Movie Review: Mank (2020)

A brand new movie from one of my favorite directors, available from the comfort of my own home? Sweeeeet.

Disclaimer: I know this thing is based on a true story, but I will not base my review on how perfectly accurate to the real situation it may or may not be, but I will instead judge it as a movie… which it is. Disclaimer over.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Mank”.

Hollywood, 1940. We follow Herman Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman), a drunken, opinionated writer as he goes through the tumultuous process of crafting the screenplay for a little movie called “Citizen Kane”. But it’s not just him sitting at some typewriter, rubbing his temples all movie. Because this movie jumps back and forth in time a little bit, showing us Mankiewicz’ struggles in the “present” (circa 1940), but also his antics and encounters with various Hollywood figures in the early 30s. I have mixed feelings about the narrative here. On one hand, it is a pretty interesting look into 1930s Hollywood and the politics within it. But on the other, I never felt emotionally invested in what was going on. I was interested by what was going on, and was certainly never bored… but never did I feel truly hooked. It just feels a bit hollow at times. Again, I wouldn’t call it bad, I did enjoy the narrative on some level, but never did I actually feel any emotional connection to what was happening in front of my eyes.

The characters in this vary in terms of interest. Luckily our main character is at least one interesting figure. He’s Herman J. Mankiewicz, an alcoholic, highly intelligent writer who both gets along and butts heads with many figures within the Hollywood system. He is most certainly an interesting figure that livens up proceedings a bit. And Gary Oldman does a great job in the role. In supporting roles we also see people like Amanda Seyfried, Tom Pelphrey, Lily Collins, Charles Dance, Tuppence Middleton, Joseph Cross, Tom Burke, Jamie McShane, and more, all doing well in their respective roles.

The score for the movie was composed by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, and I think they did a good job of it. Their score has a way of really capturing the era the film’s set in, cleverly utilizing some jazzy percussion and a decent bit of unique woodwind usage. It’s hard to properly explain, but I do think their music fits the period perfectly, and it works quite well within the movie.

“Mank” was directed by David Fincher, and written by his late father Jack. And I think Fincher did a good job here. You can tell that he and his production crew really did their damndest to make this movie feel old school and, and I would say that they did that quite well… at the expense of one thing. At no point does this feel like a Fincher film. As a fan of the guy, I’ve learned to pick up on a lot of his tricks and stylistic choices… but they are nowhere to be seen here. It’s hard to explain, but what Finchy brings to his films in terms of style isn’t really here. And that’d be fine, if Fincher’s style wasn’t one of his most defining features. There’s no denying that it’s very well directed, even if it lacks what I love about this director. But to end this section on a high note: Erik Messerschmidt’s cinematography is superb, making perfect use of light, shadows, and the monochrome. It’s a visual treat.

This movie just came out, but already it’s been quite well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 88% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 79/100. And on imdb.com it (AT THE TIME OF WRITING) has a score of 7.6/10.

While there’s a lot to admire about it, I didn’t find “Mank” that emotionally investing. It has an okay story, pretty good characters, great performances, really good music, great (if slightly off) directing, and excellent cinematography. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Mank” is a 7.77/10. So while flawed, I’d still recommend watching it.

My review of “Mank” is now completed.

I actually haven’t seen “Citizen Kane” yet… maybe I should fix that some day.

Series Review: Mindhunter – Season 1 (2017)

I know what you’re thinking. “Markus, you said that October was about spooky shit, and maybe some trailers and Thor!”, and that is true. However, sometimes an idiot like me has to make exceptions. Plus, this could technically count as Month of Spooks stuff… ’cause serial killers are scary.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Mindhunter” season 1.

Set in 1979, “Mindhunter” follows FBI agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) as he investigates various murder cases while also developing a system for psychologically analyzing criminals. So now we have our drama plot. And is it any good? Yeah. Seeing the early stages of criminal psychology and how it develops is fascinating, and the way they use it to investigate these horrible crimes is quite riveting. The pace here is deliberately slow as a tortoise, which will turn some people off, but I thought it worked quite well for the show. But the plot isn’t just the development of the criminal profiling system, it is also an engaging character-drama. Seeing how these characters react to all the shit going on and how it affects their lives is quite riveting. So yeah, it’s a solid plot.

