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 may contain 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…
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…
"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…
Another family fave from Haneke.
I have a bit of a mixed review for this film. Where it was dark, to a degree, I think it missed an opportunity to go further. Or perhaps I came into it thinking it would be much darker given the title and the poster image. I digress, the villains were a bit bland? Which are words I never thought would ever come out of my face, I looooove villains. That being said, the husband and wife made much more interesting characters, especially when they think the two men have left and it's just the two of them in their home. Georg asking Anna to forgive him absolutely broke my heart and I wasn't expecting those kinds of emotions…
- One of the most horrific films i've ever seen, and you don't actually even see a lot. It's all about the insinuation and the dread. The big punches of the story tend to happen off screen and you're left to imagine what's happening whilst listening to the gruesome sounds. This makes the horror even more intense as it plays on a humans unlimited imagination. Funny Games truly is the most evil of tales, not just for the horror depicted on screen, but for the horror it forces you to formulate in your mind.
As vile and condescending towards horror and thriller audiences (the merits and self-criticism essential to the best within the genre(s) are outright ignored) as it is just straight-up effectively vile and skin-crawlingly awful as the horror/thriller it so despises. Its photographic style captures both domestic banality and a no-frills exploitation impulse while its more deliberate lingering shots force a gravity on the violence so harrowing, so ‘this is what you get’, that diegetic Funny Games does non-diegetic (i.e. fourth-wall-breaking) Funny Games’ job for it, and better.
Scenario 1: You watch this film. You play the game. You lose.
Scenario 2: You don't watch this film. You play the game. You lose.
when i was 14 this movie was my favorite what was wrong with me
German/Austrian arthouse trash, i think it has something to do with the violence in the media at the time or something.
A brutal and harrowing drama starring Michael Haneke.
Contains one of my favorite sequences in all of film. You'll know which one when you watch it.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
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