Christopher Nolan vs David Fincher - Film by film

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Pretty simple premise. Both have directed almost exactly the same amount of feature films. Both are staples of 00s/10s in their respective genres. Chronologically film by film. Which film do you prefer.

Alien³ vs Following (wins)

Se7en (wins) vs Memento

The Game (wins) vs Insomnia

Fight Club vs Batman Begins (wins)

Panic Room vs The Prestige (wins)

Zodiac vs The Dark Knight (wins)

The Curious Case.. vs Inception (wins)

The Social Network (wins) vs The Dark Knight Rises

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vs Interstellar (wins)

Gone Girl (wins) vs Dunkirk

Mank vs Tenet draw

6-4-1, Nolan wins for me. Nolan was better in the 00s, and Fincher was better in the 10s.

Feel free to copy and paste and then just put the film you prefer in bold.

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Alien³ vs Following (wins)

Se7en (wins) vs Memento

The Game (wins) vs Insomnia

Fight Club (wins) vs Batman Begins

Panic Room vs The Prestige (wins)

Zodiac vs The Dark Knight (wins)

The Curious Case.. vs Inception (wins)

The Social Network (wins) vs The Dark Knight Rises

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vs Interstellar (wins)

Gone Girl vs Dunkirk (wins)

Mank (wins) vs Tenet

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Nolan loses

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Alien³ vs Following = Following

Se7en vs Memento = Memento

The Game vs Insomnia = The Game

Fight Club vs Batman Begins = Fight Club

Panic Room vs The Prestige = The Prestige

Zodiac vs The Dark Knight = TDK

The Curious Case.. vs Inception = Inception

The Social Network vs The Dark Knight Rises = TSN

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vs Interstellar = TGWTDT

Gone Girl vs Dunkirk = Gone Girl

Mank vs Tenet = Tenet

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@eredin12 said:

Nolan loses

Elaborate. Instead of acting as a personal vendetta against someone else.

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Alien³ vs Following- Haven't seen Alien 3

Se7en (wins) vs Memento

The Game vs Insomnia (wins)

Fight Club vs Batman Begins (wins)

Panic Room vs The Prestige- Haven't seen Panic Room

Zodiac vs The Dark Knight (wins)

The Curious Case.. vs Inception (wins)

The Social Network vs The Dark Knight Rises (wins)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vs Interstellar-Haven't seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I don't want to.

Gone Girl vs Dunkirk- Haven't seen Gone Girl

Mank vs Tenet draw- Haven't seen either

Nolan wins

Thanks for the tag!

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Alien³ vs Following

Se7en vs Memento

The Game vs Insomnia

Fight Club vs Batman Begins

Panic Room vs The Prestige

Zodiac vs The Dark Knight

The Curious Case.. vs Inception

The Social Network vs The Dark Knight Rises

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vs Interstellar

Gone Girl vs Dunkirk

Mank vs Tenet

Any that I crossed off, I haven't seen one or both of the movies.

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@mrmonster said:

Alien³ vs Following

Se7en vs Memento

The Game vs Insomnia

Fight Club vs Batman Begins

Panic Room vs The Prestige

Zodiac vs The Dark Knight

The Curious Case.. vs Inception

The Social Network vs The Dark Knight Rises

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vs Interstellar

Gone Girl vs Dunkirk

Mank vs Tenet

Any that I crossed off, I haven't seen one or both of the movies.

You should watch Following, it's better than Alien 3 which is a mess that was riddled with studio interference and Fincher leaving the set before it ended.

Panic Room is also decent, but weaker than Prestige.

I agree with you, Old Nolan was better than Fincher but Fincher is making better movies now. With the exception of Interstellar, i wasn't impressed by the lastest stuff Nolan has put out. I hope he gets back on track with the next movie.

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Alien³ vs Following- Haven't seen Alien 3

Se7en (wins) vs Memento

The Game vs Insomnia (wins)

Fight Club vs Batman Begins (wins)

Panic Room vs The Prestige- Haven't seen Panic Room

Zodiac vs The Dark Knight (wins)

The Curious Case.. vs Inception (wins)

The Social Network vs The Dark Knight Rises (wins)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vs Interstellar-Haven't seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I don't want to.

Gone Girl vs Dunkirk- Haven't seen Gone Girl

Mank vs Tenet draw- Haven't seen either

Nolan wins

Thanks for the tag!

No problem :)

I'd recommend you watching The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie, it's a slow burn thriller with great performances and a great soundtrack by Reznor.

