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.
Immensely dark, intensely gripping & extremely unpredictable yet nothing more than just a game, David Fincher's follow-up to his darkest masterpiece is a meticulously crafted, cleverly layered & fabulously narrated mystery thriller that starts playing with your conscience from its opening moments, drops subtle hints throughout its runtime to give an insight of its structure & completely flips on you the very moment you think you've got it all sorted out.
The Game tells the story of a wealthy investment banker who on his 48th birthday, which is the same age when his father committed suicide, receives an unusual present from his brother - a voucher for participation in a "game" that will ultimately change his life. Hesitant at first, he eventually gives…
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…
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David Fincher has always been a great admirer of Hitchcock; the influence could be seen in both his early and later films, including Alien 3. It was in the way he handled suspense and the methods on how his climaxes unfold that brings the attention of the Master of Suspense. The Game would be one of his most prime examples of Fincher utilising Hitchcock's methods, but doing so where it comes off as a homage rather than a rip-off. The familiar elements are there; the likeable and sympathetic leading man, a quality that actor Michael Douglas attempts to display a blend of Cary Grant's…
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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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…
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…
Fincher before Fincher
I'm not really much of a David Fincher fan, but this is one of the better movies of his I've seen. It's a suspenseful little thriller, and it certainly goes a good job making the viewer feel the confusion and frustration that Michael Douglas's character feels. As usual with Fincher, it also looks fantastic. The story has plenty of twists and turns, and you literally have no idea if it's all real or not up until the very final minutes when it's all revealed. But I'm just not sure how I feel about that ending. It's certainly a surprise, but I can't decide if it makes or breaks the movie.
While not one of David Fincher's best films it continued to show what he is capable of when crafting a thriller. Michael Douglas is great as he usually is and what was really surprising was the fact that this was the first film to really bring to light The late James Rebhorn (RIP) surprisingly he managed to get a few more roles but never really broke out like a lot of people thought still he was great.
What a messed up 'game' that was. I appreciated Michael Douglas' ability to change his demeanor throughout the film. I don't know if I would've been as engaged if not for him. The first act of the film deals with setting the stage of the protagonist, Nicholas Van Orton, in how his life is set up before going though the turmoil that is the game. Without this proper set up, the whole series of events that transpired afterwards would not have been effective. I had an idea about the ending of it all, but I wasn't entirely sure, which I think makes it a great example of keeping the viewer on their toes.
Could very well be David Finchers best movie.
-Michael Douglas's best performance
-Great secondary characters/performances
-Ending ruins it from being masterclass.
-Ending completely 180's the tone of the film, which I hated.
-Not enough Sean Penn.
A fantastic 115 minute movie, with a fumble in the additional 15 minutes at the end. The Game still wins, but only at checkers. Not chess.
Watched with the commentary on the Criterion edition for this one--if you haven't got it, I would definitely recommend it. Fincher, Harris Savides, Michael Douglas, the co-writers, and assort production designers have a lot of insight to provide about The Game. It's also worth saying that the movie looks gorgeous, and it features one of my favorite performances from Douglas. The movie is half Christmas Carol, half North by Northwest, and it works remarkably well as a thriller.
Well that's one way to end a movie.
An underrated David Fincher thriller that you shouldn't miss; especially if you're a fan of his other work.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)
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