A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
What do you get for the man who has everything?
In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nary a nanosecond, Nicholas finds himself consumed by a dangerous set of ever-changing rules, unable to distinguish where the charade ends and reality begins.
In The Game it's all about the ride. Accept this and you're in, decline it and you're out. David Fincher's film coming on the heels of his massive breakthrough Se7en, is a high-concept film, grounded by nifty, youthful talent. It's a fun, energetic and stylish twisty action thriller, pulsing and wild a ride. It's not exactly steeped in realism, but it's one that'll pick you up, jumble you around and give you a fantastic time if you're lucky enough to go with it.
Fincher is about style here as usual, but unlike most of this work where gripping entertainment becomes more by the end, the themes are beginning and the irrepressible fast-paced thrills play off of it. Turning a strange…
David Fincher - the man responsible for Se7en - made a Michael Douglas vehicle right after his true first hooray into cinema, and right before his magnum opus Fight Club.
That film was The Game. A film that descends into the dark madness of a very troubled mind. Nicholas is not your average man. Memories of his father's suicide have plagued his life. And to make matters worse, he's about to celebrate becoming the age his father was when he took his own life.
So to help make things better, Nicholas' brother, Conrad, has offered him an invitation to play a game. Nicholas, after much putting it off, decides to take his brother up on the offer.
After Nicholas shows…
A movie so filled with intrigue and suspense, made beautiful by Fincher. Sure there may have been a few plot holes but the atmosphere and thrill it created was phenomenal.
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Criterion Collection - #627
Review In A Nutshell:
The Game is the story of a man who signs himself up for a mysterious game that eventually gets a bit out of hand and starts to affect all aspects of his life
I found the film's premise to be highly intriguing. It immediately hooked me from the start with its developed leading character and situations that built high levels of suspense and mystery. The adventure that our protagonist embarks on is for the most part interesting, it is during certain scenes during the middle passages that make the film feel a tad underwhelming, lacking the punch in character development and with events that is only carried by its…
So fucking implausible I just can't deal with it.
The Directors Series-Part I: The David Fincher Retrospective
Hard to believe this is actually the only film from Fincher that I have never seen. That is in part to never being able to find it for sale in just about it anywhere, until The Criterion Collection released this under their line up.
Michael Douglass plays a wealthy banker, Nicholas Van Orton. He's distant from his ex wife and his younger brother, Conrad, and a bit of a cynic and comes off as a person who takes everything for granted. It's his 48th Birthday and his brother gets him a invitation to take part in a game. A game of what? We don't exactly know. But mysterious things begin to cloud…
It's still a great movie even though I have seen it before. Very little is lost when watching this movie again. That's about as spoiler free as I can make this review and still say why I like this movie.
Where do I start? The concept was great and it does deliver a good amount of suspense and intrigue where you are constantly putting the pieces together and try to figure out what is the whole scheme behind the situation that its being confronted by the protagonist. Nice performances by Michel Douglas and Deborah Kara Unger are also worth mentioning.
However... what it ruined this movie for me was the ending. Such a great set up, such a suspenseful build up to end up in such a dissapointing answer. The problem with the ending is that all the clues you see and all the important plot points in the mistery become useless after the final conclussion. In my opinion if the movie had ended 5 minutes before the BIG REVEAL the plot could had ended with a much better outcome.
I enjoyed it but personally I was expecting something better in the end.
Except for the last 10 minutes this is a supremely well calibrated Thriller that Fincher excels at, Douglas expertly portrays someone who has lost control and the whole thing has me on the edge of my seat until the end which feels like a cop out, also Sean Penn could never ever be mistaken for Michael Douglas' brother.
It’s all just a game. Until it stops. Or did it?
For me, “The Game” has been a captivating and thrilling experience up until the end.
+ Loses quite a bit on a rewatch, of course, but I still like it lots.
+ Didn't remember how much it feels like "a Fincher film". I guess it says something about Fincher as a director when movies with several different cinematographers share such a distinctive look.
- Maybe a tad long.
"I envy you. I wish I could go back and do it for the first time all over again."
- A businessman from David Fincher's The Game
The Game is, from front to back, a "twist" thriller. All the suspense and anticipation within the film relies upon the build up towards an impending reveal, and while it's exhillerating the first time around (I remember being at the edge of my seat), it's not the sort of twist movie like, say, Fight Club, where repeat viewings are enjoyable particularly because you already know the twist. In fact, rewatching The Game is is a pretty dull affair, because The Game's is a peculiar twist, but of course to explain why I'm going…
First watch on Criterion Blu-ray, which looks aces.
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The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 165/743
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