One of my favorite actors, Willem Dafoe, is showing up in some great movies this year. You can see him in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Vol. II. He has worked with some of my very favorite directors and has the most unique and iconic face. Nobody looks quite like him and you wouldn’t mistake any actor for him, because nobody looks like Willem Dafoe, except for Willem Dafoe. What makes him such a remarkable actor and why does he get to work with the best directors? Continue reading
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
Monsieur Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) is a legendary and dashing concierge at the famous Grand Budapest Hotel in Nebelsbad, Zubrowka. The year is 1932 and the war is about to begin. One of Gustave’s wealthy, but elderly lovers, Madame D. (Tilda Swinton) has just died. The police think it was murder. The murderers try to frame Gustave and have him arrested. Luckily his loyal lobby boy Zero (Tony Revolori) helps him get out of prison. Once out Madame D’s evil son Dimitri (Adrien Brody) and his henchman Jopling (Willem Dafoe) are after them, because they know the truth. Continue reading
Premiering at the opening night of the 2014 Berlin Film Festival Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel just got a new poster and trailer. Both of which are emphasizing the amazing cast of characters. So who’s going to be in this soon to be Criterion? Let me give you the entire list: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalbic, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saorise Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson and newcomer Tony Revolori. Try to top that. Continue reading
This is what I’ve been waiting for! Now it’s finally here. The first trailer for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. There were a lot of discussions in the last few days about how this movie was going to turn out. Apparently Lars gave up final cut on the picture, which saddened and shocked a lot of fans. At the same time looking at this trailer every doubt about the film’s potential loss of awesomeness was completely erased from my mind. Also and in any case I’m sure there will be a director’s cut released on home video so I wouldn’t worry too much about it.
We’ve already seen a lot of teasers for the various chapters, but in this trailer we’re given a feel for the overall story. In the last couple days there were also two new posters, which I didn’t talk about since they’re essentially only slightly different from the ones we’ve already seen. The film will be released in Denmark (and Spain) on Christmas Day and while there’s still no official US release date, I’m afraid to say that our British friends will have to wait until March 7th, 2014. And with this news I’m afraid to find out when Swiss art houses will be ready to forget about love. Please announce something Zentropa!
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?
After releasing three teasers and clips from Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, more exciting news is on its way! It looks like the Danish director shot over 100 hours of footage and now plans to release an 8-episode TV show along with the two films or rather volumes, which are 2 h 30 min each. Sounds like this is going to be quite the erotic epic, although depending on which channel will air the TV show a lot of the explicit sex scenes might get trimmed.
Right now the film is still in post-production, which means they’re editing it. If a TV show is released and how long the two films will be is still open at this point. It’s now clearer why von Trier didn’t make it to Cannes this year. Of course I just hope Lars doesn’t have to cut anything out of the movie because it’s “too long” or for censorship issues. At this point it sounds like the film would get an NC-17 rating in the US.
Each chapter of the film is shot and composed in a different and unique stylistic way. Nymphomaniac stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman, Stellan Skarsgård, Jamie Bell, Stacy Martin, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Udo Kier and Jean-Marc Barr. The film will be released on Christmas Day in Denmark and 2014 everywhere else. Meanwhile here are the three teasers we’ve gotten so far. Enjoy!