As you probably could understand from the end of the previous paragraph, the characters here are all quite interesting and engaging. It’s also pretty refreshing to have a cast where I didn’t know any of the main players. I recognized a couple of the supporting people, but for the most part I knew no one. Jonathan Groff plays Holden Ford, the young man who we follow for the majority of the show. He’s slightly naive, but means well and shows great intelligence. And Groff is really good in the role. Holt McCallany plays Bill Tench, Ford’s colleague/partner. A slightly stern family man, Tench often get slightly annoyed at Ford’s plans and action, but understands that they can be important. And McCallany is great in the role. Anna Torv plays Wendy Carr, a consultant who gets brought in to help Ford and Tench in their work. She’s determined to get shit done, and she’s an interesting part of the team. And Torv is great in the role. Hannah Gross plays Debbie, a woman that Ford meets and starts a relationship with. She’s sassy, she’s smart, and she’s a nice foil for Ford. And Gross is really good in the role. The entire cast does a solid job here.

The score for the show was composed by Jason Hill and it was great. It was dark and quite chilling, reminiscent of the movie scores by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. It often helped elevate certain scenes, making them feel a little eerie and slightly uncomfortable. There were also licensed tracks used throughout the show and they were used pretty well.

This show was created by Joe Penhall, and directed by three people. The directors are Asif Kapadia, Tobias Lindholm, Andrew Douglas, and David fucking Fincher. And yes, the only reason why I listed all of them was for that dramatic effect on Fincher. And even though he only helmed four of the ten episodes, all of them feel very Fincher-esque. Cinematic, cold, steady, confident, it just oozes of David Fincher. So yeah, it is incredibly well directed. This show is also R-rated. Cursing, nudity, sex, some violence. Sure, it’s not “Game of Thrones” levels of R-rated, but it still has some stuff that makes it inappropriate for younger audiences. Also, this show was produced by Charlize Theron… not trying to make a point, just think that’s pretty cool.

This show just came out but has already been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 96% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 76/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 9,2/10 (but will most likely drop in the near future).

“Mindhunter” is great… don’t know what else I can say. It has a great plot, great characters, great performances, great music, and great direction. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Mindhunter” season 1 is a 9,65/10. Which means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Mindhunter” season 1 is now completed.

Month of Spooks, not Month of Spooks… Killers are scary, Month of Spooks.

My Favorite Scenes: Fight Club – Ending

Hello guys & gals and welcome back to “My Favorite Scenes” which is so self-explanatory that I’m not even gonna fuckin’ bother to explain what it is. Anyway, on this edition of “My Favorite Scenes” we are having a look at a scene from My Favorite Movie, “Fight Club”. And if you seriously haven’t seen “Fight Club” yet, what the hell are you doing with your life? Go watch it, come back here. Okay? Good! Well yes, as the title suggests, we are having a look at the final scene of the movie. Or to be more precise, we are taking a look at the final minute of the movie because it’s the only version of the scene I could find in decent quality. But you know what I would call this? The perfect ending… yeah. It could not have had a better ending if it tried. Even the author of the original novel, Chuck Palahniuk, thought the ending of the movie is better than the one in the book. And while I unfortunately haven’t read the book, I do still think that this ending is as good as it could ever be. Mainly thanks to David Fincher’s excellent directing and the song “Where is My Mind?” by The Pixies. Like I said, I love this scene and that is why I am sharing it.
Enjoy!

Movie Review: The Game (1997)

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As you probably know, I am a bit of a David Fincher fanboy. I love his movies, they are all (and by all I mean those that I have seen) really well done and really entertaining in some way. Hell, if you look at my top 10 movies of all time you notice that two of the movies on there are Fincher films. Anyway, time to review another one of his films and this time it is an early one.

Ladies and gents, time to play… “The Game”.

Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) is a straight up asshole… and a businessman. One day his brother Conrad (Sean Penn) gives him a gift of what could essentially be called a gift card for something called “CRS”. It’s according to Conrad a company that will make your life more “fun”. So when Nicholas finally signs the contract and does a few evaluations… the game is on. And from that his life takes a turn for the worse. The story for this movie is fantastic. It is suspenseful as all hell, it is well-crafted and it is very well paced. However I do have a problem with it that pulls it down a bit. My issue with the story (and movie in general) is the ending, I’m not gonna spoil it but I will say that it didn’t really work for this movie. Fun fact: director David Fincher didn’t like the ending either and felt that maybe he wasn’t the right director for this movie, and I respect him for that. Anyway, despite a lackluster ending, the story is really good.

The character of Nicholas Van Orton is interesting. Like I said, he is an asshole… but he is an interesting asshole, especially further along the movie. And Michael Douglas plays the role perfectly. Especially in parts where “The Game” itself has started, then he is just fantastic. He gives an intense and vulnerable performance in the movie and I think this might be the best I have ever seen him. Sean Penn is also great in the movie despite his limited screentime. Every actor in the movie in fact gives great performances… but Michael Douglas is the best.

The score for the movie was (like in Fincher’s previous movie “Se7en”) done by Howard Shore. And once again Shore delivers a haunting and suspenseful score that perfectly sets the mood for the movie it is used in. That is something I have noticed Shore being great at in general, setting the mood perfectly. He did it in “Se7en” and in the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” movies. And like I said, he perfectly nailed the desired feel here. It helps build the tension of the movie and it also helps hold the sense of dread that the movie wants to portray. And it is done perfectly.

Like I have stated a few times in this review already, this movie is directed by David Fincher (My favorite director). And here he proves that he is a fucking amazing director with fantastic control over the actors and the storytelling. The cinematography was done by Harris Savides who also did the cinematography for Fincher’s 2007 movie “Zodiac”. And he made it look fantastic in this movie.

This movie was pretty well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 71% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 61/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com the movie has a score of 7,8/10.

“The Game” is a really good thriller with an excellent story, a fantastic lead performance from Michael Douglas, an excellent score by Howard Shore (Hey, that rhymed!) and fantastic direction by David Fincher. Sadly it is dragged down a bit by the not very good ending. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Game” is a 9,01/10. It is definitely worth buying.
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My review of “The Game” is now completed.

Are you ready to play?

 

Movie Review: Gone Girl (2014)

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When a new crime-drama/thriller comes out I get pretty curious immediately. They attract me like a bloody venison attracts a wolf, especially if the movie looks somewhat good. Sure, there is a lot of shit out there among the crime-drama/thrillers, but I can usually escape that in one way or another. Now then I heard about this little movie one day in late summer 2014. So when I heard about it I looked it up I noticed something pretty cool… it was directed by David Fincher. If you didn’t already know, David Fincher is my favorite director. Hell, he made my favorite movie of all time, “Fight Club”. So of course the excitement started building inside of me. Unfortunately I missed it when it came out in October, but now I finally got a chance to see it. So what did I think of it? Does it hold up to previous works of Fincher? Or is it awful? Let’s take a look!

Boys and girls… “Gone Girl”.

Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) are living a happy little life. They got a nice house, they own a bar together with Nick’s sister Margo (Carrie Coon) and they got a cat. But on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary something weird happens… Amy has disappeared. I guess you can say she is a “Gone Girl”… okay I’ll stop now. So of course Nick get the cops involved in it all since he suspects kidnapping. But as the story goes on you start to wonder if Nick did it. And from there on we have one of the best stories of 2014 and possibly even the 2000’s. Not only do we have the main thing of Amy being gone (girl) but you also have Nick constantly being hounded by the media and being constantly shit upon by everyone. And I think the movie explores perfectly. It is also fun to note that this movie keeps bombarding you with twist after twist without it feeling forced or showy. Most movies that have big twists simply use them like “Hey, look at me! I use twists, I am so smart!” and come off as stupid. What “Gone Girl” does is give us a ton of twists and make them all relevant and interesting. It was also fun how I was kept interested through the entire runtime (two and a half hours) and never got bored. Good job “Gone Girl”!

