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ALL NEW!!! As an Irishman, Mark Cousins bring a unique, world-centric view of cinema history in this remarkable, 15-hour documentary film series that includes Hollywood, but gives a much rarer international balance to the entire world's contribution. Great for film nuts, students and more! Check out my lively video interview with Mark about the making of this entertaining project! Share, enjoy and thanks for watching! http://www.mrmedia.com/2013/01/irish-mark-cousins-packs-the-story-of-film-in-15-hr-odyssey-2013-video-interview/#.UQKSgujUPHNALL NEW!!! As an Irishman, Mark Cousins bring a unique, world-centric view of cinema... more
2012 audio interview with actor Hayes MacArthur (Perfect Couples, Worst Week, Whitney, Jewtopia), conducted by Mr. Media, Bob Andelman. http://www.mrmedia.com/?p=39012012 audio interview with actor Hayes MacArthur (Perfect Couples, Worst Week, Whitney,... more
There are 16 shots in Lars von Trier’s hauntingly beautiful prelude to “Melancholia,” a movie about love, family and the apocalypse. The soundtrack for the overture to “Melancholia” is the exquisite prelude to Wagner’s 1859 opera, “Tristan and Isolde,” an opera Wagner described as “one of endless yearning, longing, the bliss and wretchedness of love; world, power, fame, honor, chivalry, loyalty and friendship all blown away like an insubstantial dream,” for which there is “one sole redemption-death, finality, a sleep without awakening.”
The movie, among Mr. von Trier’s greatest, stars Kirsten Dunst as Justine, a young advertising copywriter who, shortly after she gets married endures two separate yet related catastrophes. A wedding party at an oceanside golf resort owned by Justine’s brother-in-law ends with her new husband leaving, which in turn brings on the depression that overtakes her and seems to inaugurate the end of the world or her dream of the same. Many of the movie’s themes are introduced in the overture’s first eight minutes, a masterpiece in miniature that presents a deep reflection of literary, artistic and cinematic allusions.
“Melancholia” was named Best Picture at The 2011 European Film Awards in Berlin; the film also won awards for cinematography and production design. Previously, Kirsten Dunst won the Best Actress Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in “Melancholia.” Last week, The National Society of Film Critics named Lars Von Trier’s end-of-the-world drama “Melancholia” Best Picture, and Best Actress honors went to Kirsten Dunst for her performance in the film.
This piece includes photographs, an HD video of “Prelude to Melancholia” and the Official HD Trailer for “Melancholia.”
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/prelude-to-melancholia-this-is-how-the-end-begins/There are 16 shots in Lars von Trier’s hauntingly beautiful prelude to... more
Sound on Sight Podcast #291: TIFF 2011 Part 2 – ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ / ‘Take Shelter’ / ‘Melancholia’On this episode of the Sound On Sight podcast, special guests and SoS contributors Julian Carrington and Eduardo Lucatero join Ricky D and Justine Smith to discuss three of the highlights from the Toronto International Film Festival: Starting with Take Shelter, the sophomore fort by director Jeff Nichols, moving on to Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and ending with Sean Durking’s outstanding directorial debut Martha Marcy May Marlene.
listen to the show at the link below
http://www.soundonsight.org/sound-on-sight-radio-291-tiff-2011-part-2-martha-marcy-may-marlene-take-shelter-melancholia/On this episode of the Sound On Sight podcast, special guests and SoS contributors... more
Will 'The Tree of Life' grow into next year's Oscar king? The jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival awards the Terrence Malick meta-drama the prestigious Palme d'Or. But, check out Kirsten Dunst scoring a Best Actress prize for Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia,' even AFTER the Danish director got the boot for his horribly timed Nazi 'jokes.'
http://www.examiner.com/personalities-in-los-angeles/tree-of-life-grows-into-palme-d-or-winner-at-this-year-s-cannes-film-festivalWill 'The Tree of Life' grow into next year's Oscar king? The jury at... more
Watch Kirsten Dunst squirm as Lars Von Trier digs an increasingly big hole for himself by proclaiming that he's a Nazi at the Cannes press conference for his latest movie "Melancholia".
