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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
Eighth watch of Noir-Vember. Patrick Bateman is a 27 year’s old have-it-all with a refine taste in lotions, a workaholic lifestyle that mainly revolves around dinners, anti-Semitic friends, beautiful business cards, a wife he doesn’t care about at all, natural talent in reciting critical reviews of dinner places, music albums and other acts of pop culture, a collection of VHS pornography, a tan, drugs and hookers and, most importantly, an unhealthy desire to murder people. I would accuse Christian Bale of completely overacting his role if it weren’t for the fact that his performance fits the surrealistic Wall Street reality he and his companions inhabit oh so well. Even the second time around I do not like the ending. It…
Reaction image gold mine.
Harsh but captivating
This is the movie that made me love Christian Bale.
American Psycho shows just how good a film can be led by a single fascinating character being portrayed by an excellent actor.
The film is a entertaining on the yuppie culture of the 1980s. Patrick Batman (Bale) is a narcissistic, wall street business man. The film opens with Batman and his colleagues enjoying a meal at an overly extravagant restaurant. Right from the jumping off point, audiences are aware of the satirical commentary on yuppie lifestyle. Even better however, is Batman's monologue expressing his daily routine, from the water activated gel he uses in the show, to his daily exercises. Bateman is a completely self absorbed, leading to some of the film's most insightful (and funny) moments. He is…
I am kind.
I am cruel.
I am thoughtful.
I am inconsiderate.
I am a feminist.
I am a mesogonist.
I am charming.
I am repellent.
I am handsome.
I am ugly.
I am rich.
Yet, I am poor.
I have everything.
Yet, I have nothing.
I am calm.
I am enraged.
I am collected.
I am unraveled.
I am sane.
I am psychotic.
I am clean.
I am filthy.
I am honest.
I am corrupt.
I am a giver.
Yet, I am a taker.
I help people.
I kill people...
I am Patrick Bateman...
And I have serious problems...
Can you help me...?
I didn't think so.
I've loved American Psycho for a long time now and, every time I pick it out for a re-watch, I come away from it feeling slightly differently. I was in my mid-teens when I first watched it and the nostalgia of it is probably a large portion of its enduring draw for me.
It is not as good as I once rated it (in the nether regions of my top twenty-five). The majority of the film commands attention, and it portrays the vacuous, selfish and egotistical Wall Street world with a hell of a lot more grace and finesse than Scorsese and Di Caprio did. Its primary stumbling block is its mind-bending third act. Ambiguity is often a characteristic I admire in a film's conclusion, but here it feels far too messy and incomplete to be a satisfying ending. Regardless, I still love American Psycho. It's just a few steps short of a masterpiece.
Mary Harron's gravely disappointing adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' notorious novel gets everything wrong about the 80s-set satire of rampant consumerism and sociopathic indifference. For a cautionary tale of untold horrors that lurk beneath the surface, the irony is that though Harron's film suitably captures the shiny veneer of disaffected Wall Street shark Patrick Bateman's world, it fails to grasp the truly black heart at its corrosive core. As Bateman, Christian Bale certainly looks the part but the performance, much like the film, is way too broad, turning the blackly comic into outright farce and reducing all of the novel's satirical potency in the process. Bateman is not supposed to be the borderline vaudevillian showman Harron depicts; his disturbing pathology…
A weird look into the lives of a suit dumbie. Best if no one wore suits if this is what goes on in their minds.
I like to dissect girls. Did you know that I am utterly insane?
Dark. Violent. Brutal. Slick. Clever. A black comedy that left me stunned often during the movie but unfulfilled in the end. Bale's performance is over-the-top bravado and what makes the movie worth watching.
- 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:…