Recommendations: The Game (1997)

Back again with another recommendation for you followers. I trust that you already know of this amazing film but in case you don’t I want to introduce you to a smart clever and twisty movie called The Game. To this day, this is one of the first movies that I watched that made me feel like an adult. With the cast, the plot, the tone, this movie shouldn’t have been on my radar as interest given how young I was when I watched it. I walked out feeling very sophisticated watching such an adult movie that made you think, pay attention, and listen to dialogue more than watching things blow up in front of you to keep you engaged.

The Game (1997)

Director: David Fincher
Writers: John Brancato & Michael Ferris

Cast: Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger, and James Rebhorn

Plot: A wealthy banker on his 48th Birthday is set as an example as to test out what you give a man who has everything. That very gift is an opportunity to participate in a game. An interactive game involving mystery and adventure which turns his life upside down not knowing what is reality and what is the game.

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Double Take: Se7en

If you haven’t seen the movie, this is a spoiler alert. Be cautious as I will be talking about the movie thoroughly including the ending.

This week I rewatched another David Fincher film Se7en. I was very excited to watch this film again. It has been too long. Sometimes I would see this on cable TV and I tell myself, “Don’t watch it, wait till you have time to watch the whole thing and unedited.” That time never came around but I own this movie and I guess now is that time to watch. To tell you the truth, I didn’t really understand the 7 deadly sins until I watched this movie. So there you go, movies can teach you a thing or two. I did watch this movie in theatres, but I was not old enough to go by myself. I remember there were a lot of things that i didn’t really catch watching it the first time because my movie sleuthing and detection wasn’t as good as it is today. Some of its meaning was a little lost on me but in the end I really enjoyed this thriller the first time around. Now that I am older and wiser, I have been very curious if I would pick more things I didn’t know before. 

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Double Take: Panic Room

For Flashback Friday this week I decided to do Panic Room with Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart. When I saw this film back in 2002, David Fincher had already given me one of my favorite movies of all time to this day and that was The Game with Michael Douglas. Excellent film. Fincher definitely has a range in his films directing and I feel like Panic Room is just one of those unique films that took something that could have been so one note and developed a solid thriller. I wanted to re watch this film because a lot has changed since than. Of course, I have more thrillers under my belt so I feel like I’ve seen a lot of films that would make an almost 2 hr film take place in a home about a room the whole time wouldn’t be as entertaining as it was when I first saw it in theatres. Also, Kristen Stewart hasn’t really had the best of luck with Twilight series behind her belt and the Snow White and the Huntsmen. Most people believe she is very one note. So I wanted to see if that would affect my viewing watching it again after 14 yrs.

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