Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.
A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.
Driver: Do you like Mary Harron’s adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho?
Snooty Film Analyst: It’s OK.
Driver: The later scenes are a little too abstract for my tastes, but when Bateman’s monologuing carries on throughout all 102 minutes, I think it really comes into its own, commercially and artistically. The whole film has a clear, crisp look, and an old sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives Andrzej Sekula’s cinematography a big boost. Mary Harron's been compared to David Fincher in the final scenes, but I think Mary has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humour.
Snooty Film Analyst: Hey, Driver.
Driver: Yes, Analyst?
Snooty Film Analyst: Why are their notes scattered around the place concerning theories…
Christian Bale deserved an Oscar.
Sorry this review is so short, I have to return some videotapes.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Harold, it's Bateman, Patrick Bateman. You're my lawyer so I think you should know: I've killed a lot of people. Some girls in the apartment uptown uh, some homeless people maybe 5 or 10 um an NYU girl I met in Central Park. I left her in a parking lot behind some donut shop. I killed Bethany, my old girlfriend, with a nail gun, and some man uh some old faggot with a dog last week. I killed another girl with a chainsaw, I had to, she almost got away and uh someone else there I can't remember maybe a model, but she's dead too. And Paul Allen. I killed Paul Allen with an axe in the face, his body…
A social satire on the materialistic, self-obsessed & money-driven yuppie generation of 1980s America that also mocks male narcissism in the process, American Psycho presents a community made up of people who have all the luxury that money can buy yet no individuality of their own, a world where everyone looks, dresses & acts exactly the same, and measure themselves only by their external appearances & material possessions.
Based on the novel of the same name, American Psycho tells the story of Patrick Bateman; a wealthy, narcissistic & material-obsessed investment banker living in New York during the late 1980s who's a stereotype of the yuppie generation and leads a secret life as a serial killer. But the mask of outer perfection he's put up…
So that was rather surprising.
The first time I watched this was not long after I had read the book. The book left me shocked, bewildered and in awe of the deeply dark and gruesome satire Brett Easton Ellis had written. It highlighted an era that focussed on self improvement, image and acquiring wealth. Ellis' novel comments on this in the most horrible way, through the completely and utterly insane Patrick Bateman. This is perhaps the shallowest and vilest protagonist I've ever come across in a novel. And he has to be as the true strength in Ellis' novel is that he condemns him and what he stands for. It is too easy to go along with the controversy surrounding…
Sorry about the length in advance.
I watched this film a few years ago and thought, “I got it. He really isn’t Patrick Bateman. Big whoop.” I return to this and realize how little I knew. American Psycho is a masterpiece. It examines American society (specifically 80s Wall Street yuppies) in the most uproarious and horrific light possible. It’s dark and sardonic, but thoroughly entertaining. I shouldn’t be laughing at someone being killed or a related comment, but it absolutely slayed me. Bale is the highlight, but its overall craftsmanship and themes should be commended as much.
There are two BIG questions people ask about American Psycho
1. Did Patrick Bateman really exist?
2. Did Patrick Bateman or whoever Bateman…
A flawed masterpiece as many critics call it. I agree its a must watch but something is missing and i dont know what. Very good overall.
For those familiar-with the novel, this is a more toned-down affair by Mrs. Harron, a superb-director, who sticks-to the social-themes and implications of the story. There are some scenes of gore, but they are significantly toned-down and minimized, and I think the move was a wise-one. Sometimes, gore detracts too-much from the narrative and the themes of a film, but not here. Reagan America seems pretty innocent to us nowadays, but it was rife with greed and crony-ism, and even some of the disastrous military-adventurism we are seeing today. Sadly, the militarist-culture of Reagan has continued. The seeds of present-day scandals and corruption were being planted during the 1980s.
Mary Harron and her screen writing partner have delivered the most…
The scene in which Patrick Bateman murders a black homeless guy in cold blood is INCREDIBLY disturbing especially when viewed from the perspective of a culture in which a police officer is able to shoot a black homeless man dead with no apparent motive.
Rewatching American Psycho felt like watching myself. Just kidding guys, I'm not American.
The first time I saw this film I could not believe how much it resonated with me. Now I'm no psycho killer or nothing haha but Patrick Bateman is actually a very relatable character, he thinks things about people that I sometimes think and talks about how the way people irk him the way they do which Is why i totally understand him as a character and that's why this movie worked for me so much. It's also got a very dark sense of humour which again, worked for me on every conceivable level and it's really just very entertaining to watch too and Christian Bale i still think to this day, gives his best performance here. American Psycho is one of my favourite movies and has been ever since I watched it and it just has one of the best endings I've ever seen to a movie and makes you pretty much re-evaluate everything you just saw. Absolute genius.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There aren't many movies this bizarre that I would consider masterpieces, but Mary Herron's American Psycho (yes, a woman directed this!) deserves no lesser title.
It would be disrespectful to the hugely talented women behind the camera to say that the film is all about Christian Bale, but he deserves a huge amount of its praise. Bateman is a flat-out psychopath but never feels overacted. Bale is completely at home in Bateman's skin, whether he is displaying gross levels of narcissism, ranting like a maniac or just walking around bearing a grim scowl. The accent that Bale chooses for Bateman is inspired; generic and mellow yet bubbling with madness. The way a smile slides straight from Bateman's face conveys that…
Ein Film der durch Christian Bale oft ein staunen aus einem herauslockt, jedoch hab ich dem Film an sich nichts abgewinnen können.
Die Handlung und der Hauptcharakter waren für mich nicht nachvollziehbar, dadurch leider sehr schade nur 3 Sterne.
Compared to the book, its a romantic comedy.
I have to return some videotapes.
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
In order of release year. (Features only. Sorry.)
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