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Fincher Features: SE7EN (1995), PANIC ROOM (2002)

Posted in tallyteers 2010 by dtinnin on June 1, 2010

Date: 5/25    Format: AVI

Director: David Fincher

PANIC ROOM (2002)

Starring: Jodie Foster, K-Stew, Dwight Yoakam, Nicole Kidman’s voice

Tense, funny, horrific and Fincher’s first fantasy film since there is no way you would ever find a Brownstone like that on the Upper West Side. K-Stew before she was a waif phenom and a fun cameo from Nicole Kidman as the woman on the other end of the phone. Kidman was originally set to star, but injured herself on the set of the Grand Guignol-meets-Glee feature film MOULIN ROUGE directed by Baz Luhrmann.

SE7EN (1995)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Lex Luthor and Pepper Potts

For how dark and twisted this film is, it still feels decidedly mainstream and the success of the film was a great example of how audiences can embrace something original and turn it into a cultural event. This is a perfectly conceived and executed film, and if you haven’t seen it in a while, do yourself a favor and let yourself be reminded what an incredible piece of entertainment this is. (The number in the name is its only flaw.)

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NIGHT MOVES (1975)

Posted in tallyteers 2010 by dtinnin on May 14, 2010

Date: 5/13/2010         Format: Netflix Instant

Director: Arthur Penn

Starring: Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Susan Clark, Melanie Griffith

Although this entry into the legendary actor’s career has been largely forgotten, you still just can’t go wrong with ’70s Hackman. Melanie Griffith plays an LA runaway that Hackman is hired to locate and bring back to her washed up starlet of a mother. It’s one of Griffith’s first roles and let’s just say she certainly wasn’t shy.

James Woods appears too as a sleazy ex-boyfriend of Griffith’s, who may or may not be connected to a Hollywood cover up that Hackman and Griffith become entagled in.

The story moves back and forth between LA and the Florida Keys – where Griffith has been hiding out with a very strange, very Bohemian couple – and as the plot thickens, Hackman must piece together an unfolding mystery that threatens to undo everything he has done to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Griffith’s character.

NIGHT MOVES is a bit slow in parts, and somewhat laughable in a few scenes (especially as Hackman gets introduced to the hippie lifestyle down in the Keys) but the ending is unbelievable. The last reel is made up of the intensity and righteousness that is pure Hackman and there is a shocking, action packed, stunt rock of a finale.

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