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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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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
David Fincher never fails to disappoint. While it has a bit of a Man Who Knew Too Little feel to it, The Game ups the ante quite significantly to the point that Van Orton KNOWS he's in a game and is still behind the eight ball. Great performances from everyone, even Michael Douglas, who I never particularly engage with on-screen.
Mindfuck. Heerlijke unheimische melodietjes, Michael Douglas, vervreemding en actie.
Actually a good movie! With a classic Fincher twist.
The Game is yet another great film from director David Fincher. This is just a complete mind bending journey from start to finish. The amount of twists that the plot takes are incredible and you will constantly never see what is coming next.
It has been said about a lot of different things that getting there is half the fun, and in the world of cinema, "The Game" is the best example of that I can think of. In fact, as far as this movies goes, getting there is all the fun.
Director David Fincher set the bar impossibly high with his last feature "Seven," so whatever he chose for a follow-up would almost assuredly be a disappointment. There is, however, a lot to like here. It's a gloriously twisted, highly improbable and yet wildly entertaining thriller that is also one of the more of a psychologically manipulative experiences that I've had in a while.
It's intensely enjoyable watching Fincher build his house…
Running time: 2 hrs 8 mins
Time spent trying to figure out what the hell is going on: 1 hour
Time spent just watching to see how its going to all end: 1 hour
Time spent actually realizing what's going on & admiring the movie for its brilliance: 8 mins
The fact that I was so completely lost and intrigued by everything that was happening is worth giving this 4 stars. Definitely not Fincher's best, but still The Game holds all of Fincher's signatures. The twists, the mind-fucks, the outmost ridiculous shit that ties up to the perfect conclusion. This movie kept me on edge from beginning to end.
Is it fair to assume that once your absolute worst nightmares and suppressed fears become your reality -- only then you will be able to be your true self. Are we really our own worst enemy?
Trying to a stay ahead of you every step of the way; this psychological thriller is a typical David Fincher piece: cold, calculating and remorseless, but at the last second pulls back from going full Fincher to leave you with a callous ending when you realise what the end game was. A shame considering the emotional journey you're taken on for most of the film's run time.
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.
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- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
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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- Spring Breakers
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