Funny Games (2007)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) It’s a meta home-invasion thriller where two sleek psychopathic young men are jumping house to house killing wealthy homeowners in their vacation lake houses.
2) While in front of the camera we see the two psychopaths forcing their victim to participate in a number of sadistic games, in hindsight the director is playing a similar frustrating sadistic game with the audiences. The antagonist is frequently breaking the fourth wall, directly challenging the audiences. Even the customary retaliation by the victim is “rewinded” by the antagonist by a remote much to the annoyance of the viewers.

 

 
CONS –
1) The entire home-invasion plot bears an uncanny resemblance to the A Clockwork Orange (1971). The sadist nature of the two young men is strikingly similar to Alex DeLarge & Co.

 

 

 

QUOTE –
Anna: Why don’t you just kill us?
Peter: You shouldn’t forget the importance of entertainment.

Caché (2005)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) The ghosts of childhood deeds return to a man. As a kid, he deprived his Algerian farmworkers’ son get adopted by his family by fabricating lies about him.
2) The primary theme appears to be anti-racism/pro-immigrant however it’s indeed a solid thriller. The identity of the man who’s sending the tape is never revealed but in the end credits, it’s implied it’s either Majid’s son or Pierrot.

 

 
CONS –
1) The screenplay is slow and there is very little action throughout.

 

 

 

QUOTE –
Georges Laurent: Isn’t it lonely, if you can’t go out?
Georges’s Mom: Why? Are you less lonely because you can sit in the garden? Do you feel less lonely in the metro than at home? Well then! Anyway, I have my family friend… with remote control. Whenever they annoy me, I just shut them up.