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Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.
It all started with the eggs.... Oh god, the egg scene. How painfully awkward. How painfully ominous. How painfully nerve wracking.
Note to self: If a young blonde man with a Hitler youth haircut comes into my home wearing white gloves asking to borrow eggs, lock all the doors and windows. Or get the hell out while you still can.
Last night was my first viewing of the original German version of Funny Games and this morning, I'm still having trouble putting into words what I just saw. The plot is simple enough. A family of three is held hostage by two young men as they are forced to play their sick "game." This setup is already ripe for loads…
"You're on their side, aren't you? So, who will you bet with?"
I don't understand the appeal with Michael Haneke's Funny Games. This is the worst time I've had watching a film. It attacks upon the psyche brutally due to its violent images.
I'll say a few positives about the film first, and the main one is that it does what it's intended to do, which is create barbaric images which will stick with the viewer. Even if the audience doesn't feel as though this could happen to them, the images shown on screen stick in the mind long after the film finishes. Secondly, the acting is pretty…
★★★★½ = Superb
This superbly acted and paced Austrian film is out to prove that us moviegoers have yet to become so accustomed to cinema violence that we have lost our capacity for horror and empathy.
Funny Games is extreme without directly showing much of the violence on-screen. Director Michael Haneke brings up a most disturbing portrait of what some human beings are capable of doing to each other for no other reason than entertainment.
Haneke is known for toying with his viewers. On more than one occasion, one of the characters breaks the fourth wall to talk to the audience. This, however, in no way detracts from the powerful unfolding of the shockingly cold events.
Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch and Frank Giering star in this unforgettable thriller.
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If I wasn't already aware of this with his other four amazing films that I have seen, with this I fully believe Haneke should take the title of "The Master of Suspense". Sorry Hitchcock, you are a great director but I think Haneke is better (I wouldn't be surprised if I got hate for this).
But really Haneke is the anti-Hitchcock in many ways in regards to each master director's creation of suspense. While Hitchcock will use his thrilling plots, suspenseful or frightening music, suspenseful (and often rapid) editing, and lighting to create tension, Haneke seems to rely on a slow-moving camera that often overstays its welcome, severe ambiguity, and dreaded silence to create a skin-crawling sense of dread.
Impossible not to compare Funny Games with, for example, Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers and Kubrick's Clockwork Orange, as Tarja Laine did on her interesting but debatable essay about this film, link here.
The three movies have, in fact, lots of similarities, specially because they share the same motivation to criticize violence. Aesthetically, however, we have three very different films. Whilst Natural Born Killers makes you - ironically! - empathises with two sociopaths in order to use the media gun against itself and in Clockwork Orange violence is depicted more like a natural behavior encouraged by the stupidness of the State, in Haneke's masterful film you'll see violence in a more realistic way, with raw colors and exhilarating empathy with…
There seems to be a tendency in Europe these days to make movies like this one (see: Blue is the Warmest Color, many things by Olivier Assayas) that are determined to convince viewers from around the world of how cutesy and modern their directors are. Funny Games may have gore, but it's not much more than Haneke poking his viewers in the ribs.
Even after the first 20 minutes or so, which are (intentionally) supposed to feel like what kids nowadays might call watching a dubstep song, the home invasion kidnap plot revolves around constant fourth wall breaking. The invaders ask us cheekily some questions like, "But don't you want us to keep going?" (I'm sure I'm paraphrasing.) I find…
«You're on their side, aren't you? So, who will you bet with?»
A relentless, evocative and yet elegant meditation on violence. Oh, what an experience.
I don't know what the rest of you guys are talking about. This is a breezy and delightful jaunt through the whimsy of a director entirely unsure about what the kids are disturbed by these days. (Now, just take that sentiment and travel 17 years into the past.) Is this really even meta? The family don't talk to the audience. We don't get to see little symbols pop up on the screen when Paul uses the family's remote control to rewind the film. And, except for one throwaway bit of crying intimacy between the husband and wife, this entire thing is much too laidback. Every scene is like Marge's capture of Grimsrud at the end of Fargo. Emotion is expressed…
From the beginning it's terrible because instead of the beautiful Naomi Watts there is Der Fuglei Lothar. To make matters worse one of the villains wears short-shorts. Boring. Terrible 4th wall breakage belongs in Spaceballs.
Confused me. For the first half I guess we are supposed to be complicit in the torture, but Haneke has manipulated me so successfully that instead all I want is revenge. Then, beginning with a long minimalist shot in a room with a TV set, the noose is loosened and the movie becomes a typical pain focused action/suspense/horror film like hundreds of others. Because the movie itself now seemed so typical of the genre I completely detached emotionally and got very impatient and bored. However, Haneke seems to believe what he is filming is incredibly hard to watch and that by not letting us off the hook he is punishing us for our complicity in the violence he presents. Since…
I have revised my list of phobias to include "the fear of people politely declining to leave your home despite repeatedly asking them to do so." Dear god, that scene was frighteningly uncomfortable.
Lesson learned - just give your neighbor the whole damn carton of eggs.
Funny Games...not f*cking funny let's take that sh*t out of the way, this is not funny at all but you know that this is not going to be a comedy because after all this is Michael Haneke. Funny Games has been on my watchlist for a long time, probably has stayed there because i was afraid of what i might get since most people seem to agree that this is Haneke's most disturbing movie. I like personally like Haneke, Cache is tremendous, The White Ribbon is great, The Piano Teacher is one of the most disturbing movies i have ever seen and Amour is a masterpiece the best movie of 2012. All those are very difficult watches and i went…
Really succeeds at making the audience uncomfortable without showing any violence.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Rules of the Game
- Tokyo Story
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game