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Jan 7, 2012

Movie Meltdown - Episode 156

Get out your mugs!! Because this week we are back at the coffee shop, and we are going to play... a game. Our newly adopted member of the gang, actress Jess Weixler, sits in with us again as we tackle this week’s Sofa Theater feature: Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games”. We discuss the examination of violence in this 1997 film and the director’s choice to remake the movie in 2007.

And as we rudely borrow eggs, we also mention... American tough talk, Man Bites Dog, furry Hillary Duff, In Cold Blood, polite society rules, Home Alone, Titanic 3D, a less-macho Jimmy Fallon, Taxi Driver 3D, the kids from Home Improvement, play this movie like a comedy, veiled menace, Duel, how shallow humans are, like rats in a cage, degrees of alienation, like your being uncomfortably tickled... too long, play this movie like a tragedy, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, torturing interior designers, Benny’s Video, I like that THAT is what made you uncomfortable in this movie, talking to the camera, Pretty in Pink, put a pig in her face, droogies, Bernard Shaw, being a details kind of guy and how did we get HERE... from Funny Games?!?

Spolier Alert: Seriously, we spoil most key moments and themes in both the 1997 and the 2007 versions of “Funny Games”. So please watch at least one of them before listening.

“If this film is a success, it will be very questionable as to if it’s a success for the right reasons.”