Melancholia

Melancholia Rising My first experience with von Trier was Breaking the Waves. I found his treatment of its lead female character genuinely vile and I jumped on the “von Trier is a misogynist” bandwagon. Since then I have pretty much ignored his output, rather an ignorant thing I suppose. I mention this because going to see Melancholia was a chance to reassess my opinion on von Trier and also witness the performance of Kirsten Dunst who won the best actress award at Cannes. This is really Dunst’s best performance so far. Quite simply she is electric.

Melancholia Kirsten Dunst is ElectricSplit into two parts Melancholia focuses on two sisters named Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Justine is an advertising copywriter who suffers from massive bouts of depression. She is getting married to Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) at a chateau owned by her sister’s amazingly rich husband John (Kiefer Sutherland) and what should be the happiest day of her life dissolves into a farce as her divorced parents, Dexter (John Hurt) and Gaby (Charlotte Rampling) snipe at each other, her boss Jack (Stellan Skarsgård) pesters Justine for a tagline to an ad campaign, John’s anger towards Gaby grows and Justine suffers a crushing bout of depression. The second part of Melancholia follows Claire as John intends to celebrate the passing of Melancholia with the family. Claire is convinced the planet will hit but John reassures her and their son Leo (Cameron Spurr) that all will be fine. Justine, suffering massive depression, seems fine with the possibility that Melancholia will hit.

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Trailer and Link Round-Up Late Edition: 13 Assassins, Hara Kiri and Melancholia

This post is a bit late which is frustrating because the amount of awesome trailers I see every week is huge and the news from Cannes is truly mind-boggling for a film fan. I guess I’ll focus on three film-makers, Takashi Miike and Lars von Trier.

Takashi Miike first.

Well gang, saw Attack the Block this week. Nice film, no 13 Assassins (my film of the year) but what is? On the subject of 13 Assassins, it will be released in the UK by Artificial Eye on the 5th of September at the price of £9.99 on DVD and £12.93 on Blu-ray. Here’s the cover for the DVD:

13 Assassins DVD Cover

Time for the trailers!

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Link and Trailer Round-up and Sidney Lumet R.I.P.

Before I get into the main body of the post, the first BBC news headline to catch my eye when I connected to the internet was the death of Sidney Lumet at the age of 86.

For most cinephiles, his name will be familiar through classics like 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon and Network which are classics – just look on YouTube for the endless clips. I have watched two of the above and others but cannot talk confidently about his work or his impact beyond how memorable they are. I can quote them so they worked and had an impact on me as a film-goer. I’ll leave it to better writers to eulogize him properly but in any case, let me just add my condolences.

R.I.P. Sidney Lumet. The world has lost a great film maker.

Back to original programming…

Every week I come up with a wealth of information and trailers that I bookmark and hope to revisit because they are interesting but don’t quite warrant a post. Getting back to these links can take me a while so here’s the highlights of the stuff from this week before I
forget:

Has everybody seen the trailer for Lars von Trier’s latest film?

I’m not a fan of the chap’s work. Actually, I find most of his films rather dull punctuated with points of staggering bad taste. That said, the cast looks absolutely stellar with Kirsten
Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, and old von Trier collaborator, Stellan Skarsgård.

What drew my attention to the project was the story. When I first heard about it, it sounded damn interesting. That and the casting of Kirsten Dunst. Who appears nude. Ahem.

Web Game/Art/Random Cool Thing

This can qualify as an art installation, a game and a random cool thing. After messing around with this thing a few times I have absolutely nothing but praise.

A shot of the thing

For anybody who liked the Electroplankton games on the DS, here’s a link to something that is just charming. All you have to do is click on the squares. The order and pattern of squares that you click are of little importance because you will still create beautiful music!

The original poster (this is tumblr so people reblog like crazy) is here

This has replaced (temporarily) Japanese electro-pop as my internet soundtrack.

BBC – Movie Star Archive Collection

The BBC interviews a lot of stars. As Britain’s national broadcaster it would. All of these interviews are in an archive named:

Hollywood Voices Interviews with the Stars of the Golden Age of American Cinema

I haven’t explored it too deeply yet but from what I have heard, it’s quite fascinating. For any cinephile, this is a treasure trove of a standard and quality that the BBC is world renowned for.