Thursday, September 22, 2011

David Fincher's Movie Trailers & Music Videos.

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December 21 marks the premiere of The U.S. remake of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".   At first I was against this version because the original is really good and I thought that even an attempt will just fail miserably.  My fears calmed down once I learned that David Fincher would be overseeing this project.   He has had a good track record and knows how to direct thrillers.   I hate to say it , but he may even make a better version than the orignal.

The Videovangaurd takes a look back at the career of David Fincher, including movie trailers, and music videos.

The Films.

These are just so great to view it hurts . I would put the preview for "The Social Network" as one of the top five trailers of all time.

Alien 3

Although considered by many to be a weak sequel to the James Cameron blockbuster "Aliens".   "Alien 3" has it's own distinct visual style that sets it apart form the other movies in this series.   It looks more dirty than previous entries and the pov chase through the tunnels is a pretty cool effect.


This is the movie that really put David Fincher on the map and let the world know that a true filmmaker is finally here.  This is a very effective thriller which still holds strong to this day.  The performances from all the actors are just top notch and even though I know the outcome,I still jump at certain scenes.  When a film can still make me do that, it is a classic in my book.

The Game

Not widely seen when it was first released and while not as intense as his previous movie.  "The Game" is still an effective mystery.  Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas)  gets involved in a real life murder mystery party and has no clue of who he can really trust.  You'll enjoy going through this adventure with him as tries and solves each puzzle.

Fight Club

This was released at a time when studios still had balls.  "Fight Club"' was doing things that you don't normally see in  a major studio picture.   20th Century Fox knew they were dealing with something truly special.  Audiences and critics seem to be divided on this one.  Some have even called it the 90's answer to "The Graduate".  When a movie can be debated and discussed long after the movie is over.  It's one that deserves to be seen.

Panic Room.

I'll admit that the  premise of a mother and a daughter stuck in a safe while robbers try and break in seems sort of bland.  But with Fincher's ingenious camera work and some good solid performances from Jodie Foster and Dwight Yoakam.  This thriller becomes anything but bland, it becomes pretty intense.


I'll be honest with you.  I have only seen this once and was not really paying full attention to it .  This is not a movie about the killer, but instead a movie about the search for one.  I was expecting something like Se7en and was upset that it didn't try and match that.  I was wrong for wanting that because that was not at all what Fincher  wanted.  I need to check this out again soon. 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

If 2001 a Space Odyssey is the movie Kubrick will best be remembered for.   David Fincher will be best remembered for this modern fairy tale of a man's life from being born as an old man to his death as a child.   With impressive visual effects and great performances from Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchet.  This is an amazing journey that never gets old no matter how man times you see it.

The Social Network.

The best movie of 2010 and the one that defines a generation.  "The Social Network" is not just about the creation of a website.  It also about how money can change people.   Replace  Facebook with any rock band or organization that gets successful and you would have  the same results.  Aaron Sorkin's witty dialogue mixed with award winning  music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross,  makes this a worthy movie.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

I would be a complete hypocrite if I say I'm not seeing this because the original came out first.  I have no doubt in my mind that David Fincher will make a better version of this story.  In fact I will most likely watch both versions back to back when this comes out to theatres. 

Music Videos.

You can really start to see his distinct use of lighting and camera effects when watching these videos. I love it.

Aerosmith: Janie's got a gun.

This is one of the best  cinematic music videos ever.    Telling the story of a young girl who kills her abusive father is both disturbing and yet utterly fascinating.  I can't hear this song without seeing this video.

Paula Abdul:   Straight Up

Ah Yes.  I remember the days when Paula was just cute little pop idol and this still remains a good song.

Billy Idol:  Cradle Of Love

I remember this video from way back and falling in lust with this young nymph.  I didn't feel to bad because I was way younger and so I was not doing any cradle rocking than.

 Perfect Circle: Judith.

Pretty cool video that shows the band playing  at a warehouse while the image breaks apart from time to time.    Great song too

George Michael:  Freedom 1990

A bunch of hot models lip syncing to a song equals a great idea in my book.    It sounds so simple and yet each shot looks like a work of art.

Nine Inch Nails: Only.

After Fincher worked on this video he asked Trent Reznor to help compose the score for "The Social Network" and asked to help again with "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".  Clever video


  1. Great post! One of the reasons I love being part of Gen X, is because we were the first to really grow up with music videos, and we got to see them as an art form. Younger people are getting exposure to these videos via youtube, and it is always funny to read their comments, wishing they were for in the 70's, or 80's. Plus, "Straight Up" is still a good song.

  2. Thanks. Yeah I almost wished they would put music videos in front of movies instead of commercials.