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.
You can say alot of things about lars von trier both good and bad but you can never say he didn't serve up enough provocative portions of psychological gobbledygook to keep us chewing on our cud for days on end!
The opening scene in black and white is unbearably beautiful! If you look at it too long your retina's will surely fry for they have never been ravaged by such exquisite imagery!
The slo mo acts of unbridled amour accompanied by the intensely haunting aria Lascia ch'io pianga have been seared into your memory, the branding iron still stinks of burnt flesh! The other shoe falls an innocent young life is taken! You hear the sizzle as the iron finds…
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.…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Do not be mistaken. This is a film by the aberrant and outlandish Lars von Trier, who after a lengthy bout of depression made a film in 2009, which is an 'uneasy-intimate' experience with subtle, slow motion shots of snow fall, an explicit shower sex-scene and babies accidentally falling out of open windows. The camera follows the entire 23 second fall of the toddler until the tiny thing (I am still trying to convince myself that it was only a film prop; it certainly was, but not the fiendishly beautiful direction) makes contact with asphalt.
The metamorphoses of the film into a full blown violent, psychological horror drama is film-making at its best and most vile. Not everything is in…
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…
During first half of the film: "Wow, this isn't that misogynistic"
After second half: "Nevermind..."
ANTICHRIST is brutal and squirm-inducing and also one of the most oppressive, upsetting films of the last several years. It's harsh and difficult to watch for the majority of its run. The first entry in von Trier's aptly titled 'Depression trilogy' focused on the agony of parental grief, and the lengths they'll go to expunge their own guilt. There's all sorts of victim blaming and subversion of norms here, as the shifting relationship between the mentally broken, unnamed Dafoe and Gainsbourg is documented. They venture into the woods to conquer their fears, head-on. There is hypnosis, self-mutilation, and hallucinations. Holy shit! ANTICHRIST is a momentously…
Irgendwie die erste Stunde gar nicht angekommen, so unendlich angestrengt, angestrengt die Schauspieler, die Kamera, die Natur, alles tut nur so als ob, dann im letzten Drittel schaff ich den Sprung rein und plötzlich funktionieren die wahrlich außergewöhnlichen Bildideen auch im zusammen Spiel und nicht nur als das-ist-ja-ne-geile-Idee, das Beste Bild: der Wald, der vorbeirauscht wie die Wände eines Tunnels der wohin führt? Zur Angst, in den emotional geleiteten Instinkt-Zustand, zu Gott? Leider hat man das Gefühl die Natur soll sehr bedrohlich wirken aber schafft es nicht, anders als bei Tarkovsky, wo die Landschaften immer bedrohlich sind, aber weil sie so ist, nicht weil sie überdramatisch inszeniert wird
she cut off her clit omg
Still confused on how to rate and review this.
This movie was beautiful, terrifying, strange, unique, and if anything else, an experience. That's all I've got to say of it.
I have no idea what to rate this.
A culpa, a depressão e que comecem os jogos a "Lars Von Trier".
Το να αρχισω να μιλαω για μια ταινια του Τριερ λεγοντας αν με σοκαρε ή οχι, ειναι περιττο. Πρωτον γιατι ειμαι ανοιχτο μυαλο και λιγα πραγματα με σοκαρουν και δευτερον γιατι μιλωντας για σοκ θα πεσω στην απαρχαιωμενη παγιδα του να συγκρουστω για αλλη μια φορα με την αποψη «Το κανει για να σοκαρει μονο» . Ναι, σοκαριστηκες. Αρα σιγουρα ηθελε να σοκαριστεις. Οπως οταν κλαις, κλαις επειδη ηθελε ο σκηνοθετης να κλαψεις κι οταν γελας, γελας επειδη ηθελε ο σκηνοθετης να γελασεις. Ξεκολλα ομως τωρα και δες ολοκληρη την εικονα. Κι ειδικα σε μια ταινια που ξεκινα με αφορμη μια μανα που χανει το παιδι της, αναρωτιεμαι πραγματικα αν θα υπηρχε καποια πραξη που θα μπορουσε πραγματικα να θεωρηθει…
- 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: 186/760 (24%)