April 24, 2014

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David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Our review – AWARDS ALLEY

Unlike David Denby, we waited until Sony took down their press embargo to post our review of David Fincher’s anticipated “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” a methodical adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novel. If successful, it’s expected to kick-start an American version of the extremely popular Swedish trilogy (though no word yet if Fincher would return for subsequent installments). So, now that we’re able to discuss the film at length, here’s my review of Fincher’s latest:
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (*** out of 4)
Yep, that’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Audience members taking their first plunge into Stieg Larsson’s icy den of Swedish snakes likely will muster more enthusiasm. The 40-year-old missing-persons mystery and the captivatingly shocking personification of mythological anti-hero Lisbeth Salander should resonate with “Tattoo” virgins.
And really, isn’t that the point of Fincher’s film? To lure in patrons who’ve avoided Larsson’s pulpy launch of the “Millennium” trilogy or skipped the sufficient 2009 adaptation? Because the story driving Fincher’s latest is instantly recognizable to the millions who’ve either skimmed Larsson’s novel or watched the Swedish take. And while this new “Dragon” benefits from a tight squeeze through Fincher’s calculated, cold filter – and, you know, does away with those pesky subtitles — knowing the answers to the film’s sordid mysteries strips away most of the picture’s punch.
Hewing closer to Larsson’s book, Fincher moves a few set pieces around but still recounts the herculean efforts of besmirched journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) to locate Harriet Vanger, who vanished off of her family’s island and was never seen again. Blomkvist’s investigation on behalf of Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) eventually pairs him with gifted computer hacker Salander (Rooney Mara), and the two unearth the buried history of a serial killer who has quietly prayed on the Swedish countryside for decades.

But, of course, you likely knew this. “Girl” sold millions of copies, and Noomi Rapace’s transformation into the angel of vengeance that is Lisbeth propelled both the character and the actress to the forefront of our pop culture.
Fincher’s translation of Larsson’s material also embraces key themes that propped up the original book and movie. Actions have consequences. Murder, like film direction, is the science of a thousand details (and Fincher, as usual, masters nearly all of them). Men hate women, but occasionally, women fight back. The dark, abusive material can be tough to endure, especially when you [...]

Sony launches “Social Network” site, unveils tons of photos

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: For so many reasons, “The Social Network” sits atop my must-see list of the fall season.
David Fincher, in my opinion, is a genius filmmaker. Three of his pictures – “Se7en,” “Fight Club” and “Zodiac” – are modern masterpieces. And I fall into the camp of people who believe Fincher’s “Benjamin Button” deserved all of the Oscar nominations it earned (and probably should have scored a win or three).
It helps that I’m a Facebook junkie, and “The Social Network” recounts the rise of the popular Web site. Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones and Rooney Mara – aka “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – lead Fincher’s impressive ensemble, and the recent trailer with a choral rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” only increased my anticipation.
The cherry on top of the sundae had to be Scott Foundas’ controversially early rave of the film for Film Comment. But by the time that review hit the net, I already was hooked.
Sony just launched the official site for the film, giving us a glance at 46 hi-res photos of Fincher’s cast.
The movie will open the New York Film Festival on Sept. 24 before an Oct. 1 release. Expect us to be talking about Fincher’s work all the way through Oscar season.
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Fincher, Eisner moving away from intended projects?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Two directors are walking away from anticipated film projects. One is expected, while the other is a surprise.
David Fincher, director of such masterpieces as “Zodiac,” “Fight Club” and “Se7en,” is taking his name off of a “Black Hole” remake. This should come as no surprise to those who know Fincher has agreed to direct an American version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and could easily stay with the franchise through the next two titles in the series. With “Girl” keeping him busy, Fincher will not be entering “The Black Hole,” so Pajiba.com reports that the producers will begin looking for a new director.
Also seeking another helmer is Spyglass Entertainment’s remake of David Cronenberg’s “The Brood.” Breck Eisner, who recently directed “The Crazies,” no longer is attached to direct, according to Pajiba.com.
In the same story, it’s reported that “The Hangover” screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore are shopping their new script, called “21 and Over” to directors. Maybe they can pitch Eisner? The movie follows two college seniors who get their buddy wasted on his 21st birthday and embark on a journey through the University of Boulder before getting their friend to a med school exam the next morning.
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Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman go Blu for Fincher’s “Se7en” release

Hollywoodnews.com: Did anyone else watch David Fincher’s brilliant “Se7en” on AMC last night? Revisiting it for the first time in years reminded me just how ahead of the curve Fincher was as a visual storyteller capable of enhancing a genre picture with artistic flourishes and fantastic edits. We’d see his artistry on display in “Zodiac” and “The Curious case of Benjamin Button.” But even with “Se7en,” this guys was working on a different level than his contemporaries.
If you haven’t seen Fincher’s seminal serial killer procedural in some time, you are in luck. Warner Home Video announced this morning that the airtight thriller, which stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman as partners pursuing a nameless slasher (Kevin Spacey), will make its Blu-ray debut on Sept. 14.
The disc will boast a 7.1 audio track, while supplemental features will range from four separate commentary tracks to a handful of frightening alternate endings. Fincher reportedly supervised the Blu-ray conversion of “Se7en,” and contributes to a 32-page bonus book filled with film trivia, cast bios and more.
Stay tuned to HollywoodNews.com for more details on this anticpated release as they emerge.