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…
Trier could have pushed the limits a little more I feel. Quit holding back!
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.…
Director: Lars Von Trier (Third Film)
In Lars Von Trier's Antichrist the son of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe horrifically and tragically falls to his death from a high floor whilst they (the parents) are enthusiastically engaging in sexual intercourse. After the death, they look to blame each other and I say to that:
Don't blame it on the sunshine
Don't blame it on the moonlight
Don't blame it on the good times
Blame it on the boogie
I feel like I didn't get what this movie was trying to do, but I also feel like I really don't want to. It's fucked up, is what I'm trying say. In fact, it is almost admirably fucked up. Almost, but not quite.
Overly Excessive Gross Factor
Annoying Camera Zooming
Annoying Editing Cuts
Bizarre Metaphorical Things (Baby’s Shoes)
Yeah I liked it....Judge me!! Damn this movie is something! OK first of all I have never seen a Lars Van Trier film before, and I know about what he puts in his movies. I have unusually always wanted to see this. There is a Criterion Collection release for this movie and I know this movie is based on the time when Lars Van Trier was going through a bite of a "Phase" I have to say....This movie is freaking incredible!! First of all the violence. Now look I am not going to really get into it because I would have to get into a TON of spoilers! But I think the reason that the violence is in there....might be…
As many horror films as I've seen (and even enjoyed), I can only think of a handful of them that have truly, deeply terrified me.
Antichrist is in that handful.
For more than half its running time, this film fools you into thinking it will be going with the "less is more" route, instilling a real sense of dread and claustrophobia in its rich dark atmosphere. (The unnerving scenes of Gainsborgh walking by herself in the ominous nighttime forest have a very "uncanny valley" feel to them).
Then Von Trier completely catches you off guard when he pulls out all of the stops during the final 40 minutes and delves into realms of explicit violence most films with this clout…
that was really weird and disturbing. well let's just say he wasn't a really good therapist :P
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Lars Von Trier's attempt at a cult-classic may not have achieved the success and outreach he expected and garnered far more criticism and controversy than it deserved. In fact, Cannes awarded the film an "anti-award," citing "the most misogynist movie from the self-proclaimed biggest director in the world." Antichrist is an extremely overlooked and dismissed film, and when appreciated it presents a powerful illustration of depression, relationships, insanity, and the evil and hypocrisy in mankind.
Apart from the obviously fantastic, avant-garde, Dogma-95 editing and cinematography, the lighting was very intense and the sets were beautiful. Trier uses techniques from Dogville and Manderlay to isolate Dafoe and Gainsbourg's immaculate performances with near pitch-black backdrops, and uses almost compromising jump-cuts and 180…
Kübler-Ross: uncut. No, wait.
Of all Lars von Trier films, this is the only film that I’m so skeptical and unexcited in seeing. Now, this is the time where I finally urged myself to watch it and it is… fine. The film's made during the course of von Trier’s crisis and I can’t help myself seeing Lars himself in this. This torture-porn exercise follows a grieving couple whose death of their child caused them to retreat at a cabin in the woods where they plan to refigure themselves out, but instead the cabin became a driving force to release their inner demons allowing it to overshadow themselves—the result is horrifyingly morbid, and relentlessly dull.
First of his ‘Depression’ trilogy, this feels like Lars vomited…
- 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: 168/753