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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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…
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…
I wish it was smarter.
I wish The shots weren't so dark.
I wish the humor didn't clash tonally.
I wish the meta cinematic allegory wasn't forgotten for like half the movie.
I wish it were more fun.
This is a really interesting movie. David Fincher does suspense very well and has for quite some time. Michael Douglas does a good job and the story is interesting. It's not any kind of award winner nor is it one of the best movies of all time, but for some reason I always enjoy watching. So it falls under my guilty pleasure movies. So not great but enjoyable a solid 7/10 for me and at least worth one watch.
The Game has a really cool concept, and for the first 2/3 of the movie, it is pretty enjoyable. However, for me, the third act is where everything falls apart and the ending is completely ridiculous, which is why I can't recommend it.
The Game cuenta la historia de un millonario algo cansado de la rutina y asediado por ciertos recuerdos de su infancia, vive en una gran casa lujosa, pero no hay adrenalina en su vida. Toda esa abulia y desolación da un drástico giro al reencontrarse con su hermano, el que a la postre lo invita "al juego". Fincher no escapa de su sello, manteniendo el suspenso y la incertidumbre en el espectador durante toda la película, manteniendo una confusión que la hace interesante y entretenida. The game es una película ágil, rápida y que no aburre, su final, si bien es estrepitoso y quizás se pueda concluir que es predecible, lo cierto es que necesita ser reflexionado hasta comprender que el final es sumamente coherente con el desarrollo del relato, lo que le da más puntos a Fincher.
Why does it seem like no-one talk about The Game? Out of Fincher’s catalogue, I knew so little about the film (it starred Michael Douglas and…that’s it) I’d forgotten about its existence until recently. It definitely doesn’t deserve to go unmentioned.
I am so thankful I did not know anything about what I was getting into, because it was truly amazing, and all the more so from the accidental blindness. Anyway, controversial-ish (?) opinion, but it's my new second favourite Fincher.*
Though I am yet to get my hands on a region-free/A blu-ray player, I’m pretty sure The Game will be one of if not the first Criterion Collection piece I import.
*I’m yet to see Benjamin Button, Panic Room and Alien 3, but I suspect they may not challenge the upper arena of my rankings.
So this was the one that got away. I have now seen all of David Fincher's 'best' films, I'm going to take a look at some of his less well received ones (such as Alien 3) next but his big ones; Fight Club, Se7en, Gone Girl and now this I have conquered.
This film completely fell under my radar, I didn't even notice it existed until a few months ago. I had bought it just for Michael Douglas not even realizing it was by Fincher. I never picked it up until yesterday only to be surprised that it a Fincher film.
I'm so glad I never missed it and ended up watching it. The film is like a roller coaster ride. One thing after another after another after another. It really is crazy.
Well done once again David Fincher.
Even though I loved all those Fincher-y details, the plot line was silly, amm, no, it was made for the viewer to feel stupid - it was a Inception themed birthday party that I did not truly enjoy being part of.
Great twist ending, but unfortunately only a subpar movie overall. Perhaps it just hasn't aged well, or perhaps I've wanted to like it more than it deserves through all these years, but there's something missing from it.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 194/776 (25%)
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