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Berlin Review: Lars von Trier's Director's Cut Of 'Nymphomaniac Part 1'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 9, 2014 1:17 PM
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Lars von Trier is going to Hell. The devil, after all, has all the best tunes, and on the evidence of "Nymphomaniac Part 1," which has its world premiere in its unexpurgated, director-preferred 145-minute version at the Berlin Film Festival, von Trier is a maestro at his zenith, conducting what may very well be his magnum opus. It is a symphony, or perhaps a thrusting, punk-inflected heavy metal power grind of rude, funny, sexy, sad, gross, pretentious, meta and brilliant, and sometimes all of these things at the same time. But out of what should be discordant, salacious, self-indulgent and ugly, von Trier, through sheer storytelling and filmmaking chutzpah, has crafted something witty and clever and thrilling, that absorbed our attention like a sponge and displayed, beneath all that brio, a kind of wisdom we haven't seen before from the filmmaker.

Watch: New Trailer For Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Part 2' Is Burning Down The House

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2014 11:03 AM
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Nymphomaniac
With a surprise screening at the Sundance Film Festival, and a debut of the uncut first part at the Berlin Film Festival next month, it's safe to say Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" is still one of the most talked about movies of the year. And here's yet another look at the movie to get you talking.

Which Is Your Favorite? Check Out The Beautifully Strange Character Posters For 'Nymphomaniac'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2013 7:23 AM
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Whether coming from the generally more conservative American studio system or the much more nudity friendly European arthouse system, marketing an epic, two-movie, sex-and-flesh filled saga called "Nymphomaniac" is no easy task. But the folks behind Lars von Trier's provocative latest have been doing it right, with monthly teasers and today, a little surprise with the unveiling of 14 character posters. And it's some beautifully strange stuff.

Watch: Lars Von Trier Enters Delirium With Latest Clip From 'Nymphomaniac'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 27, 2013 4:55 AM
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With all the excitement over the fall festival movies, it's easy to forget that we're only a matter of months away from the unveiling of Lars Von Trier's latest. Or at least, it would be if not for the canny stream of information that comes out of "Nymphomaniac." Even if it weren't for recent revelations -- a total running time of five hours for the two-part film, a potential TV spin-off, a premiere for the hardcore version at Cannes -- Von Trier's been keeping up interest for his new film by releasing a clip every month in the run up to the Christmas premiere in Denmark of the first part.

Watch: Trailer For 'Playback' Starring Christian Slater, 2012's Lowest Grossing Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 31, 2012 1:24 PM
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With 2013 just around the corner, folks have been busy wrapping up their lists of both the best and worst of the year in film. But what about the movies no one cared about? Each week sees the release of more movies than anyone can care to catch up with, and inevitablysome fall through the cracks or are simply swept under the rug by their distributor. And in 2012, the dubious distinction of being the movie that audiences cared about the least falls on "Playback."

New Images Of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa & Christian Slater In Walter Hill's 'Bullet To The Head'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 19, 2012 11:05 AM
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While we didn’t have much hopes for the Walter Hill and Sylvester Stallone collaboration, “Bullet In The Head,” the film premiered at the Rome Film Festival last week and it made quite the impression on on our own Jessica Kiang who called it both "extraordinarily silly" yet a "geniunely fun" throwback to the mindless action flicks of the 1980s.. And now, a batch of new images have emerged for from the action film to give you a closer look.

Christian Slater Joins Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac,' Caleb Landry Jones To Lead John Boorman's 'Hope & Glory' Sequel

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 12, 2012 11:45 AM
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Having given late '80s/early '90s idol-turned-TV-hero Kiefer Sutherland a plum role in his last film, "Melancholia," ever-provocative Danish auteur Lars von Trier is looking to pull the same trick again, as Variety reports that Christian Slater is the latest unlikely addition to the director's next picture(s), his two-part drama "Nymphomaniac." Slater, mostly seen in strings of dreadful DTV actioners these days, will play the father of Charlotte Gainsbourg's lead character, joining Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell and Connie Nielsen in the picture, which documents a woman's sexual life from infancy to adulthood. The trade also reveal that British model Stacy Martin will appear, playing the younger version of Gainsbourg's character.

Review: 'Assassin's Bullet' Is A Spectacularly Inept Action Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 2, 2012 10:59 AM
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Even by the admittedly low standards of a basically direct-to-video, shot-in-Bulgaria action thriller starring Christian Slater and Donald Sutherland as a pair of weathered old spies, "Assassin's Bullet" is a fucking chore. It seems to have been created at some kind of magical nexus where sluggish plotting, technical ineptitude, and iffy performances meet. It's a smorgasbord of awfulness, but one that you can't even find yourself enjoying, in a guilty pleasure, can-you-honestly-believe-this? way. It would be lucky to be one of those movies they premiere on Cinemax on Friday nights starring actors who clearly owed the IRS something.

Tribeca Review: 'Freaky Deaky' Is A 1970s-Set Farce Where The Afros Outnumber The Laughs

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 23, 2012 3:21 PM
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Just when you thought filmmakers had milked every gag possible from setting a movie in the 1970s, along comes writer/director Charles Matthau to prove that theory correct in the moribund Elmore Leonard adaptation “Freaky Deaky.” Though the source material takes place in 1988, Matthau heard the call of polyester and fur and answered be relocating the film to the seventies, resulting in a film drowning in cornball aesthetics, extravagant living room furniture, funk music out of a bad porno and loud fashion under the guise of mise en scene.

First Look At Christian Slater & Crispin Glover In Adaptation Of Elmore Leonard's 'Freaky Deaky'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2012 3:31 PM
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So what do you get when you mix Christian Slater, Crispin Glover, Andy Dick and more in a '70s-set adaptation of a beloved Elmore Leonard novel? Well, you get "Freaky Deaky" which should be one of the more colorful entries at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month.

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