable hit on his hands. Brad Pitt, still battling his pretty-boy image, and Morgan Freeman star as a pair of detectives investigating a serial killer patterning his crimes around the Seven Deadly Sins in a film that finds Fincher using every trick in the book to make the modern American city look like Hell on Earth. With Seven, Fincher found his calling card in the movie's final moments, with an improbable but unforgettable twist that remains an indelible piece of pop culture to this day.

4. Gone Girl - 2014

Fincher's newest film, the twisted thriller Gone Girl, debuted to rave reviews and launched ten thousand think pieces, but it would be a mistake to limit discussion of the film to a collection of its controversies. Gone Girl, with a script from author Gillian Flynn, fits into so many of Fincher's pet themes and storytelling mechanics that it's vaguely shocking it wasn't written just for him. Fincher brings his chilly bite to a story of marriage and the performances we put on for everyone around us that makes up who we are (until the moment it doesn't), and in the meantime provides a breakout role for Rosamund Pike and pulls a career-best performance from Ben Affleck.

3. Fight Club - 1999

Fight Club will probably always be Fincher's most controversial, misunderstood film. Sure, it has its flaws, but it's grounded by a pair of electrifying performances and it's one of those rare must-see films that really tapped into where we were as a culture at a particular moment in time. Fight Club is just a relentlessly entertaining film from start to finish. Like many of Fincher's films, Fight Club hinges on a really goofy plot twist... but he never pulled the rug out from under his audiences as well as he did here.

2. Zodiac - 2007

A masterpiece of the highest order... at #2 on his filmography? Fincher's early career may have had a few rough patches, but by Zodiac he knew exactly who he was and what he wanted to say, and it shows both here and in our #1 pick. A story of obsession and procedure from an obsessive craftsman, Zodiac is sometimes criticized for its languid pace and the way it just... keeps... going, but this is a film about the people who never gave up. Not in the face of a lack of evidence. Not in the face of a lack of thrills. Not in the face of disrespect. Zodiac put itself on the line to tell a great story the right way.

1. The Social Network - 2010

The fictionalized story of the creation of arguably the most influential website of all time is one that defines an era. From the cold and somewhat objective camera that never quite sees into the character's heads to the slew of fantastic performances, from the ultra-sharp Sorkin script and tight editing to the new partnership with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network is a masterfully made film by an auteur at the top of his craft. 
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