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…
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.")
I'm not even going to rate this. Because regardless of the stars I'd give, I will still feel deeply guilty. Yes, I'm a fan of films with high level of violence. But this is different stuff, man. I feel like I was assaulted and humiliated. Thank you and fuck you Mr. Haneke for ruining my day.
Fucked up man.
Great movie to watch in a room full of people who are seeing it for the first time.
Really surprised to come across this on Sky Arts. I'd heard Kermode banging on about it for years and even though it sounded unappealing I thought I'd give it a try. And it was really interesting. Cold, nihilistic and original. It wasn't as brutal or nasty as similar films such as Last House on the Left. It had more wit, and the horror takes place mainly off-screen. Difficult to like, but easy to admire.
It's just the same as its remake. No better, no worse.
I have seen some disturbing movies. Admittedly, they aren't my type of film normally. At least nothing THIS gut wrenching. But, after hearing so much praise about this film I gave it a shot. I have never felt such a feeling of unease and discomfort while watching a film. Sounds like a NC-17 shocker huh? Nope, while most definitely shocking and violent the camera never lets you see the action up close at all. This allows the viewer to conjure up images in their head. This may be the best acting I have ever seen. The small cast don't feel like actors. It feels like you are watching a real life nightmare unfold. That being said, this isn't a film I will probably ever watch again. However, technically it is a masterpiece.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…