Excerpt: Is it me or are there a growing number of films that involve another planet in them? Last fall I saw a trailer for a film called Another Earth in which there was, literally, another Earth ! Director Terrance Malick also gave us a very surreal film in his Best Picture nominated The Tree of Life .
Excerpt: I’m not sure I even know where to begin with Danish provocateur Lars von Trier ’s new film. His previous film, "Antichrist" (2009), was a disturbing, dividing and hysterical film that I found was equal parts beauty and horror. "Melancholia" might be more palatable to the arthouse crowd but it is nothing less than a von Trier film. I guess I’ll begin at the start and go from there.
Conclusion: Melancholia , Danish director Lars von Trier's stunningly beautiful film about the end of the world, is a remarkable achievement. I truly cannot think of another recent film that I could compare it to - it is so incredibly pure and thought-provoking. The film's transition to Blu-ray is equally impressive. Indeed, it is only January, but as far as I am concerned Melancholia is already a prime candidate for a release of the year. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Conclusion: An extended metaphor for the paralysis of depression and a grand existential statement about the ultimate inconsequentiality of life on Earth, Melancholia lives up to its name as the most lugubrious film of 2011. But it's also one of the best films of the year, artistically accomplished, gripping from start to finish, and beautifully performed. (Why Kirstin Dunst didn't get an Oscar nod for Best Actress is beyond me.
Excerpt: Det är nu inte varje dag som en glappkäft stympas på sina ordlekar, men banne mej om inte Lars Von Triers Melancholia gjorde jobbet ändå. Ty här sitter jag, svulten på ordens näring och gödslet till dess framfart, utan en susning om hur man beskriver en känsla som inte låter sig beskrivas. Men vi skjuter ett par bokstäver och flår dem faller; min frustration hörs trots allt bara till grannen.