AYT #95: The Fincher Affect

red-social-network-fincher-cronenweth-acThis week, Joe and Erik zero in on the career of David Fincher now that his latest film, Gone Girl, has already proven to be a box office success. We discuss all of his films and share our thoughts on the director’s techniques, reoccurring themes, stylistic flourishes and concerns prevalent in his work.

PLEASE NOTE: We had some unforeseen technical issues on Erik’s end of the recording. There are random moments where he’s really quiet with an occasional spike in the levels. It seemed to go away around the 20 minute mark. We debated re-recording, but didn’t want to lose the spontaneity of this original chat. We’re happy enough with the content to still put it out there. Please know that we always strive for the best possible audio quality on this podcast.


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WARNING: Explicit language is used in this podcast.

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Producer -- Drew Wallner
Co-Host, Segment Editor -- Joe von Appen
Co-Host, Audio Editor -- Erik McClanahan
Presented by -- The Northwest Film Center



  1. I’m pretty sure I can both help with whatever recording issue cropped up here, and also could post-produce the episode to have more consistent/balanced output levels. Maybe I can grab the raw tracks from Erik sometime and experiment and maybe repost this MP3 at a later date (don’t let this stop you from listening now though folks, it’s a great episode!).

  2. For any Fincher fans who might enjoy, this visual essay by Tony Zhou makes a great companion to this episode: http://vimeo.com/107779620 (not a master class, but nicely put together)

  3. More additional context that listeners may find valuable…the Swedish “version” of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and its sequels (called Millennium when it aired) was actually originally not a film or TV “trilogy” at all. It was a miniseries, intended to be consumed in six 90 minute episodes. That’s nine hours of content with six discrete arcs contained within.

    Imagine, for a moment, if someone took True Detective and tried to boil it down to half its running time by removing expository conversations, long takes, subplots, and establishing scenes…how would it feel? Perhaps like something that has great production value, great performances, but overall has a sort of “eh” feeling to the editing? That much cutting just isn’t kind to storytelling, and when storytelling is lackluster, I feel think that’s when cinephiles tune out no matter how many other aspects of an experience are interesting.

    Yes it’s true, this producer actually loves the Millennium series (currently on Netflix in the USA as “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Extended Edition if anyone’s curious) and even prefers it to the Fincher film, but I’m also forced to admit…if all I’d ever seen was the cut-down-adaptation-of-the-adaptation first “film” from Sweden? I might feel very differently.

    In my dreamy ideal version of reality, the TV show was never remade at all, and instead was brought to the west at its original runtime BUT with a completely redone score composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Perhaps this last paragraph should be read in Comic Book Guy Voice. 😉

  4. tracypaulpitts says:

    david fincher has become on of those beloved “cult” filmmakers that no matter what he does, someone says, “Oh, but that’s what he MEANT to do.” Apologists prevail.


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