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I completely disagree with all of the negative reviews this movie has gotten on rotten tomatoes. Sometimes the critics are wrong. One of the better films of 2013 that I've seen so far.

And what an incredible cast!
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Funny Games U.S. grabs you by the balls from the outset and doesn't leave you go 'til the end credits roll. Haneke toys with the viewer, tapping into the contemporary fears people have of senseless acts of violence that are commited. I can easily imagine this scenario taking place in America.

All of the acting performances are outstanding, but Naomi Watts and Michael Pitt are utterly convincing.

Haneke's trademark dead-pan, matter-of-fact camera works very effectively throughout as it intensifies the helplessness of the victims while, at the same time, keeping the viewer outside the story as a sort of impotent mute observer who is forced to witness the taumatic events. The static camera therefore creates much of the tension, adding to the slowly unfurling mind-fuck wrought upon the family. One of the most disturbing elements of Pitt's character is his cold patience and impeccable manners. He insists on keeping up an air of politeness and remains ice cool while playing mind games.

Haneke delivers again.
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The Funeral (1996)
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Repo Man (1984)
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My favourite John Carpenter film. A childhood favourite. I revisit this over and over again. Endlessly watchable!
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A list of films that I think have received ludicrously low ratings. Clearly my taste is at odds with the majority as these are some of my favourite films.

The low ratings of films by directors like Jim Jarmusch, Abel Ferrara and John Carpenter reveal how under-appreciated these visionary filmmakers are within the mainstream.

Also, there are too many David Cronenberg films with low ratings such as Cosmopolis, The Brood and The Dead Zone. For one thing, The Brood is an incredibly disturbing film that ranks amongst the most unsettling films I've seen. It is a neglected masterpiece of horror.

Nicolas Winding Refn's films are also rated poorly. Valhalla Rising and Only God Forgives are great films that will probably achieve cult status in years to come.

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Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Jan 15 1:45
Of the ones here I've seen, we're agreed on most. I keep seeing love around here lately for Cat People which has me thinking I need to give it another watch. I saw it back in the late '80s/early '90s & was not impressed at all, but that's been a long time ago now.
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Jan 20 5:27
Oh man, I've seen way too few, I need to add a few more to my bucket list it seems? -wicked you got "River's Edge", "Summer of Sam" and "They Live". Three movies WAY under exposed!
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Feb 5 19:58
I completely agree with you about SO many of these. I clicked on this out of curiosity and began scrolling...going Mm-hmm, Mm-hmm. As soon as I saw The Fog I went, "Yes!"

Well, the Yes' kept coming and got louder and louder (in my mind) as I went! You're so right about John Carpenter, too. He is the KING of American horror cinema and just doesn't receive his due credit - at all.

I truly loved seeing Near Dark, Cemetery Man and Dead Man here, too. Suffice to say...excellent list!
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Aug 20 13:13
Very nice list!

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