This guest blog post comes from Richard Huang. Richard and I have been discussing films back and forth since the early creation of the channel so I’m happy to be able to share some of his work here.
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by Richard Huang
As symbolized by the board games in the Dunne Tavern, Gone Girl is an homage to David Fincher’s body of work since the Game. It was made on the 15th Anniversary of Fight Club. The credits of the film also look like that of the Social Network and House of Cards.It references the media such as that of the big corporate out of control in the game; Ikea, car companies, plane companies, movie theaters, bars in Fight Club, and of course, Starbucks. As a pop culture icon, he himself has personally felt the experiences of celebrities, such as friends he’s worked with, the outcome of his first marriage, House of Cards and politicians, corporate figures being reduced to litmus tests and tabloid news. As seen in Fight Club, he may have made the most boldly hypocritically observant statement by stating that the film Tyler Durden works on and the film Tyler Durden loves the most, is both the film that he worked on and audiences loved, a piece of materialism, no different than the ice cream, Nick Dunn eats or the Mountain Dew, Amy Dunne spits in, or the coffee both Rooney Mara characters drink.
David Fincher has made multiple films based on books such as Fight Club, He is a master of the murder mystery as seen in Seven, fatricide in the Game, who is Tyler Durden in Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac…
I’m unsure of who David Fincher’s wife was, I think I might’ve seen a picture of her being a raven haired woman, but maybe she was his deceptive femme fatale. Not a blonde stalker, but perhaps that of a Marla Singer. “Amazing” Amy Dunne certainly has a Marla Singer accent.
The identity of Amazing Amy is significant as it could have a mysterious murderer that audiences must identify possibly being their audience, like that of a Tyler Durden or perhaps Fincher himself as he is after all associated with the writing of the film, a fil consisting of many Hitchcockian lies.
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
By Richard Huang
I really really enjoyed this film, the Wolf of Wall Street. There’s a lot of topics I just don’t agree with when I hear this film being discussed. When this film came out, there was a lot of commotion from Jordan Belfort’s children off Belfort profitting from this film, screwing over his buddies and how it made him look good. Some say it wasn’t challenging enough, albeit a triple drugception sequence would’ve been awesome.
First off, this film is a really good screenplay, which pretty much has nothing to do with the actual Jordan Belfort character other than his crass language and vices. Leo, Jonah and Scorsese are the true characters of the film.
His revelation by God is obviously done from Scorsese’s point of view and personal artistic direction of the character,
The fact that the script is written like a novel opposed to the autobiography that Jordan Belfort wrote making the film.
Even if you enjoy the whole film through, it’s a 3 hour comedy fest, with so many plot points in which the film could’ve ended on, constantly having you guess.
Also, drugs as comically and unrealistically safe as they were used in the film, aren’t exactly G-rating material.
The film also makes the drug sequences and some of the hidden narratives of the film seem to have comparisons with Eyes Wide Shut, one of Martin Scorsese’s top films of the 1990s, and its marijuana sequence, not to mention the Fight Club twist. Some variations of the film completely omit the detail where the FBI agent reveals the yellow paper that Belfort used to warn his friends completely changing the meaning fo the film.
The yellow note Belfort gives his close friend played by Jonah Hill which says he’s been bugged is seen in the sequence where the FBI enters Belfort’s house from the bottom of the stairs where they see him in his bathrobe. That reveals that the scene after is actually a flashback as done several times within the movie, and Jonah Hill’s character’s silence confirms his sociopathic, unemotional response where he betrays his friend, in order to benefit his ignorant self, after Belfort’s assistance, despite having lived through a tsunami crash, etc..
Darren Foley cites the scene where he injures his daughter as possibly drawing the line of when Belfort is likeable or not. However, this is Scorsese who dwells on multiple types of characters away from the standard hero. Everyman villain protagonists, antiheroes, and perhaps even people who are just delusional as Foley collaborator Sean McDougall stated with Scorsese’s King of Comedy.