Everything seems really simple on paper until you take a camera out of the box.
Fincher is the second director whose filmography I have gotten completely through! Though I love a number of his films, there are a couple I don’t like so I don’t think he will ever really be in contention for my favorite director of all time. I do have a great amount of respect for him though, as he always put out high quality films even if I don’t like the stories he picks. I believe he is a master at creating a foreboding and intense atmosphere, controlling the environment his characters inhabit (especially the color schemes), and depicting obsession in a subtle way. He is at his best when he picks darker stories, though he proved to be surprisingly able to convey a lighter tone in The Social Network and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I eagerly await whatever project he has coming up next.
Rankings and other assorted posts:
His filmography (titles are links to my reviews):