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Scotch posted a BLOG item 4 months ago

Stanley Kubrick vs David Fincher...Who Ya Got?

I did one of these a week ago with Chris Nolan and Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino seemed to be the favorite. With both of those directors being current, it was easy to compare. But what if we take one of the best directors currently working versus one of the best to ever do it? Fincher has 10 major films to his name thus far, while I will highlight the 11 films of Kubrick's that are most notable.

The Killing (1956)


Alien3 (1992)

Winner: Alien3

I'm not sure there is a single franchise with a more impressive lineup of directors than the Alien franchise. Alien3 doesn't get anywhere near the credit it deserves and is also one of Fincher's best looking films. While The Killing is an absolute classic, Alien3 has the edge for me in this matchup.

Paths of Glory (1957)


Se7en (1995)

Winner: Se7en

20 years later and this film still leaves me in shock by the end every time I watch it. 99% of movies these days try to make you leave the theater smelling like roses, but David Fincher went against the grain with his adaptation and truly left the audience in awe.

Spartacus (1960)


The Game (1997)

Winner: Spartacus

I dig The Game. It's creative and original. But Spartacus is fucking epic. Coincidentally, we have a father/son matchup in this look at two great directors.

Lolita (1962)


Fight Club (1999)

Winner: Fight Club

Lolita showed the diversity of Kubrick early on. It's hard to really peg Kubrick in terms of his overall preference of genre. However, in this matchup, Lolita gets her ass kicked by Tyler Durden. Arguably Fincher's best movie and I would probably be able to say his most popular movie, Fight Club was a game changer for the director.

Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)


Panic Room (2002)

Winner: Dr. Strangelove

Panic Room is a good movie, but not in David Fincher standards. Meanwhile, "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the war room!" is one of my favorite movie quotes of all time and I try to fit it into almost every conversation I have. Dr. Strangelove has some superior long takes and is overall one of the greatest satirical films ever made.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)


Zodiac (2007)

Winner: Zodiac

Every time I watch Zodiac I immediately think that it's my favorite Fincher film. An incredibly dark and frightening look at the Zodiac killer, this film has great performances all around and provides one of the spookiest, most heart-pounding scenes in recent history. The basement scene will forever put me on edge.

A Clockwork Orange (1971)


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Winner: A Clockwork Orange

In my opinion, Benjamin Button is Fincher's weakest film. But that's not the sole reason it loses this round. There is a ton of brilliance in A Clockwork Orange and the iconic performance by Malcolm McDowell is something to highlight.

Barry Lyndon (1975)


The Social Network (2010)

Winner: The Social Network

This is probably Fincher's best looking film, at least I think so. It's a sharp and precise look at an extremely relevant story in our culture. I remember hearing that a movie about Facebook was being made. I laughed my ass off. Then I heard that Fincher was directing and it immediately became a film that I was really looking forward to.

The Shining (1980)


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Winner: The Shining

While Rooney Mara's performance is one of the most fearless of this century, it's hard to beat Jack when he's on point. The Shining is one of the few adaptations that I feel exceeds the novel itself. One of the more creepier contributions by either director, The Shining moves up on my all time favorite films list every time I watch it.

Full Metal Jacket (1987)


Gone Girl (2014)

Winner: Gone Girl

I expect criticism on this one, especially since I've only seen Gone Girl once. Full Metal Jacket is an excellent film with two performances that are a serious cut above. The difference maker is the lasting impression that Gone Girl had with me. For the next three/four days I could not stop thinking about the movie or shake the uncomfortable vibe is gave me. Affleck and Pike gave us some fantastic performances and I really hope that they both get recognized by the Academy in February.

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Fincher's next film will match up with Kubrick's final contribution to film. Tom's waiting...


Mood: Chillin'
sLaShEr84 at 04:23 PM Nov 29

David Fincher

Glinda at 09:58 PM Nov 29


JohnnyPHreak at 07:03 AM Nov 30

This is so not fair. I love Kubrick's work. He probably has my favorite film in this battle (Dr. Strangelove) but I'd have to go with Fincher. Other than Alien 3, I love all of his films. I'm still on the fence about Eyes Wide Shut and I never liked Lolita.

