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…
Reaction image gold mine.
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…
Impressive, very nice.
watch this one or the sequel wont make any sense
A crazed piece of work that tackles Yuppie Society in the late 80's, sociopathic behavior and keeping in touch with what is accepted as normal or fitting in.
Christian Bale delivers a powerhouse performance as Patrick Bateman, a sociopathic, Tom Cruise charming type who goes on an insane journey, trying to cover his tracks, release his masculinity through beating women and admiring himself and also degrading others around him to only realize how much of a monster he has become because of his nightmarish needs.
The story is very entertaining and keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat, driving them mad to see what Bateman will attempt next or explain why he does what he does. A masterfully brilliant character piece that is written so very well.
The performance of Bale really carries the movie and you can't say much other than that. It's just an incredible film to watch all the way through.
Funnily enough, I used to watch this film when I was having a bad day.
The dubsman is truly fantastic.
This intriguing movie is about Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) a New York business man who is kind of a psycho, I don't want to ruin it for anyone but there is also a detective (Willem Dafoe).
Coming back to the cast, Christian Bale gives the best performance of his career, Jared Leto is good, Willem Dafoe is great and Reese Witherspoon is also good.
The writing is chilling, providing for some tense scenes involving Patrick's psychology and ideologies. The soundtrack, composed of Patrick Bateman's musical tastes, is also catchy and scary upon second thoughts.
American Psycho er en klassiker, der er ikke mere at sige end det.
brilliantly directed and acted, very profound examination of satire comedy
'I have all the characteristics of a human being: blood, flesh, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust.'
Though American Psycho earns its praise from a sharp script and bold central performance, it is its ambiguity which allow it to remain so firmly in the cultural memory. Indeed, the spectacle and narrative uncertainty are so striking that the social satire of Brett Easton Ellis' novel is somewhat lost. The transition from page to screen demands more show and affords less time for consideration, and the attempts of the filmmakers to create ambiguity end up compromising the thematic power. Nonetheless, it is an peculiarly enjoyable yet disturbing watch.
Christian Bale is brilliant in the…
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A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
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1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…