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« on: June 25, 2009, 07:41:24 PM »

I know I'm late on this one so before you ask, I did a google for  badmovies.org "funny games" and came up with zip...so...

what do you think of this film? - I'm talking about the original german version. I think there might have been a US remake. (possible spoiler alert if you int seen it)

basically I didn't buy into the whole 'existentialist' 'looking at the camera', 'finding the remote to rewind the scene in the movie' thing. thought that was a bit laboured, and over the top. film could have been a lot scarier IMO. as it is it's more like some kind of 'study' of prolonged torture, as opposed to an actual proper film...when it ended I thought, "oh well"... the acting and general premise of the film was decent enough, I just thought it was a bit too 'conscious' of its audience. I don't really want to see that, I prefer films that do their own thing regrardless...

however my friend who brought the DVD round insists it's one of the darkest film's hes seen.

just some thoughts anyway...

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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2009, 01:42:06 AM »

I do not understand the remake, why spend so much money on rehashing something SCENE FOR SCENE? Was there really some benefit to this?
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2009, 01:56:43 AM »

I thought It was decent. Some scenes were done a bit to much for me like towards the end were someones crawling after being beat (?) and it like 5 mintues long. I also though the guys doing it weren't that menacing. They were more annoying if anything.

Never saw the US remake.
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2009, 06:05:39 AM »

I love the original.  My wife was disturbed by it and won't watch it again.
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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2009, 07:06:45 AM »

I have not seen the original, but only the remake and had no prior knowledge of what it was about. The acting was passable although Tim Roth's character was pretty pathetic. It did turn some of the conventions of horror/thriller films on end.

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The early foreshadowing of the knife on the boat and how that turned into a non-event was clever, but the rewind scene was near unforgivable. At that point it ceased being a movie, and became more like an instructional manual for psychopaths. I guess that was the point that in all these films the things people do to escape a gruesome fate wouldn't happen in real life, and the bad guys usually win.
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2009, 07:15:46 AM »

Haven't watched it, but I don't plan on it.  Not my type of movie, especially since I read what happens.  I don't like what've heard from the story and especially do not like it when the villians acknowledge that I am watching them.
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2009, 10:52:12 AM »

I thought the whole film was a pretentious pile of dreck (and that goes for the other film I've seen by the same director Benny's Video.)  To be honest, I've never been a big fan of the "let's watch a bunch of a***oles sit around and torture innocent people for an hour and half" movies to begin with. In films like these, the ONLY reason to watch it is the hope that the protagonists will get out from under the thumb of their tormentors, turn the tables and the villains will die horribly in a deserving fashion, but this film and the way it breaks the rules makes it even MORE pointless than the usual "siege" films of this type.  Plus, there's no background given to any of the characters really, we never find out why the two guys are such a***oles, (IITS, maybe?)

I know the director is trying to say the film is making a point about violence as entertainment, and how important his film is and blah, blah, blah, but I just don't buy it myself.
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2009, 12:57:46 PM »

I thought it was a very mean spirited film.
Glad I watched it but I won't be buying the DVD
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2009, 01:35:11 PM »

I am in agreement with BTM on this one. I watched the original and pretty much hated it. Not because it was disturbing, but because the director Michael Haneke was being a pretentious insert-swear-word-here.

The "point" of the film is that the audience hungers for violence, and that we should all be complicit in the slow torturing of this family. That's why there is all the winks to the camera and the rewind scene. Michael Haneke is just doing us all a favor by pointing out what horrible people we are. Thanks, guy.

Except, these are not real people, they are all actors pretending to be in pain and torturing people. I have no desire to watch real people get tortured, although I would like to see a film about it if it has a point. (Hostel? Stupid.) So, essentially, the entirety of Funny Games is Haneke making a torture-porn film and then chastising his audience for watching it. Sophomoric film-school garbage.
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« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2009, 08:55:37 AM »

saw the remake, it was ok. i do want to see the original. if there is one thing this film is not its "Torture Porn". i absolutely hate that term, it doesn't make any sense for films like "Hostel" and "Funny Games". if it makes sense any sense at all it would be for films like "I Spit On Your Grave" or "Thriller: a Cruel Picture" in which case you could actually call them "Torture Porn". Unless you are using the word "Porn" in place of  "Gratuitous", which i guess makes a little more sense, the term is ridiculous and stupid. when people say that i think of actual porn where some poor soul is getting tortured. That stuff does exist AND its real AND i cant stand it. Rant over.
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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2009, 02:03:36 PM »

At that point it ceased being a movie, and became more like an instructional manual for psychopaths. I guess that was the point that in all these films the things people do to escape a gruesome fate wouldn't happen in real life, and the bad guys usually win.

Ouch, that's grim.

I don't like what've heard from the story and especially do not like it when the villians acknowledge that I am watching them.

I don't know how to feel about that as it's fictional, maybe if it had sucked me in I would hate it, interesting point though.

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