The characters are all unique, incredibly fleshed out and really well acted. I am going to be completely honest, I think this is Ben Affleck’s best performance. Yes, he was really good in “Argo”, but here he really showed his talents. And Rosamund Pike, holy shit! She was fantastic in the movie! It is rare to see an actress be this good and steal the show this much. Still, I am probably easily impressed considering I have only seen her in “Jack Reacher” prior to this. Not that she was bad, she just wasn’t this amazing in that movie. And I know, I have to add my opinion on Tyler Perry in this movie… he was really good. I am not a fan of his movies, but here he showed that he can act if given the right script and director. That is the case with most actors… except for Sam Worthington, he can’t act. Overall the performances and characters in the movie were great.

This is the third time I have heard a score form Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and once again they impress me. These guys sure do have a great track record and I don’t think they know how to make a bad score. Just like in “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” the score is cold, haunting and chilling. There were scenes that got really disturbing and bone-chilling by this score. I thought the score was great! I’ll admit, it’s not something I’d start up at a party, but it is still a great score that is worth any praise.

I don’t have to mention anything about the camera work since it’s a David Fincher movie. I have praised the camera work in his other movies before, so I don’t have to mention it again. Let’s just put it like this: It is as fantastic as always! One thing that is worth knowing about this movie is how it is based on a book with the same title by author Gillian Flynn. Now that might sound kinda standard and not too worth noting at first glance, but here omces the fun part; She also adapted it into a screenplay. And you know what? The screenplay was awesome!

Now how did this movie do in the reception department? Pretty fucking well if you look anywhere. On Rotten Tomatoes it got an 88% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it got a 79/100. And on imdb.com it has an 8,3/10 and is ranked #127 on the “Top 250 list”. As of this review the movie has gotten one Oscar nomination (only one) in the category of Best Actress in a leading role (Rosamund Pike) which I really hope wins because she was awesome.

“Gone Girl” is a daring, dark, disturbing, unique, well acted, incredibly well shot and got some really great performances. It also got a great original score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Now for my final score. Where is it? Oh crap, it’s gone (girl). No, found it… I sat on it. My final score for David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” is a 9,85/10 and it of course gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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“Gone Girl” is now reviewed.

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Movie Revisit: Fight Club (1999)

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The other day I created a poll for you guys in celebration of reaching over 1000 views. Well now the deadline is due and it is time to show you the result which if you didn’t read the title is a review of the 1999 movie “Fight Club”. I have made references to my opinion on “Fight Club” in many of my other reviews but I will still review it for you guys since it was the one with the most amount of votes at the deadline.

So sit back and relax as I take you on a review of David Fincher’s 1999 movie, “Fight Club”!

The movie follows a guy who is simply credited as “The Narrator” (Edward Norton). He is just miserable. He works at an office (which is boring) he got nothing exciting in his life… and on top of that he has insomnia. So when he goes to the doctor for help he is told to go visit a support group for men with testicular cancer (the movie explains why). And at these meetings he notices that when he can cry along with them he can actually get some sleep. But it gets ruined when another faker named Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) enters since he knows she is also faking. But one day he meets this guy named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) who is basically the exact opposite of what The Narrator is. And in turn they start… a “Fight Club”. This story is very difficult talking about without getting into spoilers since there is so much to talk about. Now anyway, the concept of the story is different and pretty cool. But the execution is even cooler. I honestly did not know what to expect when I watched “Fight Club” for the very first time, it caught me completely of guard. From the moment the opening credits start to the very end I was invested in the very detailed and weird story. What I also like about the story is that it manages to get so many events and things in there without making it all feel forced and make it all relevant in one way or another. The story in both concept and execution gets a big thumbs up from me.

