Movies that are slightly off.
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 may contain 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!
6th time watching and it still fucks me up. Thank you, Trier.
This film goes places most horror movies wouldn't dare venture. A vivid and unnerving depiction of anxiety, fear, and paranoia.
Day 265 of 365 of my year long challenge
Week 38: Video Nasty
Because apparently I don't like myself...
Few films capture the experience of depression quite so well as Lars von Trier's Antichrist. Naturally, this means that the film will leave you feeling depressed or someway there but oh boy, Antichrist shocks your senses enough times to leave you shell shocked too. Regardless, it's a damn good film.
He (Willem Dafoe) and She (Charlotte Gainsbourg) have just lost their child in a freak accident. Distraught, She falls into a deep depression that begins to tear her life apart. A therapist, He, takes it upon himself to treat his wife. In an effort to understand her and help…
It might be too soon to review this movie, having just finished it, but I'll give it my best shot.
I'll start with what seems to be the general consensus, which is the constant and almost overpowering sense of dread which practically oozes through the screen and speakers. It is incredibly atmospheric, and in terms of tone, absolutely accomplishes making the viewer as uncomfortable as possible.
There are, of course, two main elements which go into this sense of dread. The auditory and the visual. The score of this movie, with its low bass and descending unsettling strings, meshes perfectly with its beautiful and haunting imagery. Now, I am not praising the cinematography without major reservations, but many of the…
Good storytelling, outstanding acting performances and well staged.
Trier still feels like that pretentious hipster friend to me. The one you meet when you're 17 years old, the dude that googles "dream analysis" and starts talking about random stuff that seems significant to him in some way. Why are all of the characters always some high society people that get put into trauma by fate? I mean...I really don't think he's being ironic about Freud...this is literally the movie you'd make after skimming through the wikipedia entry about Freud...but his work was scientifically much more than this.
Also: It's another movie where the only danger to a man coming from a woman can be if that woman is obsessing over him too much. And it's not exactly like this movie helps with misogynistic world views about how women are evil. Why was this necessary?
Objective rating: 4 stars
Subjective rating: 2 stars
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Emotionally f up and powerful at the same time. Depression at its finest. Everything this film is showing can be extremely relatable if you're very depressed and have internal fear of everything around you. There hasn't been a film I haven't really disliked by Lars. I'm always in and never really fell asleep watching his work. Check it out. Just maybe at 12AM. Lol.
I watched Antichrist on a first date.
There was not a second date.
If you can find it in yourself to see passed the gag-inducing disturbances that flash before your eyes, this is an eerily exquisite movie.
Ugh, no thanks.
I get most of it, I get the references to religion and history, but c'mon man, tone it back a bit.
Also stupid character decisions ruined this for me.
As well as the gore.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
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