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Old 05-15-2010, 05:36 AM   #6261 (permalink)
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Old 05-15-2010, 06:51 AM   #6262 (permalink)
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i don't believe a person like that would exist or get away with it for any length of time.
He's not just a character, he's a symbol of alienated and disconnected world we live in, especially of hedonistic but hollow 80's yuppie culture. It's a satire and as is usually the case it goes to the point more effectively then any realistic depiction would.
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Old 05-15-2010, 11:32 AM   #6263 (permalink)
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I don't think you understood the twist..
there is never a clear indication about whether or not the events really occurred. it is up to me and you. you assumed one way, others are entitled to their opinion.
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Old 05-15-2010, 11:39 AM   #6264 (permalink)
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there is never a clear indication about whether or not the events really occurred. it is up to me and you. you assumed one way, others are entitled to their opinion.
The fact the guy who Jared Leto played wasn't actually dead because his lawyer had lunch with him? ATM machines asking him to feed a cat? Throwing chainsaws?

How can you not interpret that as fantasy?
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:00 PM   #6265 (permalink)
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:17 PM   #6266 (permalink)
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The fact the guy who Jared Leto played wasn't actually dead because his lawyer had lunch with him? ATM machines asking him to feed a cat? Throwing chainsaws?

How can you not interpret that as fantasy?
the ending is left deliberately ambiguous. if paul allen was on business in london (an alibi bateman fabricated), why at the end of the film is a real estate agent showing his apartment? why does the agent suspiciously ask bateman if he had read the advertisement for the apartment in the paper (there was no advert) and when bateman says yes, the agent tells him to leave and not make trouble?
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The fact the guy who Jared Leto played wasn't actually dead because his lawyer had lunch with him? ATM machines asking him to feed a cat? Throwing chainsaws?

How can you not interpret that as fantasy?
The bold part can be interpreted differently actually. Throughout the movie all these yuppies were mixing each other constantly, since they all dressed the same, had similar haircuts, lifestyles etc. Paul Allen himself mistaken Bateman for some guy Halberstram, so how can you be sure that the lawyer didn't mistake someone else for Paul Allen, especially when we see that he repeatedly called Bateman Davis. And that's the point. They were all looking at each other superficially, they were shells, stereotypes with no real persona underneath, just voids. It doesn't really matter how you interpret the murders, that's not the major theme of the movie.
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:29 PM   #6268 (permalink)
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Hmm, I suppose. I didn't really think of it as being anything other than fantasy, it all just seemed surreal and dream like to me. Even though it's a possibility that they happened I still don't think so

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the ending is left deliberately ambiguous. if paul allen was on business in london (an alibi bateman fabricated), why at the end of the film is a real estate agent showing his apartment? why does the agent suspiciously ask bateman if he had read the advertisement for the apartment in the paper (there was no advert) and when bateman says yes, the agent tells him to leave and not make trouble?
I still haven't been able to work out that bit. Can anyone shed any light?
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Old 05-15-2010, 03:43 PM   #6269 (permalink)
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Brilliantly funny, tar-black satire. Basically, imagine American Psycho except with a documentary film crew following a much more affable and talkative Patrick Bateman around on his extra-curricular exploits and you're half-way there.
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Brilliantly funny, tar-black satire. Basically, imagine American Psycho except with a documentary film crew following a much more affable and talkative Patrick Bateman around on his extra-curricular exploits and you're half-way there.
I remember this was a very disturbing film when I watched it.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer from 1986 is also disturbing in a way it so coldly presents a daily life of a serial killer.
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