John has lost all his money. He sits outside a diner in the desert when Sydney happens along, buys him coffee, then takes him to Reno and shows him how to get a free room without losing ... See full summary »
Paul Thomas Anderson
Philip Baker Hall,
John C. Reilly,
A twisted take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer/pedophile.
A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. Written by
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According to an essay André wrote, Ben's family didn't know anything about the plot of the film. Ben's mother and grandparents thought they were filming raw footage of Ben, and had no idea that the footage was going to be used in a film in which Ben is a serial killer. Ben's mother was shocked to see her son behind bars, when she comes to visit him in prison. See more »
When Ben has suffocated the little kid by putting a pillow on his face, the body stops stumbling and is supposedly dead, but the chest still makes breathing movements. See more »
I'd say I'm a fairly open-minded individual, and I love a good movie that will challenge me psychologically. I'm no prude, and really have no issue with the portrayal of sex or violence in a film...
...but this movie has to be one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen.
I had heard about the movie, that it was a humorous black comedy, with a unique (at the time) perspective. What I ended up watching was a movie that was either boring, pretentious or sickening, with a few moments of great comic timing.
The main character comes across as a slimy, egotistical bigot, very unlikeable and without any redeeming characteristics. I think he was supposed to be a charmer, but if memory serves me well, I had no empathy for the guy (and in a movie like this, if it's going to work, & challenge the audience, it would be better if the audience would take a liking to this serial killer) The death scenes were clearly fake. It does bug me how many people on the IMDb are asking "Was it all real?".
Well, if the odd bobbing adam's apple or moving eyelids of supposedly
'dead' people were anything to go by, then no. Of course it wasn't, and if you are the sort of person who doesn't swallow your own hype, you would see that in the film.
OK, it's not all bad. It can get a bit arty, but there were some great comic moments. It just felt to me though that as stand-alone moments, they would have failed. The moments of comedy worked only because they are surrounded by drab monologues, spontaneous murders and moments of tedium.
Man Bites Dog also contains one of the most disturbing scenes I have ever seen in cinema. The rape scene, while not as graphic as Irreversible, or Baise-Moi, is a very well-done scene (probably the only well-done scene), not least due to one moment where we see one of the film crew laughing away as he drunkenly partakes, then grimaces to himself in disgust as he leaves the scene. That, and the aftermath, were probably the two most jarring & galling moments I have witnessed in cinema, and believe me, I wish I didn't see them. I will give credit where due though, if that was the reaction the director was after with that scene & with the film, he succeeded with this viewer! It's not an easy movie to recommend to anyone. I suppose it does have redeeming qualities, but I certainly do not think I would ever watch this film again.
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