It’s been a good week for unsurprising renewals of popular Netflix shows! Just yesterday, the streaming service announced that its popular new series, Mindhunter will be coming back for Season Two. Fans weren’t very surprised because the show has been so popular that it seemed all but certain that it would be coming back. Frankly, the only thing stranger would be the cancellation of Stranger Things! But now we know for certain that the horror-centric 80s throwback is definitely coming back for Season Three. Netflix took to its official Twitter account to formally announce the show’s renewal:
Netflix’s critically acclaimed new series Mindhunter has just been renewed for Season Two! The hot new program- which was created by Joe Penhall and co-produced with episodes directed by the legendary David Fincher among others- instantly clicked with fans of intelligent and suspenseful storytelling. The show stars Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, and it focuses on a critical point in time for the FBI as it entered a transition period in how it began to understand and apprehend the serial killers of the late 1970s. read more
“Auteur filmmaking”- a term used to describe movies which are the product of the sole vision of their director- has been used to describe the process and works of such masters of cinema as Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Martin Scorsese since the concept originated in France in the 1940s. The term “auteur” has since been reserved for directors whose approach is so signature and iconic that their works would simply be altogether different had they been directed by anyone else. While the “single-vision” concept has resulted in some of the greatest films of all time, the approach has since taken a back seat to the contemporary “filmmaking by committee” style employed by many major studios (which is why most of the Marvel superhero movies- with some notable exceptions, such as Guardians of the Galaxy– have mostly been directed by newcomers or hired guns with experience in completely different genres, yet they all have the same unmistakable market-tested sense of humor and mind-numbingly unimportant finales). Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that the auteur style is dead entirely. Some contemporary expert directors are currently turning in their best work, and any student of film knows them by name: Denis Villeneuve, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and David Fincher. read more
The final trailer for the upcoming David Fincher produced Netflix series Mindhunter (which begins streaming on October 13th) has just been released.
Fincher is not only the producer of the series, but he also directed four episodes, which is based on John Douglas’ seminal book, Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. Douglas was one of the first criminal profilers and actually coined the term “serial killer”.
Fincher recently appeared on the Charlie Rose Show and told Rose that he looked at the series as a way to examine real life serial killers such as Charles Manson and “the Son of Sam” David Berkowitz in an attempt to demystify them as “…very sad people”. He went on to say that he didn’t “…want to talk about the gourmet, you know, opera expert who — you know, to me these are very sad people under who have, you know, grown up under horrendous circumstances. This is not — this is not to, you know, overstate how much empathy or sympathy we should have for them but it’s just simply a fact…We’d seen so much, you know, of this sort of literary conceit of, there’s a very fine line separates the hunters from the hunted. And I really thought it was time to sort of take that back and make it, really, the reason that we are fascinated with them is because we’re nothing like them. They are unfathomable.” read more