Movie Monday is on a top-list binge, and this week’s assignment concerns directors, a top three of the favorites.
There’s more than three, obviously, but the trio of Hitchcock, Linklater and Fincher hasn’t failed.
Hitchcock, obviously, is a man with tens of films. And in comparison to the two others, rather stuck in one genre: that of a thriller. Though his lone foray into comedy, Mr. and Mrs. Smith from 1941 wasn’t by any means a bad film. I started a collection of his films pretty much when I bought my first dvd-player, but have utterly failed to move beyond half a dozen films.
Linklater’s career is one of consistent genre-hopping. I saw Dazed & Confused first, back in 1994, and have enjoyed all his films since. Including the twin twelve hour romances of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. Linklater’s take on one of the most unfilmable books ever, A Scanner Darkly, turned out to be both a decent movie and an appropriately damaged rendition of Philip K. Dick’s novel. Been a diligent movie shopper of Linklater’s oeuvre – bought two of his films multiple times (when Slacker and Dazed & Confused came out in Criterion Collection).
Fincher I discovered a bit late. For some unexplainable reason I missed Se7en in the theatres, and thus the director’s Fight Club was the first proper film by him. And it’s been a rollercoaster ride ever since, though none have hit the same zeitgeisty sweet spot. Shamefully haven’t seen his take on Girl with Dragon Tattoo yet, but it is on top of the backlog.
Movie Monday #37: The One in Charge.