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…
David Fincher's second successful film The Game is a marvelous thriller that has loads of thrills, suspense, twists and turns. The Game is about a wealthy investment banker who receives a birthday card from his brother on his birthday that has a ticket to the CRS where he soon discovers that he is now part of some game and his life is soon facing threats and other things as well when he starts the game as he solves the clues on who's playing the game. The 90's was always the perfect year for Psychological Thrillers than Horror films and beat it we got loads of superb and impressive thrillers like the disturbing 8MM, the mind blowing yet outstanding Silence Of…
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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…
One of those "I've mostly only seen bits and pieces of it on TV" films I had to go back and rewatch.
Not Fincher's best movie but it is fun and definitely one of Michael Douglas' best performances.
What a crazy trip this movie was. The Game displays all of Fincher's best aspects: the ability to pull incredible performances from actors, a mastery of a sense of dread, and one hell of an ending.
a great picture with Michael Douglas at his best. The plot is so unpredictable and the end is so weird. But this is, without a doubt, a great movie!
Sean Penn, as Douglas' brother is hilareous.
The movie has got also a fine message - but you all here at 'letterboxd' must have seen this picture.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The Game is a movie that I'm going to find it very difficult to talk about without spoiling something. If you haven't seen it at all, and know nothing about it, then definitely watch it before reading this review. It is an intriguing film, and I think there's something to be said about experiencing it completely unspoiled. That being said...**SPOILERS FROM NOW ON** I think the only thing that is holding this film back from being truly great is that they didn't quite spend enough time polishing the script. The reason I say that is because, when watching it with full knowledge of what happens at the end, you can't help but scrutinize "how could they possibly do this?" There…
You can see a genius director in parts. It's always nice to see early films of these guys who made much better films.
Hopkins was quite powerful in his role. Such a great actor.
psychological thriller much?
I think Fincher tried really hard with all the mystery and the twist, but at the same time, he mocked typical mystery-with-twist film. Also, I love Michael Douglas and Sean Penn. They're both great, and Douglas can maintain some rationality that left on his character while falling slowly.
Overall, The Game is a very interesting and enjoyable film for me.
"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!"
One of David Finchers early directorial efforts, The Game is a truly original, tense and captivating thriller that takes you on a ride that you won't soon forget. The movie starts off with you thinking you know where this movie is going but as soon as 'the game' begins it becomes truly unpredictable for the entire way through. You're always thinking to yourself "why is this happening? Who is doing this? Why him?" These are questions that help to make this story more involving instead of more infuriating. As the movie goes on…
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I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 190/768 (25%)…
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