Side by Side: The Girls With The Dragon Tattoos

Fandor set out to "compare a Scandinavian hit movie and its Hollywood remake". Which is of course misleading insofar as I am dead-certain Fincher has not for a moment set out to "remake" Niels Arden Oplev's movie, but was plainly interested in creating his own adaptation of the novel. Nit-picking much there? Meh, possible. And regardless, I do think this is a splendid idea: to analyse how two filmmakers approach and cineastically reiterate the same source material. I liked the swedish films a lot, yet overall I am more inclined towards Fincher's adaptation. Prolly not the biggest of surprises...

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  1. If any of you lucky Los Angelinos have nothing to do over the weekend, QT's cinema the New Beverly is screening a 35mm CCE print of 'SE7EN' Friday & Saturday night ~

    https://twitter.com/newbeverly/status/653797454547128320

    I hope someone in house has a light meter! ~

    https://twitter.com/JoeFrady/status/654256965368025088?p=v

    For those of us not able to attend, we can make do with this treat; enjoy, if you've never seen it before. And if you have, enjoy it again!
    Password = 'password'

    https://vimeo.com/104433146

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    1. AHHH! NOOOO! I totally missed it and I'm only minutes from the New Beverly... Already seen fight club in 35, really wanted to see Se7en too.

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  2. Here is a audio podcast companion piece, breaking down the book vs. film vs. film. Something for your next long car drive or plane ride.

    http://hollywood-gauntlet.blogspot.com/2012/06/002-dragon-vs-dragon.html

    Enjoy.

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    1. Really cool, thank you.

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  3. http://thefilmstage.com/news/watch-david-finchers-filmography-explored-in-comprehensive-3-hour-video-series/

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  4. http://www.cinemablend.com/m/new/Dragon-Tattoo-Sequel-May-Have-Found-Lisbeth-Salander-92577.html

    Bad News in my Opinion

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  5. Is this blog dead?

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    1. Nah, man. News is just slow.

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  6. Art of the Cut with Kirk Baxter.

    http://bit.ly/1Yp1ULf

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  7. http://deadartistwalking.blogspot.com/

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    1. Great find! Thanks Phil!

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    2. you are welcome :)

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  9. Not sure if people still check this but I found a good video.
    https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/david-fincher/56cd1eb48029ffb304977018?playlist=3

    The video only works in the U.S. unfortunately.

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    1. It's working in Canada too.

      We might as well just make a Fincher sub-reddit. It'd probably be more active and wouldn't need to go to a separate website, then look in a comment section to get updates.

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  10. I'm all for the reddit thing :) This site is too quiet, it's sad :(

    And the link doesn't work for me. Oh well...

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  11. https://www.cinema5d.com/david-finchers-custom-red-xenomorph-for-netflixs-mindhunter/

    Info on the camera that Fincher's using for Mindhunter.

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    1. Awesome! Also, Paul Stine on Tumblr posted two photos of Fincher on the set of Mindhunter. Pretty great to know that they're shooting right now and that this is certainly on it's way (because Netflix isn't going to be stupid like HBO and halt production on a Fincher project).

      http://paul-stine.tumblr.com/post/144123703916/david-fincher-on-the-set-of-mindhunter

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  12. It feels cool to know that Fincher is back behind a camera again; especially a kick-ass beauty like that.
    To add to the fresh 'deluge'!...Peter Mavromates (master post guru) on Fincher's 4K world ~
    https://vimeo.com/162832613

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  13. Does anyone know how to watch the Viceland video outside the US?

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    1. Hey man, Try Hola - a widget you can add to chrome from chromes website. It's a VPN and can make it look like you're trying to watch from inside the USA. Not used it on Vice, but have used it to watch BBC iplayer. Hope it helps. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/unlimited-free-vpn-hola/gkojfkhlekighikafcpjkiklfbnlmeio?hl=en

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    2. Thanks, will give that a go.

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    3. Thank You Kindly; Hola worked for me. Excellent little profile. Affleck surprisingly insightful ~ seems genuinely obsessed with 'Se7en' {who isn't...?}

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    4. Now, if only i could find a way to download it...

