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American Psycho
Unsurprising, watching American Psycho after an extended, infuriating workday is rather therapeutic.
The blasé porn watching is especially funny. Because desensitized, dissociated yuppies are hilarious.

I absolutely adore the card analysis scene.
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nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: January 18th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Word.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 18th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: January 18th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
That movie is hilarious - the music bits are really funny. I think a lot of people didn't get that it's a caricature.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 18th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed. It was well crafted as a movie. I actually prefer the movie to the book. However, the book drove me nuts. Ellis captured the lilting cadence of 80's yuppies too well with his writing using numerous italicized words. About halfway through the book I started hearing the characters voices as a rollercoaster of tone peaking every time I read italics. It got so annoying in just the right way.
antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: January 18th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have yet to read the book, mostly because I love the translation to film so much that I wonder if I'd enjoy the book, and wouldn't just be replaying the film in my head.

That sounds really, really, really annoying...but maybe in a good way? :)
abmann From: abmann Date: January 18th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is.

The book is a very different animal. The movie used vain consumerism, job dissatisfaction and pretentious OCD to drive the character. The book makes it much more about animal aggression and dominance as demonstrated through consumerism and obs to motivate.

Very different animals.
peapod888 From: peapod888 Date: January 18th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Agreed

They are two totally different experiences.

Both are excellent, but very different animals, as you said. I find it extremely interesting to watch the movie again after reading the book and be completely aware of just how unshocking the movie is in comparison with the vividness of the book. I think the movie version was great with what it made from the book. I also think after reading the book you can look at the movie from a totally new perspective. In fact, after reading the book it really got stuck in my head, and figuring it probably got stuck in others' heads I found this very interesting discussion forum. I don't think there are too many new posts, but the discussions are fascinating, and there are book & movie categories, comparisons, all that fun stuff.

Anyway, if you like American Psycho at all, book or movie, you'd probably find something of interest!

http://www.briankotek.com/psycho/frame.html
peapod888 From: peapod888 Date: January 18th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Agreed

I just re-read what I wrote and I kind of sound like a blabbering idiot. ;O) Just wanted to say I acknowledge that completely.
coeur_de_lion From: coeur_de_lion Date: January 18th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
i actually watched this movie for the first time just about two weeks ago. i was blown away by how amazing it is.

oooh the card analysis . . soo amazing. i really want to read the book now.

also, christian bale is totally my favorite. for the moment.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 18th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
He has his moments. He tends to bug me. Needs to close his mouth more when not talking. Dirty mouth breather.
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