Scotch posted a BLOG item 4 months ago

Need Me Some More Keira Knightley

Young Celia in 'Innocent Lies' (1995)

Frances Almond Smith in 'The Hole' (2001)

Juliette Paxton in 'Bend It Like Beckham' (2002)

Louise in 'Pure' (2002)

Elizabeth Swann in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' (2003)

Juliet in 'Love Actually' (2003)

Guinevere in 'King Arthur' (2004)

Jackie Price in 'The Jacket' (2005)

Elizabeth Bennet in 'Pride & Prejudice' (2005)

Domino Harvey in 'Domino' (2005)

Elizabeth Swann in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' (2006)

Elizabeth Swann in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End' (2007)

Cecilia Tallis in 'Atonement' (2007)

Hélène Joncour in 'Silk' (2007)

Vera Phillips in 'The Edge of Love' (2008)

Georgiana in 'The Duchess' (2008)

Ruth in 'Never Let Me Go' (2010)

Joanna in 'Last Night' (2010)

Charlotte in 'London Boulevard' (2010)

Sabina Spielrein in 'A Dangerous Method' (2011)

Penny in 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' (2012)

Anna Karenina in 'Anna Karenina' (2012)

Woman in 'Stars in Shorts' (2012)

Gretta in 'Begin Again' (2013)

Cathy Muller in 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' (2014)

Megan in 'Laggies' (2014)

Joan Clarke in 'The Imitation Game' (2014)

Mood: Chillin'
Tags: Actress
Dr Jan-itor
Dr Jan-itor at 12:58 PM Nov 29

Liked everything i've seen her in. Bend It Like Beckham not seen that for years! think its still on my DTR, might watch it later.

Glinda at 10:03 PM Nov 29


JohnnyPHreak at 07:07 AM Nov 30

I'll be a spoil sport. I don't like her. I think the POTC movies are overrated. The only movies I enjoyed her in are Love Actually and Domino. Also don't think she's that pretty.

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Scotch posted a BLOG item 4 months ago

Tonight's Feature Film (Supehero/Comic Book Month)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"I don't know why you took the fall for Dent's murder, but I'm still a believer in the Batman."

Mood: Chillin'
Tags: TFF, superhero, DC
Glinda at 09:41 PM Nov 28

Nice choice.

sLaShEr84 at 03:17 AM Nov 29

Great movie.

Dr Jan-itor
Dr Jan-itor at 05:50 AM Nov 29

“it doesn’t matter who we are, what matters is our plan”

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Scotch posted a BLOG item 4 months ago

The Directorial Works of Donald Petrie...How Many Have You Seen?

Mystic Pizza (1988)

Opportunity Knocks (1990)

Grumpy Old Men (1993)

The Favor (1994)

Richie Rich (1994)

The Associate (1996)

Miss Congeniality (2000)

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

Welcome to Mooseport (2004)

Just My Luck (2006)

My Life in Ruins (2009)

Mood: Chillin'
Tags: Director
RandomK1NG at 05:21 PM Nov 28


Glinda at 06:34 PM Nov 28

Mystic Pizza, Grumpy Old Men and Welcome to Mooseport.

Grumpy Old Men is one of my top favorite movies ever. Love Mystic Pizza, but Mooseport was just okay.

ETA I saw The Favor too but oddly don't remember anything.

Dr Jan-itor
Dr Jan-itor at 05:54 AM Nov 29

Mystic Pizza, Grumpy Old Men, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Richie Rich (1994) & Miss Congeniality (2000)

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Scotch posted a BLOG item 4 months ago

The Beautiful and Talented Catherine Zeta-Jones

Sheherazade in 'Les 1001 nuits' (1990)

Kitty in 'Splitting Heirs' (1993)

Chloe in 'Blue Juice' (1995)

Sala in 'The Phantom' (1996)

Elena in 'The Mask of Zorro' (1998)

Virginia Baker in 'Entrapment' (1999)

Theo in 'The Haunting' (1999)

Charlie Nicholson in 'High Fidelity' (2000)

Helena Ayala in 'Traffic' (2000)

Gwen Harrison in 'America's Sweethearts' (2001)

Velma Kelly in 'Chicago' (2002)

