Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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.…
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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…
Beautifully rendered yet unflinchingly brutal, Antichrist pulls no punches as it plunges the viewer headfirst into the darkest depths of the human psyche. Often criticized, and fairly so, for featuring some of the most vile imagery ever put to film, Antichrist is sure to alienate a hefty portion of its viewing audience. However, beneath its shocking exterior lies an intelligent and thought-provoking film that has the balls (both figuratively and literally) to tackle subject matter that most directors wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole. Love it or hate it, Antichrist does at least stimulate thought and conversation. A must see for all courageous cinephiles out there.
The term antichrist is commonly used to mean "the opposite of Christ." It actually translates from the original Greek as "opposed to Christ." This is a useful place to begin in considering Lars von Trier's new film. The central character in "Antichrist" is not supernatural, but an ordinary man, who loses our common moral values. He lacks all good and embodies evil, but that reflects his nature and not his theological identity.
This man, known only as He, is played by Willem Dafoe as a somber, driven, tortured soul. The film opens with He and his wife, She (Charlotte Gainsbourg), making passionate love. This is a moment of complete good. In the next room, their infant son begins to crawl…
Saw this a while ago. What is left to say? I like Von Trier.
Antichrist left quite an impression on me. The level of creativity and originality in this movie is rare and comparable with masterpieces like Eraserhead by David Lynch.
Let me start by stating that this movie is clearly one of those 'either you love it or hate it' cases. The explicit sexual content and unconventional approach to horror is definitely not suitable for Hollywood aficionados.
Lars von Trier proves he is a true maestro in establishing a very effective feeling of disturbance throughout the movie, without resorting to hackneyed horror clichés.
The cinematography is breathtakingly beautiful, like a very dark fairy-tale, and there are a number of scenes that gave me goosebumps to an extent I haven't felt for quite a…
Pretty much just von Trier trying to cause shock and revulsion in the audience. A few arresting visuals but overall the film's just flat-out boring - the (no doubt realistic but nevertheless dull) early section giving way to a schoolyard parade of attempts to make everyone wince and gag.
A must-see for all lovers of blood ejaculation.
I don't know what to say about this movie in particular. It's really
disturber. The only thing I can say is that this is how a Terror movie should be like. It really freaks me out. And I'm used to not like horror and terror movies because they barely scare me. This movie is full of symbolism and semiothics but I really can't stand it.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's certainly lesser von Trier, but von Trier nonetheless.
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- 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.
- Behind the Candelabra
- Inside Llewyn Davis
With Cannes 2014 only six weeks away , I thought I'd put together a list. I didn't realise how ridiculously…