For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
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…
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…
Hoop-Tober Challenge (For Beginners) Film #23
It's all about Christian Bale's performance. This is a film created for Christian Bale. Christian Bale is destined to portray Patrick Bateman. Patrick Bateman is a character in American Psycho. American Psycho is a film made for Christian Bale. Christian Bale is an actor born on 1974. American Psycho is released 26 years after Christian Bale was born. Christian Bale starred in American Psycho. He portrayed Patrick Bateman. American Psycho is a film about Patrick Bateman. It's all about Christian Bale's performance.
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Christian Bale deserved an Oscar.
Sorry this review is so short, I have to return some videotapes.
Reaction image gold mine.
I like B.E.E.'s book quite a lot, and it's appropriate that the movie version would feel like chapters of a book, but it also feels like there's no ending here. Which is kind of the point, I guess. It's good that there is no clear, graspable arc; the format & heightened dreaminess contribute to the sense that the movie wants to challenge one's concept of who's who and whose story this is and who's a symbol or ghost, but it seems like the more daring direction would have been to grasp a specific interpretation and to finalize it on screen instead of leaving the narrative's biggest questions vaguely unanswered. But then, that might have made the movie significantly less rewatchable. So…
October Horror Marathon 2014
A barrel of laughs.
The best part of American Psycho is that Patrick Bateman's fake personality, which he cultivates to keep from people suspecting him of being a serial killer, is slightly less palatable than the "real" psycho-killer Patrick Bateman. He's an obnoxious douche from start to finish, and despite being a horrific movie about a murderous upper-cruster, it's actually way funnier than it is scary.
The overall "feel" of the movie is very sterile, and it seems deliberate. Although it has darkness, it doesn't feel like a typical slasher. It's not like watching a Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers, there's something almost clinical about the way the story unfolds, which works for the style the movie is going…
Such a great performance from Christian Bale. Strong supporting cast, as well. Just a gloriously twisted film.
This review was originally published on www.wordsonfilms.com
Perhaps it’s because I had high expectations for American Psycho going into it, but I was not as thoroughly impressed by the film as I would have liked. Don’t get me wrong, the film certainly has it’s high points, but at the end, I couldn’t shake the feeling that much like Patrick Bateman, American Psycho is more surface than substance. Perhaps I wanted the cutting satire to go even further . . . perhaps I was thrown by the ending. . . but something felt lacking.
Which is not to say that I don’t appreciate the film. I did for the most part, enjoy it. My favorite thing about American Psycho is certainly…
Doesn't work as a satire of 80s nostalgia. Doesn't work as a comedy of manners. Doesn't work as a thriller. It's mostly entertaining, but even that wanes by the end and it doesn't hit any of its targets.
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
- There Will Be Blood
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Mulholland Drive
- Children of Men
- No Country for Old Men
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…