Marilyn in 'Intolerable Cruelty' (2003)

Amelia Warren in 'The Terminal' (2004)

Isabel Lahiri in 'Ocean's Twelve' (2004)

Elena de la Vega in 'The Legend of Zorro' (2005)

Kate in 'No Reservations' (2007)

Mary McGarvie in 'Death Defying Acts' (2007)

Sandy in 'The Rebound' (2009)

Tulip in 'Lay the Favorite' (2012)

Patricia Whitmore in 'Rock of Ages' (2012)

Denise in 'Playing for Keeps' (2012)

Cathleen Hostetler in 'Broken City' (2013)

Dr. Victoria Siebert in 'Side Effects' (2013)

Katja in 'RED 2' (2013)

Rose Winters in 'Dad's Army' (2015)

Mood: Chillin'
Tags: Actress
Slick Nick
Slick Nick at 02:37 PM Nov 26

she is an amazing and talented actress.

Dr Jan-itor
Dr Jan-itor at 11:03 AM Nov 27

Yeah i like her. I've only seen a few of her movies, the zorro's, Entrapment, America's Sweethearts.

Glinda at 09:28 PM Nov 28


Scotch posted a BLOG item 4 months ago

Tonight's Feature Film (Supehero/Comic Book Month)

Superman Returns (2006)

"I love that he can see through anything. I'd have fun with that."

Mood: Chillin'
Tags: TFF, superhero, DC
Dodong27 at 08:48 AM Nov 26

When I used to work for WB during that time of Superman Returns, they brought in Brandon's Superman suit to our dept. and I was literally inches away from it. It was on a stand fixture without a glass case (though I don't recall touching it, maybe I did?) and I was in awe, drooling... all I can distinctly remember was how dark-maroon the boots were.

Dr Jan-itor
Dr Jan-itor at 08:51 AM Nov 26

That is a Good Superman movie!

sLaShEr84 at 11:28 AM Nov 26

Didn't like this movie.

Scotch posted a BLOG item 4 months ago

Mia Wasikowska Will Be a Very Good Actress For a Long Time

Lilya in 'Suburban Mayhem' (2006)

Amelia in 'September' (2007)

Sherry in 'Rogue' (2007)

Chaya Dzincielsky in 'Defiance' (2008)

Pamela Choat in 'That Evening Sun' (2009)

Elinor Smith in 'Amelia' (2009)

Joni in 'The Kids Are All Right' (2010)

Alice Kingsleigh in 'Alice in Wonderland' (2010)

Jane Eyre in 'Jane Eyre' (2011)

Annabel Cotton in 'Restless' (2011)

Helen in 'Albert Nobbs' (2011)

Bertha Minnix in 'Lawless' (2012)

India Stoker in 'Stoker' (2013)

Ava in 'Only Lovers Left Alive' (2013)

Robyn Davidson in 'Tracks' (2013)

Hannah in 'The Double' (2013)

Agatha Weiss in 'Maps to the Stars' (2014)

Emma Bovary in 'Madame Bovary' (2014)

Edith Cushing in 'Crimson Peak' (2015)

Mood: Chillin'
Tags: Actress
WalkAway at 12:41 PM Nov 25

She's so forgettable to me. Like, if she's not right in front of my I forget she exists. Kind of bland to me personally I guess.

timmyd at 05:16 PM Nov 25

I dig her , she's been solid in everything I've seen her in so far , and she was fantastic in STOKER .

Glinda at 11:54 AM Nov 26

I wonder if she has a clause in her contract that she doesn't wear makeup (or much anyway) in any film? I like her too in everything I've seen her in.

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Scotch posted a BLOG item 4 months ago

Mid Day Movie (Superhero/Comic Book Month)

The Rocketeer (1991)

"How did it feel, strapping that thing to your back and flying like a bat out of hell?"

Mood: Chillin'
Tags: MDM, superhero
YoshioKun13 at 09:09 AM Nov 25


andyfilm_1 at 09:19 AM Nov 25

Sooooooo underrated! Really enjoyable

Scotch posted a BLOG item 4 months ago

Tonight's Feature Film (Supehero/Comic Book Month)

Batman Begins (2005)

"Have you finally learned to do what is necessary?"

