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The House That Jack Built
« on: December 18, 2018, 01:36:08 AM »
Two and a half hours and fuck me it felt it, Lars von Trier's latest exploration of his own anus is...  actually alright.  A portmanteau, sort of, involving five incidents the protagonist wants to talk about while on a journey.  The journey he's on is obvious from the start, as is the identity of his guide, but the ending seems to be designed as a revelation.  LVT always thinks he's blowing our minds, when we've been a few steps ahead of him the whole way.

It feels very much like his final statement, although I've not heard anything about him quitting the film industry.  If it isn't his exit then I've no idea what the point of it was.

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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2018, 02:04:38 AM »
It felt like he very much wanted it to be significant. To the point where he even drops his previous work into it...although something missing perhaps. But then his films are always intelligent exercises that never seem to have a real soul. The violence in this one really was designed to upset, and that's the shock merchant we've come to expect.

How does the timeline of the production intersect with Bjork's accusations?

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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2018, 03:18:10 AM »
Lars von Trier?

More like up his own arse

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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2018, 03:18:37 AM »
The Shit Film That Lars Made

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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2018, 07:30:22 AM »
The only von trier film I’ve ever really enjoyed was that Nicole Kidman one - very good was that - this sounds like shock jock crap though

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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2018, 11:41:18 PM »
The only von trier film I’ve ever really enjoyed was that Nicole Kidman one - very good was that - this sounds like shock jock crap though

Same, but I thought Antichrist was okay but a bit juvenile in 'pushing the envelope'.

This one is far more restrained than it might sound, because a serial killer film by him really doesn't sound appealing.  It's less graphic than your average 15 rated slasher film really, although it has its moments.  I'm almost disappointed that it isn't 'extreme', because then I could just dismiss it as him being a tosser again.  I'm not happy with one of his films being far too long but basically okay, and I doubt he would be either.

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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2018, 12:01:09 AM »
I loved this. Lars von Trier is very good at making us want him to fuck off. Matt Dillon was a revelation. All the philosophising I read as deliberate bullshit and enjoyed all the more for it. There was some really funny stuff and some real horrid shit. All feeding off each other. Delicious. Go fuck yourself Lars. I suppose your appreciation of this comes down to how much you appreciate being quite specifically poked in the ribs with a knowing smirk for 2.5 hours. Personally that's my jam particularly because I'm a fan of filmmakers who know exactly what they're doing and do it. I felt similarly about Noé's latest film. But it doesn't really feel like it's being provocative in a dull "boo hoo PC culture" sort of way, it's just testing you as a human in general. I'm not sure if that makes sense.

This film is very definitely evil.

Also the end credits song choice was stellar. Fuck's sake.

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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2018, 09:01:13 PM »
I loved this. Lars von Trier is very good at making us want him to fuck off. Matt Dillon was a revelation. All the philosophising I read as deliberate bullshit and enjoyed all the more for it. There was some really funny stuff and some real horrid shit. All feeding off each other. Delicious. Go fuck yourself Lars. I suppose your appreciation of this comes down to how much you appreciate being quite specifically poked in the ribs with a knowing smirk for 2.5 hours. Personally that's my jam particularly because I'm a fan of filmmakers who know exactly what they're doing and do it. I felt similarly about Noé's latest film. But it doesn't really feel like it's being provocative in a dull "boo hoo PC culture" sort of way, it's just testing you as a human in general. I'm not sure if that makes sense.

This film is very definitely evil.

Also the end credits song choice was stellar. Fuck's sake.


I would agree with all of that. It was very difficult extremely arduous to watch in certain bits. I found myself being quite upset and not quite sure i wanted to continue but i did and was ultimately glad of it. Lars Von Trier manages to make you feel somewhat complicit in the act by being a viewer  Really explored the utter darkness of a psychopathic killer's mind.
The last 20 minutes were sublime.

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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2019, 10:16:12 AM »
I liked it.

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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2019, 10:41:29 AM »
I found this quite enjoyable, although Trier has almost become like Tarantino for me in as much as I play a kind of mental game of Bingo to see if they include all their usual tropes. It does not have the masterly touch of his previous three films, but it still has much to like and plenty to giggle at. In some ways it is more similar to Man Bites Dog than anything else I can think of at the moment. My big issue with the film was simply the casting. This would have been perfect for Defoe and I feel that was a missed opportunity. Dillon is a wonderful actor, but here I got distracted by his shitty bullshitting which he played EXACTLY like the character he played in There's Something About Mary. I'm relieved this didn't seem to distract anyone else, but for me it was a problem. Also, I find serial killers' philosophising really quite boring.

The final scenes are really great - mixing those typical handheld digital camera shots with baroque, super-slowed down vignettes. But I felt let-down by its broad ending.

So, is this just about Trier and his Mum?

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« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2019, 04:09:43 PM »
woah that ending was incredible!

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« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2019, 05:05:37 PM »
I've seen the ending on the 'tube, and the hard cut to the end credits and inappropriate music made me laugh.

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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2019, 06:26:35 PM »
If any film is one big fucking sweaty wank in the viewer's face, this is it. It's nicely shot and Dillon is excellent but my god, it annoyed the piss out of me. I AM GOING TO PROVOKE YOU NOW, I AM A GENIUS, GET USED TO IT. Smug, self-serving bollocks from a very boring man.

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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2019, 10:53:52 AM »
I though Antichrist was contemptible horseshit and was ready to write off Von Trier for good, but everything he’s done since I’ve really enjoyed, including this. Definitely his funniest film, although he’s a bit late to the party, 20-odd years after Man Bites Dog, Funny Games, American Psycho etc. It wasn’t as gruesome as I’d been led to expect, I can’t imagine what has been cut out for the American R-rated version; the boobies being chopped off?