All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
“Why are you doing this to us?” “Why not?”
Oh God, Mother. Blood. Blood.
And so Norman will clean up, as he has done before. The efficiency of his cleansing is the product of repetition. Ritualistic anger followed by ritualistic ablution. He packs Marion’s body, wrapped carefully in the dislodged shower curtain, in the trunk of her car. Everything must go, including the bulky newspaper on the nightstand—this was a crime of passion, not profit.
On to the swamp, which must by now be getting crowded. Shift to neutral, give a slight push, and watch your problems swallowed up by the façade of domestic tranquility. What a good son.
But wait. The car has stopped sinking. It can’t remain exposed,…
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…
Depraved, disturbing, and disgusting, Michael Haneke's "Funny Games" is a horror film of nihilistic and meaningless acts. It is a thriller more about manipulating an audience's emotions and sense of comfort than telling a traditional story. In these things, the film is a success. Unfortunately, it is also a tedious piece of work that takes patience to endure.
The film revolves around a family whose home is invaded by two young men. The young men are wholesome in appearance and have no obvious reason to do what they do, yet they commit evil acts against the family over the course of their stay. It is a simple narrative, but it goes about its business quickly and creates an insidious feeling…
Day #2 in my It's a Large World After All Challenge (AKA 30 Days, 30 Countries). Country: Austria
"You're on their side, aren't you? So, who will you bet with?"
I hate the youth. Well I hate some of the youth, as I technically am one of them. I hate the young men that feel the need to be loud and yell just to hear the sound of their own voice, who harass others to feel in control and to feel better about themselves. I've known a fair share of these people throughout high school. I hate the YouTubers who upload "pranks" of them harassing other people just for the views and fleeting popularity. Funny Games just takes these awful…
"We want to offer the audience something and show what we can do, right?" ~ Paul
This psychological thriller from writer-director Michael Haneke brings a couple of interesting new twists to the genre. The set up is pretty familiar. Austrian couple Anna (Susanne Lothar) and Georg (Ulich Mühe) are off on a two-week holiday to their lakeside summer house with their adolescent son Schorschi (Stefan Clapczynski) and German Shepherd dog Rolfi. They are looking forward to golf, sailing and the company of friends. However, before they know it, they are caught in a nightmare, held hostage and forced to play "funny games" by two psychopaths who call themselves Peter (Frank Giering) and Paul (Arno Frisch).
One departure here from the…
Film #4 of the "October 2015 Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #29 A horror movie you wanted to watch
This film is nuts. Wow. Michael Haneke's original Funny Games is as demented and sadistic as you can imagine. Two boys show up to a family's house asking to borrow some eggs, and what ends up happening is absolutely horrifying. Part slasher film, part mind-fuck, this movie gets very dark.
The plot is simple - two boys decide they're not going to leave a house. When the family tries kicking them out, they decide it's better to play some horrific "games" with them... essentially holding them prisoner.
The film is really realistic at times, and really unreal at others. For example,…
First watch of Hoop-Tober 2.0
What a terrible way to start this challenge and the month, which I must stress wasn't my intention looking through the overwhelming praise this Michael Haneke directed drama received. I can't help but feel this film would have been far more effective, had it just disturbed me on any level. But the fact that it didn't left me rather hollow. From a directorial standpoint, it's fairly lethargic and lacks any sense of vigour that would draw a viewer in. I'm very confused to who this film appeals to.
Film #9 of the "September 2015 Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #5: A film featuring an intrusion!
I do not like scary movies. I do not like most psychological thrillers. Ergo, I was not too happy with this movie or this film and watched it in the middle of a Sunday afternoon. I will admit when the caption was "sadistic games" I imagined something that would be a little more on the sexual side (since that is where the majority of most of those games tend to go).
The film was actually pretty good. It was intense and grabbing. Maybe I'm being a little stereotypical, but I also thought it was appropriately "German." I can't think of an appropriate way…
Of course I was able to stomach this film more the second time around, and it's surprisingly (but darkly) tongue-in-cheek for what it is.
Very well made but a far cry from any film I would truly enjoy
It's hard to beat people who can control time, though they did accomplish it in Edge of Tomorrow.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…