Anyone who knows anything about Von Trier's career knows that the man is a bit mad and likes to crack bad jokes to provoke.
After realising his comments were a bit too much - the director went into damage control, apologising for the comments and saying he wasn't anti-Semitic.
But it was too late for the festival organisers who declared Lars von Trier persona non grata and banished him from Cannes. His film Melancholia remains in the official competition for the Palme d'Or.
Many are arguing that the festival organisers over reacted. Have a look at the video and decide for yourself if you think he was crossing the line or not.Watch Kirsten Dunst squirm as Lars Von Trier digs an increasingly big hole for himself... more
As a fan of Lars von Trier, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and pretty much any “wedding movie” with a dark premise (don’t ask), I’m excited about this. Salon writer Drew Grant already referred to it as “Rachel Getting Married meets Donnie Darko,” which seems fair, at least from this trailer.As a fan of Lars von Trier, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and pretty much any “wedding... more
prescription drugs, harmony korine, twitter apps, the dodo's, national parks, & FAILs - [around the blogs]It's time, once again, for another Current blogs round-up. Sit back, let the tea steep, and let's dig in, shall we?
According to bansheewail's post earlier this week, prescription drug related deaths have actually overtaken traffic fatalities in 16 states. Andrew took a closer look on the Current News blog, and according to the CDC, that number has been on the rise lately. The question is, why? The AP points to changes in the way doctors prescribe painkillers, and this actually coincides with the season premiere of Vanguard on October 14th. In "The Oxycontin Express," Vanguard correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Florida, "the epicenter of the prescription drug boom." Be sure to check it out.
Mariana van Zeller travels to Florida to investigate the prescription drug boom in Vanguard's premiere, "The Oxycontin Express"
Some of biggest news this week came out of the South Pacific, where a pair of earthquakes and a tsunami ravaged the Samoa Islands and Indonesia. Andrew pulled together raw video intel and followed the story closely. Take a look.
The Current Music team is racing to the finish line in preparation for the premiere of Embedded, immediately following the season premiere of Vanguard on October 14th. Shana took a minute to share progress on the six-part special on the Current Music blog: apparently the team is knee-deep in post-production on the six episodes, as well as preparation for online distribution.
Also, Alex posted photos from The Dodo's show at the El Rey. Alex always takes amazing photos at shows, so head over to the blog and check them out. If you have a few extra minutes to spare, give this a look as well.
John has continued to make due on his festival coverage with dispatches from the New York Film Festival. A couple of excellent posts this week, one covering some of the influences and inspirations behind Harmony Korine's latest, Trash Humpers.
Additionally, John finally screens Lars Von Trier's Antichrist, the film that compelled Cannes audiences to collectively question, "Why?" Additionally, Von Trier went on record with this film, proclaim that "I am the best filmmaker in the world." Check out John's review here.
Over on Current Tech, Sarah Lane shed a little light on her shopping addiction with her exploration of your best online shopping options and deals. As community member aaronights pointed out, "No wonder you're always low on cash!"
In a far less costly post, Sarah takes a look at another obsession that is apparently taking over the world: Twitter Apps. More specifically, OneForty -- the Twitter App store that Twitter forgot to build. Seriously, take a look.
Leah spent some time chatting with Colin Beavan (you may know him as No Impact Man from his Twitter account, blog, and the trailer of his new movie), and discusses the dedication it takes for someone like No Impact Man to commit to a lifestyle change of this extreme magnitude. All in the name of "green." It's quite remarkable.
Keeping in theme with environmental heroism, Leah caught up with photographer Ian Shive -- the man dedicated to saving our National Parks one photo at a time. If you haven't checked out "Photos Across America" yet, be sure to give this post a read.
Thursday nights mean a new episode of infoMania. In case you missed it, you have Josh to thank because Fridays are "Hey check out what happened on infoMania" days on the Current Comedy blog.
Josh likes to combat claims of failure. In fact, you might even call him a FAIL adjuster. In the FAILspace, he is what an auditor is to accounting. Once again he's worked up another account of why some supposed FAILS are, in fact, not FAILS. Peep them here.
