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Film, "Nymphomaniac: Volume II": The Punchline to Lars von Trier's 4-Hour Sex Joke

"Nymphomaniac: Volume II": The Punchline to Lars von Trier's 4-Hour Sex Joke

In Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Volume II, the bruised woman named Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) continues telling her sex-life story to the overthinking intellectual Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) with no recap or attempt to bring newbies up to speed, as if this…
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Film, Nymphomaniac: Volume I film review

Nymphomaniac: Volume I film review

When it was announced that Lars von Trier's next film was going to be a two-parter called Nymphomaniac, I was worried. 2009's Antichrist and 2011's Melancholia were both astonishing and frequently difficult films, but also breathtakingly gorgeous works whose most…
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Film, Film Feature The Future Is Now: Ten Movies We're Excited About in 2014

The Future Is Now: Ten Movies We're Excited About in 2014

Yes, this list contains one arguably unnecessary sequel, one arguably unnecessary remake, and two true stories, but we must be honest with ourselves and allow that franchise propagation taps directly into what makes movies so fun in the first place:…
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Dining, Eat The Bird and the Breading: Fried Chicken Nights Are Popular Every Day of the Week

The Bird and the Breading: Fried Chicken Nights Are Popular Every Day of the Week

In 2005, Cookie Monster began treating his obsessive tendencies with Paxil and announced that cookies were now a sometime food, not an anytime food. Not long after, San Francisco chefs began feeling the same way about fried chicken. Over the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not the End of the World - Yet

Not the End of the World - Yet

The first thing you see in Lars von Trier's Melancholia is a close-up of Kirsten Dunst's face. Behind her, slow as molasses, birds are dropping from the sky. These are the latter days. Melancholia's first five minutes are like a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Out of This World

Out of This World

Lars Von Trier’s latest patch on tormented human nature, Melancholia (opening next month), tests Kirsten Dunst with a planet on a potential collision course with Earth. It’s the end of the world as we know it or, as the melancholy…
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Film, Feature Best Films of the Decade

Best Films of the Decade

Looking back on a decade dominated by the movie franchise — Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Spider-Man to name just a few — and overrun with prequels and sequels (Saw I, Saw II, Saw III, Saw…
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Film, Lars von Trier's <i>Antichrist</i> puts characters, and audience, through the wringer

Lars von Trier's Antichrist puts characters, and audience, through the wringer

Lars von Trier's doggedly outrageous, fearsomely ambitious two-hander is so desperate to make you feel something — if only a terrible sensation of nothingness — that it's almost poignant. Most simply put, Antichrist revels in the gruesome ordeal of a…
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Lars von Trier's Antichrist can't save this year's Cannes

CANNES, France — It's been a blood-soaked first week at the Cannes Film Festival — at least onscreen. Six festivals ago, Lars von Trier galvanized a mediocre competition with his coup de cinéma, Dogville. Returning this year, again in the…
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Cannes 2009: This time, it's visceral

CANNES, France — Memorable for its in-your-face sensationalism, the 62nd Cannes Film Festival opened with the 3-D computer animation Up, saving the "Yours" for the final minutes of the competition's penultimate movie, Gaspar Noé's "psychedelic melodrama" Enter the Void. The…
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Film, Have Gun, Will Unravel

Have Gun, Will Unravel

Is there anything more tedious than the guy who complains and complains about something he knows nothing about? Danish cinema auteur Lars von Trier has never been to the United States because he's afraid of flying, yet he seems determined…
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Film, Mad Cow

Mad Cow

According to the press notes, the title character of Gozu is "a demon said to exist in hell. It has the head of a cow and body of human ." But it isn't necessary to know the whys and wherefores…
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Film, Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Ah, Montana. State of mountains. And snow. And more mountains. And, uh ... big empty fields. Did we mention snow? It's none too surprising that we don't get to see a whole lot of movies set thereabouts, but on the…
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Film, King Nothing

King Nothing

A ragtag group of travelers, one of whom is a violent man prone to aggressive outbursts, rides in a ramshackle transport on a journey through dark terrain. Mostly they sleep peacefully, until an error in their navigation equipment becomes apparent…
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Film, A Star  Is Bj&ouml;rk

A Star Is Björk

With global overpopulation neatly intertwining with the advent of the home video camera, we have been afforded, as a species, several near-miracles. For instance, when supersonic jets explode, or when mobs impolitely loot and riot in urban centers, the common…
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Prophet Ear

The first thing you notice talking to Chuck Prophet, naturally, is his voice. Not so much the way it sounds -- a raspy, unfettered bark -- but the attitude it projects. His is the tone of a polite cynic --…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

On the Edge In one swift stroke, The Blair Witch Project may have erased the long-held resistance of mainstream audiences to narrative films shot on video. That's the optimistic view of Jonathan Wells, the S.F. founder and director of the…
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Second Time Around

Verboten! Made up of less than 100 shots, with two takes lasting over five minutes, this hit-and-run Sam Fuller production of 1959 strands an achingly sincere boob of an American soldier amid the physical and human wreckage of postwar Germany…
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Zoom Lens

The Kingdom: Part II At the midpoint of this four-part, five-hour centerpiece of Lars Von Trier's projected 15-hour serial called The Kingdom, the dapper director appears in front of some red velvet curtains to warn us that, in his film…
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Second Time Around

Two by Lars von Trier Two films by Lars von Trier, the sardonic, reputedly agoraphobic director of Breaking the Waves, play this week at area theaters, providing a neat warm-up for the R.W. Fassbinder retrospectives that will dominate next month's…
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