Notable films: The Social Network, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fight Club, and Se7en.
Famous for: Dark, beautiful visuals, perfectionism, masculine codes of honor, violence as a part of human DNA, social outcasts, and using famous actors in unexpected ways.
Hypothetical title: Blackout
Hypothetical premise: The show follows a career man plagued by boredom. On his routine walk home from work one day, he stumbles on the aftermath of a brutal assault against a woman. He becomes weirdly obsessed with the case when the police shove it aside, and as she lays in a coma in the hospital, he takes it upon himself to uncover what happened to her. After discovering she was a journalist hot on the trail of a violent secret society that has infiltrated every crack of the local government, he begins to realize that he’ll need her help to uncover all the intricacies of the plot. The woman wakes up from her coma, only to be abducted 20 minutes after being back on the streets. As the season reaches its conclusion, the man tracks down the woman, only to discover that she leads the society, and that the assault was an attempt by a vigilante to remove her from power.
Cross between: Zodiac, Fight Club, Blue Velvet, and Sin City.