An added bonus this week, our friends in Vanguard are ramping up their blogging efforts, and to kick things off they've posted a couple gems for you to take a look at. First up, Vanguard correspondent Laura Ling shared her thoughts on Vanguard's mission during a live event in Italy. As an added treat, the full broadcast of the Italy event is embedded on the post, so if you've ever wanted to hear Mariana van Zeller speak Italian, make sure to watch beyond the intro.
Speaking of Mariana, her piece "The Oxycontin Express" is going to be our season premiere for Vanguard on October 14th, and as an added bonus the team was invited to tape an episode of Dr. Phil and discuss both her documentary and the prevalence of prescription drugs. Darren posted some photos from the visit to Dr. Phil, so go check it out. The Dr. Phil episode with Mariana will air on the same day as our Vanguard season premiere, October 14th.It's time, once again, for another Current blogs round-up. Sit back, let the tea... more
Monday's Important News: Gilliam on Avatar , Valentine's Day Surprises No One and ScreenDaily's PayWall Comin' like Omar
We're still on weekend mode because, let's face it, who really works on President's Day? The news does!
-Terry Gilliam finally weighs in on Avatar, cries foul about movies designed to make money make other movies (i.e. his) that don't make money look bad. [Female First]
-Valentine's Day made a ton of money on a weekend where your choices were a Harry Potter rip-off and a Wolfman remake. [Deadline]
-I, too, was unaware that ScreenDaily would be choosing to go Variety and use a PayWall. Which is lame. [David Hudson]
-Kevin Smith had a fun weekend with Southwest Airlines. Listen to the NSFW smodcast to find out how lame. [Smodcast via Current]
-A Taxi Driver remake with Scorsese and Lars Von Trier could and would be awesome. [The Guardian]
We're still on weekend mode because, let's face it, who really works on... more
Jeff Wells teased a drinking game for Lars Von Trier's exercise in filmmaking. So imagine my sadness upon the click thru that there was no drinking game. It's almost time for Antichrist to appear on DVD after a VOD run.
And I plan to spend more than a few nights pouring an Aqua Velva or six into my pint glass while watching acorns rain down over Willem Dafoe.
So without further ado, our own drinking game for Antichrist:
Take A Sip When:
-Willem Dafoe says something in a very calm, yet annoyed way.
-Charlotte Gainsborogh should've stayed on her pills.
-The Three Beggars are mentioned, yet not defined.
-The Grass is on fire.
-For every CAW the Crow makes.
-Whenever you see a Woodland Christmas Critter.
Take Two Sips When:
- Acorns fall.
-There's a flashback.
-They go for a walk since He thinks it'll help She.
Take A Shot When:
-Mr. Fox cameos.
-She demands sex.
-He flips through Polaroids.
- Someone takes scissors to the back.
Take Two Shots When:
-The Woodland Christmas Critters assemble.
-He remarks, "that isn't a real constellation."
-She's turning on the screw.
Finish Your Drink When:
-He beats the Crow to death.
-She practices self-surgery.
-The forest turns into an analogy for women's suffering.
-He is overcome by the essence of She.
-Angry sex leads to castration.
-He reveals, "That isn't a real constellation."
-She accepts her fate.
Jeff Wells teased a drinking game for Lars Von Trier's exercise in... more
Hannah Williamson believes "this cancels out anything Antichrist could do to anyone." And between Alonso Duralde and Tricia Olzszewski agreed (via a retweet.)
I am still of the opinion that chaos must reign.
-John Lichman Hannah Williamson believes "this cancels out anything Antichrist could do to... more
Saturday's Important News: Cabin's Pushed Back, Paranormal Activity Serves 1 Mil and The King of Fighters trailer
There's news on a Saturday? There is! Let's get onto it!
-The short list of short docs for the Academy Awards is here! And you've seen none of them. [Variety]
-Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods has been pushed back to 2011 so it can be 3D. Whoo. [Collider]
-Lars Von Trier. Sci-Fi film. Happy Melancholia. "No more happy endings!" I am so sold. [THR]
- Paranormal Activity proved it is a grassroots marketing success that Paramount paid pennies for. Celebration! It opens wide! [B-D]
-The King of Fighters trailer will make you start drinking early. [Topless Robot]
-John Lichman There's news on a Saturday? There is! Let's get onto it! -The short... more
The New York Film Festival is winding its way down and the most interesting film of the festival screened this past Saturday!
