Michael Pitt: 10 Greatest movies of all time

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4. Funny Games

Release Date: March 14, 2008

Box Office: A estimated 8.2 million

Critical acclaim: Both the original Funny Games and its remake received a mixed reception, with most critics not seeing the point of such a sadistic premise. The Times of London ranked it #25 on its 100 Worst Films of 2008 list, calling it “art-house torture porn.” The film received a total of 6 nominations, Michael Pitt received a Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor nomination but didn’t win either one.

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About the role: A realistic portrayal of a psychopath, incapable of feeling and comprehending emotion and smiling at totally inappropriate times. Yet another Leopold and Loeb inspired movie with some twisted “Murder Husbands” stealing the show. Michael Pitt is the more dominant one of the pair, Paul, who is both posed and cruel as he creates a set of rules that his victims must follow then becomes politely offended when they don’t follow them. He’s a movie villain who knows he’s in a movie and uses it to his advantage, making him unbeatable.

Simply the best: A remake of the 1997 version of the same name by the original director, I have never heard of a director remaking his own movie until Funny Games. Both versions are popularly disliked among many movie fans because of the infamous “rewind scene” and how the character breaks the fourth wall. Not just two hours of intense sadism, but a satire on violence as its portrayed in the media as a whole.

Two young men invite themselves into a family’s home and terrorize them, acting like it’s a game. As opposed to other home invasion movies, no member of the family is ex-militia or some retired CIA agent. They’re regular people and can’t do anything but cry and ask “why” during their terrorizing ordeal.

One of the most suspenseful movies I’ve ever seen, its slow scenes drag on the horror of the situation, and the two villains lack of emotion make it worse. Michael Pitt’s evil smile is horribly unsettling.