Funny Games: When Meta Meets Psychopaths

Hello one and all! For this week’s movie club we have the metal thriller Funny Games.

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DIRECTOR: Michael Haneke

STARRING: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet, Devon Gearhart

GENRE: Psychological Thriller

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy

In this exploration of our violent society and how depictions of violence reflect and shape our culture, a middle-class 20090930194639!Funny_Games_USfamily submits both physically and mentally to the torture, violence, and death foisted upon them by two young, unexpected, white-gloved visitors at their vacation retreat near a lake.

This is film is definitely one that I wasn’t planning on watching, but y’all requested it so here it is. The film is held up by strong performances from the main cast and an interesting take on the hostage/break in genre. The best achievement Funny Games was able to gain was to completely encase itself in meta. The films characters acknowledge that they are in a film, talk about plot structure, as well as have an entire scene designated to all of this meta. But I’m not going to ruin it for you this time.funny-games-main-review

Haneke wants the Americans who have made Hostel and Saw such hits to see this movie and renounce their love of horror, but the only people who will see this and stay the whole way through are film critics, who will be fascinated by Haneke’s use of style and possibly sucked in by his message. Funny Games is a movie that lives and dies on its gimmick, and when you figure out that all it’s doing is toying with us, there’s nothing left worth watching.

PROS:

  • Meta.
  • Main caster performances.
  • Interesting take on Hostage genre.

CONS:

  • Horror?
  • Toys with the audience.
  • Only has its gimmick for merit.

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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Citizenfour: Inside the Edward Snowden Release

Hello everybody! For today’s Monday show, we are watching the documentary Citizenfour.

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DIRECTOR: Laura Poitras

STARRING: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum, Ewen MacAskill

GENRE: Documentary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States, Germany

In January 2013, Laura Poitras received an encrypted e-mail from a stranger who called himself Citizen Four. In it, 2_citizenfourhe offered her inside information about illegal wiretapping practices of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other intelligence agencies. Poitras had already been working for several years on a film about monitoring programs in the US that were the result of the September 11 attacks. In June 2013, accompanied by investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian intelligence reporter Ewen MacAskill, she went to Hong Kong with her camera for the first meeting with the stranger, who identified himself as Edward Snowden. Several other meetings followed. The recordings gained from the meetings form the basis of the film.

p0299p6hLet me state this here first, I wasn’t planning on watching Citizenfour when I first heard about it. It has taken me a while to be able to actually enjoy documentary films, and in the last three months I have really developed a special interest for this type of film especially with the Edward Snowden scandal. Now to a quick analysis of the film. It was interesting to see all of the journalists work with Snowden, as well as his retreat from Hong Kong. The pacing works out quite well, building and building until it climaxes. The film footage itself is quite raw, which adds to the security of the film as a whole. That is what stood out to me the most.

There were very few things I didn’t enjoy about the film. The major part that bothered me is that Snowden tells the journalists that some of the documents are “legitimately classified” and basically just leaves it to the journalists to decide what to publish. What kind of whistle blower does this?

PROS: 

  •  Scandal.
  • Pacing.
  • Raw footage.
  • Brushstrokes of the Snowden release.

CONS:

  •  Whistle blower logic.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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Antichrist: Plenty of Sex, Grief, and Murder

For this week’s movie club we have the experimental Danish film Antichrist.

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DIRECTOR: Lars von Trier

STARRING: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg

GENRE: Drama, Experimental horror

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden

A couple lose their young son when he falls out of a window while they are having sex in another room. The mother’s grief consigns her to hospital, but her therapist husband brings her home intent on treating her depression himself. To confront her fears they go to stay at their remote cabin in the woods, “Eden”, where something untold happened antichrist3the previous summer. Told in four chapters with a prologue and epilogue, the film details acts of lustful cruelty as the man and woman unfold the darker side of nature outside and within.

I was actually blown away yet disgusted by Antichrist. The film is definitely not what I expected, as I figured it would be more along the lines of religion. While it was briefly touched on via witchcraft, it was more focused on grief then anything. The main cast, both Dafoe and Gainsbourg were absolutely fantastic as a grieving couple. I can feel the angst and the love/hate between each other. I have to mention that while gross, the visuals are absolutely stunning.antichrist4

Okay now the grosses out part. First off the Three Beggars, in a sense the deities of this world, are an immortal crow, a self-disemboweling fox, and a deer with a dead fawn sticking out if its womb. What the hell? This is just a short example of the gore, as Gainsbourg smashes Dafoe’s testicles and jerks him off until he orgasms blood. Not to mention that she castrates herself via scissors. You call this art? Apparently so.

PROS:

  • Main cast performances.
  • Grief themes.
  • Supreme direction.

CONS:

  • Grotesque images.
  • Three Beggars.
  • Art horror?

SCORE: 5.5 / 10

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