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Shia says all the sex in Nymphomaniac will be unsimulated

Shia Labeouf announced this week that his is forthwith eschewing tradition Hollywood studios. Because, you know, it’s good business to bite the hand that feeds you $30 million dollars so you can be in schmaltzy music videos, and have unsimulated sex on a movie set while Lars von Trier watches. Yes, Labeouf has a part in von Trier’s next project titled Nymphomaniac.  In regards to his quitting the studio system, Labeouf said to The Hollywood... Read More

Lars von Trier and Martin Scorsese will be remaking The Five Obstructions

I found The Five Obstructions to be one of the most memorable documentaries I’ve ever seen. If you’ve never seen the film the premise is simple.  Lars von Trier challenges the director of his all-time favorite short (watch it here), Jørgen Leth, to redirect that film five times, each time submitting to an arbitrary set of rules, decided on by von Trier.  For example, remaking the film as a cartoon, or recreating it with shots no longer... Read More

Melancholia (Making Of)

This insanely awesome video came to my attention today. It’s the VFX reel for Lars von Trier’s upcoming Melancholia. I can not wait. Trier’s wild embracing of digital effects stings my dogme 95 sensibilities. But I’ll get over it. Update: The owner of the video made it private and I can’t find another copy anywhere. Enjoy these stills instead. Melancholia (making of)  Read More

Good Valentine’s Day

This is old news, and only two thirds movie related, but I’m throwing caution to the wind and talking about it anyway. Yesterday was a very, very good Valentine’s.  First, I wake up to Pitchfork telling me Radiohead announced a new album being released.  This Saturday.  It’s like Thom Yorke was asking me to be his Valentine.  Yes, Thom, yes!  A thousand times yes.  Best of all, you can download it for nine-ish bucks.  Or... Read More

Lars von Trier’s Golden Heart Trilogy

I finally got my hands on the The Idiots, the second entry (and most elusive) in Lars von Trier’s Golden Heart Trilogy. It was immediately apparent why the film wasn’t readily available at my local library or on Netflix; it makes Last Tango in Paris seem like a Pixar film.  I enjoyed all three movies that made up the trilogy that includes the much lauded Breaking the Waves, The Idiots, and Dancer in the Dark. Each film centers around... Read More

Michael Haneke and Lars von Trier, at work again

Mr. Michael Haneke has finally decided what his next film will be.  Although he doesn’t seem like one to worry what critics or audiences will think (have you seen The Seventh Continent?), there is a certain amount of pressure considering his last film, The White Ribbon won the Palm D’or at the last Cannes festival.  Isabella Huppert is reportedly signed on to the project.  She and Haneke have worked together before in The Piano Teacher... Read More

Antichrist

After months of waiting and waiting for Antichrist to trickle down to theatres from the powers that be at Cannes, I finally had the opportunity to see it at a local arthouse theatre in Salt Lake City.  Of the two arthouses in town, this is the small one.  Small, with one screen.  The floor is slanted down to the screen, and is hardwood, so if you drop a skittle, it rattles all the way down until it hits the wall holding the screen.  On weekend... Read More

Nature is Satan’s Church

The reviews aren’t that great (check out the RottenTomatoes page here), but I love Lars Von Trier, and this trailer is scary as shit.  I hope it’s released soon.  Read More