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Funny Games Interview

Monday, March 17th, 2008


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IGN.com chats with Naomi Watts about Funny Games.

IGN Movies: What drew you to this movie, especially knowing how tough a role you would be playing?

Naomi Watts: Michael Haneke was the initial draw for me. I knew and loved his work, I’d seen three of his films, and I love what he does. I saw the original and it really got under my skin; it freaked me out and I reacted in many different ways. I felt angry, I felt played with, I felt violated, but overall at the end I thought all of my reactions were so visceral and it provoked a huge amount of thought and discussion and it stayed with me. I never stopped feeling engaged in this movie, despite the adverse reactions, and to me that’s a success. It wasn’t an easy, quick decision – I didn’t go right away, “Yeah, I’ve got to do this.” All of those reasons that I said made it interesting to me also kind of repelled me and brought up a lot of fear for me. And often when I feel afraid of something, it’s usually a good sign I know I’ll end up having fun. And then I bounced the idea off of a lot of people that I respect and unanimously they all said, “Go work with Michael Haneke.” Two or three of the directors I went to were familiar with this film and they all said this is worthy.

IGN: Because Funny Games is a critique or commentary on the filmmaking medium itself, did that affect the way you performed or the way you approached the material?

Watts: No, I think we just always played it for the truth of it, and you don’t think about that until you’re here [doing interviews], really. At the time we were just in the moment, and Michael Haneke and the way he works… he won’t ever let you get out of the moment, in fact so much so that I was bound and gagged for pretty much the whole day because it was too hard to get in and out of that setup. And the way he shoots, he’s not making fancy shots or quick cuts; it’s almost like an ongoing play, you know – endless, long takes, so you just have to be completely connected and truthful. It’s really exhausting, the way he works.

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Funny Games Movie Replicas

Thursday, February 28th, 2008


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Funny Games, must be one kick-ass movie, because it received 10 out 10 stars from IGN.

Watching a great movie in a genre you are tired of feels a bit like Al Pacino’s infamous line from The Godfather: Part III: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” Despite a wealth of articles to the contrary, including IGN’s own well-researched look at the phenomenon, “torture porn” never really evolved into anything more than a collection of movies disguising gratuitous violence as halfhearted social commentary. Subsequently, the remakes and films series that rose to commercial success essentially brought about the subgenre’s downfall by being unrelenting, crude and just plain unentertaining. Meanwhile, even vaguely similar films failed, albeit in the case of examples like last summer’s designated punching bag Hostel Part II, the primary reason was its unenviable release date (it was sandwiched between Knocked Up, Ocean’s Thirteen, Surf’s Up and Fantastic Four), not its unfairly-dismissed content.

The fact that Michael Haneke’s Funny Games was first made 10 years ago in Austria precludes its inclusion in the torture porn canon, since at that time (not to mention in that country) the term hadn’t yet been invented. But newly remade for U.S. audiences by Haneke himself, and debuting in the somewhat fortunately-timed wake of the genre’s so-called commercial demise, his film takes on greater artistic proportions than likely the director or the film’s distributor, Warner Independent, ever intended. In fact, it’s safe to say that in creating a film that effectively takes all of the hallmarks of torture porn and turns them on their (severed) ear, Haneke has not only made a gripping and terrifying work of art, but one that effectively revives the horror genre as a whole by completely deconstructing it.

Funny Games stars Naomi Watts as Anna and Tim Roth as George, an affluent husband and wife who retire with their son Georgie (Devon Gearhart) for the weekend at their lake house, only to be intercepted by two unfailingly polite young men named Peter (Brady Corbet) and Paul (Michael Pitt). Initially dropping in only to request some eggs for a neighbor’s breakfast, Peter and Paul soon insinuate themselves into the house, disable George and hold the family hostage. As Peter and Paul engage the family in an escalating series of dangerous and dehumanizing games, Anna, George and Georgie quickly discover that the horrors of monster movies are nothing in comparison to the deadly reality of two bored young men exercising their disturbed imaginations.

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Funny Games Trailer

Thursday, February 21st, 2008


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Gather your family for a user’s guide to home invasion.

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Funny Games Movie Posters

Saturday, December 1st, 2007



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Release date: Friday February 15, 2008
Genre: Thriller
Director: Michael Haneke
Studio: Seville Pictures
Producer(s): Chris Coen
Screenplay: Michael Haneke
Official website: www.warnerbros.com
Cast: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet, Devon Gearhart

Synopsis:
Two deeply disturbed young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in a vacation home invasion.

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