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The show started with revisiting all of David Fincher's directorial works but we just had to keep going. Listen week by week, film by flim, as we review every movie from our favorite directors.

The show started with revisiting all of David Fincher's directorial works but we just had to keep going. Listen week by week, film by flim, as we review every movie from our favorite directors.


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The show started with revisiting all of David Fincher's directorial works but we just had to keep going. Listen week by week, film by flim, as we review every movie from our favorite directors.




House of Nolan - 24 - Interstellar

You can't quantify how much we love Nolan's "Interstellar," but we're going to try. After finishing the wildly successful Dark Knight trilogy, Nolan refused to stay grounded and made his own 2001. How do you feel this movie holds up today?


House of Nolan - 23 - The Dark Knight Rises

🔥THE FIRE RISES!🔥 Houselights is here to discuss the ending to the greatest superhero trilogy of all time "The Dark Knight Rises!" In this hotly contested film, but beloved by many, we dissect what worked, what didn't, and what needed to be streamlined. How do you view Nolan's TDKR nine years later?


House of Nolan - 22 - Inception

BWAAAAAM!!!!! "Inception" barrels in this week just like a train at an intersection. With DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan's only collaboration to date, your Houselights hosts dissect what's real, what isn't, and what's good.


House of Nolan - 21 - The Dark Knight

This week your hosts discuss what is arguably the greatest superhero #film of all time! Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" flew into theaters, broke box office records, and was a great story on top of it. How do you feel about this #Batman #movie13 years later?


House of Nolan - 20 - The Prestige

Following up after the success of "Batman Begins," Christopher Nolan brings his now mind-bending signature to the magical masterpiece "The Prestige." Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, and Michael Caine bring their A-game and so do your hosts this week.


House of Nolan - 19 - Batman Begins

Batman Begins is finally here on Houselights! As Christopher Nolan fans as well as Batman fans, your hosts have the best time analyzing what is arguably the start to the best superhero trilogy of all time. Listen to hear us talk about this film's impact on moviemaking as well as pop culture.


House of Nolan - 18 - Insomnia

When you think Christopher Nolan, you don't immediately think of "Insomnia" starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hillary Swank. This week, your Houselights crew analyzes why this does and doesn't feel like a Nolan film.


House of Nolan - 17 - Memento

Memento is Nolan's second directorial work and it's a huge upgrade from his first. Costing less than $10m to make and earning back almost four times that. This story told in reverse continued the non-linear trend that Nolan will keep for most of his career. Tons of film students thought it was the greatest movie ever but what did you think?


House of Nolan - 16 - Following

Switching directors to the one and only Christopher Nolan. We explore his first feature film "Following." Joel Schumacher saw this film and knew great things were coming from Nolan. Did you when you watched it?


House of Fincher - 15 - Mank

We top off our journey through David Fincher's directorial works with his first streaming motion picture: Mank. This movie is his first motion picture in six years since Gone Girl, a stark contrast in themes, subject matter, and accessibility. Following the life of Herman Mankiewicz and primarily his path to writing Citizen Kane. Please join us as we dissect this throwback to the golden age of Hollywood. Did you get the feeling of Mank's life when you watched or was it too riddled with...


House of Fincher - 14 - Mindhunter: Season 2

David Fincher returns to the director’s chair in the second season of Mindhunter, and your hosts explore what that might say about the closer connection to the material as compared to House of Cards. They also discuss expectations and surprises, their reaction to the season overall, and that famous Manson scene.


House of Fincher - 13 - Mindhunter: Season 1

Based on the real work of the FBI agents who defined the special crimes unit that analyzed serial killers to assist with their capture, David Fincher returns to the world of the murderers that chilled the latter part of the Twentieth Century with Mindhunter. These cases continue to fascinate people to this day and your hosts examine how Fincher’s approach to the material displays all his growth since Se7en.


House of Fincher - 12 - Gone Girl

After the relative disappointment of Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher adapted another hit crime novel, Gone Girl. Perhaps more accessible to American audiences than Lisbeth Salander, Amy Elliott thrilled audiences and delivered a box office success while making Rosamund Pike a household name and giving Ben Affleck a chance to show his own acting prowess. Defined once again by a terrific cast, the work nonetheless left one of your hosts disappointed because of an editing choice. Discover...


House of Fincher - 11 - House of Cards

David Fincher redefined television with the release of House of Cards, a series that focused on a different kind of psychopath and broke the fourth wall as a means of connecting with its audience. The show shifted viewing habits and ushered in the era of “binge watching,” as it was called. Your hosts discuss the first two episodes of the series, the only directed by David Fincher, and how they see him trying new techniques and refining choices in a more intimate medium.


House of Fincher - 10 - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Legendary producer Kathleen Kennedy urged David Fincher to adapt Stieg Larrson’s hit novel series about Lisbeth Salander. Despite thinking it wouldn’t be a strong box office draw, Fincher took on the task of adapting a difficult tale to an American retelling. Assembling a stellar cast anchored by Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in a starmaking turn as the titular character, the film nevertheless had trouble finding an audience. One of your hosts had problems with it at the time, and so...


House of Fincher - 09 - The Social Network

After The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, David Fincher turned his attention to the real-life story of the people who changed the world forever with the invention of Facebook. Your hosts explore what Fincher’s dramatization says about the type of people he sees behind the machinery of social media, the accountability of those lost in its web, and whether this is a Fight Club for computer programmers.


House of Fincher - 08 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

One year after Zodiac, David Fincher released a heartwarming tale penned by the screenwriter of Forrest Gump with a similar tour through American history. Pairing once more with Brad Pitt, Benjamin Button uses a unique character to explore the dynamics of age, maturity, pain, and love as advanced effects are leveraged to take the main character on a mystical journey backwards in age as he moves forward in time. The hosts discuss their first reactions to the film, their reactions after...


House of Fincher - 07 - Zodiac

A full five years after Panic Room, David Fincher found himself once more on the trail of a serial killer. This one, however, is a terrifying true-life story of a murderer who defied capture and terrorized California, spurring conspiracy theories to this day. Your hosts explore the differences between the theatrical and director’s cuts, how Zodiac sparks on Fincher’s own fascination with the disturbed, and different actors’ ways to handle a director who, by that point in his career,...


House of Fincher - 06 - Panic Room

Three years after Fight Club, David Fincher decided to create a “small movie” that steered him heavily back into suspense thriller territory. Starring Jodie Foster, Panic Room situated itself in a single house, with a terrified mother and daughter, as they worked to outwit and outlast a gang of thieves hell-bent on capturing the lost money from the previous owner. Despite the supposedly small scale, your hosts explore how Fincher pushed the envelop with effects, camerawork,...


House of Fincher - 05 - Fight Club

There was one film in 1999 that everyone was waiting for from George Lucas, a surprise hit that redefined Keanu’s career, and an Austin Powers sequel that made buckets of money. But David Fincher left his own indelible mark on the times as he re-teamed with Brad Pitt to deliver the screen version of Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club. Teaming also with Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter, join the hosts as they speak to what Fight Club means to them, what it seemed to mean to the world...