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…
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…
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.…
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…
Dafq... Dafoe... Errr... Yeaaaah...
But, on the plus side - it starts of with a closeup of Willem Dafoes junk.
In turns repugnant and laughable, Antichrist is one of the worst film experiences I've ever had, and to add insult to injury, its director Lars von Trier has in the past demonstrated a mastery of the medium, with such entries as the soul-crushingly beautiful Breaking the Waves. Here we see him take a huge step back, to the point where many segments of Antichrist look like they originated in the mind of a first-year film student trying simultaneously to be artsy and provocative. Slow motion, black and white photography, Handel's Lascia ch'io pianga, and graphic shots of penetration are liberally applied to the opening scene. Right from the get go, the viewer should realize that they're in for a special…
WHAT IS GOING OOON?
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS GUY?
Grief is a strange beast. Antichrist is guilt that manifests before our eyes into an evil, never-ending black hole that He and She cannot escape from. This is a true horror film. Not filled with jump cuts and cheap scares, but psychologically scarring and downright bleak. I'm sure a lot of people hate this film but there's no doubt it's effective. Cinematography is exquisite and taking a typical horror setting, the woods, and turning the environment itself into the 'monster' was a great decision and extremely effective. Nothing from Von Trier surprises me anymore, so when Willem Dafoe cums blood or Charlotte Gainsbourg uses scissors on her vagina I was just nodding my head in approval thinking "what's next?" This is the guy that once said he agreed with some of Hitler's ideas so who knows what crazy shit he'll cram into his next film.
I'm so concerned for the well-being of everyone associated with this
watched with homegirl Jessi
Lars von Trier(NYMPHOMANIAC,BREAKING THE WAVES) has always made films that are not only controversial but also challenge their audiences upon what they are viewing,as in the case of this dark and wonderous film in its depiction of a married couple(Willem Dafoe,Charlotte Gainsbourg)who travel to a remote cabin to spend their vacation in their attempt to fix their troubled marriage(which has been damaged by the accidential death of their only child),only for Gainsbourg to feel lonely and begin to literally lose her mind,as she has various hallucinations and performs both bodily impalement and mutilations upon both her husband and herself. Full of grim and frightful surrealistic imagery,ANTICHRIST is a film that plays as if Jorg Buttgereit infiltrated and was at large…
definitely in my top three films ever, if not my absolute favorite
Antichrist is a movie that's been hyped to me since 2009 from two very different groups. On one hand was hardcore fans of art cinema, who praised this film for it's bold vision, craftsmanship, and conviction (though it certainly has its detractors). On the other hand was teens (I was around fifteen) interested in really extreme movies, and Antichrist had a reputation for some really extreme depravity. "I heard there's a scene where blank happens" was definitely something heard. In spite of all this, it's taken me a long time to actually see the film. A big part of this is the main way I saw movies from age 14-19 was the library, and the film's rather extreme violence made…
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 190/768 (25%)…