Funny Games (US Remake)
When I first learned Michael Haneke was remaking Funny Games, I couldn't understand why. The original was so brutal, so depressing, and the wink from Haneke to the viewer, that you really are enjoying this, aren't you, was ok for a single viewing, but I could not imagine watching it more than once. Now this American remake comes along with basically a scene for scene clone of the original, with the original only being ten years old. Did I miss something, was the original so successful that American audiences would be blown away by not having to read subtitles this time? Again, watching this remake is ok for one viewing, but I never want to see it again. I get it Mr. Haneke, I really do, we want to see this family tortured and killed for absolutely no reason except a sick game, but once is enough, and a remake is a little too much for me. If the original turned you off, and it did me, then this one will too, maybe even more. I could never recommend the original, and I certainly can't recommend this one.
Revolver (US Cut)
Guy Ritchie's best movie by a long shot, and I pretty much liked "Lock, Stock", and "Snatch", but they annoyed me with the cockney. This highly original story doesn't have all that cockney, which I have a very hard time understanding, but it does have a brain fucker plot. I don't see how you can have much of a clue understanding the theory behind this very intelligent script on one viewing, and even with a second viewing with Ritchie's excellent commentary, it's still so far advanced from normal thinking about how the mind's ego and reality are defined by this story, that I still have trouble grasping it all. I get what's going on, I understand the characters and their purposes, but the fact that I don't know if I believe the whole concept, makes me think about it very strongly. Any movie that can make me think about my own mind, and how it views the world, and how I react to other people, and especially the way I approach the game of life and all games in general, is extremely thought provoking. It's easy to see why this movie was not well received at first, and maybe even now, because frankly, it's way over the average person's head imo, and they don't want to invest the time to understand it. I think it is worth the time, and besides that, some of the movie is very very funny and never stops entertaining with some superb violence. I like "Revolver", it's a movie I think I can watch over and over again, and I hope Ritchie comes out with a definitive director's cut, instead of one cut for the Brits and another for Americans. At least release the movie with both versions, since there are some pretty big differences. That will probably never happen, unless this becomes another DVD and internet sensation, and I have my doubts about that. I like Guy Ritchie, I thnk he's a very intelligent and stylized film director, kind of a British Tarantino to a certain degree. Not an easy movie to comprehend, but I believe the viewer has a lot to learn from the concepts explored and the theory behind it all.
Everyone thinks I'm psychotic, except for my friends deep inside the earth.
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