Monday, June 28, 2010

Movie of the Week - American Psycho

This week’s movie is American Psycho (2000).

The film is about the 80’s and an investment banker who lives on the verge of insanity due to the artificial material obsessed nature of the time and culture to which he is a part of – desperately trying to fit in but alienated at the same time. The film is brilliantly directed by Mary Harron, who at the time was compared to Martin Scorsese stylistically (it is a shame she has not been able to get more feature projects funded and off the ground), based on Bret Easton Ellis’s novel. Harron co-wrote the script with her friend Guinevere Turner, who also has a small role. The film features a wonderfully chilling score from John Cale (a member of The Velvet Underground) and career best work from production designer Gideon Ponte and cinematographer Andrzej Sekula. The cast is also fantastic, featuring a breakout performance by lead Christian Bale and lots of interesting and good supporting bits from Justin Theroux, Josh Lucus, Chloe Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon, Samantha Mathis, Matt Ross, Jared Leto, Willem Dafoe, and Cara Seymour. What makes the film great is how funny and absurd it is while shocking and scary in the next moment, and sometimes at the same time. The film will play completely differently depending on the mood or who is watching. This is a must see for fans of black comedies. Check out the trailer.

American Psycho [Blu-ray/DVD]

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