Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
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…
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…
At the beginning of the second act in David Fincher’s mystery thriller The Game, you have to make a choice. Are you going to be in or out. Will you maintain a suspension of disbelief despite growing implausibility and widening plot holes? If you’re out, you may as well press stop. If you’re in, you’re in for an enjoyable and well crafted ride.
The first act sets up the mysterious conceit; The Game itself. Fincher’s execution is flawless. He teases with questions and never gives you enough information to satisfy. This effectively keeps you leaning forward on your seat hungering for more. Now that the hook is set, it’s time to start spinning the yarn. The very nature of The…
The concept is brilliant, but the film is so unemotional, it fails to really suck me in in the way I'm supposed to be sucked.
Nicholas is not a sympathetic character. At all. I did not care what happened to him, if he was in real danger or not, if he really lost his millions, etc. I could not put myself in his shoes for even a moment. Also, there was no chemistry between him and the woman, so I didn't even care if they hooked up in the end. And speaking of the end, I saw it coming from an hour and a half away. Then it keeps on going for about 5 minutes after it ends.
Oh well. I love the concept, at least. I just hate being told to feel sorry for characters who do not deserve any sympathy.
This is a wholly unemotional movie, and that is never a good thing.
A thrilling and entertaining ride.
The plot is patently absurd if you think about it for any length of time and Michael Douglas has mistakenly been identified as somebody with enough charm to carry you through the nonsense. It's good, but it's not a whole lot more than that.
είχα να το δω από όταν βγήκε, και είχα δύο κύρια ζητήματα. πρώτον, δε θυμόμουν πόσο χιούμορ έχει, πάντα καλό όταν Σοβαρές Ταινίες Που Καταπιάνονται Με Θέματα έχουν χιούμορ ακόμα κι όταν τις φωτογραφίζει ο ντάριους κόντζι, και δεύτερον, τι στα κομμάτια κριτική του 1997; γιατί τόσο χλιαρή υποδοχή για αυτή την ταινία; σοβαρά, τι φάση;
One where the ending, or the twist have you, can't sabotage the whole, because everything that comes before it is so completely satisfying. That the ending chooses to fully rehabilitate Douglas through the tough-love of many, the participation of all the people he's harmed, is the best choice imo, but I still would cherish the film had it been a scam, or a dream, or any other climatic solution, because the internal redemption, and the masterful execution, cannot be undone.
slow but intriguing, the end kind of makes it all worth it. though i watched it at like 4am so who knows i may have dreamt it
Some people are big assholes, and they need to be teach a lesson in a BIG way.
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Speed Racer
- Marie Antoinette
- Spring Breakers
- 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.
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…