Category Archives: Recommended Movie of the Weekend

Happy 50th Birthday David Fincher!

Happy Birthday, you obessesive-compulsive hot piece of ass, you.

 

One of DiCs husbands (whom both DivaJulia and I agree on) is celebrating a birthday. Director David Fincher is turning the big 5-0 and I thought we’d highlight some of his impressive work.

Don’t play coy with US, Mr. Fincher. We’ve got your number…and it’s Dipped in Cream, isn’t it?

Known for being behind the camera for films like ‘Seven,’ Fight Club‘ and ‘The Social Network,’ which earned him a Golden Globe and Bafta for Best Director, he started out his career doing music videos.  His first was Jermane Stewart‘s “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” all the way back in 1986.

A couple of years later, David would work with Madonna for the first time with “Express Yourself,” inspired by Fritz Lang‘s 1927 silent epic ‘Metropolis.’

Who’s That FINCHER Girl?

The two would work together again for “Vogue” and “Oh Father.” I wonder if he would ever put her in one of his movies.

It seems 1990 was possibly his biggest video year ever, with “Vogue,” Aerosmith‘s “Janie’s Got A Gun, ” Billy Idol‘s “Cradle Of Love” and Don Henley‘s “End of the Innocence” dominating that year’s MTV Video Music Awards in nominations and wins. 

George Michael‘s “Freedom! ’90″ featuring Cindy CrawfordNaomi Campbell and a number of other Supermodels was nominated for Best Direction, Cinematography and Editing at the 1991 VMAs.  Oh, yeah.

As the 90s went on and Fincher focused more on movies and commercials; he directed fewer videos, but there were some standout clips like The Rolling Stone‘s “Love Is Strong” featuring the band and some gigantic models stomping all over NYC. His last was Nine Inch Nails‘ “Only“, and of course he and Trent Reznor would later work together again when Finchy asked El Rez to score ‘The Social Network’ and ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.’

 

How about some Bonus Brad Pitt, because we all know Brad is David’s favorite!

 

Lest we forget, the epically creepy and dank opening and closing sequences in the brilliant film Se7en with Nine Inch Nails AND David Bowie.  This film is like a warm blanket on a cold night…that may just electrocute us if we’re not careful.  Oh, but the prickly fun of  it all…Closer Remixed and The Heart’s Filthy Lesson, respectively set the tone, and then leave us in a heap on the basement floor.  Begging. For. More.

Oh, and one more thing…

What’s in the BOX?

Happy Birthday, David Bowie. *Recommended Movie of the Weekend – “CHRISTIANE F.” *

The Thin White Duke
The Thin White Duke

Happy 63rd birthday, Mr. Bowie.

I’m reluctantly recommending Christiane F. as this weekend’s recommended movie.  It’s grim.  REALLY grim.  I saw it on “The Ave” in Seattle back in 1981.  As I recall, it was rated X–before the NC-17 rating was implemented.   There were sounds of the audience groaning in disgust, and many of them walked out.  I can’t remember how long I stayed…I do think it was til the end.

Christiane is a young girl living in Berlin, who is seduced by a new “discotek”  and vividly shows her descent into drugs and prostitution, while  David Bowie’s iconic persona hovers above.  This German film is every art-school student’s happy little nightmare.  It’s a dark, scary and raw film.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  There’s quite a bit of  needles, blood and vomit.

I own this album.
I own this album.

Let me know if any of you have seen this film (TIM?) or will see it…I’d love your reviews.

Recommended Movie of the Weekend – "The Hunger", with David Bowie

Bauhaus performing “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” in the 
trailer for “The Hunger”

I was 22 when “The Hunger” was released. All I remember was the fuss everyone made over the love scene between Susan Sarandon and the luminous Catherine Deneuve. (My God, she’s beautiful.) I never saw the film in the theatre; I wish that I had.
It’s much more. David Bowie’s performance is completely heartbreaking, and altogether too short. It’s also a cool way to remember what we thought was sexy in the 80′s–chiffon curtains blowing from an unknown wind, scenes seemingly shot through mini-blinds (a la` American Gigolo). 

Okay, maybe I’m the only one who has enjoyed taking the stroll down memory lane by watching The Hunger. The final scene with Catherine Deneuve is sort of lame, but just sit back and feel the darkness of the 80′s.