The Weekend Rent: David Fincher's Seven Deadly Wins

The Weekend Rent: David Fincher's Seven Deadly Wins

Oct 01, 2010

Director David Fincher has proven himself a master of dark thrillers like Alien3, Se7en, Fight Club and Zodiac, but more recently demonstrated that he is equally adept at making weepy-eyed fare like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button worthy of Oscar gold. It’s the generation-defining The Social Network, though, for which Fincher will most be remembered (thus far, anyway). The reality-based story is about Mark Zuckerberg's (Jesse Eisenberg) creation of Facebook and how his teaming up with Napster creator Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) led to multimillion dollar lawsuits by best friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) and others. This weekend, check out Fincher's finest on DVD and Blu-ray.

Alien3: This bleak and depressing 1992 sequel to James Cameron's riveting Aliens disappointed many fans at the time because it killed off many beloved characters from the previous film and, ultimately, franchise heroine Ripley. In retrospect, it's actually a well-crafted tragic drama about a woman who has nothing to lose making her final stand. Alien3 is only available on DVD at the moment but is coming to Blu-ray later this month.

Se7en: This is Fincher's first film with Brad Pitt, who has proven to be the director's muse of sorts. Here Pitt plays an over-eager homicide detective who, along with the veteran detective played by Morgan Freeman, tries to solve a series of serial killings based upon the Seven Deadly Sins. This nail-biting thriller is shockingly graphic with an ending that is unforgettable in its wickedness. If you dare, watch this one on Blu-ray, which recently become available.

Fight Club: Fed up corporate drone Edward Norton, under the influence of alter-ego Brad Pitt, shuns his former life of creature comforts to create a series of underground fight clubs where men can get off beating the hell out of each other. Fincher nailed the uneasy feeling in Chuck Palahniuk's equally disturbed novel about therapeutic anarchy. You can go toe to toe with Fight Club on either DVD or Blu-ray.

The Game: Wealthy San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) gets a birthday present from his wayward brother that he'll never forget: a live-action game by a company called Consumer Recreation Services that sucks Van Orton down the rabbit hole into a dangerous world where nothing is as it seems. This twisty thriller is only available on DVD.

Panic Room: Jodie Foster plays a recently divorced Manhattan mother who is forced to hole up in her new home's panic room with her young daughter (Kristen Stewart) when robbers break into their home. This claustrophobic thriller finds Foster in angry mother hen mode—a role she's perfected—and was the breakout role for future Twilight darling Stewart. Blu-ray Bob is slightly panicked that this film is only available on DVD.

Zodiac: When Fincher tackles real-life events, like in this movie about the Zodiac serial killer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s, the results are chillingly effective. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a newspaper cartoonist who becomes an amateur detective by trying to help ace reporter Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr.) identify the true Zodiac. This scary thriller that really gets under your skin can be had on either DVD or Blu-ray.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Pitt teams up with Fincher again to play the titular character, a man who was born elderly and ages backwards. This reversal brings challenges and sad consequences to those closest to him, especially for his one true love (Cate Blanchett). Cranky filmgoers dismiss this film as a curious case of Forrest Gump, but the script based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald story fascinates and the spectacular aging effects on Pitt helped win the film several Oscars. If you're curious, the movie is available on both DVD and Blu-ray.

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