The characters I would say is what really makes this movie. Sure the story is different and really cool but the characters is really what brings it up a lot. The story is the bone and the characters are the meat. But back to the explanation of the characters themselves…ish. They are all fantastically written and are also incredbily well-acted. Let’s start with the Narrator. He is miserable, he is not happy with his life and Edward Norton brings it out perfectly with his performance. The next (and final one) I’m gonna talk about is Tyler Durden, who I swear is the coolest motherfucker ever! He is what I would call the embodiment of total freedom, which can be both good and bad. He is just free in every way possible. He doesn’t give a shit about anything and that is what makes him so interesting… and unpredictable. But he is also surprisingly deep for a chaotic genius played by pretty boy Brad Pitt. Overall the characters are very good in  both writing and acting.

The music by The Dust Brothers (Not to be confused with the Chemical Brothers) is fantastic. The tracks really help create the feeling of how ddark and dirty this town the movie is set in is. The music feels very dark and cold but even a little groovy. It really help build the atmosphere of the scenes the respective songs are used in perfectly and it just makes me want to buy it… like, right now. I also have to give a little praise to the creators of this movie for the fantastic use of the song “Where is my mind?” by The Pixies in the movie. Yes they only use it once, but they do it in the best way they possibly could.

The camera work and overall cinematography in this movie is in lack of better words… FUCKING AMAZING! The look of the movie is (like the music) dark and dirty which just helps build everything from atmosphere to important story points to perfection. This movie is also really funny… if you have a dark sense of humor, that is. And it isn’t the type of slapstick/under the belt humor but rather very dark and almost a little sophisticated. This movie will really test what you can laugh at. This movie is also one of the most well-written movies ever made and I am not afraid to say it. The dialogue and philosophy of this movie is fantastic and just helps make the movie even better than it originally was. I was also surprised to hear the fact that this movie is based on a book… yeah. The author’s name is Chuck Palahniuk (pronounced Pa-lah-nick apparently) and he have made more books than “Fight Club”. And no, I have not read the original book even though I wish to do it since I want to see how this movie started in book format.

This movie when it first came out wasn’t that well-received. Most critics didn’t like this movie at first. It also didn’t make too much in the U.S. domestic box office. But later on critics changed their minds and they started saying they liked it. But anyway, time for what the movie got on different sites. On Rotten Tomatoes “Fight Club” has an 80% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. Like most times, Metacritic got the lowest (based on the major movie sites I reference) score for this movie with a score of 66/100. Then we have what Mr. Roger Ebert said about this movie… he didn’t really like it. He gave it 2 out of 4 stars. And while there isn’t really a good quote I can find to show what he thought I can at least say his review was kinda mixed in opinions. But that isn’t important. And finally we have how this movie is rated on our good ol’ friend imdb.com. On imdb it has the score of 8,9/10 and it is ranked #10 on the “Top 250” list. “Fight Club” was also nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best sound effects editing.

“Fight Club” got an interesting and different story, tremendous acting, great music, fantastic camera work, amazing atmosphere, great comedy and one of the best twists in any movie ever (Not going to spoil it). So now it is time to once again hand out my final score for “Fight Club”. My final score for “Fight Club” is a 10/10. This movie is in my opinion perfect in every way possible and couldn’t be better even if it tried. In other words it of course gets the one and only… “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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“Fight Club” is once again reviewed here on the blog.

The existence of this review is kind of ironic considering the first and second rules of “Fight Club”.

My Favorite Scenes: Fight Club – Hit me

It’s been a while, but now it’s back… “My Favorite Scenes”. And today we will be talking about a scene from my favorite movie “Fight Club”. Sure the movie is full of fantastic scenes, but I feel like this one stands out more than most of them. This is the scene where The Narrator (Edward Norton) and Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) have their first fight in the parking lot of a bar. Now this scene is great because this is where the “Fight Club” part of “Fight Club” starts kicking in… and I love the dark comedy that is implemented in the scene… and the entire movie. So, I hope you will enjoy this little scene from this 1999 masterpiece!

