David Fincher is a bona fide artist. His films have struck fear, awe, and inspiration in the hearts of moviegoers around the world. His ability to dive deep into the depths of his characters’ psyche is unparalleled. For decades, Fincher has helped shape the landscape of the film industry, putting out work that challenges everyday notions and ideas. As we eagerly await his next feature, let’s explore the illustrious career of David Fincher.
David Fincher’s directorial debut was 1992’s “Alien 3,” the third installment in the “Alien” franchise. Fincher has been vocal about his disdain for his first feature, stating in an interview: “I had to work on it for two years, got fired off it three times and I had to fight for every single thing. No one hated it more than me; to this day, no one hates it more than me.” To this day, “Aliens 3” is Fincher’s lowest-rated film on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, so maybe his scorn for the sci-fi horror film is justified.
Fincher followed up “Aliens 3” with the psychological thriller “Seven,” starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. “Seven” is brutal, intense, and extremely twisted, three words that have become synonymous with Fincher’s work. Next came one of the most culturally impactful movies of all time: “Fight Club.” “Fight Club” established Fincher as a true filmmaking genius, one who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries and break the rules of cinema. Some of Fincher’s other critically acclaimed features include “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Social Network,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and “Zodiac.”
2014’s “Gone Girl” was Fincher’s last feature. Since then, the Academy Award-nominated director has done stellar work on the Netflix series “Mindhunter,” which plays to Fincher’s strength when it comes to psychologically dark subject matter. His upcoming film “Mank” tells the story behind the turbulent development of Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane.” The biographical drama will be released on Netflix and stars Gary Oldman, Lily Collins, and Amanda Seyfried. Check out Neon Cinema’s mesmerizing tribute to David Fincher above!