Directors Talk: David Fincher

Hey everyone! It’s time for another round of “Directors Talk”, the roundtable series of discussion about today’s biggest directors that I participate in with Ian and PG Cooper.

This time up on the agenda It’s David Fincher, most recently known for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, but who has been Oscar nominated for “The Social Network” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. Of course, he’s probably best known as the director of “Se7en” and “Fight Club”… two unforgettable movies.

He has an incredible filmography, and we have quite a discussion about him!

Ian is hosting this installment, so click here to check out our awesome roundtable!

LAMBCAST!!

Hey! I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to the fact that I was able to participate in a Lambcast recently :D in fact, this is the first of two back to back episodes I wound up on… I tried to make the most of it because now it’s going to be awhile before I can make my triumphant return…

But in the meantime, I was able to have a great conversation with host Dylan Fields of Man I Love Films, co-host Nick Jobe of Random Ramblings of a Demented Doorknob Tom Clift of Movie Reviews by Tom Clift (amongst other places) and Markus Welby of Green People Soup about the Alien Franchise!

The five of us go over the franchise in depth - comparing Alien to Aliens, arguing over whether Alien3 is better than Alien Resurrection, debating the possibilities of replicating a parasitic organism via DNA cloning… all the nerdy fun you would expect when you get a group of movie geeks together and record their thoughts for public consumption!

It’s a really fun listen, I’ve had a chance to listen to the finished product myself already, and I highly recommend it, especially to fans of the franchise! You can search it out on iTunes under “Lambcast” or play it directly here via podomatic!

And just a word of warning… this is the first episode of three guest appearances I have over the next week, plus I wouldn’t dream of not doing our (title pending)s! So it’ll be podcast city here, check out the ones you like and leave the rest!

- Joel Burman, “Shepherd” of the Large Association of Movie Blogs

The 2011 FMR MAJOR Award Winner for Best Director

Ok folks. Our last individual honor of 2011. Tomorrow, all that’s left are the movie awards.

Today’s category? The Best Director! These are the artists that paint the canvas that is the silver screen. What they say – their “Directions” – are what you wind up seeing. And these five? They all did extraordinary work.

The nominees are: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”, David Fincher, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, Terrence Malick, “Tree of Life”, Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”, and Nicholas Winding Refn, “Drive”.

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PODCAST!!

What’s up everybody? We’re back!

Another episode of The (title pending) Movie Podcast with Tank & Fogs is available for you to download!

In this episode, we go over two of the big Holiday releases this season… “The Adventures of Tintin” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”! I also quickly touch on a couple of other big movies out now that I had a chance to see, “We Bought a Zoo” and “War Horse” :D!

As always, you can look us up on iTunes, or you can download it directly, here. Happy listening, and I hope you enjoy!

2011 Holiday Movie Season Preview!!

This year, the start of the Holiday Movie season is November 18th. That’s NEXT weekend already folks!! That’s when Hollywood releases “Happy Feet Two” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”, two movies with valid expectations of large takes at the gate. The start of the second blockbuster season of the year!

Here are the movies coming up this Holiday Season that I’m most excited for. Check out Wednesday, December 21st! “The Adventures of Tintin”, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, and “Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol”! That’s going to be a busy day!

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Movies That Everyone Should See: “Fight Club”

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Does writing about Fight Club violate the first rule of Fight Club?

“Fight Club” is based on a 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk. To call Palahniuk’s works “disturbing” is an understatement. It was directed by David Fincher, director of Se7en, Zodiac, and the upcoming “The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo” (among others). To say he has a knack for “disturbing” is also an understatement.

It was a perfect match of material and movie maker. The end result was a roaring tornado of a movie about masculinity, society and sanity.

“Fight Club”.

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Now showing on cable: “The Social Network”

For those of you who subscribe to Starz, tonight is the premiere of “The Social Network”, the 2010 David Fincher film starring Jesse Eisenberg which tells the story of the founding of Facebook. Based on the 2009 book “The Accidental Billionaires”, by Ben Mezrich, this movie certainly can’t be accused on not being topical. LOL.

While the movie does show how everyone’s favorite social networking site got its start, it’s actually about the high price of success, money, and being smarter than everyone else you know.

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