No, I don't mean Precious. God, who'd think that melodrama was even remotely interesting? No, Lars Von Trier's Antichrist had its' New York premiere at Lincoln Center [review here].
But join us as we discuss the cinematic nature of David Letterman's monologue from last Thursday, the complexities of Lars Von Trier and why Antichrist is ultimately worth your time along with some lulls to get more beer.
Our guests include Matt Prigge (Philadelphia Weekly) and Jason Shawhan (The Tennessean, Interface 2037).
So listen on and remember: Chaos Reigns. Hello Hoboken! The New York Film Festival is winding its way down and the most... more
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The overwhelming lesson that we're supposed to take from Lars Von Trier's Antichrist is simple: chaos rains. It rains on a tin roof, it rains acorns on Willem Dafoe, it rains until it pours so much bitter resentment and anger at the state of how man treats nature that the only way to continue living is simply be consumed by it.
Though, we're getting too far ahead of ourselves. This is the film, after all, that prompted one of the more infamous 2009 Cannes press conferences and proved why we like Von Trier. In fact, as spectacle, Antichrist fails. Built up for months as the most visceral and disturbing films that any audience could see, it feels more like that first AM screening at Cannes will be the only people who feel that way.
Broken into sections, we're introduced to He (Willem Dafoe) and She (Charlotte Gainsbourg) in poetic slow-motion fucking. The use of that term is intentional, since Von Trier clearly wants a reaction from on-screen penetration and tangled bodies. From the shower to the bed, beads of water crawl and their son Nic (Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm) move towards their inevitable climax--again, forever tarnished by that first AM screening at Cannes, since this is a film about grief. From there, He and She do their best to overcome the grief, as He feels confident in diagnosing his wife's problems.
Yet She can't cope and inevitably, He realizes they must retreat to their cabin, "Eden," for her to recover. While Von Trier made his annoyance with his own symbolism known, thus we begin the crawl to the violence that reportedly had people vomiting at Toronto and fainting at Cannes. There is something here with Von Trier's inevitable reveal that nature is evil and women are the most evil creatures because men force them this way, but it gets kicked up into the extreme with special guest appearances from The Woodland Christmas Critters.
Visually, Von Trier is on. The use of rain and nature to convey this hell on Earth is perfect, and no one is more willing to get up close than he is when it comes to making people suffer. The message feels redundant by the end, even with repetition of "The Three Beggers," which He notes, "that isn't even a real constellation!"
Definitely worth seeing, but as to whether or not this is a comedy or a Trash Humpers-esque "film as fast as I can and plot be damned," that's entirely up to you. Just bring an umbrella.
Antichrist plays tonight at 9 pm and tomorrow [10/3] at 1 pm as part of the New York Film Festival. It will be released as Video-on-Demand on 10/21 and in limited theatrical on 10/23 by IFC Films.
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Yesterday's screening of Antichrist was certainly something at New York Film Festival. It marked a couple of firsts from a nearly packed Walter Reade Theater, a q&a press conference done via Skype and my first sighting of Armond White. It was like Christmas mixed in with genital mutilation and acorns.
But we'll get to Antichrist later. The main event of yesterday was LVT and a buzzed-up, caffinated crowd praying for a repeat from his earlier Cannes press conference. Everyone was prepping Flip cams, propping up recorders and I could do both at once thanks to my magical iPhone.
Perhaps the strangest part was the open disdain being given off from the crowd. While at the press conferences for Sweetgrass and The Art of the Steal, no one so much as chuckled unless the directors related some charming anecdote. In the set-up to Von Trier, the crowd was in stitches, heckling and calling out at the screen as Big Brothers Lars lorded over his people.
"I'm happy to see all you people in New York," Von Trier said. "If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere."
That was the answer to a question about whether or not he was glad Antichrist had been making the rounds and was now in the city. It wouldn't be the end to the minor technical difficulties that ranged from low-speakers to Huffington Post folks relating five minute long questions about Nietzsche, Von Trier's view of him of the philosopher and then repeating the question. Twice.
