Lars Von Trier

‘Nymphomaniac’ Is a Pure Dose of Uncut Lars von Trier

Running at nearly four hours in this, its two-part, “audience friendly” version (there’s a five-and-half-hour uncut version out there as well), Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac is less a disciplined, focused motion picture than an all-you-can-eat buffet where the director overloads his plate, and encourages his audience to do the same. It’s a wandering, freeform exploration of the themes, subjects, and ideas of particular interest to the filmmaker — and sex is among them, certainly, but it doesn’t seem to be his primary focus, or destination. … Read More

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Stellan Skarsgård Has a Recommendation for Where to Drink in Stockholm

Stellan Skarsgård may be best known as a European actor bringing elegance and menace to big-budget American films — he’s part of The Avengers world, important to Thor and its recent sequel, he was in David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and he’s been a reliable villain-type-with-layers ever since he was in Good Will Hunting. But Skarsgård’s American career is just the tip of the iceberg. The biggest actor in Sweden, Skarsgård is such an important cultural export that there’s a picture of him at the Stockholm airport next to Sweden’s other touchstones (Abba, Bjorn Borg, Ingmar Bergman, Stieg Larsson, Pippi Longstocking). Perhaps Skarsgård’s most interesting long term-collaboration has come from his work with Danish auteur Lars von Trier: from Breaking the Waves to Melancholia, Skarsgård has been there as an often-bruised and impotent male character, bouncing off the dramatic femmes that populate Von Trier’s world. … Read More

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8 Ways of Looking at Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac: Volume 1′

You’ve seen the pervy O-face posters, the seemingly endless stream of NSFW trailers, and the painful-looking stills. Now, it’s finally here: Nymphomaniac. Well, the first of its two parts… on VOD (it premieres in theaters next Friday, March 21; Volume 2 will make its US debut next month). Blowing in on a wave of hype as Lars von Trier’s most shocking film — and that’s saying a lot — it’s already inspiring fanboy raves and feminist freakouts. This was all to be expected, as Von Trier is among the most divisive voices in global cinema. Moderate reactions to his films are hard to find. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in March

At risk of getting all post-Oscar hyperbolic, I have a bit of good news: this is one of the best months for independent movies in a long, long time. Of the 11 films I had the chance to check out in preparation for this month’s indie guide, every single one is at least worth your time, and several are a good deal better than that; they offer a wide range of experiences, from familial comedy to baroque suspense to penetrating documentary to, well, Wes Anderson. (He’s kind of his own experience.) Our many, many recommendations for March movie-going are after the jump. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Owen Ashworth’s Witty, Whimsical Drawings of Iconic Filmmakers

If you’re as big a fan as we are of Owen Ashworth — the man formerly known as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, now recording under the Advance Base moniker — you’ll know that his albums have often been adorned by his own rather whimsical drawings. Well, now he’s extended his interest in art into a whole book of illustrations. Titled Legends of the Silver Screen, it features idiosyncratic portraits of famous film directors, each accompanied by an imaginary signature. The book is out in the US at the end of March (pre-orders are open now), but publishers Belly Kids have been kind enough to share a selection of the images with us for this exclusive pre-release gallery. … Read More

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13 Great Anti-Valentine’s Day Movies You Can Stream Right Now

If you’re dating or married, Valentine’s Day can be a high-stress holiday: figuring out what to get your partner, how much is trying too hard, how much isn’t trying enough, where to go, what to do, what not to do, and whether this really is the right night to bring up that previously unmentioned lovechild. But if you’re, shall we say, between partners, February 14 is a miserable day indeed, an interminable blizzard of flowers and candy and bullshit. Who needs it? So if you’d like to shy away from the syrupy romantic fare typical of Valentine’s Day movie-watching, fear not; here are a baker’s dozen anti-romantic movies for your weekend… Read More

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Shia LaBeouf Did A Thing

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