October 24, 2009

PODCAST: Antichrist (Steve Dollar, Andrew Grant, Michael Tully)


Chaos... yeah, you know already! I haven't peeked at any reports other than from the IFC Center in NYC, where Thursday's late-night preview of Lars von Trier's Antichrist filled three auditoriums and turned yet more people away. The reviews have been wildly mixed, with the disgusted detractors often just as fiery as the film's champions, but you certainly can't argue that this is a Halloween-appropriate provocation that gets people talking:

A grieving couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) retreat to "Eden," their isolated cabin in the woods, where they hope to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse...
After a Skype video conference with von Trier following last month's NYFF press screening (for further reading, see my recent interview with the Danish auteur), I shared some post-game commentary about Antichrist with freelance critic (and regular GreenCine Daily contributor) Steve Dollar, my esteemed Benten Films cohort Andrew Grant, and Hammer to Nail's own Michael Tully—who really just wants to treat von Trier to a day at an American amusement park. Dollar keeps thinking about Couples Retreat (they both take place at remote getaways called "Eden"), and Grant addresses that frequent charge of misogyny thrown at the 53-year-old filmmaker's work.

To listen to the podcast, click here. (17:19)

Podcast Music
INTRO: Björk and Thom Yorke, "I've Seen It All"
OUTRO: Marilyn Manson, "Antichrist Superstar"

[Related: FlavorWire's Review: Mythological Revisionism or Misogynistic Schlock?]

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Posted by ahillis at October 24, 2009 6:04 PM


Ha ha ... I guess I have some strange desire to see Vince Vaughn's nuts get clobbered for making all those lame rom-coms.

Posted by: Anonymous at October 24, 2009 7:20 PM

Steve's quote (it's like "Couples Retreat" for art school masochists) made me lol.

Posted by: Maian at November 4, 2009 11:52 AM
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