Mood: Chillin'
Tags: TFF, superhero, DC
XSsoCX at 08:41 PM Nov 24


Dr Jan-itor
Dr Jan-itor at 08:18 AM Nov 25

Fuckin' love BB!

Scotch posted a BLOG item 4 months ago

Quentin Tarantino vs Christopher Nolan...Who Ya Got?

So these are two of the most wildly popular directors currently working and each of them have but a handful of films to their name, most of them being incredible contributions to cinema. So I want to break down each of their films in a one-on-one look and get feedback from you guys on who you think is the superior director.

Reservoir Dogs (1992)


Following (1998)

Winner: Reservoir Dogs

Although I'm not the biggest fan of Reservoir Dogs, I think it's overall the more impressive debut film of the two. Nothing against Following which is a very underrated and unknown (well maybe not unknown to the users on this site) mystery film by Nolan. However, for me, Reservoir Dogs takes the match up.

Pulp Fiction (1994)


Memento (2000)

Winner: Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction, hands down. QT's second film, in my opinion is the best in his entire catalog. This film is one of the reasons I love movies so much today. While Memento not only showed significant growth for Nolan behind the camera, both Pulp Fiction and Tarantino himself were years ahead of their time with this masterpiece.

Jackie Brown (1997)


Insomnia (2002)

Winner: Jackie Brown

Slight edge to Jackie Brown on this one. For me, Insomnia is probably Nolan's most forgettable film. While Robin Williams gave a very cold and creepy performance, I felt like Pacino mailed in a good portion of his scenes.

Kill Bill: vol. 1 (2003)


Batman Begins (2005)

Winner: Batman Begins

Not to take anything away from Raimi's Spider-Man films but Batman Begins really did start the Comic Book Film phenomenon that we are still experiencing almost a decade later. The decision to look at a Batman film as an actual film and not just a comic book movie was risky but definitely paid off.

Kill Bill: vol. 2 (2004)


The Prestige (2006)

Winner: The Prestige

Two very good films, but for me The Prestige provides more rewatchability and also more questions when I watch it. Bale and Jackman are both on top of their respective games for this one and the film itself leaves you guessing and perplexed (at least it did me) up until the final moments when you see it for the first time.

Death Proof (2007)


The Dark Knight (2008)

Winner: The Dark Knight


Inglourious Basterds (2009)


Inception (2010)

Winner: Inglourious Basterds

Two of my absolute favorite films of the last decade. Tarantino gets the edge here, however. These two films really couldn't be further apart in terms of story and style. But they both have a high level of originality and precision that few directors can produce. Inglourious Basterds provides us with the more creative and outlandish characters, and Tarantino's clever dialogue outweighs Nolan's visual artistry in this bout.

Django Unchained (2012)


The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Winner: The Dark Knight Rises

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a die hard fan of TDK trilogy. That's why the Bat films sweep this blog. In my mind it was the perfect conclusion to one of the greatest trilogies of all time. There really isn't anything negative or critical that I can say about Django as to why it doesn't get the win here. It's just that I'm a bigger fan of The Dark Knight Rises.

The Hateful Eight (2015)


Interstellar (2014)

Winner: ?

Obviously the verdict is still out on this one with Hateful Eight still in pre-production. For me it will be the tiebreaker when looking at both of these brilliant directors in a film vs film scenario. Interstellar was a fantastic IMAX experience but I don't think it has great rewatchability. It will be fun getting all of the news and updates on Hateful Eight as the months progress.

So what do you guys think? As far as these movies matched up against each other who are your winners? What about each director in general? Who is superior in your opinion?


Mood: Chillin'
Kitty Green
Kitty Green at 11:01 AM Nov 24

I commend you for giving top props to Reservoir Dogs & Inglorious Basterds (well deserved). But, I'll admit I went all sad face when I saw that Django got beat by TDKR. As much of a fan as I am of Nolan's Batman trilogy, I felt the last one didn't hold as much weight as the previous 2 (just my opinion, of course). On the other side of Two-Face's coin (yeah, I went there lol), we're all entitled to our opinions, so I definitely respect yours. ;-)

movieman32 at 03:15 PM Nov 24

Tarantino's definitely got my vote, aithough I really loved TDK and Insomnia.

