November 7, 2010 |
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98 Equal parts imaginative and aggravating, Edgar Wright's adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim" graphic novel series stars Michael Cera as the dim, self-centered Canadian indie-rocker, who has to fight the seven super-powered exes of his would-be girlfriend Ramona (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Why does Scott like the mumbly, charmless Ramona? Why does Ramona like the childish, thoughtless Scott?
October 23, 2009 |
Oh, that Lars von Trier, what will he do to women next? If his new film "Antichrist" is any indication, it will be off-with-their-heads and all their erogenous zones, but slowly, painfully and with a very dull knife. The psychosexual side of women never fares too well in the filmmaker's vision of the world. There was his 1996 treatise on sex as penance for Emily Watson in "Breaking the Waves," then there was sex as punishment in 2003 for Nicole Kidman in "Dogville." And now comes "Antichrist": Female sexuality has evolved into pure evil here with Von Trier looking ever so much like the Marquis de Sade of filmmaking.
October 18, 2009 |
During a water-skiing accident in 2007, Charlotte Gainsbourg suffered a blow to the head, resulting in a cerebral hemorrhage similar to the one that caused the tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson this year. Emergency brain surgery saved the now-38-year-old actress' life, but it took her nearly a year to recuperate. For her return to the big screen, Gainsbourg chose "Antichrist," opening in Los Angeles on Friday, Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier's staggering and surreal examination of grief, faith and sexuality.
May 23, 2009 |
His hallucinatory horror film "Antichrist" elicited derisive giggles and howls from an irate media audience. Later, he was booed at his own news conference. But Lars von Trier is insisting, as he so often does, that he never intended to play the provocateur. "If somebody asked me to make a provoking film, I wouldn't know how to do it," Von Trier said in an interview at the Hotel du Cap, a luxury resort up the coast from the bustle of the Croisette.
April 24, 2009 |
Cannes is upping its "Q" score. The official selection for the 2009 Cannes Film Festival was announced Thursday morning in Paris, and while it will be hard to beat last year's excitement of a whip-cracking Indiana Jones on the Croisette, Quentin Tarantino's take-no-prisoners personality may just be big enough to give old Indy a run for his money.
April 23, 2007 |
An American religious leader who calls himself the Antichrist canceled a visit to Guatemala after the Central American country barred him as a security risk. Puerto-Rican born Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda wears the number 666 tattooed on his arm and claims a following of 2 million people, most in Miami, where he lives, and in Colombia.