Funny Games – It’s Not Funny

I am still to watch the the 2007 remake of the film, but I have just finished watching the 1997 German language version (above). Bearing in the mind the most recent film is a remake of this one almost shot-for-shot I wonder if there still is much point going out to watch it.

The film in undoubtedly dark and makes for some pretty tortuous watching – as you already know. Haneke plays with his victims as well as his audience; the movie is called Funny Games because the tormentors play a series of ‘games’ with their victims.

Haneke’s attempts to admonish those who crave violent movies like ‘Saw’ or ‘Hostel’ actually work, a bit of a bloodlust freak myself I was shocked at the inhumanity and callousness of the captors. We really see the effects that the violence in the film, while rather expertly starved from actually seeing the physical violence take place. Like, for instance, we see the father – the man of the house despair as he becomes aware of his impotence to protect his family – they make him beg to enforce this. We also see him sob uncontrollably when he realises his son is dead. These scenes really drive home the point that violence is not simply visually stimulus, Haneke shows that people really get hurt, and death is a big deal.

To avoid calls of hypocrisy, Haneke carefully ensures that every gun shot (bar one), every knife thrust, every golf club beating, is just out of shot of the camera and the audience not exposed to it, he does this with terrific effect.

His characters break the forth wall, perhaps to afford the audience the solace that this is still a movie and this is not happening to real people, and so reduces the emotional impact.

This film has not made not enjoy a gory film as such; but at least has made me aware that films made solely for people to enjoy the gruesome and horrifying way people are meeting their ends are not big and they are not clever.

Did you see the film? Has Haneke’s message been portrayed with this?

Nanny Mania 2 – Hollywood Stars Also Need the Service!

Recently game developers have released the new installment of Nanny Mania series. This time Emma will have a larger family, which means more tasks – and more fun for you! Of course, all the addictions of the first part are preserved!

A vacation for the Super Nanny? Sure! Just a couple more chores to do!

After successfully bringing the house of her previous masters to complete order Emma decided to give herself a break from all the hard work… But she just couldn’t stand seeing her idol Sofia Ashford, the superstar, being called the worst mother ever – so she ventured to Hollywood to offer her services. Unexpectedly for the mother, Emma was able to stay for the next day. And the next. And… Actually, she proved herself to be the best nanny ever (did you doubt that) and moved watched the family grow as Sydney went out of the crib, but the twins have replaced her there. More and more family members, larger and larger houses – the Super Nanny can handle everything. Can’t she?

The game mechanics is basically the same as in the first part – you have a house full of people and messes they create, and your task is to clean everything up before time runs out. The messes are of different types and require different steps to clean. Simple messes like an open cupboard or knocked down lamp require just a single click, while other will take more to complete. For example, the laundry needs to be taken first to the washer, then to the dryer and only then to one of the dressers. The same for the babies’ needs and cooking – several steps, each taking time.

Timing and planning ahead is very important in the game. For example, you’ll need to start the laundry first thing in a level in order to complete it in perfect time and get a bonus. Plus there are a number of possible chains that can give you additional time, like collecting all the trash and putting it to the bin in one go, or vacuuming all the dust at once. There are also some things for which you might get a time penalty, like leaving a baby hungry for too long or letting the papparazis spy on the house inhabitants. What is also great here is that you can (and should) queue the actions ahead, and the queue length is unlimited. This way you’ll be able to make sure your Nanny doesn’t stop waiting for your direction and losing precious time. And if, for example, you need to do something urgently, you can at any moment cancel the whole queue with a single right-click, and then create the new, better planned queue.

Tip: don’t forget to include a cup of coffee for Emma to the queue – and get a speed boost.

Every several levels you’ll be able to purchase upgrades for the house, like new cleaning means or better technical options. That makes your life a bit easier, and, as the houses become larger, children grow up and new family members appear, that will be very much appreciated!

So, will you prove you can handle all the mess? The challenge begins in Nanny Mania 2!

