Tagged: Stellan Skarsgård

Five Favorite Films Starring My Favorite Swedish Man: Stellan Skarsgård

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I love Stellan Skarsgård! I don’t really need an excuse to talk about him, but today also happens to be his birthday. It’s a very happy birthday indeed for Skarsgård’s career. Lately, he’s been finally getting the attention he deserves and working on big budget Hollywood blockbusters which should help him make a name for himself in the mainstream and popular culture. Not that I care about any of those movies, but it’s nice to finally see one of my favorite actors getting noticed and recognized by people, which I hope will translate in more great collaborations with more visionary filmmakers as well.  Continue reading

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Review: Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Vol. II is Misanthropic, Melancholy and yet Marvelous

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*SP( )ILERS*
Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is numb. She can’t feel anything. Her vagina has become completely insensitive to any kind of sexual stimulation. Her husband Jerôme (Shia LaBeouf) is not enough to satisfy her. After all as much as he’d want to, he can’t fill all her holes at once. Time to experiment! What about a threesome with two extra-large negroes? Not working. How about some S&M with Jamie Bell? That works for a while, although it’s a problem, because Joe/Fido now has a little son and she can’t just leave him at home alone, can she? Pretty soon physical pain is not enough for her anyway. Time to start thinking about quitting.  Continue reading

Review: Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2013) Theatrical Cut – Split in Half, Heavily Censored and Still Incredibly Awesome

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*F( )RGET AB( )UT SP( )ILERS*

Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) is lonely middle-aged man doing some evening shopping before going home to his sad apartment. On his way home he finds Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) lying in the cold alley. She looks beat up and bruised. It’s snowing and cold outside. Seligman decides her to bring her to his place to clean her up and make her rest. After some tea and rugelach Joe starts to gain some strength and begins to talk about her life. Joe is a nymphomaniac, a sex addict. Seligman seems to be asexual, but he listens attentively and compares Joe’s tales to music, literature and fly fishing.  Continue reading

Everybody’s Having an Orgasm in the New ‘Nymphomaniac’ Character Posters

These bad boys were released just today! Once again I have to applaud Lars von Trier for not just being a great filmmaker, but also getting the marketing right. Many filmmakers don’t believe or get involved with promoting their films (looking at you Woody Allen), but we all know that a bit of hype and buzz always gets people in the theater. Aside from being a great idea these character posters for Nymphomaniac look great. They’re not too polished or photoshopped and they recall the visual style of the previous promo material we’ve gotten.

I love that virtually anyone in the film got his own poster. Being a huge Udo Kier fan his one is automatically my favorite, but I also love Charlotte Gainsbourg‘s and Stellan Skarsgård (who looks like he’s raping someone). Connie Nielsen is so sweaty, while Willem Dafoe looks like he’s taking a leak and Shia LaBeouf seems to be caring more about his cigarette than anything else.

The film will be released in Denmark on Christmas Day this year, but the rest of the world will have to wait. Unless of course you can afford to spend the holidays in Denmark, in which case I hate you and please do not let me know about it in the comments section. Joking of course (kind of).
So what are your favorite posters? And what do you think is going through their mind as they are climaxing?

Watch: Another Appetizer for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac

Another teaser for Lars von Trier’s upcoming Nymphomaniac has premiered today on the official website of the film. The clip features Charlotte Gainsbourg walking towards what seems to be a hospital. Stellan Skarsgård narrates the scene with his warm, raucous voice. The clip is shot in crispy clean black & white and looks gorgeous. It doesn’t really say or show much about the movie, so don’t worry about spoilers.

The description on the website reads: “Chapter 4 – Delirium. Delirium: Confusion. Delusion. Hallucination. The nymphomaniac’s father dies”. That would be Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg)’s father. The film is set to be released on Christmas Day in Denmark and in January 2014 worldwide. Looking good?

Lars von Trier’s Dogville (2003)

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Grace (Nicole Kidman) is a beautiful young woman on the run. In her escape from the mob, she arrives in a rural small town somewhere in America. Dogville is a quiet place isolated from the rest of the world. Its residents are simple people who like to keep to themselves and see her arrival with some skepticism. Fortunately for Grace, Tom (Paul Bettany) a young philosopher is willing to help her. His generosity is not completely selfless: He is trying to prove his people a point. Tom wants to teach the town’s people that if they are able to accept a stranger they will only be better off for it. At first reluctant to engage with Grace, the people soon start benefiting from her presence. She offers her services to everyone in town and so after a two week trial period they decide that she can stay. On the fourth of July however, the police issues a fake warrant for her arrest. The people of Dogville know she is innocent, but nevertheless they begin to treat her like she owes them more. Grace is abused, she tries to escape, but fails and is abused once more until Tom has had enough and decides to call the mob. It all ends in an epic climax you’d have to see to believe.  Continue reading