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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…
This review reportedly contains 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…
Christian Bale deserved an Oscar.
Sorry this review is so short, I have to return some videotapes.
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…
American Psycho is a character study of a man who's fantasies become a reality as he has a psychotic break and goes on a killing spree. Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wallstreet yuppie and as such has a rich and extravagant lifestyle as well as meticulous rituals all of which are explained in explicit detail. His days usually revolve around lunch meetings at high-end restaurants with clients and co-workers, all of which try to one-up each other with their business cards and designer suits. He often grows tired of people, especially women and those who treat him with indifference, and fantasies about killing them in various twisted and brutal ways. One night he finds a homeless man down a…
Reaction image gold mine.
A wry film about mental illness. A smart, studied, perverse movie exploring what we care about, what we want to care about, and what we want others to think we care about. Pokes at the dysfunction central to many relationships; and is uncomfortably funny doing it. Very funny.
Everything you need to know about American Psycho can be found in one of its earlier murder scenes, in which Christian Bale hacks Jared Leto to death with an axe while singing the praises of Huey Lewis and the News. That morbid, twisted, uncomfortable, yet funny affair is a perfect example of the rest of the movie's tone: a cynical and bitter look on the human condition with a glimmer of humor alongside.
Christian Bale is Patrick Bateman, an egotistical, wealthy, vane Wall Street businessman who is exactly the sort of character we love to hate. He owes his immense monetary success to nepotism, and is not actually a good worker, spending much of his time lazily, playing the "tell…
Watched with Halle for movie night.
This movie is masterpiece. Patrick Bateman is a masterpiece. Patrick Bateman's axe is a masterpiece. I need to rewatch this movie.
um it was okay too much gore for me though
i got crept out by patrick bateman
This movie shouldn't be this funny.
American Psycho is one of my favorite films of all-time. It's a film that I have argued about with a good friend for the better part of 15 years. I consider it one of the greatest satires ever. He says it's just an "average horror and/or satire". We both see the film in different ways.
Although I always steer clear of spoilers, if you haven't seen it, I suggest you go watch it and then come back and read my review. Maybe it will help you decide what side of the tracks you want to fall on.
So how do I discuss this without breaking my rule about never ever using spoilers to review a film?
really regretted watching this with another person. i can see the appeal in terms of filmmaking and unusual approach but on the whole was a deeply uncomfortable watch. as usual...(and i know i nitpick this all the time): the shock value sexual violence to women was not something i enjoy being assailed with, ever. was EXTREMELY visceral in that. good confrontation of white guy culture of violent masculinity up until it ruined it all with the ending. which...i guess was the whole point of the film, and i should have expected not to enjoy it. iconic moments, odd sense of humor, but not something i want to watch ever again.
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