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.…
A must-see for all lovers of blood ejaculation.
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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…
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.
I think this film has some of the most laughable symbolism I've ever experienced in a film. Fucking Lars Von Trier. Only you can come up with this shit.
Also it wasn't as brutal as I was expected -2.5 stars for that.
Welcome back, Lars :)
Is Nymphomaniac the prequel to this movie? haha.
LVT demonstrating how grief affects one's psyche while effortlessly weirding us out.
Great performances, sad movie, pointless title. All that edgy. It is the spiritual, truthful version of Before Midnight, an angry, hurt woman taking it all out on a man who loves her and is only trying to help her. To that end, I get it.
Still don't get the PIV shot in the Prologue, have never enjoyed LVT movies, even going back to his Dogma days. Harmony Korine does this shit better without the patina of boredom that glazes this fella's work. That said, he makes a pretty picture, even as depressing as it is.
When anyone asks me how difficult I think it is to make a movie, I always tell them not too hard, just look at LVT's work.
Cada que la veo le encuentro algo nuevo. :) Te quiero Lars, te quiero.
- 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…