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…
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,…
"Whereas once I was blind now I can see."
The first Director I ever loved was David Fincher. I had fallen head over heels for plenty of films prior to my realization of the Finch, but I never really developed an emotional connection to the name of an auteur until around 1999. That year, of course, was the release of Fight Club, and at the age of 15 I put it together that the same man was behind three of my favorite films over the course of six years, those being Se7en, the aforementioned Fight Club, and sandwiched in between was The Game.
I will be perfectly honest, when I first saw (and loved) The Game I don't think I…
"Discovering the object of the game is the object of the game."- Daniel Schorr
The Game has David Fincher's style written all over it and I love it. This was my third viewing of this film and by far the best experience I've had with it yet. The first time I saw it I loved it, but I hated the ending. The second time I felt like I wouldn't mind the ending as much and I ended up hating it even more. This time I went in expecting to hate the ending. . . and I really didn't mind it at all this time, I fact I kind of liked it. I guess that just goes to show that expectations…
Interesting puzzle of a movie. Great set pieces and camera work. A tad unbelievable.
Es una película tramposa e imposible, con un final tan sorprendente que no sabes si creértelo o mandarles a la mierda, pero me lo he pasado muy bien y tiene algunas partes a la altura del mejor Fincher.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The Game has an intriguing premise, a fantastic atmosphere, a great pace, and an outstanding lead performance by Michael Douglas. However, David Fincher's follow-up to Se7en is certainly an inferior work, but it could have been much better had it been supported by a strong conclusion. The twist ending was tricky in an unconvincing way and really underwhelming in general.
Though the infamous plot-twist of a plot-twist that the movie ends with is shaky, the film still holds your attention and intrigue as you try to figure out what's going on to Michael Douglas.
The Book of Job, exposed as something tragically impossible.
Additionally, a wonderful illustration on the difference between film narrative and game narrative!
This movie is a whole different kind of animal from the garden variety thriller that's put out every month. Fincher takes the genre and gives it an stylistic intensity that would impress Brian De Palma. Michael Douglas is the perfect foil for the insanity to come. He never goes into Jack Nicholson territory and starts raving with a maniacal grin. He sweats, chokes, cries, and eventually stalks and shoots, but he remains murderously calm, with mild confusion most of the time. Sean Penn is also really good as Douglas' wayward brother who introduces him to The Game. But it is Deborah Kara Unger whose performance makes this movie a near-masterpiece of thriller cinema. As The Game moves forward, she adapts, a chameleon who knows how to work the twists and turns of The Game. If you haven't yet, see this movie. Rent the criterion and check out the loads of extras. I've yet to listen to the commentary, myself.
Pretty much on the level of "Panic Room" as a pretty great twisty thriller from David Fincher.
Going to rewatch all of Fincher's films in anticipation of "Gone Girl".
Not great, but it has a lot of great things about it.
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- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Speed Racer
- Marie Antoinette
- Spring Breakers
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- Seven Samurai
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The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 159/738