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…
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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…
"They just fuck you and they fuck you and they fuck you, and then just when you think it's all over, that's when the real fucking starts!"
After his masterpiece, Se7en, David Fincher's The Game seems superficial, all smoke and mirrors compared to the dark nightmare and deadly sins of that film. Both are centred around a game of sorts but only one of them has any serious consequences. However, The Game does do a great job of keeping you on the edge of your seat for the majority of it's two hour run time. The problem is that for all the fantastically atmospheric qualities the film has it can't find an adequate way to conclude the film which leaves…
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…
When people think of David Fincher, they think of his very edgy, bleak Fight Club. Others might think of his stamp on the Alien franchise or most likely his incredibly dark thriller, Se7en. But when people think of David Fincher, they usually don't even recognize The Game and while it's not his best film, it certainly shouldn't be overlooked as much as it is.
The premise is fantastic: a man is given a gift certificate to play a "game", but when the game starts, it seems there is no end to it. Great, but by the end, I felt like it wasn't executed very well and the script can be very shaky. Despite that,…
The Game would make for an excellent TV mini-series.
Instead, it makes for a very good movie.
As a mini-series it would leave more room for some much needed characterisation. As a movie it's still a lot of fun. Massively implausible in its story, and it's this reason that makes it hugely entertaining.
Director David Fincher proves once again that he is a man with an unnerving visceral punch and a stylistic vigour that few directors share. He continuously proves that he is the closest thing to Hitchcock that my generation will ever get.
Good game, good game.
Truly does have the worst product placement in a move. Fuck you, Baskin Robbins.
'The Game', as one might expect from a Fincher film, offers an incredibly suspenseful story that keeps you gripped to the edge of your seat. Michael Douglas is fantastic in the lead role as is Sean Penn in the role of Douglas' character's brother. But the one thing holding this movie back is its ending. That's because the ending feels fairly out of place, not just within the context of the story but also in regards to the usual way most Fincher films end. It looked like it was going to end a pretty dark note but that's not what happened. I feel that the film should've ended there instead of the much 'happier' ending that it ultimately ends on.…
Fincher's 'The Game' feels unlike his other work up to this point (and beyond) as it has that mystery theme to it, but it also adds this elements of sci-fi and intrigue that was engrossing. Michael Douglas plays the game well and I found myself entranced with his fall through the thwarted world that was around him.
Here we have a classic case of a film that regrettably suffers upon re-watch. Many years ago, I discovered David Fincher's The Game for the first time on VHS and I loved every minute of it. I was enthralled by the mystery aspect of the film and I couldn't wrap my mind around what was going to happen next. The twist ending caught me off guard and I'll readily admit, I'm a sucker for a good twist ending. The problems I had with The Game upon a re-watch of my shiny new criterion collection Blu-Ray version is now knowing what that twist ending was going to be. I had a hard time suspending my disbelief in some of the film's…
Κάπου προς τη μέση των τίτλων τέλους συνειδητοποιείς οτι η ταινία τελείωσε. Και αυτό ειναι πιο βίαιο απο όλη την ταινία.
I would say the game is one of Finchers weaker films when comparing the scripts of his other films, the material or whatever.
However, even with that said, it is still a superb film. Everything looks great, Michael Douglas is solid and he plays a character akin to his gekko.
I give it a solid 4/5
I haven't seen this film in over a decade. I forgot the entire plot, it was like watching it for the first time. Amazing plot twists.
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