5 things I thought were great about Gone Girl

Fincher’s frames Affleck… and Pike?

If nothing else, you gotta give David Fincher credit for consistency. I mean, he also deserves props for his sometimes daring, always stylistic filmmaking, but above all you can rest assured that he will, when all is said and done, deliver the goods in the form of a satisfying cinematic experience. His latest, Gone Girl, is the lastest well-earned notch in his belt.

Here the trailer; my 5 great things follow after the jump:

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VOH Filmmaker of the Week – Brad Bird

Brad Bird

Before he directed Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which was recently released on video, acclaimed director Brad Bird made his name in the world of animation by directing award-winning films such as The Iron Giant (1999), The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007).  Is Bird deserving of a place in  VOH’s Hall of Visionaries?

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VOH Filmmaker of the Week – Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith
Now that Kevin Smith‘s latest production, the atrocious AMC reality series Comic Book Men, is no longer airing, we have decided to take a closer look at Kevin Smith as a director. Despite a filmography that includes spectacular critical and financial failures such as Jersey Girl, Mallrats, and Zach and Miri Make a Porno, Smith still retains a cult-like following due to his gregarious personality, self-deprecating sense of humor, and of course the impact of Clerks, one of the pioneering films of the low budget American indie film movement of the 1990’s.

Is Kevin Smith a visionary or a hack?

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VOH Filmmaker of the Week: David Fincher

David Fincher

David Fincher

Last month, director David Fincher’s latest film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) was released on video.  The film performed fairly well at the box office and was reasonably well-received by the critics.  However, despite his big reputation as a director, Fincher has not yet been recognized as a member of our own VOH Hall of Visionaries.  In light of the most recent addition to his filmography, should David Fincher now be considered a visionary filmmaker? Read More

George Lucas – Visionary or Hack?

Lucas arrested for crimes against Star WarsDirector George Lucas is one of the most famous filmmakers in the world due to the enormous success of his Star Wars series of films.  Starting with the original film, STAR WARS:  A NEW HOPE, Lucas has done much to change the game, when it comes to blockbuster films and the selling of licensed merchandise.  Even three decades after the original film, the marketplace for Star Wars collectibles should be considered an economy onto itself.  George Lucas the marketer and business is obviously one of the titans of industry.  However, what about George Lucas the film director?  Should we consider him to be a visionary filmmaker or is crass hack, only interested in the bottom line? Read More