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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, "King of Devil's Island": Power and Resistance in Prison

"King of Devil's Island": Power and Resistance in Prison

A brooding, evocative Norwegian juvie-hell drama set in 1915, Marius Holst's movie lands us in a fresh locale: secluded, wintery Bastøy Island, home to the near-medieval "school" for "maladjusted boys," just as a new, unbreakable young felon (Benjamin Helstad) is…
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Calendar, Night&Day Boys Shall Overcome

Boys Shall Overcome

A brooding, evocative Norwegian juvie-hell drama set in 1915, Marius Holst's movie King of Devil's Island lands us in a fresh locale: secluded, wintery Bastoy Island, home to the near-medieval "school" for "maladjusted boys," just as a new, unbreakable young…
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