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  14. http://nevpierce.com/articles

    Nev Pierce has updated his website with all his interviews with Fincher in case people haven't read them yet.

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  15. i'd always wondered precisely which Nike ad brought Fincher & Khondji together for the first time. i'd never bothered to pin down the details, unitl now: a trilogy of ads, premiered Feb 15 1993, v/o by Sigourney Weaver.
    read description here ~ http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising/defining-women-nikes-womens-fitness-campaign-nikes-new-campaign-women-shed-old-cons
    Sounds great.
    Now, if only i could see the damn things...?

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  16. Doh! Well, i found 1 of the ads at least, #2 ~ 'go slow'; it was hiding in plain sight in the DF Propaganda reel ~
    https://youtu.be/Dd61OBHaPZE?t=6m16s

    And also #3 ~ 'aerobic' ~
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVjdlPyFLPY

    Beautiful; even on a crappy VHS rip...

    Anyone for #1 ~ 'Running'?

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    1. Very nice find, Simon!

      I was aware of #2, I didn't know #3 (love it) and I will be searching for #1.

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    2. You're welcome DvH; Mindhunter or Ad-hunter!?
      In the meanwhile, here is AKW on 'SE7EN' script to screen, at the Austin Film Festival ~
      https://vimeo.com/171219269

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  17. The Cinematography of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

    http://bit.ly/1Pl1AUv

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  18. 'Rumour' has it ~ Fincher 'lost' another DP last week; Christopher Probst off 'Mindhunter'? Shame.
    'To lose one DP may be regarded as misfortune, to lose...3?...4?..looks like carelessness' ;)
    Why not just go the full Soderbergh and DIY?

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    1. And my "lost" you mean fired? Better call Cronenweth

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  19. Andrew Kevin Walker Se7en

    https://vimeo.com/171219269

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  20. Jeff Beal conducts 'House of Cards' tribute at Kennedy Center


    Full Audio Interview (25:51)

    “One thing that’s so cool about the title sequence is that you have these beautiful, iconic shots of Washington, but you also have these incredibly prosaic images like the barrel on the river,” Beal said. “One of the cool things [Fincher] did visually at the end was, some of the daytime shots, he actually had people go through frame by frame and paint out all the people. … It feels even more ghostly.”

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  21. Sorry if this was posted when it came out (I don't remember seeing it). Zodiac-Movies With Mikey:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHDYMW2UfTM

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  22. The trailer for the short "Bricks", by journalist and film critic Neville "Nev" Pierce and featuring Jason Flemyng, includes a quote from Fincher:

    https://vimeo.com/161001575

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  23. First time posted and great video essay.

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    1. This was meant for Matt.

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  24. Brad Pitt wants David Fincher for World War Z sequel!
    http://variety.com/2016/film/news/david-fincher-world-war-z-sequel-brad-pitt-1201819540/

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    1. I hope it doesn't happen. Total waste of Talent. Really tired from the Zombie Movie Wave. I rather see Fincher handle something Original. Sci-Fi Genre is really big in the last couple of Years. What better Time to get "Rendezvous with Rama" made. :)

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    2. This project sounds shit. It's a waste of Fincher's talents. I don't understand why he would want to do a sequel.

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    3. I agree. As much as I've complained that I wish he would get back to movies instead of this endless run of shows or producer gigs, I hope it's not this one.

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  25. cool ~
    https://vimeo.com/165188156

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  26. jeopardy; what is the question to this answer? ~
    https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8113/28645118460_700621371b_o.png

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    1. What painting hangs behind David Fincher's desk in his office? (I think this painting was confirmed in 2011 so who knows if it has changed now).

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  27. Congratulations TK! You've just won a ton of...my respect. Which you had anyways, so...
    i read about it in the 07 'Esquire' profile, always wondered at but never seen. Found it the other day. By Wayne White, 2004. As you say, may have gone now. But these are slow days my friend...

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  28. Good trivia tidbit, Simon.

    Here's another one:

    What's the relation between this "Twin Peaks" soundtrak track and David Fincher?

