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Added by Toby White on 9 Jan 2013 08:00
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Funny Games (2008)

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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People who added this item 60 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
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People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3
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People who added this item 33 Average listal rating (20 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.1
China Girl (1987)
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People who added this item 426 Average listal rating (271 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
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People who added this item 729 Average listal rating (477 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 4.8
Showgirls (1995)
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People who added this item 869 Average listal rating (416 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.5
Tideland (2006)
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People who added this item 480 Average listal rating (315 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.1
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People who added this item 39 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
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People who added this item 291 Average listal rating (159 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
The Wackness (2008)
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People who added this item 1173 Average listal rating (660 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
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People who added this item 650 Average listal rating (389 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
To Die For (1995)
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People who added this item 707 Average listal rating (516 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
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People who added this item 400 Average listal rating (259 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.4
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People who added this item 444 Average listal rating (297 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.4
Best in Show (2000)
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People who added this item 550 Average listal rating (416 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.9
The Witch (2016)
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People who added this item 729 Average listal rating (458 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
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People who added this item 114 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.5
Blue Collar (1978)
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People who added this item 664 Average listal rating (481 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
It Follows (2015)
A really creepy atmospheric horror. Very unsettling and understated. This is a modern Horror classic with a brilliant score.
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People who added this item 453 Average listal rating (307 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.1
Critters (1986)
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People who added this item 1291 Average listal rating (744 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Barton Fink (1991)
My favourite Coen brothers film.
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People who added this item 2697 Average listal rating (1805 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Collateral (2004)
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People who added this item 434 Average listal rating (265 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Chaser (2008)
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People who added this item 1186 Average listal rating (691 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Paprika (2006)
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People who added this item 229 Average listal rating (149 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
Suspiria (2018)
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People who added this item 204 Average listal rating (147 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
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People who added this item 407 Average listal rating (277 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Brood (1979)
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People who added this item 351 Average listal rating (205 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.2
Cat People (1982)
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People who added this item 439 Average listal rating (276 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
Near Dark (1988)
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People who added this item 468 Average listal rating (306 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
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People who added this item 405 Average listal rating (241 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Cemetery Man (1994)
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People who added this item 1143 Average listal rating (748 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
The Host (2006)
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People who added this item 292 Average listal rating (165 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.5
Jungle Fever (1991)
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People who added this item 449 Average listal rating (248 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.4
Choke (2008)
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People who added this item 879 Average listal rating (505 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
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People who added this item 791 Average listal rating (526 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1
Bronson (2009)
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People who added this item 779 Average listal rating (475 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
After Hours (1985)
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People who added this item 666 Average listal rating (407 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.3
The atmosphere is very unnerving and everything that happens on-screen is shown rather than explained. This combination gives it a very particular style. I think it's the film's strong point. It looks beautiful too and the score is haunting.
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People who added this item 1159 Average listal rating (715 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Insider (1999)
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People who added this item 671 Average listal rating (494 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Babadook (2014)
The best Horror film I've seen in many years. Very creepy and atmospheric. I cared about the characters and felt their trauma. It works on two levels, as a ghost story and as a story about a mother and child who struggle to deal with the loss of a loved one. It avoids the cliches of most horrors and goes for a more subtle approach of building up suspense and atmosphere.
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People who added this item 1751 Average listal rating (1051 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
Elephant (2003)
A very disturbing and intense experience. Brilliant filmmaking.
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People who added this item 1526 Average listal rating (943 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
25th Hour (2003)
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People who added this item 508 Average listal rating (272 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.5
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People who added this item 264 Average listal rating (168 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.7
From Beyond (1986)
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People who added this item 251 Average listal rating (190 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.1
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People who added this item 636 Average listal rating (408 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
The Mission (1986)
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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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