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My Favorite Scenes: Se7en Opening Credits

My dear friends of the internet, welcome back to another installment of “My Favorite Scenes”! Ya know, the “series” where I kind of talk about my favorite scenes. And this time we once again talk about the opening credits to a movie. It also happens to be the second time I talk about the opening credits from a movie directed by David Fincher (First time was “Fight Club”). And this time it is for the movie “Se7en” (Se-Seven-en). If you didn’t already know, Se7en is a 1995 crime-thriller starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman as two detectives trying to find a murderer who kills people in ways kind of based on the seven deadly sins (hence the title “Seven”, stylized as “Se7en”). I did a review for the movie a few weeks back and I can tel you right now that I love the movie. It is fantastic! But back to the opening credits… which I also happen to love. These opening credits are as dark and disturbing as the rest of the movie and really works setting the tone for the entire thing. So, please enjoy the opening credits for the fantastic crime-thriller “Se7en”.

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Movie Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

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Remakes are something I always have a bad feeling about. I am cautiously optimistic if trailers look good, even though the entire thing can go to shit. A lot of remakes actually do go to shit… like Tim Burton’s “Planet of the Apes” remake. There are a few remakes that I like though, such as “Godzilla” (2014) and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. And if you’re wondering about my thoughts on the “RoboCop” remake then I can tell you that it wasn’t bad… just a little boring. Anyway, today we are taking a look at a remake I was not positive about since it is based on source material coming from my home country, Sweden. I was also afraid that they could never get as good as the original Swedish movies. I was not optimistic about it at all… until I a few years later saw that it was directed by David Fincher (“Fight Club”, “Se7en”) who is a director I really like. Then I got a little hope. And now we are talking about it on my blog… oh yes.

Girls and boys… “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”.

I can’t compare story on this and the original movie because it is basically the same story, so I know it will be good. Here is the basic story: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) got some legal problems. So then after those problems have erupted and taken to court he is for some reason hired by rich person Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) to find out what happened to his niece Harriett a long time ago. But Mikael doesn’t have to go through it alone since he gets help from mysterious hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). And dark, twisted, weird and interesting things happens after that. The idea of the story is one that I really find interesting because it shows the worst in human beings and what can drive people to do certain things. And how is the execution here? It is honestly pretty fucking good. I was really worried how Hollywood could take a Swedish story that got Swedish characters and is set in Sweden and make it at least decent. But Fincher once again proves that he knows what he is doing with his directing skills. The exectuion here didn’t feel sloppy or forced in any way, it just (surprisingly) worked. There were a few details that were changed, but nothing too major. So the execution was overall good.

The characters stay true to how they were in the books and original movies. They all have their little issues that make them unique and they are portrayed well here. I was especially impressed with how great Rooney Mara was as Lisbeth. Sure she is no Noomi Rapace, but she definitely gets the job done. The only problem character/acting based in this movie was how some people had stupid accents while some sounded like they should. Case in point: Daniel Cragi sounds like Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara got a weird accent going. It is nothing really game-breaking in this movie, but it just sounds a little weird.

The soundtrack by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor was dark, chilling, depressing and overall fantastic. It really helped set the mood of the movie (dark, creepy, tense, depressing, cold, isolated). And when it comes to the music I have to touch on the brilliant selection of song for the opening credits. Especially since David Fincher movies usually have opening credits with good/fitting songs. And in this case the song is a very dark and weird cover of “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin. I really think it worked to the movie’s advantage and really helped set the mood for it early.

Back on the topic of the opening credits, the song is great, the visuals are trippy and awesome and the opening credits are in general great. But I shouldn’t expect anything less from a David Fincher movie. And with that said, the camera work in this movie is fan-fucking-tastic! David Fincher is pretty much the king of making good looking movies with a dark and dirty tone. Also, fun fact: This movie was actually shot in Sweden just so they could get everything right. Good job, people!

Now ow did this movie do among people and critics? Well it actually did pretty good. On Rotten Tomaotes it got an 86% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a 71/100. Roger Ebert really seemed to like it since he gave it 3,5/4 stars (his score for the original movie was 4/4 stars if you’re wondering). On imdb.com this movie has a 7,9/10. It also won 1 Oscar for Best Film Editing. But it also had an additional 4 nominations; Best Leading actress, Best cinematography, Best sound mixing, Best sound editing.

