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…
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Review In A Nutshell:
After being swept away by Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves, I hoped that the next film I would see from the director would deliver the same feeling that I had with his 1996 film. Antichrist is far from the horrible film that many claim it is; it features immersive performance from its cast and von Trier uses that to drive the film. It explores the psychological and emotional trauma of the couple after the loss of their child, and it does so with such style and pretentious effect. The director does not make it easy to understand the vision and places that the film displays, but there is…
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.…
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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.
Pretentious and disturbing artsy sh!t. I walked away from this film deeply disturbed and disgusted. Great cinematography though.
Confusing / Creepy / Crazy
Well, he did a great job if the goal was showing off his arrogance and the superficial understanding about humain.
Women... Am I right, fellas?
I have no idea what I just watched, but I came twice.
Sick, but beautiful.
Von Trier certainly succeeded with Antichrist in—if nothing else—dividing critics around the globe. It is a shocking film, and one where time to process plays an important role in understanding what von Trier is up to, which is certainly more than to play the role of provocateur. Antichrist is a divided, confused work, rich in thematic material and imagery.
The basic problem with Antichrist, a film about a husband and wife recovering from the loss of a son, is the overabundance of explorations it attempts to conduct. The first half of the film is solidly in the realm of psychodrama, the wife unable to deal with her son's sudden death, and the therapist husband working with her through the grieving…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Beautiful. Disturbing. Painful. Lars von Trier is on of the most challenging directors working today and "Antichrist" offers rich and fertile ground for interpretation and analysis.
- 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