Glinda at 12:22 PM Nov 26

Absolutely Tarantino, although I love a lot of Nolan's stuff too.

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Scotch posted a BLOG item 4 months ago

Happy Birthday Kelly Brook.....Did You Schmoes Know That She's Kinda Attractive?

Mood: Chillin'
Tags: hottie
MonsterZeroNJ at 02:34 PM Nov 23

She is kinda good looking now that you mention it...

piranhafeast at 03:37 PM Nov 23

What can I say...

razgriz21 at 04:34 PM Nov 23

She is flawless.

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Scotch posted a BLOG item 4 months ago

The Beautiful Christina Hendricks....Is She a Good Actress?

Lily in 'La cucina' (2007)

Angela in 'South of Pico' (2007)

Catherine in 'Leonie' (2010)

Alison Novak in 'Life as We Know It' (2010)

Ms. Sarah Madison in 'Detachment' (2011)

Blanche in 'Drive' (2011)

April in 'Company' (2011)

Alicia Bouche in 'The Family Tree' (2011)

Allison Henderson in 'I Don't Know How She Does It' (2011)

April in 'Stuck by Lightning' (2012)

Natalie in 'Ginger & Rosa' (2012)

Jeanie Scarpato in 'God's Pocket' (2014)

Joan Holloway on 'Mad Men'

Mood: Chillin'
Tags: Actress, hottie
sLaShEr84 at 10:42 AM Nov 23

Yeah, I like her in Drive.

WalkAway at 04:00 PM Nov 23

I love her on Mad Men

Scotch posted a BLOG item 4 months ago

Tonight's Feature Film (Supehero/Comic Book Month)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"This beats all other meat loafs."

Mood: Chillin'
Tags: TFF, superhero, Marvel
sLaShEr84 at 06:18 PM Nov 22

Good movie.

Dr Jan-itor
Dr Jan-itor at 02:42 AM Nov 23

Only had the one viewing but have to admit, i thought it was really good.

Scotch posted a BLOG item 4 months ago

How Many of Jon Turteltaub's Films Have You Seen?

Think Big (1989)

Driving Me Crazy (1991)

3 Ninjas (1992)

Cool Runnings (1993)

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Phenomenon (1996)

Instinct (1999)

The Kid (2000)

National Treasure (2004)

National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

Last Vegas (2013)

Mood: Chillin'
Tags: Director
Glinda at 07:18 PM Nov 22

I've seen 4.

XSsoCX at 10:22 PM Nov 22

"3 Ninjas" is all you really need to see.

Dr Jan-itor
Dr Jan-itor at 02:49 AM Nov 23

3 Ninjas (1992) The Kid (2000). National Treasure (2004)
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

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Scotch posted a BLOG item 4 months ago

Some Random Film Observations For Your Saturday

'Watchmen' (2009)
- Nite-Owl is saving the Wayne's in the opening sequence. You'll see Gotham posters to the left and Batman posters on the right.

'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' (1994)
- The foreshadowing fruit on Einhorn's desk...

'Jurassic Park' (1993)
- Dr. Grant can't buckle up on the helicopter because he has two "female" ends. Just like the way the scientists controlled dinosaur breeding inside the park. Life, just like Dr. Grant, found a way.

'The Dark Knight' (2008)
- Bruce Wayne's Lamborghini Murcielago...Murcielago = Bat in Spanish.

'Happy Gilmore' (1996)
- Chubbs' ironic wardrobe choices...

'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' (2004)
- Wizard banging...

'Batman Returns' (1992)
- Catwoman's shadow

'The Matrix' (1999)
- Several clones during the Red Dress scene...

'Kill Bill vol. 1' (2003)
- The epic footwear of The Bride.

courtesy of The Chive

Mood: Chillin'

Glinda at 03:55 PM Nov 22

These are great!

Dr Jan-itor
Dr Jan-itor at 04:15 PM Nov 22

The Marauder's Map should show the names, too bad we can't identify who's gettin it on!

Mr.Blizzo at 01:28 AM Nov 23

Fantastic stuff!

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