Movies that are slightly off.
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…
I never thought Funny Games would be my first Haneke film, not even that I would ever watch it. I don't have a taste for violence on film: when it's done for entertainment values, it sickens me, and, when it's done truthfully, I believe it too much and I just can't handle it.
Why did I see it, then? The directors motives for making the film intrigued me, since I'm also apalled by the frivolization of violence in the film industry, and I wanted to see if he actually succeeded in making such an important point, and, boy, did he.
It saddens me how many people claim to enjoy this film, or even call it boring, because that's just too…
I found Funny Games incredibly redemptive.
*Gasp* they all say (or perhaps gasp).
Let me explain. Haneke's audience is a generation of people lost in the systemic mechanization of an increasingly technological world. This generation not only have lost any semblance of a meaningful relationship with the other but have also lost themselves. They drift aimlessly through life searching for any concrete cause for their apathetic condition. But of course any search is in vain because their reality is shrouded in layers of signs and representations so detached from any concrete unity, togetherness with the world, that the natural response to the immensity of existence in the contemporary age is ironic cynicism.
And so this generation descends into world-weariness, ennui,…
A pointlessly powerful and violent movie. An interesting social commentary piece about violence in the media and its spectators.
Definitely could have used more gut spilling knife stabs though.
May Film Challenge: Day #5 (Home Intrusion)
Well, umm, that was an uncomfortable experience. Haneke's Funny Games is neither pleasant nor depressing. Rather, it's just plain disturbing. I feel like it would have been saddening if I cared about the characters at all. However, the acting and characterizations weren't all that well thought out, which I'm pretty sure was purposeful. Funny Games is, to an unnecessary extent, ridiculously over-the-top. It's gross, stressful, and infuriating to the highest degree. What takes place here is an unadulterated endurance test of your psyche. If you can watch this movie without it sticking in your mind, then I'd be afraid to be alone with you.
I sure did like that part when an insanely brutal thing was going on, but it just showed a dude making a fucking sandwich. That was funny as hell.
If you're watching it alone in the confines of your bedroom with windows open and doors unlatched, dogs howling as they generally do and silence pervading over with ominous signs flickering in your head, get your friend, neighbour or relative asap to sit beside you or stay near their vicinity. Because this film is going to give you nightmarish troubles.
Don't get me wrong. It isn't the violent, horrible type like that 'Serbian' shit movie or that another gross one 'Cannibal Holocaust'. It is more of the intense type, the edge-of-the-seat 'thrillers' where you'd expect something outrageous and disturbing only if you know you are watching a Hanake film.
Also, this isn't the kind of movie with many answers. After…
Day 104: Funny Games - 1997
A family are terrorized by a couple of young men at their holiday home.
This is an interesting film to watch. It starts off innocently enough but when we meet the two young men you know immediately that something is wrong. Everything is just awkward. This awkward dread continues and shifts to suspense as the film continues. One of the most effective techniques this film employs is that we never actually see any of the violence. It is all off-camera, and we only see the aftermath. This lets us wonder and try to imagine what is happening, and it still manages to be just as dark as actually seeing it, if not more so. The only low point is that I didn't care much for the family being targeted. Maybe if they were more relatable then it would be even creepier.
Preconceptions: the Austrian selection for my World in Cinema Challenge. Wanted to see it for a while, mainly out of the obvious curiosity, to see if it really is *as bad* as its reputation. By bad, I don't necessarily mean low-quality, though it does have its detractors What I really reference is its supposed shock value, and its premise definitely implies it'll be shocking.
Reaction: and it is shocking. But not in the way most films about violence are shocking. For a film that reflects on violence in media, Funny Games is surprisingly tame, at least in terms of blood and gore. Almost nothing is actually shown on the screen, and when it is, it's an action performed by the…
I really like this movie and that makes me feel bad, as it should.
(also that makes me angry, because I'm pretty sure that's what Haneke wanted and I'm really done with people making good movies for what I consider dumb reasons like, "I think this genre is wrong and people shouldn't enjoy it as they do.")
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