David Fincher has made a name for himself by giving audiences cerebral stories with a penchant to wash out color as often as possible. His latest film was the universally applauded Social Network, but before he wowed the critics he won over the common people with some of the best films to ever hit the cinema in the last decade. All month long, the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax will be showing the Denver-native's catalog on the original 35mm prints every Tuesday night.
March 1: Seven and Alien 3 Clearly the only reason these two are together as a double feature is because nobody in their right mind actually wants to watch Alien 3 again. Thankfully, Seven is a fantastic look at serial killings inspired by the seven deadly sins. It helped define Fincher's role as a the dude that makes shit gritty as all hell, provides a crazy plot twist and does it all without catering the lowest common denominator.
March 8: The Game Speaking of crazy plot twists, The Game has one of the most enjoyable ones we've ever seen. It also stars Michael Douglas doing what Michael Douglas does best: being a rich asshole. Ever since Wall Street it's difficult to imagine him as anything else, but he pulls it off here in a way no other actor ever could. The premise of the film is something like a dork-fantasy to boot; it's a real-life alternate-reality game turned into a life-lesson.
March 15: Fight Club and Panic Room Running these two films together is, like Seven and Alien 3, probably the only way to get anyone to show up the screening of Panic Room. Fight Club is a cult favorite that should have no problem bringing people in to see the original 35mm print (especially considering one scene only makes sense if you see it in a theater), but Panic Room, well, let's just say it's not really up to snuff with the rest of his work. Jodie Foster stars as "woman with child who sits in a panic room while shit happens elsewhere," and CGI takes on the role of blowing your mind.
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March 22: Zodiac Zodiac stars the eternally dumbfounded Jake Gyllenhaal combining forces with drunk-faced Robert Downey Jr. as they try to unravel the story of the Zodiac Killer. The film is surprisingly well grounded in reality and does a great job of conveying the story without forcing serial killer buffs to scream obscenities at the screen. It's also one of those rare films that takes a couple viewings to really appreciate it, as watching it once might not leave the best taste in your mouth.
March 29: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Based on a F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button tells the story of makeup as it grows old in reverse. Or rather, it's something about Brad Pitt aging backward. It's not exactly the most engaging of stories Fincher has told, but the special effects are indeed a sight to behold and the story holds up well enough to keep your interest, even if it's kind of gross to look at sometimes.