David Fincher on why he made the movies he did

Firstshowing.net recently interviewed David Fincher where he talked about why he made a couple of his movies. The ones he didn’t talk about, they filled in from past interviews resulting in a group of quotes about why Fincher made each of his movies. Pretty neat.

The Game 1997: ‘The Game was a movie that I liked the idea of this gigantic Twilight Zone episode that became The Stunt Man. That you could sit down and look at the bill and go, ‘Oh, really? So you had divers when I was in the cab. That’s nice to hear now. But at the time I really thought I was drowning.’ So you know, there’s different reasons for [choosing] everything.

Via Khoi / Stellar Interesting

David Fincher on why he made the movies he did

19 Alternate Die Hard movie posters


In trying to clear out my tabs to reach the nirvana of Tab Bar Zero, I came to Daniel Norris’s reimagined Die Hard poster. I’d meant to post it months ago. He’s got a bunch of really good movie posters, but I love Die Hard.

Die Hard

This reminded me of Olly Moss’s Die Hard poster from a couple years ago. And then I got curious about whether there were any other Die Hard posters out there, and, oh man, let me tell you there are a couple, and these are all of them that I could find. Which one is your favorite? Did I miss any?

Die Hard
Via Olly Moss

die hard poster

die hard poster

die hard poster

The previous 2 are from Buzz Brewery, which seems to be down at the moment.

die hard
Brick Hut / Matt Owen

Die hard arthur ditner

Via Arthur Ditner

tim doyle die hard Via Tim Doyle

Via Design by Dzwonkowski

Via Olaf Cuadras Ferre

Via K Bailey-Bender

die hard poster
Daniel Keane

Via Michael Hanlon

die hard poster
Derek Chatwood

Via Donald Smith Graphic Design

Via BCapazo

Russell Ford2


Russell Ford2
Previous two via Russell Ford

brett thurman
Via Brett Thurman

And then, these aren’t movie posters but still valid in this post, I think.

Via Russ Maschmeyer

Via Jeremy Todd / /film

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Scott Campbell Great Showdowns

Update! Here’s a 20th Die Hard poster by Jim Rugg
Die Hard coloring book print

Here’s a Die Hard cross stitch.

Lastly, here’s a holiday card from Nakitomi.

19 Alternate Die Hard movie posters

Punk rock dads

This is now the movie I most want to see. Opens in Boston at Kendall Theater on 11/11.

This revealing and touching film asks what happens when a generation’s ultimate anti-authoritarians — punk rockers — become society’s ultimate authorities — dads. With a large chorus of punk rock’s leading men – Blink-182′s Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath – THE OTHER F WORD follows Jim Lindberg, a 20-year veteran of the skate punk band Pennywise, on his hysterical and moving journey from belting his band’s anthem “F–k Authority,” to embracing his ultimately authoritarian role in mid-life: fatherhood.

Here’s the trailer:

Via Laughing Squid / Brand Flakes for Breakfast

Punk rock dads

Arrested Development movie AND season of TV

I knew following the New Yorker’s Twitter account would eventually pay off. Today at New Yorker Fest, the latest news about the long rumored Arrested Development movie. Calling this project ‘on again off again’, is an insult to understatements. The news today? Not only is the movie on, AD creator want’s to do a season of TV leading up to the movie. So… That’s good.

Arrested Development movie AND season of TV

More Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling was in the NYTimes Magazine last week and the New Yorker this week. Here she is explaining the theory that romantic comedies are a subgenre of sci-fi. I am behind this concept. I, too, watch more romantic comedies than I should.

What I’d really like to write is a romantic comedy. This is my favorite kind of movie. I feel almost embarrassed revealing this, because the genre has been so degraded in the past twenty years that saying you like romantic comedies is essentially an admission of mild stupidity. But that has not stopped me from enjoying them.

I like watching people fall in love onscreen so much that I can suspend my disbelief in the contrived situations that occur only in the heightened world of romantic comedies. I have come to enjoy the moment when the male lead, say, slips and falls right on top of the expensive wedding cake. I actually feel robbed when the female lead’s dress doesn’t get torn open at a baseball game while the JumboTron camera is on her. I regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world operates according to different rules than my regular human world. For me, there is no difference between Ripley from “Alien” and any Katherine Heigl character. They are equally implausible. They’re all participating in a similar level of fakey razzle-dazzle, and I enjoy every second of it.

More Mindy Kaling

Michael Lewis finally writing Liar’s Poker movie

Michael Lewis is finally writing a screenplay for Liar’s Poker. Finally. I’ve only been clamoring for it for two and a half years. “John Requa and Glenn Ficarra of Crazy, Stupid, Love will direct“. Liar’s Poker tells the story of Lewis’ time as a bond salesman at Salomon Brothers, the firm that pretty much created mortgage bonds. The leveraging of which, you might remember, were at least partly responsible for our current economic troubles. Why wasn’t this movie made 2 years ago?

I went through my archives to see how many times I talked about them making this movie. 9 times. 9 times since February, 2009 I’ve wondered why the movie hadn’t been made. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Now what am I going to write about?

Via Stellar

Michael Lewis finally writing Liar’s Poker movie

‘Arrested Development’ movie back on

I’m not sure it’s worth posting, but we’ve had a good 3-5 months where no one involved has said the movie ISN’T happening. And now Jeffrey Tambor has added further confirmation to creator Mitch Hurwitz’s hints from February. So there’s that.

No, it’s all going straight, everyone’s on board, I know they’re writing, and maybe next time this year we’ll be having this conversation.

‘Arrested Development’ movie back on

Rating Judd Appatow’s movies

Nerve listed listed Judd Appatow’s in order of how good they were and I wasn’t sure I agreed so I made my own list. Some of Appatow’s movies are REALLY good. Others are REALLY bad.

15. Drillbit Taylor (2008)
14. Step Brothers (2008)
13. Year One (2009)
12. Get Him to the Greek (2010)
11. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
10. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
9. Pineapple Express (2008)
8. The Cable Guy (1996)
7. Funny People (2009)
6. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
5. Superbad (2007)
4. Bridesmaids (2011)
3. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
2. Knocked Up (2007)
1. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

Here’s my list annotated with notes and Nerve’s original rating:

15. Drillbit Taylor (2008) I don’t think I saw this one.
4. Bridesmaids (2011) I definitely didn’t see this one, but the previews look funnier than Drillbit Taylor.
10. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) I wish I liked this one more, but couldn’t even finish it.
13. Year One (2009) I didn’t realize this was Appatow, but I finished it.
14. Step Brothers (2008) Barely finished.
11. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Some chuckles.
8. The Cable Guy (1996) This was a long time ago.
9. Pineapple Express (2008) There’s a big chasm between 9 and 8 on this list.
7. Funny People (2009) Poignant. It was better than it looked.
12. Get Him to the Greek (2010) Lots of laughs.
6. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) Rewatchable.
5. Superbad (2007) Lots of laughs AND rewatchable.
1. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) I mean, come on.
2. Knocked Up (2007) I’m approaching having seen this one too often.
3. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Masterpiece.

Rating Judd Appatow’s movies