|Director:||Lars Von Trier|
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|11.07.14||Netflix||This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2014|
Hello, future me. Remember way back in 2004 when you started keeping notes on all the movies you saw? Well that was TEN FREAKING YEARS AGO!!!!! I can think of no better way to commemorate that then sitting down, cracking a coke zero, and watching as many movies as I possibly can over the next three or four days. Yes, my friend... you read that right. It's time to start DVR FEST X!!! WITH X MEANING 10!!!!!!
Yes, ten short years ago I built this site because I was sick of forgetting whether I actually saw all of the Friday the 13ths or wondering how often I actually watched The Big Lebowski or watching a movie for the second time and hating it and thinking "what was I thinking liking this the first time i saw it!?" Now I still do all those things (see my notes for Fast & Furious 4) but I have a permanent record to display my shame.
Nine and a half short years ago I moved to Austin and between September and October I went to QTfest 6, the first Fantastic Fest, and Austin Film Fest. I loved them all so much that, come early November, I was going through festival withdrawal. I noticed that I had a bunch of movies on my DVR that I'd been meaning to watch so I decided to recognize the anniversary of this site by clearing them all out. Thus DVRfest was born. Like every festival, it has since evolved to include a slightly wider criteria (namely netflix, my DVD rack, and movies off the internet) but I believe I am the only film festival to successfully keep the attendees list at one. Getting a badge is a real bitch.
Since this is the tenth year and I happen to be laid off and have some time on my hands I decided to put some thought into the programming this year and truly make it an occasion (for myself). The whole spirit of this fest has been to catch up on things I've been meaning to see so this year I've selected a ton of films from the following bins: movies on my DVR that I haven't gotten around to seeing (classic DVRfest staying true to my roots), movies that I've missed at the various festivals across the years that I've always meant to go back and watch but never have, and some movies that have been sitting on my DVD shelf for years and years that I have never seen. Also, following custom I'll pick one movie that I've seen before and throw it into the mix.
So... without further ado, I am kicking off the fest with one of my most egregious omissions. Can you imagine someone who has been to every Fantastic Fest never having seen ANTICHRIST!? It's time to let chaos reign up in this bitch!!! I'll be back in a few hours.
Well that was fun.
The one thing that surprised me about this film is how beautiful a lot of the photography was. When he wants to, Von Trier can certainly compose a shot. Mostly though it was what I thought it would be: 90% morose depression and 10% cringe-worthy violence. I have to say it's not my thing. I respect Lars Von Trier as a creative force and like the idea of his films but rarely actually enjoy watching them (hence why I don't do it often). I must say this was no different. Still, I saw it... check it off the list... moving on.
Next up is decidedly lighter fare starring a youngish Peter Sellers