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,…
Mercilessly playing with the audience's expectations by giving them their fair share of hope but only to snatch it all away at every available opportunity, and making a critical statement against the violence in media & its desensitising effect on modern society, Funny Games is an entirely different level of brutality unleashed by Michael Haneke on the filmgoing crowd and is one psychological horror that cuts real deep.
The story of Funny Games follows a wealthy Austrian family that arrives at its lake house to enjoy their vacation. But their visit soon turns into a nightmare when two young men, whom they first spotted at their next-door neighbours, takes the family hostage in their own house & torture them for their own…
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…
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…
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…
Funny Games 1997
"Maar fictie is toch werkelijkheid?"
- Je ziet't toch in de film?
"Dus is't net zo echt als de werkelijkheid"
Ik zag eerst de Amerikaanse remake (bijna exact hetzelfde) , en vandaag dus de Austrian versie. Beiden hebben hun effect niet gemist op mij, met grote horror heb ik weer deze rit doorstaan. Fantastische acteursprestaties (hoewel ik de hollywood vertolkers zeer indrukwekkend vond). Funny Games is een moderne Salo voor mij. Het daagt de kijker uit en pest het, je bent betrokken en kunt niks doen. Het terugspoelen van een video tape begint wel bijna een gimmick voor Haneke te worden maar het werkt. De momenten waarop hij die 4de muur doorbreekt…
After having watched 'Amour', I was pleasantly surprised by such an interesting experiment. During that final close-up, I was turned with my back to the television, begging it to be over. That's the moment you realise a film has gotten to you. It was not a pleasant experience, albeit a necessary one. The fourth wall was annoying at first, but it continues to grow in appreciation because of its vicious remarks on voyeurism and cinema itself. Violence just became real again.
I was really dreading watching this movie, honestly. I felt like it was just going to be some variety of torture porn in some way, that I would be mostly put off by it... I've had a lot of movies that have just been a real struggle to get through in that way. But this was actually a much more interesting experience than I expected. Certainly the violence was intense but it also felt meaningful in the context of the film. While I don't necessarily agree with Heneke's general feelings about the impact of media on youth and so on, I still think this might be my favorite of his films so far.
Haneke can retire anytime now
Just ruthless. Arno Frisch's performance as "Paul" is outstanding. The movie was very unsettling, and the way that some scenes were left for the viewer to imagine only added to the feeling.
i think i much prefer the american version but i'd have to rewatch it to be sure
What a bizarre, intense, disturbing, innovative, unique little film. Isn't there some quote from somewhere that is about how much we do to seem polite and nice to strangers? Insert that quote here.
Violence is absurd in its formality. Violence seizes your comfort of familiarity. Violence is scapegoated as didactic. Violence will kill your child because you should've looked 36 instead of 35. Violence is ruminating. Violence is abhorrent and purposeless and odious and undignified. The act of violence is perfunctory and the thrill of violence is infatuating.
You know that feeling you get when when you're in a room for so long the perspective of everything begins to shift from when you initially entered? This movie exercises the best recreation of that feeling in the most disconcerting way possible.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…