I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
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.
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…
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…
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.
"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.…
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…
i do prefer this over the original, though it's disturbingly impressive how alike the two movies are shot by shot
Before supporters of the original film come ripping my skin off, I want to point out that the original "Funny Games" is indeniably a great film. But the fact arrives to the point, however, that I find Michael Haneke's own shot-for-shot remake the more superior effort. Over the years, Haneke has definitely been able to sit with what he did in his original film so that his direction feels much less technical, even when the film itself reaches the same levels of sheer terror and pitch black comedy. Adding stronger and more nuanced performances and the American version of "Funny Games" further drives home Haneke's intentions with the fury of a golfclub nailing a leg.
This film was not fun to watch. I will never watch it again. I couldn't possibly assign a rating to it right now, but maybe I will come back later and do so.
I am unsettled. Watching this film felt like being held hostage. It toyed with me and my expectations. Even once I had been watching for a while and thought I knew what to expect, it found a way to get my hopes up over and over. I don't agree with the thesis of this film--that viewers should hold themselves accountable for the pleasure they derive from observing the imaginary suffering that pervades the home invasion genre. And even if I did, this would seem like a harsh…
Realmente no encuentro razón lógica para realizar un remake de tu propia película si no vas a cambiar o añadir algo relevante. Me gustaría conocer los motivos de Haneke, pero sobre todo entenderlos.
Michael Haneke hizo exactamente lo mismo con esta, incluso la mayoría de los planos y el guión son idénticos. El problema es que aún así, no advertí esa atmósfera terrorífica que sentí en la original. No percibí tampoco esa ganas desmesuradas de Ann por proteger a su hijo y al mismo tiempo intentar dar con la solución ante todo lo que les estaba sucediendo, simplemente vi a alguien que seguía el juego esperando que terminase pronto.
Con respecto a las actuaciones, aunque no están mal, me quedo…
Lifeless. Everyone felt like they were in a rush to get it over with unlike the original where the meditation in shots gave the movie it's weight. Here it's tenuous.
And what's with all the white?
Very fun, enthralling, exciting thriller. The actors nail their performances, the camera work is VERY well-done, and the minimal but expert use of the fourth wall ... let's say added another dimension to the film.
Definitely high on my favorite movies.
Merkwürdig. Eigentlich habe ich kein Problem mit Horror Filmen, ganz und gar nicht. Home Invasion gehört noch dazu zu meinem Lieblingssubgenre.
Allerdings hat dieser Film in mir ein Uneasy Feeling verursacht, dass sich nur schlecht beschreiben lässt.
Natürlich merkt man, dass Haneke mit dem Zuschauer nur spielt. Man selbst ist dank seiner Menschlichkeit in einem Netz aus Emotionen gefangen. Einerseits schaut man diese Art Film aus einem gewissen Grund, andererseits möchte man auch nicht, dass der Film SO abläuft.
Was zurückbleibt ist ein ganz komischer Nachgeschmack - denn die Intention des Films ist gut, die Machart ebenfalls. Allerdings stört mich zum Einen der Cast - auch hier vermutlich intendiert. Aber die beiden Golferjungs haben bei mir dermaßen das Blut zum…
So - I thought I was getting the original to knock of Week 15 of the Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16. Instead got the remake (also made by Michael Haneke) that I didn't realize existed. Not a huge fan of Watts, but this was really pretty good and creepy. Not a lot of crazy gore, but pretty suspenseful. Michael Pitt is great.
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…