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Let the games begin...
When Ann, husband George and son Georgie arrive at their holiday home they are visited by a pair of polite and seemingly pleasant young men. Armed with deceptively sweet smiles and some golf clubs, they proceed to terrorize and torture the tight-knit clan, giving them until the next day to survive.
Review In A Nutshell:
Funny Games is the story of a family being terrorised by two young men.
This film explores the craving and drive that young people have for control. Both men thrive off the fact that the family can't do anything to save themselves and places them into these little games that would further torture them emotionally. The two young men in this film is a symbol of the sick and unsympathetic mind of a director, they see this family as empty vessels that they could play and manipulate with in order to feed their psychological needs; they see it as art while the victims see it as relentless torment. The film does a great job of creating…
Ninth watch of Noir-Vember. I believe Michael Haneke’s Funny Games - this one as well as his 1997 version - to present a commentary, perhaps even a critique, towards the sort of movies that share its non-plot of sole violence (torture porn?) and towards the people who watch them. I believe this is echoed through the film’s self-consciousness, which is amongst other things expressed by the fact that the antagonistic intruders are capable of directly addressing the audience. I do not, however, believe that this attempt justifies yet another revolting piece of such torture porno-esque film-making - at least not in the format presented here. Funny Games shows us how two psychopathic (or overacting) adolescent guys take a family of…
My man Roger Ebert [Edit: I guess it was actually Ebert's editor. Dang. Still good review though] said it best: "This isn't a movie, it's a thesis. "Funny Games" represents the laborious execution of an abstract notion. The concept is the movie, kind of like Andy Warhol's ''Empire'' (1964), an eight-hour stationary shot of the Empire State Building. You don't have to sit through the whole thing to get the point, unless you really want to."
The two stars are for good performances from the 5 main characters. That's it. It's not meant to entertain, but it's not particularly enlightening either. Through all the smugness, I smelled the ending an hour away. I suppose the fact that I…
I thought this would be a comedy.
I don't find a damn thing funny about it.
The words "Fucked up" come to mind.
I saw the this a few weeks ago, but never logged a review for it. Thanks to a conversation with ScreeningNotes, I kind of worked out why I didn't find it very likable.
Overall, I find whatever Funny Games is trying to say unconvincing at best and delivered in a terribly dull package. It's partly that I'm not really a fan of the horror/home invasion genre (even though this is skewering that) and partly that I never gave much credence to the idea that by watching onscreen violence we as an audience are condoning or morally complicit in it. I've also grown largely immune to movie violence so the shocking nature of the acts committed on screen have very little…
"It's easier when things are polite." ~ Paul
I was surprised to discover that this film is a shot-for-shot remake of the 1997 Austrian original. Other than some minor adjustments, such as four pounds of steak instead of three, no mention of a halyard on the sailboat, more modern cell phone technology, Calloway-brand golf clubs, NASCAR on TV, etc., it features the same plot, pacing, camera angles, dialogue, set design, soundtrack and atmosphere. Even the much noted 10-minute single take is intact. It almost seemed like a rewatch rather than a viewing of a new film.
Replacing the original cast are Naomi Watts as vacationing Ann Farber, Tim Roth as her husband George and Devon Gearhart as their son Georgie.…
it's been at least four years since I watched this film and I still can't look michael pitt in the eye
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
what if pitbull's song from MIB3 played when whenever the movie rewinded
so much stress for politeness' sake
Was I supposed to watch the original, Vas?
Michael Pitt is the best part of this entire film, he kills it.
Well, I dont want to see this film ever again.
Life is a game of torture rigged against us
You know it's a good movie when I literally screamed 'no' at my TV at the remote control scene. Fuck, I'm still mad about that.
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