Just gonna use this as a place for rough thoughts on things--star ratings are purely polemical and no word is final.
why do you love me?
With Fincher it always comes back to this: loneliness, plus its attendant causes and effects -- alienation and self-isolation, ambition and failure, love and disappointment, desire and loss, etc. etc. The questions of why certain people stick around and others leave when someone is who they are and does what they do. I find Mank and his wife's relationship quite moving, and as such is a great example of how Fincher subtly operates with this…
I've been reading a bit of Joseph Campbell lately -- aka the guy who talks about myth and who Lucas took a bunch of ideas from -- and the one thing he talks about that I find to be quite true is that we've lost our ability to relate to myth, in the sense that we no longer go to it for spiritual edification. Tradition & ritual & myth are things that people don't really respond to anymore. I don't feel confident…