It’s a bit surprising that the first domestic trailer for Love is, at worst, a PG-13, emphasizing the romantic longing at the story’s center rather than the explicit couplings (and triplings, and so on) that have thus far generated so much …Read More
Why Yes, That’s Supposed to Be Semen Coating the Frame in the First NSFW Trailer for Gaspar Noe’s ‘Love’
The teaser trailer for Gaspar Noe’s Love starts with elegant eroticism: beautifully captured (also beautiful) bodies writhe within letters spelling out the film’s loaded title. These rapturous moments are also bolstered by a score that romantically (and somehow without corniness) includes a beating heart.
Last month, a Game of Thrones episode titled “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” ended with a scene that caused some controversy: Ramsay Bolton raped Sansa Stark on their wedding night, forcing Theon Greyjoy to watch. It was a painful moment, not because it was particularly graphic — after Ramsay ripped Sansa’s dress and pushed her onto the bed, the camera cut away to Theon’s contorted face — but because of what we already know about each character. Ramsay is a sadist, someone who delights in rape and torture and murder, a man who’s been getting away with atrocities for too long. And Theon’s betrayal of the Starks, in many senses, is what put Sansa in such a vulnerable position.
We’ve been talking a lot about Lars von Trier lately, prompted by the release of Nymphomaniac, and now Criterion Collection has given us one more reason to think about his work: their new special edition of his 1996 masterpiece Breaking the Waves. It’s a key entry in the von Trier filmography, its themes echoing throughout Nymphomaniac and Melancholia, but it takes something big like the Criterion release to warrant a revisit; Breaking the Waves is both a masterful movie and one that’s incredibly difficult to subject yourself to. We’ve looked previously at great books and important albums that are just plain hard to take; here’s a few movies that warrant the same kind of …Read More