‘A Prophet’ dominates European Film Award nominations

Posted by · 7:19 am · November 7th, 2009

Is “A Prophet” gradually stealing awards-season momentum from “The White Ribbon?” (It’s the superior film, if you ask me.) Too soon to say, of course, but it certainly came out on top in this morning’s European Film Award nominations. Jacques Audiard’s searing chronicle of French prison gangs leads the field with six nominations, to four […]

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TORONTO: Settling in, ‘Antichrist’

Posted by · 9:41 am · September 11th, 2009

I left home at 6:30am yesterday to make an early check-in to my hotel at 8:30.  One bummer, my youngest daughter, Ariana, has a flu bug and I hate leaving Sherri with her on her own. She assured me it was cool, so I managed to get out the door without being overwhelmed with guilt. […]

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‘Antichrist’ lands in the UK

Posted by · 6:51 am · July 24th, 2009

The Yanks have to wait until October, but it’s “‘Antichrist’ Day” here in Britain. (Hey, it might not be as popular as “‘Avatar’ Day,” but I like the ring of it.) I’m not going to dwell too heavily on the critical reception in today’s papers — you’ve got the gist by now that it’s a […]

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Blind attack

Posted by · 9:25 am · July 22nd, 2009

The imminent release of “Antichrist” on this side of the pond has prompted some amusing journalism, as outraged critics make flustered pleas for a return to tighter censorship. (Apparently, adults over the age of 18 can’t be trusted to make their own viewing choices.) Of course, they’re obliviously playing into Lars Von Trier’s hands by […]

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7/16 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:32 am · July 16th, 2009

• Emmy nominations unleashed, Denis Leary robbed again. [Emmys.tv] • Xan Brooks and the “Antichrist” debate.  One more time around. [The Guardian] • Jonathan Romney, meanwhile, tries to break down the mind of Lars Von Trier. [The Independent] • 25 new faces of independent film. [Filmmaker Magazine]

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‘Antichrist’ vs ‘True Lies’

Posted by · 9:24 am · July 15th, 2009

Over at the Guardian, Michael Hann is rehashing an argument that, over the last two months, has become a very tired one indeed: that Lars von Trier hates women, that “Antichrist” is his most overtly misogynistic expression yet of said hate, shock, outrage, blah blah blah. As you know, the “misogyny” complaint is not one […]

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Is the auteur a dying breed?

Posted by · 11:13 am · July 3rd, 2009

By far the boldest, baldest expression of auteur identity I’ve seen in recent times came in the opening credits of Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist.” It’s a sequence that consists of precisely two emphatically scrawled title cards — “Lars von Trier” and “Antichrist” — in that order. No actors, no production credits, no “a film by,” […]

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REVIEW: “Antichrist” (***1/2)

Posted by · 10:01 am · June 23rd, 2009

Edinburgh International Film Festival “I am the greatest director in the world,” Lars von Trier declared in an already notorious Cannes press conference following the unveiling of “Antichrist” in May.  Unable to resist such shameless baiting, most critics either responded with affectionate exasperation (“Oh, Lars!”) or, as one suspects von Trier preferred, tomato-faced indignation. What […]

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UK audiences to get uncut ‘Antichrist’ next month

Posted by · 4:41 am · June 13th, 2009

IFC has yet to reveal when it plans to unleash Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist” upon American audiences, but it looks like me and my fellow Brits will get to lay eyes on it first. UK distributor Artificial Eye has announced a July 24 release date for the polarizing Cannes sensation, which has been approved, in […]

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6/12 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:17 am · June 12th, 2009

(Wow…that week went by fast.) • Patrick Goldstein thinks the new “Shutter Island” trailer is overkill for those who don’t want everything spoon-fed. [The Big Picture] • More on the alleged misogyny of Lars von Trier. [CNN] • Shia LaBeaouf talks “Transformers” with John Hiscock. [Daily Telegraph] • Sarah Palin, the bold, the bright, turns […]

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Von Trier: “I am the female character”

Posted by · 7:09 am · May 29th, 2009

There isn’t very much more I can say about the writhing can of worms that is “Antichrist” until I actually get to see the film. (Anyone who can make this happen, you know where to find me.) But it’s worth mentioning this interview with Von Trier in the Independent, if only because it draws attention […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Taking the temperature

Posted by · 2:10 pm · May 25th, 2009

It’s somewhat surprising that our year-in-advance Oscar coverage is only three months old.  That now ancient list of predictions seems so long ago, and yet, even with Cannes behind us and this or that indication of a few of the contenders, I have no idea how to offer an educated update beyond general housekeeping.  The […]

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What will take the Palme d’Or?

Posted by · 6:21 pm · May 23rd, 2009

It’s all over bar the voting. Tomorrow, Cannes jury president Isabelle Huppert will meet with her formidable, female-dominated team of eight – including the diverse likes of Robin Wright Penn, Asia Argento, James Gray and Hanif Kureishi – to pick over the 20 Competition titles they have seen over the last fortnight and select their […]

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Christian Cannes jury tells us what to think

Posted by · 12:18 pm · May 23rd, 2009

UPDATE: I’m pleased at least to report that Cannes festival director Thierry Fremaux is as outraged by the situation as we are, denouncing it as a “ridiculous decision that borders on a call for censorship … scandalous coming from an ‘ecumenical’ jury which what is more is headed by a film-maker.” Well said, Monsieur. EARLIER: […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Antichrist’ and action

Posted by · 3:44 am · May 23rd, 2009

• Scandalising media and polarising critics, Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist” emerged as the undisputed talking-point of the Cannes Film Festival. • That firestorm even managed to overshadow the Cannes debut of Quentin Tarantino’s divisive “Inglourious Basterds.” • In other news from the Croisette, “A Prophet” impressed critics, while “Taking Woodstock” took a hit. • We […]

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Stronger stomachs

Posted by · 9:28 am · May 21st, 2009

It may be just a coincidence, but I’ve noticed that, for all the media kerfuffle over its maker’s supposed “woman-hating” agenda, a number of the most level-headed, inquisitive responses to “Antichrist” seems to be coming from female writers. Put it down to thicker skins, stronger stomachs, or nothing whatsoever — I’m just saying. Manohla Dargis, […]

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IFC to bring ‘Antichrist’ to U.S.

Posted by · 8:38 am · May 20th, 2009

Speaking of “Antichrist,” while some doubted that the controversial pic would see the light of day Stateside, IFC Films is ensuring that it will. The indie outfit has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Lars Von Trier’s film, and moreover, has announced that no cuts will be made to film ahead of its release. IFC […]

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Gainsbourg defends Von Trier

Posted by · 8:08 am · May 20th, 2009

Charlotte Gainsbourg seems so impossibly delicate in person that it’s hard to imagine her mutilating herself on camera. I suspect it’s even harder to watch — part of what makes her a canny choice as one of Lars Von Trier’s notoriously put-upon leading ladies. In this excellent video interview with the Guardian’s Xan Brooks (no […]

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