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ4RMGZmLTs

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    1. This track is the music to the quite famous scene in the 8th episode of the 2nd season, "Louise Dombrowski, in the shadows, dancing on a hook rug with a flashlight".

      Louise Dombrowski is played by David's sister, Emily Fincher. "Twin Peaks" was produced by "Propaganda Films" and Emily worked there as the producer Gregg Fienberg's assistant. The episode was directed by Caleb Deschanel and apparently, this scene wasn't originally in the script and was improvised on the set.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p_OnR0QK0k

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    2. v.v. cool; i had no clue.
      Thank You Dr van Horne!

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  29. It's been incredibly dead here for too long.. C'mon guys! Is there really nothing new happening out there? I've been on this site since 2010 and would hate for it to disappear..

    Anywho Cinefix just released this. Enjoy!
    7 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Se7en!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGmkT80Rqh0

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    1. Bump. WTF guys!? I visit since 2007, almost 10 years. We can't let this place disappear.

      And thanks for the link.

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  30. I always check this place from time to time.
    Just watched gone girl, for the first time since cinema. WOW!
    Always was a little disappointed that this place is little empty. But right now, I'm just confident. Next Fincher will be as absolutely astounding like the last one.
    His movies are just so good! The bluray I just watched was just so great in every aspect. Maybe I'm just a little fired up, but this was sooo amazing Amy!
    I'll wait for years. The next he is doing I'm in

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  31. More CPR...?
    Having 'lost' Probst as dp on 'Mindhunter', Fincher reverted to his previous form of promoting his gaffers to shooters and so Mr Erik Messerschmidt is now director of photography on the show, or 5 episodes at least (Chris Probst shot 2).
    Next ~ a 'Mindhunter' extra posted a short video about his life on set (apparently he is a 'vlogger'?!) He aint exactly David Prior...but we do get a little hot monitor action, and it's quite funny to see how soul destroying a Fincher set can be! And, of course, the video was pulled within the week (man, that set is tight...which kind of explains just why it is so dead in Fincherland right now); But here it is anyway. The password for the video is: impala.
    https://vimeo.com/189119999
    And last, but not least, a hearty recommendation. I recently had cause to come across a film that i had never even heard of before, that, if you are a fan of 'Se7en' or at least the visual patina of 'Se7en', i would strongly urge you to track down & view. It is called 'The Nickel Ride' and it was shot in 1974. Now, i have never seen it mentioned or referenced in any way in relation to 'Se7en', as a possible stylistic influence; to these eyes, it is a far greater progenitor than something like 'The French Connection', whose influence - outside of the kinetics of the Doe chase - i've never really got. The look of 'The Nickel Ride' is all over the whole of 'Se7en' - it helps that it is set & shot in alot of the downtown Los Angeles locales that 'Se7en' shot in, some of them remarkably unaltered. It comes as little surprise then to note that the dp was Jordan Cronenweth, whose Fincher connections are legion and intimate. (The film was also written by Eric Roth). I could wax long & lyrical about the melancholy beauty of this film (a "sunshine noir" as one critic put it) but it is best if you just get ahold of the dvd and watch it. Now. And if you're smitten, get ahold of the March 1974 issue of 'American Cinematographer' for a cool Croneneweth set visit.
    Keep on keeping on.

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  32. Thanks for these finds, Simon! They're great!

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  33. http://consequenceofsound.net/2016/11/destroy-something-beautiful-with-mondos-vinyl-reissue-of-the-fight-club-soundtrack/

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    1. Thank You for the tip. Instant-Sell-Out via Mondo, so off to eBay i go. 2 copies ~ 1 to 'sacrifice' & 1 pristine for the 'archive'. i can resist everything, but temptation... ;)

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  34. Art of the Title - Panic Room

    http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/panic-room/

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  35. In 2014 Jason Hill (frontmen Louis XIV) began his work as a film score composer, working with director David Fincher (Academy Award nominated and BAFTA, Golden Globe winner for Best Direction) on Gone Girl and again in 2015 and 2016 with Fincher on HBO's VIDEOSYNCRASY and currently composing Fincher's Netflix series MINDHUNTER set to be released in 2017..

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