Antichrist: Plenty of Sex, Grief, and Murder

For this week’s movie club we have the experimental Danish film Antichrist.

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DIRECTOR: Lars von Trier

STARRING: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg

GENRE: Drama, Experimental horror

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden

A couple lose their young son when he falls out of a window while they are having sex in another room. The mother’s grief consigns her to hospital, but her therapist husband brings her home intent on treating her depression himself. To confront her fears they go to stay at their remote cabin in the woods, “Eden”, where something untold happened antichrist3the previous summer. Told in four chapters with a prologue and epilogue, the film details acts of lustful cruelty as the man and woman unfold the darker side of nature outside and within.

I was actually blown away yet disgusted by Antichrist. The film is definitely not what I expected, as I figured it would be more along the lines of religion. While it was briefly touched on via witchcraft, it was more focused on grief then anything. The main cast, both Dafoe and Gainsbourg were absolutely fantastic as a grieving couple. I can feel the angst and the love/hate between each other. I have to mention that while gross, the visuals are absolutely stunning.antichrist4

Okay now the grosses out part. First off the Three Beggars, in a sense the deities of this world, are an immortal crow, a self-disemboweling fox, and a deer with a dead fawn sticking out if its womb. What the hell? This is just a short example of the gore, as Gainsbourg smashes Dafoe’s testicles and jerks him off until he orgasms blood. Not to mention that she castrates herself via scissors. You call this art? Apparently so.

PROS:

  • Main cast performances.
  • Grief themes.
  • Supreme direction.

CONS:

  • Grotesque images.
  • Three Beggars.
  • Art horror?

SCORE: 5.5 / 10

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The Grand Budapest Hotel: Cameos Galore!

Hello everybody, Today for our New Movie Show we have The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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DIRECTED BY: Wes Anderson

STARRING: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori

GENRE: Comedy

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: Germany, United Kingdom

A teenage girl visits the monument of the writer who penned the book, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. In 1968, that author was inspired to write the book when he visited that hotel, located in the European mountainous country formerly known as Zubrowka. Once a luxurious hotel, it, in 1968, has fallen on hard times. The author meets the then current owner, M. Zero Moustafa, who recounts the story of how he became the hotel’s owner and why he holds onto it and keeps it open despite it obviously making him no money. Zero’s story begins in 1932, when the hotel was in its golden era. Zero was the novice immigrant lobby boy, who, like all the other hotel staff, was under the guidance of M. Gustave H., the devoted concierge. Gustave aimed to please, he giving the guests whatever they wanted, especially the wealthy blonde women. The story largely revolves around one of those women, the wealthy Madame Céline Villeneuve Desgoffe-und-Taxis – better known as Mme. D. – her opportunistic son Dimitri, the bequeathing of a valuable painting called “Boy with Apple” to Gustave, the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death which is initially pinned on Gustave, and the attempts of Zero, his girlfriend – a baker’s assistant named Agatha – and others to clear Gustave’s name while Dimitri does whatever he needs to get what he believes is rightfully his, namely the painting.

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 The Grand Budapest Hotel came to me well praised, even though I actually had no idea what it was about or even what kind of film it was. To my surprise it is a hilarious comedy film filled to the brim with cameos from hilariously great actors. I do have to give Adrien Brody a real shout out as I normally will not see any film that he is in. Although he actually makes quite an awesome villain. Add Willem Dafoe to the mix and they are an easily stoppable but a hilarious pair of antagonists.

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 I do have to point out that I did not find much wrong with The Grand Budapest Hotel. The film is a comedic masterpiece with an ensemble cast for the ages. If I had to gripe, which I guess I have to, it would have to be how little they touch on the The Author and Zero in later years. I know they used it as a framing tool but still.

PROS:

  • Ensemble cast.
  • Main cast performance s.
  • Dialogue.
  • Hilarious.

CONS:

  • Framing Tool.

SCORE: 9 / 10

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Odd Thomas: He Can See The Dead!

Hello everybody! Today on our New Movie Show we have the supernatural thriller Odd Thomas.

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DIRECTOR: Stephen Sommers

STARRING: Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe, Addison Timlin, Nico Tortorella

GENRE: Mystery

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States

In Pico Mundo, a small town near the desert, fast-food cook Odd Thomas has the ability to see and talk to dead people. He is in love with his girlfriend Stormy Llewellyn and they believe that they are destined to be together forever. Odd Thomas uses his abilities to help the Chief of Police Wyatt Porter to solve murders. When Odd Thomas sees the creepy Fungus Bob Robertson, he is sure that the town is in danger and threatened by the possibility of massive destruction. His further investigation with Stormy discloses that Fungus Bob worships the Prince of Darkness and he is plotting to kill many people in Pico Mundo. Will Odd Thomas and Stormy succeed in avoiding the bloodshed?

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On the plus side, Odd Thomas has a fun premise going for it, one that has sustained prolific horror writer Dean Koontz through a six-novel series so far. What’s not to like about a wisecracking, self-denigrating short-order cook keeping the world safe from psycho-killers and satanists? Yelchin is agreeably offbeat and convincingly two-fisted in the role, and Sommers, who’s always had a knack for fast-paced action with a light, comic touch, provides a few entertaining scenes here and there.

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The story unfolds in typical mystery fashion, picking up clues, piecing them together. It’s engaging though hardly riveting. What’s more interesting is Odd’s personality and his loving relationship with Stormy. The film has a very surprising emotional wallop in the end.

Unfortunately, the horrific stuff in Odd Thomas seems gorily incompatible with the film’s otherwise breezy screenplay. Speaking of which, there should be some sort of penalty imposed on any movie where snappy repartee makes up more than, say, 63 percent of the dialogue. And quirky voice-over narration? 12.3 percent tops.

PROS:

  • Fun Premise
  • Main cast performance.
  • Few entertaining scenes.

CONS:

  • Not pure horror.
  • Too much gore for how its written.
  • Dialogue.

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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