The Lost Art of Secrecy

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When was the last time you walked into a movie theater completely unaware of the film you were about to see? For me, it was the summer of 2010. The movie: Inception. The earliest trailers for the film displayed a number of staggering visuals. A rotating hallway, a city folding on itself, and a train charging through the rain. This merely whet the appetites of countless filmgoers like myself. Soon, we were standing in line for the film’s release, not knowing a single detail of the plot. Even on the day of, all we had to go on were the film’s cryptic tagline (“Your mind is the scene of the crime”) and a tiny bit of description from director Christopher Nolan himself (“a heist movie set within the architecture of the mind”). Some could argue we already had more than enough to go on. But compared to today’s films, where entire movies are given away in a two-minute trailer, Nolan’s film barely left a trail of breadcrumbs. It was a refreshing change of pace that allowed audiences to experience the film in its rightful place – the movie theater, of course.  Continue reading

David Fincher: The Man Behind the Method

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With Gone Girl finally hitting theaters this weekend, director David Fincher has been making the press rounds, something quite unlike of him to do. Then again, when you’re adapting Gillian Flynn’s bestseller, it’s hard to stay out of the limelight. Fincher usually tries to avoid over-exposure, but his directorial methods are very well known. His reputation precedes him, and with good reason. Whereas most directors settle for a few takes per scene, Fincher aims above and beyond, shooting as many takes as he needs. While this sounds obscene on the surface, I’d like to dig a little deeper into his process to show why he’s the hardest-working and the most misunderstood director in the business.

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