Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
When nature turns evil, true terror awaits.
A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
So.....I guess von Trier took the whole 'torture porn' thing too literally.
I can take the pretentiousness and can forgive the self-indulgent ramblings and thickly laid on self-importance.
I can even stand the yucky bits.
What I can't stand is the shallow, cold and completely unengaging treatment of its potentially intriguing subject matter.
“Nature is Satan's church.”
-She (Charlotte Gainsbourg)
Over on the Internet Movie Database, someone once described Lars Von Trier as, and I quote, ‘an arty wanker’.
Now, although that is perhaps the most unsophisticated and rudimentary way of expressing it, they did have a point. It isn’t hard to see why Trier could be considered pretentious, especially with his most controversial outing yet, Antichrist.
To say it is unforgettable is a gross understatement. Rather, for better or worse, it sears itself into your subconscious, tapping its way into your most deep seated fears. It is a film that will astonish and infuriate in equal measure, a film that cannot be simply watched, but felt. The exact emotions felt will differ…
Those were probably the most common sounds/phrases coming out of my mouth while watching Antichrist. After a brilliant and hypnotizing opening, Lars von Trier takes your hand and guides you through a misty realm of wo- "HOLY FUCK WHAT IS THIS SHIT."
I must say. Antichrist is unlike anything I've ever seen. Its like Evil Dead as written and directed by Terrence Malick. Its cold and calculated and is light on the shocks until they sneak up and strike. Antrichrist is labeled as a horror film but its hardly conventional horror fare. Instead its a quiet film that resembles an awkward neurosurgical operation rather than a horror film you're used to seeing.…
The perfect film to see with your girlfriend's right-wing, conservative parents.
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I feel as if
I feel violated.
My eyes need bleach.
are the appropriate expressions to describe my immediate reactions to Antichrist.
Lars Von Trier's provocative 2009 film Antichrist could be deemed a cinematic Frankenstein (and the Director a kind of Tarantino for the art-house crowd) with it's blatant nods to the Director's influences in Tarkovsky, Dreyer and Bergman as well as the post film credits which call out a department of researchers on; misogyny, mythology and evil, anxiety, horror films, music, theology and therapy. But in looking for the beauty in the beast amongst this witches brew of ideas, themes and symbolism, as well as some of the most gruesome self-mutilation imaginable, surfaces an existential horror masterpiece that has absorbed my thoughts and entirely this week.
After my first viewing a few years ago I felt physically ill and…
Der Streifen will mir jetzt nach einem Tag immer noch nicht aus dem Kopf. Die paar Schockszenen waren zwar übelst graphisch widerlich, jedoch ist es die Grundstimmung, die einem in Mark und Bein fährt und nicht mehr hinaus will. Ein Film, der das Prädikat Horrorfilm redlich verdient. Wertung bleibt vorerst mal aus, muss das Erfahrene erst verdauen.
Antichrist is one of those horror films one finds ever so often that is unafraid to take serious risks - risks that can result in hatred (the accusations of the film being misogynistic) and derision (the talking fox). But the film is memorable. The film restores the terrifying potency of the woods that most of us escaped long ago. It uses the primal and the psychological to create mindscapes of dread that worry under our skin like a piece of bark. It is not scary, but it is eerie, and haunting, and those are qualities that I far prefer.
given the title, director and subject matter, it's fair to say no one is expecting a jaunty comedy here, but it's striking how any notion of happiness or even a lighter, relieving set of emotions is instantly crushed. gainsbourg tells her husband the whimsical story of the acorn tree, only for him to crush it. "that story belongs in a children's book. acorns don't cry." it is harsh, unsympathetic, emblematic of their entire relationship and endemic throughout the film. scornful, hateful self loathing filtered through a battered psyche, represented physically through the dense, foreboding forest. the homeplace of "satans church" according to gainsbourg. if satans church is nature, residing in the forest which has been called Eden by those visiting…
Haunting, visceral, at times even transcendent, Antichrist, while grotesque, is certainly a masterpiece. Lars Von Trier's atmospheric horror studies grief, loneliness, resentment, and the nature of evil, among other compelling ideas. Push all that aside, however, and the film still works flawlessly and a slow-burn bone-chiller. Sure there are several images that will no doubt make you cringe, but Von Trier has put them there for a reason. Take time enough to try and figure out why.
Fuckin' Lars Von Trier does more of his crazy stuff. Please, someone get this man some help.
Really disturbing stuff.
I didn't like this as much as the other von Trier movies I've seen (Breaking the Waves, Dogville) both of which I thought were brilliant. It is a really interesting and challenging (of course) movie, much of it very beautiful.
Well, at least I can say that I saw it, and finished it.
"Nature is Satan's Church." - She
Fun in the forest with Bambi's mother running about with Bambi hanging out of her butthole in slo-mo.
They couldn't get Thumper, so they substituted that for thumping erect penises with firewood.
Mr. Mole wasn't around at the time either, so Lars gets the smart idea of having Willem crawl around into an underground hovel instead. Good idea, Lars.
Lars also goes on to answer the unanswerable: who killed Bambi's mother?
It's quite clearly women. Women are evil. Ugh.
Beau travail, Lars.
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 147/733