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.
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…
Trier could have pushed the limits a little more I feel. Quit holding back!
I have the feeling that I might have underestimated what it is that von Trier was heading for within Antichrist, which was a film I have debated revisiting for a while already. I do not think very highly of many of his other films outside of Breaking the Waves and I also have my admiration for Dancer in the Dark (more of this comes from me being a fan of Björk's music). A revisit of Antichrist eventually proved that I definitely should come back to his body of work and give some entries another chance.
Exposure to films like Dogtooth have already softened me towards rather gruesome content appearing on the screen yet I still found Antichrist a rather troubling…
Really beautiful. Charlotte Gainsbourg is amazing. The pacing, the characters, the dialogue, Charlotte Gainsbourg's line delivery... all so good. The characterization was just so cleanly done - no awkward scenes to make a point - and so tight, that hubris, her reactions... Halfway through I was certain I'd 5/5 it and remember it as one of the best movies I've watched all year.
But the abrupt precipitation of events was a false note for me. We saw what he saw, so that the attack made sense to us, yet was there any indication she realized anything? She must have, she very well could have, but it still bothered me as "it happens just when the viewers are told the truth"…
I have such a difficult time with Lars Von Trier.
While I love Melancholia and its commentary on sanity vs insanity, this film just did not do it for me. I found the two leads nauseatingly frustrating and extremely nonsensical in their actions - and not in a way that felt purposeful in writing.
Charlotte Gainsbourg is on the same spectrum of actor as Leo DiCaprio to me - only she's on the opposite end. While Leo overdoes anything and everything put before him, Charlotte is nothing but a rock on screen. I get absolutely nothing from her. Even in playing an intricate character going through the different emotional phases of loss, I still get nothing. Maybe it's time she steps away from Lars Von Trier films for a while.
Sure, it's pretty to look at.
A questionable start to my morning.
Possession did it better.
I feel like I was born into loving movies like this, movies that are fucking dark and depressing and upsetting and weird and surreal but at the same time, are like looking at an abstract painting and pondering its beauty as well as its ugliness.
Oh... Not what I thought it was.
There comes a point in the career of an artist (if I may call it that) when technique no longer becomes an interesting issue of discussion, except to occasionally note innovation, wherever it may be. And even this can oftentimes comes as nothing more than a distraction from the real work at hand, as is so often the case with Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, discussions of which are far too frequently limited to his use of NASA-grade cameras to capture the beauty of candlelight....
But enough soapbox. We're talking about Antichrist.
The point is that no matter what I or anyone else has to say about Von Trier and his work, the fact of the matter is that he is as…
Antichrist is one of the most dark, disturbing, gruesome, revolting, and violent pictures I've ever seen.
It is also one the greatest.
A film like Antichrist is truly unique; balancing picturesque photography and seriously disturbing undertones in a manner so well that you become completley sucked into the horrifying experience.
Me and a friend chose to begin by first watching the prologue; when it ended we would decide whether or not to continue on with the picture. After three minutes I knew in the bottom of my heart this was a film I couldn't just start and walk away from.
From it's beautiful yet terrifying visuals, to its stellar perfomances from Mr. Dafoe and Ms. Gainsbourg, Antichrist is not a…
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).