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…
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.…
Part of A Film A Day
I feel as if
I feel violated.
My eyes need bleach.
are the appropriate expressions to describe my immediate reactions to Antichrist.
It's difficult for me to express how I feel about Lars von Trier's directed and written Antichrist, it's difficult just to summarize the movie. It has Lars von Trier's traditional abundance of sex scenes, a subject he seemingly finds important. Besides Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, who put on a excellent performance, there's no other actors or actresses (unless you include their son in the flashbacks). I can't find anything to complain about of either their acting performance, considering it was only the two of them they did a fantastic job. Antichrist does not hold your hand and explain the movie to you, you won't find any person saying obvious things like "Oh they must be the demons from the…
INCREDIBLY WELL DONE
This film will and should be remembered, for various reasons, whether as the greatest cinematic put-on of all time, a disgusting representation in misogyny, a therapeutic exploration of depression, a bizarre art-house horror film, or all of the above. I don't know if I agree with any of the above things, but I will say that my initial knee-jerk reaction of disbelief and rejection was unfounded.
All apologies. I've come to the revelation (very recently) that Lars von Trier is one of the best directors we have, despite of or because of the wide array of quality in his filmography. After viewing The Idiots and Breaking the Waves, both of whom I'd readily place in a "Greatest Films of All…
My discussion of the film here: themovieandthescore.blogspot.com/2014/10/lars-von-triers-antichrist.html
My relationship to the film can be summarised as "Don't stop 'till you get enough" - I haven't had enough yet.
Lars Von Trier directs his own version of the "cabin in the woods" movie with Antichrist and makes us want to cross our legs and never again use our naughty parts, not even to pee. Of course, it's Von Trier who's taking a piss --a slow, depressing, erotic, and bloody one-- while the audience squirms and scoffs at the imagery he has dared to put on screen.
Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe lose their child in an accident they could have avoided if they hadn't been busy having sex. Cue the guilt, depression, and psychotherapy, which eventually leads the couple to the cabin. And of course, that's where things start to go wrong. The movie trades the abundance of violence…
Hoop-Tober 31 Days of Halloween (Film #17)
-"What scares you about the woods?"
Lars von Trier is one of the directors who helped to change my outlook on cinema. In fact, Europa was one of the very first films I saw after joining Letterboxd. I've always thought of von Trier as a cinematic genius and a visual pioneer. His films have always impressed me. After seeing Antichrist, I still consider von Trier a genius, but I can't help but think that Antichrist was a misfire. Maybe I just didn't understand what he was trying to say. Maybe the message was just too complex for my little brain. Regardless, Antichrist simply wasn't a great film in my opinion.
- 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: 165/743