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…
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.
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…
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Criterion Collection - #627
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…
+ Loses quite a bit on a rewatch, of course, but I still like it lots.
+ Didn't remember how much it feels like "a Fincher film". I guess it says something about Fincher as a director when movies with several different cinematographers share such a distinctive look.
- Maybe a tad long.
"I envy you. I wish I could go back and do it for the first time all over again."
- A businessman from David Fincher's The Game
The Game is, from front to back, a "twist" thriller. All the suspense and anticipation within the film relies upon the build up towards an impending reveal, and while it's exhillerating the first time around (I remember being at the edge of my seat), it's not the sort of twist movie like, say, Fight Club, where repeat viewings are enjoyable particularly because you already know the twist. In fact, rewatching The Game is is a pretty dull affair, because The Game's is a peculiar twist, but of course to explain why I'm going…
First watch on Criterion Blu-ray, which looks aces.
Pushes "suspension-of-disbelief" to new limits. Sure, it's far-fetched, over-the-top, and at times hard to believe, and by the third act it will become pure silliness for many (that's sort of the point though). It's one of the few if not only Fincher film that I could only imagine would suffer from multiple viewings. To watch this a second time I could see being potentially painful. The plot-holes would be glaringly obvious, there'd be no mystery to distract you from it's implausibility, the sense of the main character's paranoia that was conveyed so well would be dulled, and you'd have no twist to look forward to. But that first viewing is very worth it, precisely because those things likely wouldn't apply,…
Watched with Rachel.
This was a fantastic movie. Great plot and pacing. Good twist that kept me guessing, also failing to guess the ending.
Unlike, say The Sixth Sense, this doesn't hold up with repeat viewings once you know how it plays out. This is due to realising how many sodding contrivences there are having to get the whole thing to work.
And honestly, I would have punched Sean Penn in the kisser if he pulled that shit on me.
It's a fairly odd film experience. It's failed experiment that succeeds due to Fincher making this mess only kind of a mess. It's one of those twisty sort of narratives that wants to constantly throw a bunch of "what if" moments at you, hoping that all of this is more intriguing than the truth: there's not much of a story here. It's a little too focused on trying to manipulative the viewer's perception of reality. I mean, really, what is this other than nonsense? It is, ironically enough, a poorly outlined game and not much of a real film. In the end, the film doesn't do a whole lot to convince you why 120 minutes of this is even necessary,…
- A Page of Madness
- 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
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Speed Racer
- Marie Antoinette
- Spring Breakers
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…