Thursday, May 21, 2009
You know that saying "there's no such thing as bad publicity?" Well, Lars Von Trier is a genius. How in God's name do you make a film with bloody masturbation, sex on a tree of limbs, and an extremely graphic clit chop (hello new sicko's to find me on google) and NOT expect to make waves. I've read just about every article that Google News has thrown to me about his controversial film Antichrist and in almost every article he's got this arrogant, "i'm not apologizing", "what did you expect" attitude about it. I am eating this up like breakfast mang. This film is going to be the next Cannibal Holocaust. I can sense it. It's going to be a completely mind-boggling film with scenes of gore and sex that will be forever talked about and analyzed. This is going to be BIG. IFC was freaking brilliant for picking up on this, at least someone knew this was going to be something. I haven't even seen it and Von Trier has already done things I thought were impossible.
1) He made Charlotte Gainsbourg look endearing. I personally don't find her the most attractive woman on the planet, and for some reason or another, I can see her beauty shine through her pain. Maybe she's destined to play someone who's lost a child...I don't know.
2) He made Willem I-have-jack-nicholson's-joker-meets-hannibal-lector-face DaFoe look sexy. He IS the ugliest man in the cinema world but that now infamous scene on the trees is so weirdly arousing to people everywhere. I'm assuming it's because I can't see his face.
3) He's made the most talked about film at the festival. Note: This is the same festival thats premiering Heath Ledger's LAST film. That's pretty DAMN impressive if you ask me. I thought his film was going to be a little foot note on that film's epic ass, but boy, was I wrong.
4) He got some standing ovations in a crowd of boos. Those standing ovations, those are the people I would hang out with. The people who can HANDLE it.
5) He put Jesus in a film called Antichrist. Remember people? Willem Dafoe, he has already played Jesus Christ in the Martin Scorcese film Last Temptation of Christ. How awesome is that?!
So to summarize, this film is going to be historic. Whether we all love it, or think its the biggest piece of garbage on the planet...it's going to be memorable. Everything bad-is good. :)