Saturday, October 17, 2009

Recommended Movie of the Weekend - "American Psycho"

Now listen. Before y'all get all freaked out and judgey on my ass, hear me out. This movie is a dark satire about the smarmy excess in the 80's. Oh, and there's a serial killer named Patrick Bateman, played by Christian Bale, just for fun.

Patrick is a narcissistic (and self-loathing) Wall Street investment banker, who is highly competitive in all aspects of his life. He needs the right couture Valentino suit (just don't TOUCH it!), reservations on a Friday night at Dorsia and of course (and hilariously) the perfect business cards.

This movie is not for everyone. One thing I really like about this film is that it was directed by female director,  Mary Harron. Harron's in on the "joke" regarding how misogynistic and unhinged Patrick Bateman is, but she runs with it. (The book was written by Bret Easton Ellis back in the 80's and I was completely disgusted by his cross that off your Book Club list.)

If you need to read a synopsis before viewing this film, go to the IMDB link here:

I found this "mash-up" of American Psycho and The Dark Knight. Genius.

Let me know your thoughts.

I have to return some videotapes.


Annette said...

So what disgusts you about Brett Easton Ellis's writing? I read Less Than Zero centuries ago and loved it though was probably too young to get it. American Psycho is a great film - probably better 2nd or 3rd time. Like Fight Club.

DivaJulia said...

You know, Annette, in all fairness I read it when it came out. I wasn't quite as um, well, interested (?) in this stuff back then. I just didn't care for the content--I really should give it another try?

xoxo j

Annette said...

Just realized that i read Less Than Zero in French when my French wasn't too good - maybe i'll give it another go too.
AND talking of weird stuff - we all love Fight Club and i bought & read Survivor which was great too. But there's a short story (found it on the web) called Guts that he wrote - OMG!