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is a remake that actually works and doesn’t buthcer the source material. It also got great performances, a good soundtrack and is directed with extreme care. Time for the final score. My final score for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is a 9,01/10. I really feel like this movie could have been better so it doesn’t get the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”, but it is definitely worth buying.

Review of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is now done.

I was seriously ready to hate on this movie.

Movie Review: Se7en (1995)

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Okay, how many here love murder mystery movies? Raise your hands! Come on now, don’t be shy! There we go, I see a few hands now! Anyway, as you may have guessed, I love myself a good murder mystery. Not always the “Whodunnit?” kinda way, but a mystery involving murder… especially a suspenseful one. Okay, not only murder mysteries, but thrillers in general. A good example of a great thriller is 2013’s “Prisoners”. So yeah… I love myself a good crime-thriller. They make you get a warm beverage, snuggle up in a cover/blanket/thing and just have a good time with it. Well, today we are talking about one such movie… a movie that was a bit of a box office success. And it is directed by one of my favorite directors.

Detectives and criminals… “Se7en” (Se-Seven-en).

The story of “Se7en” is set in a dark, depressing New York-y city and follows homicide detectives William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and David Mills (Brad Pitt). Somerset is this veteran cop who is gonna retire soon and Mills is this sort of rookie guy. One day they get to a crime scene… but not jsut any old crime scene, oh no. Here they find an overly obese man tied up (and dead). And this murder leads to similar(ish) murders that are about as brutal, disgusting and horrible as this one, all having one thing in common… they all revolve around the seven deadly sins (Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, Wrath, Envy, Sloth). And they find out a lot more, equally disturbing things. And based on those facts, this movie got one of the most intriguing stories in any movie ever. While some call the story “cliché”, I call it interesting and well done. I also want to add that the elements of the murders based around the seven deadly sins are both creepy and a little disturbing. So yeah, this movie was very interesting.

The characters are incredibly well-written and well-acted. They are portrayed in a realistic way. And like I said, the actors do an amazing job in this movie. There is especially one performance (not gonna mention which) that both made me go “That is how you act!” and “This is a little disturbing”… and I loved that. I am going to admit that one of the actors (again, not mentioning which) who in one scene drops a little bit in the acting quality. Not saying it becomes horrible, just not as good as the rest of the movie.

The music… holy fucking shit, the music! There are some orchestral tracks for the more dramatic and action-y bits. And sometimes the music can be cold, creepy and just make me feel generally creeped out. I honestly never knew Howard Shore (Most known for the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” movies) could write such a cold score. And like I said, there are a few fairly bombastic bits every now and then… but nothing too “epic”.

Once again, David Fincher directed an incredibly good looking movie. The visuals and camera angles in this movie are fantastic! Sure, he is no stranger to that kind of stuff, but here he really shows what he is made of! Also, this is one of the few movies that properly disturb me in a fashion that doesn’t actually involve any gross-out methods… and that is not easy with me. Also, this movie is unforgiving in the way how it doesn’t care, it just does it’s thing. Also, this movie went by pretty fast, it didn’t feel like two hours at all. In other words, it was very well-paced and never got boring.

Reception for “Se7en” was overall good. This was a commercial success after all. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 79% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a 65/100 score. Roger Ebert orginally gave this movie 3,5/4 stars but it has been updated to 4/4 stars and is on his “Great Movies” list. On imdb.com this movie has a score of 8,7/10 and is ranked #22 on the “Top 250” list. “Se7en” was also nominated for an Oscar, and that was for Best Film Editing.

“Se7en” is a dark, creepy, disturbing, great, suspenseful and very well-acted crime thriller. And now I am ready to hand out my final score if I can find the god damn thing! Ah, there it is! My final score for “Se7en” is a 9,74/10 which grants it the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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“Se7en” is now reviewed.

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