All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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…
still as captivating and terrifying second time round. the realism and disturbing lighting make it hard to take your eye away yet at the same time make you want to be looking anywhere but at the screen. timeless filmmaking with the cherry on top being a central's character's reoccurring addressing of the audience.
I really liked the other 3 films of Haneke's that I've seen: Cache, Time of the Wolf and The Piano Teacher; this film however, is the worst kind of finger-wagging nonsense. It's like when some old coot finally loses it and starts shouting and spitting at some kids on the street because of the clothes they're wearing, or lack thereof, or some other stupid nonsense.
This is a solid example of a score that reflects my enjoyment rather than the film's quality. I can think of few films that have provoked me to stop watching more than this one. I came around in the last few minutes when it became clear what it was trying to do, but I can comfortably say I won't watch this alone again. Thoroughly thought provoking though, and that I have a lot of respect for.
"Golly gee, ain't the bourgeoisie some kind of something? This'll show those damned Americans what violence and psychological damage and blowing little boys' brains out with upper-class shotguns framed under arthouse long-takes REALLY looks like!" —Director Michael Haneke in his movie Funny Games
From the opening 2 minutes, I knew that I was in for a ride of unbelievably dreadful proportions. We start with the lilting banalities of some Mozart composition playing on a bourgeois family's hep new car-stereo. Then, all of a sudden, the sound cuts off, and my ears are assaulted with a barrage of insipid heavy metal the likes of which make me remember why I don't even bother listening to Metallica, who's supposed to be the…
Michael Haneke, usted es diabólico,
Now I'm too excited that I can't even talk normally...
I love you, Haneke.
This is the first film I have seen of Haneke's and boy I am missing out. He has such a way to transcend the bounds of language to create a film about violence in cinema and bring out these raw performances. I was fascinated from start to finish and is just a brilliantly made film that I will watch time and time again.
Composed and acted brilliantly; an absolute nightmare to get through
I've never hated horror film bad guys this much jfc
The NRA should just screen this at their convention every year because it's the most persuasive thing to advocate for guns around the house
In an interview, film critic and director Jacques Rivette called Funny Games "vile", and "a complete piece of shit."
I agree with him on only one of these sentiments. The film is "vile", but it is not a complete piece of shit. It is actually quite the opposite. And as I give this movie a four-and-a-half star rating, I openly cede my last ounce of humanity.
The film is a bit of an anti-horror. It is a home invasion movie that looks at the genre and criticizes it and all of the people who enjoy it, exposing our perversions as an audience who seem to almost revel in bloodshed and sexuality. With a fourth-wall breaking antagonist, Peter, one that will…
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…