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…
I just love that it cuts from the plane taking off to him sitting down at the intended location. I want to say more about this film as it really uses the ideas of classicism to perfection. Expect a very long paragraph or an article on this from me at some point in the future. No exact rating at this point but the 4.5 stars means it is in the 9.0-9.9 range.
I get why this isn't among Fincher's more popular films, since it's fairly predictable and not quite as complex as his A-game. But the acting and camera movement are still up to his tight standards, and it isn't as derivative as the overrated Zodiac is. It kept me interested throughout.
Played game with my mind...and that i liked, weel done David Fincher!!!
"I am extremely fragile right now."
Keep walking, Michael. Just.....keep......walking.
I'm no film historian, but if there's any importance to this "movie (not a film)" as Fincher looks back on it, it's how it views how identity is now tied with technology and how easily we can be manipulated without knowing it.
It's definitely unlike most of his work, but it's still a solid piece with one of the last great Douglas performances (I guess Wonder Boys is another).
Cuando la vi estuve con cara de "¿QUE COÑO ESTA PASANDO?", prácticamente toda la película (And that is a thing), hasta que no llegue el final no tendrás ni puta idea de que es lo que pasando. El final no es abierto a interpretación alguna, toda que aclarado. Esta película es sin duda alguna, de lo mejor de Fincher.
A film that reels you in from the get-go, The Game embraces its convoluted plot and keeps the audience interested, even if the third act falls flat.
Fun and scary, just like Fincher knows how to do so well.
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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