3 Fun Games to Play at Your Next Tea Party

Tea party games are always fun to plan. If you are looking for the best tea party games, you have come to the right place.

The first game is called Teacup Swap. Any number of people can play Teacup Swap and everyone is a winner! To play, each person needs a teacup and saucer. Let guests know in your invitation that they need to bring a teacup and saucer or you can provide one for each person if your party budget allows it.

When your guests arrive, have them place their teacups at their place setting or have them already arranged there if you are providing them.

Invite all of your guests to admire each teacup and saucer set by walking around the table. When everyone has finished looking, ask the first guest to arrive to be the first to choose a teacup. Continue in the order that the guests arrived in, go alphabetically, or have numbers drawn from a hat. Wherever the cup is, that is where they sit. This is a great game to use when people only sit by others that they know. Each guest will get a chance to pick their favorite, and no matter which teacup others choose, they will each end up with a lovely teacup and saucer to take home!

The second game you are about to learn is called Tea Tasting. This is a great game to play with smaller groups. Make sure that you have several teapots handy, and a little trinket to give away for a prize. Find a few different teas and prepare each in a separate teapot.

Let your guests taste a small bit of each tea, one at a time, without letting them know which is which. After everyone has tasted each flavor and guessed what they might be, award a prize to the best guesser. Don’t forget to write down what tea is in which pot so you don’t get confused! When buying your teas, make sure you purchase contrasting flavors. Familiar flavors are good if your guests are not usually tea drinkers (It will make the game easier for them).

In general, avoid buying mixed teas because the flavors can get confusing.

Try out these great teas for distinct flavors:

Peppermint
Rose Hip
Orange Zest
Green Tea
Lavender
Chai
Chamomile
Ginger
Raspberry

If you are looking for a silly game that is tons of fun, arrange for each guest to make a lovely tea party hat. Look at a craft store or a dollar store for inexpensive hat making materials. Don’t worry too much about finding the perfect craft supplies. Your guests are sure to get creative with whatever you supply. Need some ideas of what to buy? Here are a few ideas:

Silk flowers
Ribbons
Lace
Buttons
Beads
Thread
Bells
Fabric

The fabric can be tulle, which is inexpensive and can easily be cut into 1’x1′ pieces. Hot glue guns are needed for this project, so make sure you have some handy. Make sure you have one for every two people. If you do not have any hot glue guns handy, a few bottles of quick drying craft glue will suffice.

After your guests have finished decorating their hats, award prizes to the biggest hat, the silliest hat, the prettiest hat, etc. This game is lots of fun when everyone wins!

Play Stunt Mania Dirt Bike Games Online

Kids have a lot of fun when playing no matter the kind of sport or game they are engaging in. In the recent past, computer games became and are still part of games many kids love to play. Dirt bike games online are very popular when it comes to computer games. There’s a wide array of bike sporting activities one can choose and fully enjoy.

Stunt mania is a dirt bike online game that allows you to exercise your creativity and field ideas by performing several stunts that you understand and excel in without losing track. The game, which is quite popular, is played under several progressive levels. This means that you manage to go through the first level you earn points that will enable you to proceed to the next level which is tough than the first one. The game can be played up to ten levels depending on the ability of the player to pull stunts that will be worth the points that will see him or her to the next level.

One can pull several stunts with employing unique styles in order to earn points and beat the rest. When playing stunt mania one needs to carefully examine the chances of pulling a stunt without making a mistake which may cost him or her some quality points. Furthermore, when playing it online you need to follow the instructions keenly and being timely so as to pull the stunt in the right time. Using the arrows you make steps to different directions. In order to make a step forward, you need to use the arrow pointing upwards. To move backwards use the down arrow key, in order for you to tilt the bike, you can use the left or the right arrow keys.

When playing, you will also need to turn your bike to the direction that you want. The space bar will allow you to do that. The stunts are very vital in stunt mania dirt bike games online hence in order to perform them well, use the numbers 1 to 7 on the keyboard. If you are not yet ready to pull a stunt or is not sure, you can always pause using the P key and resume afterwards.