That leads to another press conference favorite of mine: the "I have a couple of questions." This is the preferred M.O. of Boston Herarld's Stephen Schaefer, nailing three questions in a row the second he was called on like a giddy school girl. Asking if he felt Von Trier's self as a director and thereby provoceteur would be ashamed since there were no walk-outs at the press screening.
"Did not notice any walkouts? Then I have failed," Von Trier boomed from the screen, clearly accepting and discarding the loaded question with ease.
The crowd didn't. Half a dozen jeered "Yes they did!" and "People left!"
It took Armond White nearly 18 minutes to leave, as discussion of J-Horror finally got him out of the theater. Yet he missed the best part, as a shy and quiet first-row attendee within the Flip cam crew asked about all the symbolism presented throughout Antichrist. Von Trier took a moment and quickly related, "Of course, it's called Eden. I know."
The entire theater erupted in laughter.
"I was definitely uncritical of the script, which is why [Eden] is in there."
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Hello, New York!
As Lars Von Trier said today during his press conference for Antichrist, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!
So to prove the point, I got my old band back together and taken up residence at Grassroots Tavern in the East Village. Our podcast was notable for one reason: we are avid lovers of cinema Brooklyn Lager.
And cinema the $1 popcorn.
Beyond that, I enjoy getting people together to discuss film and especially with what's playing at the festival. So for our welcome back, I'm joined by Glenn Kenny (Some Came Running), Keith Uhlich (The House Next Door, Time Out New York) and my intrepid co-host Vadim Rizov (IFC's Indie Eye) to discuss grass!
Namely, the sheep doc Sweetgrass and Alain Resnais' The Wild Grass. So listen above to Part One and Part Two you'll find below.
But we'll be coming back throughout the week with other takes on films at the festival and--if you happen to find yourselves at Grassroots, come say hello!
(Mp3 download of the podcast is coming. Till then, email me at jlichman AT current dot com if you can't wait.)
Sweetgrass plays at NYFF 2009 on 9/26 at 2 pm. The Wild Grass is the Opening Night Film for NYFF and screens 9/25 at 8 pm.
-John Lichman Hello, New York! As Lars Von Trier said today during his press conference for... more
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Occasionally, blogs--especially film/entertainment sites--do their best to get you to click past the jump and see something incredible. The best way to do this is with exclusive still photos from movies. This works especially well for mainstream comic book base fare like Iron Man 2 and blockbuster films. Heck, even movies about Keats can still promote exclusive photos.
So, next question: how do you best title your exclusive? Well, if you're of the New York Post school, you go for a headline with the tongue-firmly-in-cheek. But maybe you're more of a New York Times man? The straight-forward news approach works best!
And if you're MTV Movies Blog, you GIVE AWAY THE ENDING TO LARS VON TRIER'S ANTICHRIST.
This isn't much of a big deal, mind you, if you're familiar with reviews and news of the movie out of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. If not, then don't worry. At least MTV didn't reveal the tie-in/cameo from The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
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Today's Important News: IFC has Antichrist , Ghostbusters Finally Filming and The Long Good(?) Basterd[youtube 9gY_YYPIc8w]
IFC has picked up Lars von Trier's Antichrist for U.S. Distribution, thus proving you should stick to S.T. VanAirsdale's odds. [indieWire]
Ghostbusters 3 may start filming in the winter, when we're even more jaded. [Current via Hero Complex]
IMAX is thrilled for James Cameron's Avatar because it'll make money appear in 3D. [Current via Carpetbagger]
Inglorious Basterds screened at Cannes today. Rumors already are up that the film will be drastically recut prior to August's release, but the worst part? Tarantino made a talkie. A long talkie. [Hollywood Elsewhere, @eug , @gemko, @karinalongworth, indieWire, IFC]
Vivendi Entertainment has taken over Tartan Films' old catalog. This is simply good news. [Twitch]
[ G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra Vs Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Mash-up Trailer][youtube 9gY_YYPIc8w] IFC has picked up Lars von Trier's Antichrist for... more