Film Junk Premium Podcast #63: David Fincher


I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise. This month’s premium podcast has been a long time coming but due to popular demand we finally decided to dive into the filmography of David Fincher, specifically focusing on several movies we haven’t covered in great detail before. We start the discussion with his iconic ’90s films Seven, The Game and Fight Club before moving on to the 2000s with Panic Room, Zodiac and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Discussion points include Fincher’s fondness for dark subject matter and twist endings, the influence of his title sequences, his innovative use of visual effects, and the transition from film to digital. So does Fight Club still belong in IMDb’s All-Time Top 10 or is it coasting on ’90s nostalgia? Is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button a beautiful love story for the ages or is it a grande-latte enema? Is Zodiac David Fincher’s ultimate masterpiece? Find out what’s in the box and download this month’s premium podcast below.

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  • Samb

    Stick to your guns, Frank — the ending of Se7en is not a twist. Absolutely a surprise, but a twist should resonate backwards in the movie, and this ending doesn’t force a reexamination of anything that happened before. It’s just the guy’s sickness manifesting itself in a different way than you expected.

  • FilMyWatchlist

    Well, in a way it does resonate backwards because it makes us wonder where Gweneth Paltrow was when Brad Pitt was too busy with the case to go home.

  • Samb

    You’re right in a pieces-on-the-chessboard sense, but it doesn’t change any character’s essential nature or motivations. Everyone is still who we thought they were, which to me is what a twist should upend.

  • Kishi Jugo

    Right. Fight Club is a twist and Se7en is not.

  • Rolf

    Great. Paid and than got a message about bandcamp being offline.

  • Sean

    What exactly was the message and where did you see it? Let me know if it continues, I don’t think there is an outage currently.

  • RattyJunior

    The only podcast worthy of a 6 out of 5. Another great one guys…

  • Lori Cerny

    I had no issues. Check to verify if it is your system or if others are having the same XP.

  • Lori Cerny

    As soon as I finished the premium, re-watched Zodiac – great, great movie.

  • Peter Harrison

    Thanks for this, it’s brilliant! For the next Premium I suggest Kubrick Part One: The Killing to 2001 A Space Odyssey. That’s 6 movies, three definite classics.

  • devolutionary

    Same although I ended up rewatching Se7en instead. I’ve already seen Zodiac multiple times in the past few months. History channel is even doing a series on the hunt for the Zodiac Killer.

  • SquidHead#1Fan

    Nobody tell Frank about the North by Northwest opening credits.

  • Deven Science

    A couple of random thoughts while listening.

    -The graphic novel Fight Club 2 sucks. Bigtime. Don’t ever bother.
    -Sean, I believe that Brad Pitt chipped his teeth for Kalifornia, not for Se7en.
    -I had that Fight Club screen saver, and the shot of the condoms floating in the toilet almost got me in trouble at work, as well.
    -Dwight Yoakam was excellent in a made for TV war movie called When Trumpets Fade.

  • Nobody

    Precautionary, kind-of-spoiler warning for endings of Zodiac and Memories of Murder:

    I was very curious about your take on Zodiac’s ending and the depiction of Arthur Leigh Allen. I think the movie clearly leans into Allen as the likely killer. Others may disagree, but as you said, the movie is based on Graysmith’s writing and Allen is his prime suspect. This aspect is the one thing that has always bugged me about Zodiac, which is otherwise great. It feels too safe to me, like the movie wants to leave audiences with the feeling that some degree of conventional closure to the mystery was found. It makes me think about the ending of Memories of Murder, which is more open-ended. I think that’s a truly perfect ending, more effective and haunting than Zodiac’s.