The Social Network’s Unforgettable Opening Scene

“Did you know there are more people with genius IQs living in China than there are people of any kind living in the United States?”

The first line of David Fincher’s The Social Network starts at the 16 second mark, just as the Columbia Pictures logo rolls, and just as we slowly fade into the middle of Mark Zuckerberg and Erica Albright’s whirlwind date. (Whirlwind as in the speed at which they talk, NOT that they’re “in love.”) Where are we? In a bar. When are we? Boston 2003, at the intersection of Harvard and – as far as the tech-wunderkind Zuckerberg is concerned – the rest of the world. Continue reading

In Praise of David Fincher’s ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

“She’s different,” Armansky says, words that mark the worldwide iconographic appeal of the title-heroine. “In what way?” Dirch Frode asks. “In every way.” I can’t think of a more unique blockbuster in recent memory. No, not the R-rated drama aspect of David Fincher’s lurid and underrated gem. The hard-R studio adult franchise, or the promising start of one. Considering Fincher never got to see through to a trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remains as a defiant standalone movie that’s wholly unique and of a blockbuster caliber that’s rarely been attempted since. Continue reading

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

You know her name. Lisbeth Salander, a.k.a. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, has captured the hearts and minds of readers all over the world. 65 million of them to be exact, and counting. She has been widely touted as one of fiction’s most fascinating heroines to have emerged in a long time, and those who have read the books could hardly disagree. With every great book lies a movie. In this case, there are two. One was made rightfully in Sweden. The other was directed by the great David Fincher. So how does the English adaptation stack up against its Swedish predecessor? I am so glad you asked.

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