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The show started with revisiting all of David Fincher's directorial works but we just had to keep going. Listen week by week, film by flim, as we review every movie from our favorite directors.
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You can't quantify how much we love Nolan's "Interstellar," but we're going to try. After finishing the wildly successful Dark Knight trilogy, Nolan refused to stay grounded and made his own 2001.How do you feel this movie holds up today?
🔥THE FIRE RISES!🔥Houselights is here to discuss the ending to the greatest superhero trilogy of all time "The Dark Knight Rises!"In this hotly contested film, but beloved by many, we dissect what worked, what didn't, and what needed to be streamlined.How do you view Nolan's TDKR nine years later?
BWAAAAAM!!!!!"Inception" barrels in this week just like a train at an intersection. With DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan's only collaboration to date, your Houselights hosts dissect what's real, what isn't, and what's good.
This week your hosts discuss what is arguably the greatest superhero #film of all time! Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" flew into theaters, broke box office records, and was a great story on top of it. How do you feel about this #Batman #movie13 years later?
Following up after the success of "Batman Begins," Christopher Nolan brings his now mind-bending signature to the magical masterpiece "The Prestige." Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, and Michael Caine bring their A-game and so do your hosts this week.
Batman Begins is finally here on Houselights!As Christopher Nolan fans as well as Batman fans, your hosts have the best time analyzing what is arguably the start to the best superhero trilogy of all time. Listen to hear us talk about this film's impact on moviemaking as well as pop culture.
When you think Christopher Nolan, you don't immediately think of "Insomnia" starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hillary Swank. This week, your Houselights crew analyzes why this does and doesn't feel like a Nolan film.
Memento is Nolan's second directorial work and it's a huge upgrade from his first. Costing less than $10m to make and earning back almost four times that. This story told in reverse continued the non-linear trend that Nolan will keep for most of his career. Tons of film students thought it was the greatest movie ever but what did you think?
Switching directors to the one and only Christopher Nolan. We explore his first feature film "Following." Joel Schumacher saw this film and knew great things were coming from Nolan. Did you when you watched it?
We top off our journey through David Fincher's directorial works with his first streaming motion picture: Mank. This movie is his first motion picture in six years since Gone Girl, a stark contrast in themes, subject matter, and accessibility. Following the life of Herman Mankiewicz and primarily his path to writing Citizen Kane. Please join us as we dissect this throwback to the golden age of Hollywood. Did you get the feeling of Mank's life when you watched or was it too riddled with inaccuracies?
David Fincher returns to the director’s chair in the second season ofMindhunter, and your hosts explore what that might say about thecloser connection to the material as compared to House of Cards. Theyalso discuss expectations and surprises, their reaction to the seasonoverall, and that famous Manson scene.
Based on the real work of the FBI agents who defined the specialcrimes unit that analyzed serial killers to assist with their capture,David Fincher returns to the world of the murderers that chilled thelatter part of the Twentieth Century with Mindhunter. These casescontinue to fascinate people to this day and your hosts examine howFincher’s approach to the material displays all his growth sinceSe7en.
After the relative disappointment of Dragon Tattoo, David Fincheradapted another hit crime novel, Gone Girl. Perhaps more accessible toAmerican audiences than Lisbeth Salander, Amy Elliott thrilledaudiences and delivered a box office success while making RosamundPike a household name and giving Ben Affleck a chance to show his ownacting prowess. Defined once again by a terrific cast, the worknonetheless left one of your hosts disappointed because of an editingchoice. Discover what they thought of it all, the last film release byDavid Fincher until Mank.
David Fincher redefined television with the release of House of Cards,a series that focused on a different kind of psychopath and broke thefourth wall as a means of connecting with its audience. The showshifted viewing habits and ushered in the era of “binge watching,” asit was called. Your hosts discuss the first two episodes of theseries, the only directed by David Fincher, and how they see himtrying new techniques and refining choices in a more intimate medium.
Legendary producer Kathleen Kennedy urged David Fincher to adapt StiegLarrson’s hit novel series about Lisbeth Salander. Despite thinking itwouldn’t be a strong box office draw, Fincher took on the task ofadapting a difficult tale to an American retelling. Assembling astellar cast anchored by Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in a starmakingturn as the titular character, the film nevertheless had troublefinding an audience. One of your hosts had problems with it at thetime, and so was challenged on this journey into the House of Fincherto look on the work with fresh eyes.
After The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, David Fincher turned hisattention to the real-life story of the people who changed the worldforever with the invention of Facebook. Your hosts explore whatFincher’s dramatization says about the type of people he sees behindthe machinery of social media, the accountability of those lost in itsweb, and whether this is a Fight Club for computer programmers.
One year after Zodiac, David Fincher released a heartwarming talepenned by the screenwriter of Forrest Gump with a similar tour throughAmerican history. Pairing once more with Brad Pitt, Benjamin Buttonuses a unique character to explore the dynamics of age, maturity,pain, and love as advanced effects are leveraged to take the maincharacter on a mystical journey backwards in age as he moves forwardin time. The hosts discuss their first reactions to the film, theirreactions after having children, and what this film might tell theworld about the fascinating case of the real David Fincher.
A full five years after Panic Room, David Fincher found himself oncemore on the trail of a serial killer. This one, however, is aterrifying true-life story of a murderer who defied capture andterrorized California, spurring conspiracy theories to this day. Yourhosts explore the differences between the theatrical and director’scuts, how Zodiac sparks on Fincher’s own fascination with thedisturbed, and different actors’ ways to handle a director who, bythat point in his career, had learned how to get precisely what hewanted and was no longer willing to compromise on what it would taketo get it.
Three years after Fight Club, David Fincher decided to create a “smallmovie” that steered him heavily back into suspense thriller territory.Starring Jodie Foster, Panic Room situated itself in a single house,with a terrified mother and daughter, as they worked to outwit andoutlast a gang of thieves hell-bent on capturing the lost money fromthe previous owner. Despite the supposedly small scale, your hostsexplore how Fincher pushed the envelop with effects, camerawork, andperformance to create a memorable and entertaining film that helpedrefine his techniques afterward.
There was one film in 1999 that everyone was waiting for from GeorgeLucas, a surprise hit that redefined Keanu’s career, and an AustinPowers sequel that made buckets of money. But David Fincher left hisown indelible mark on the times as he re-teamed with Brad Pitt todeliver the screen version of Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club. Teamingalso with Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter, join the hosts asthey speak to what Fight Club means to them, what it seemed to mean tothe world at the time, and what they think of that last shot.
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