Bring me down, I beg of you.
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.
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…
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…
just kill me Michael
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…
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…
Very good. Loved the message throughout the film and Michael Pitt did an amazing job. I also really liked the fourth wall breaks
W I L D !!! I haven't seen this in so long and I forgot how crazy this film is. It's stunning and I loved every element of it (breaking the fourth wall, anyone?) and Haneke never fails. Love him and his work.
Be careful who you let into your house and if someone asks for eggs, run the fuck away.
I'd pay Haneke to kill me just so he could direct my funeral
I saw this opening night in Times Square with a group of friends. A fight broke out in the middle of the movie, the movie was stopped, and the cops eventually came in to break it up. They handcuffed and removed two men (the ones that didn't even start the fight). Everyone began to boo at the cops. The lights were then turned off again, and the movie began rolling during one of the most excruciating scenes. You could hear a pin drop in the audience. One of the most amazing in theater experiences of my life.
this is basically a film about two annoying shots who don't shut the fuck up, and they torture and kill a family you have no reason to care about. this entire film is basically haneke's thesis on violence in the media and it completely fails cause we have no reason to care about those who are affected by said violence, and the two perpertuaters won't shut the fuck up, the end and by the way the fourth wall breaking and that song that plays through out the film were obnoxious.
Haneke at his detestable worst. This is not edgy cinema, it's just series of bad, repulsive events, torturous for the sake of being torturous. Clearly Haneke waned to use the film as some kind of pretentious experiment on the human mind. Well fuck you, Haneke. Your movie sucks so maybe you did succeed in your experiment.
Felt like bashing the screen with a baseball bat after this.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
If you can stand the long take in the middle of the film, or worse, enjoy it, then you’re a bigger sadist than Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet. Or maybe just a masochist?
I myself found it unbearable, and knowing it was coming (this being a rewatch) I couldn't help but fast forward my DVD. Because at that point the terror is gone, and it's just the aftermath, the tragedy, of being stuck in that mindset of knowing all this violence and fear and shame has taken place. We're looking at it, being forced to do so, at just the mess left behind and the toll it's taken on the victims. It's the definition of unnerving, being stuck in the…
I LOVE NAOMI WATTS FOREVER AND ALWAYS
I was genuinely speechless after Funny Games.. This shit is all kinds of fucked up.
I've seen my fair share of horror films that scared me, got under my skin.. But i forgot about them a week after watching. I won't be forgetting about this anytime soon. I was seriously disturbed watching this. I found myself squirming in my seat throughout the majority of its runtime. The long takes, no music, the acting.. Its all SO goddamn real. At points it felt as if i was watching a stage play. All locked off shots, no handheld of any kind. Uncomfortably long takes. An extremely dark look at movie violence, what is implied and shown for audience entertainment, and how two normal looking, high class young adults can manipulate and take control over people.. Sometimes some of the most polite, are the most evil.
Fuck, this got to me.
it finally has an order and i'm at peace
(Working on organizing it by similar aesthetic.)