With his latest film arriving October 3rd, it's time to put David Fincher and his efforts alongside the other cinematic greats to see where he stacks up, aesthetically speaking.
He was born in Denver, Colorado. Inspired by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), he started making 8mm movies. He worked for George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, serving time on such celebrated movies as Return of the Jedi (1983) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), before moving to Propaganda Films to make commercials and music videos.
During his stint as an MTV favorite, he collaborated with Rick Springfield, the Motels, Loverboy, Sting, Paula Abdul, Madonna, Aerosmith, Nine Inch Nails, and the Rolling Stones. He won two Grammys in the process, becoming a noted name in the fledgling artform. When Hollywood came calling, it was with the third installment of an incredibly successful sci-fi horror series. When David Fincher was done with it, the Alien property would never be the same.
Now, with his tenth film in 22 years (he's as bad as David Lynch and Terry Gilliam when it comes to output), Gone Girl (2014) coming to theaters, we thought it was time to install the director among his auteur brethren and rank his efforts, from worst (not that there is really a bad David Fincher film) to first (an easy choice, at least in our book).
Using a de-saturated palette and an attention to detail that reminds one of past greats like Kubrick and Hitchcock, Fincher has created some of the most amazing post-modern movies of all time. He's also left a trail of tantalizingly unrealized projects (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Torso, Rendezvous with Rama) that would make the average cinephile weep over "What if?" After looking over this list, it's clear that anything he touches usually winds up wonderful.