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I'll of course only comment on those I've watched:

Se7en vs Memento- Whilst Memento's difficulty in constructing a non-linear narrative and then adapting it from script to screen can't be understated and to do successfully is exemplary, Se7en to me was much more emotionally hard hitting/ thematically rich. From the choice to not name the city-thereby making the characters more palpable by comparison, to the juxtaposition of young/brash and old/wise detective, the engrossing plot of the Christian moral codes, the disturbing shot of the Sloth etc, Fincher's film felt surreal and won't leave my memory. The twist ending was the icing on an already delicious cake and the music for suspense was masterfully done. Pitt, Freeman and Spacey were perfectly cast as well IMO

Memento is great but Se7en is special.

Fight Club vs Batman Begins

Tough. Fight club's writing was smart without feeling too on the nose, the acting was on point and the direction fit the characters like a glove. It's also poignant that the author of the book preferred the film's ending because the more faithful message sent.

Begins though was pretty much the perfect Batman origin, Comic faithfulness notwithstanding. The atmosphere Nolan crafted wasn't reached again in the trilogy, not even in TDK. Gotham felt like a character what with the dark lighting and mostly night shots which fits with Batman's dark mythos. The pacing was excellent, the casting was mostly commendable and the score was epic.

The Dark Knight

More ambitious and superior writing compared to Begins despite the plot holes, a better villain, great supporting antagonist in Two-Face, smooth pacing, entertaining sub-plots and all round set the standard for sequels.

Inception

Been years since I saw this but from what I remember, the idea was pulled off well and explained sufficiently, awesome cast of actors, consistently entertaining, brilliant special effects and cinematography. The strength of Inception lies in the iron-strong script and supporting cast IMO

The Social Network vs The Dark Knight Rises

TDKR was an overall step-down in quality for me despite shining in a few areas like action and set-pieces. Bane's reveal as a lackey was disappointing, his death was even worse, Catwoman felt redundant and most egregiously, the theme of the film was done better in TDK.

TSN had a very impressive script, getting you emotionally invested in a morally questionable protagonist, understanding Spider-Man's part in the company/his side of the story, the dialogue was memorable and the direction was to the point but effective.

Dunkirk

I appreciated the direction, acting (Harry Styles surprised me) and historical significance but I didn't enjoy the film that much overall, there just wasn't enough meat for me stay gripped and the tone was too quiet.

Tenet

This was exciting but felt a little too self-indulgent for Nolan. The idea of the time aspect overtook the importance of character establishment-we followed the protagonist but didn't know where he came from, what truly drives him etc, one would argue that might not matter for this type of film but for me it always does. The idea wasn't executed coherently albeit it was fun and the sound needed more work in post-production as I couldn't hear what was being said at times. Positives though-acting on point, occasional funny lines, (Kenneth Branagh) the special effects were incredible and certain sequences like the gas room scene were exhilarating. TLDR: was fun but Inception was better.

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Alien³ vs Following / Following. I despise Alien 3 to the bone. It’s one of the very few films I have complete contempt for.

Se7en vs Memento / Memento, if I never hear someone ask “what’s in the box” again I will die a happy man.

The Game vs Insomnia / Insomnia.

Fight Club vs Batman Begins / BB is my second favorite CBM

Panic Room vs The Prestige / The Prestige might be Nolan’s best

Zodiac vs The Dark Knight / Dark Knight

The Curious Case.. vs Inception / Inception, Button feels out of place, stuck in the time it was released ironically

The Social Network vs The Dark Knight Rises / TDKR edges but no strong attachment to either

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vs Interstellar /. Pass (didn’t see Dragon Tattoo)

Gone Girl vs Dunkirk / Close but going with Gone Girl

Mank vs Tenet / Pass have yet to see either

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Some of these are close...

Alien³ vs Following

Se7en vs Memento

The Game vs Insomnia

Fight Club vs Batman Begins

Panic Room vs The Prestige

Zodiac vs The Dark Knight

The Curious Case.. vs Inception

The Social Network vs The Dark Knight Rises

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo vs Interstellar

Gone Girl vs Dunkirk

Mank vs Tenet

Fincher - 5

Nolan - 6

Did a coin toss, Nolan wins.

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To everyone who has Batman Begins above Fight Club: What is wrong with you??

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Kind of cool to see side-by-side comparisons of their filmographies. Looking at the list, I realize that i've seen a lot more times the Nolan films than Fincher films. Just doing a quick once over the list, my first reaction is Nolan made better films in the first half of their careers and Fincher has made better films during the second half of their careers.

For me, the scales have tipped more toward liking then both the same since I originally posted, since I went from liking to disliking Tenet.

If I had to pick, I would go with Nolan by a hair. As far as I'm concerned, they're equally amazing in totally different ways.