Saw The Social Network recently and while I didn’t delete my Facebook account because of it, the film did what it was supposed to do: it made me hate Mark Zuckerberg. It also made me wonder if his jerky manner is just Asperger’s syndrome, as if Asperger’s is the societal excuse du jour to be rude.
It also made me ponder a bigger question: Where does David Fincher fit in the personal pantheon of film directors?
If you are male (and possibly female) and of a certain age, Fight Club and/or Se7en are in your DVD collection. Many of Fincher’s films have a certain “feel” to them. It’s hard to define, but it’s something about the color of the film (which provides nonverbal cues as to mood) and pacing (which sometimes tend to be a little long and intentional).
If that’s the case, I’d place him somewhere around Michael Mann.
But, for some reason, I’d place him near Christopher Nolan, too. Nolan seems to make “big” films that pack a punch.
So, there you have it. Let’s place Fincher somewhere between Michael Mann and Christopher Nolan.
Now … let’s rank the films (I didn’t include Fincher-directed projects like George Michael, Madonna, and Aerosmith video collections, which, of course, would trump any of these films. Or not).
- Fight Club
- The Game
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- The Social Network
- Panic Room
What are your rankings?