"Dogville" (2003) Dir. Lars Von Trier
If Lars Von Trier provided mercy within Dogville, I’d say he did a fairly poor job at showing it, but thank god for that. Dogville is the first work of art to bring me to my knees and reminded me of my own humanity.
A young fugitive named Grace escapes from a mob of gangsters into a very small town called Dogville. The town offers her a place to hide and in return she seeks to pay them back with physical labor. The town gladly accepts the extra, yet unnecessary, benefits she brings to the community but gets to the point where they grow dependent on her company and become, ironically, pretty fucking arrogant.
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Melancholia (2011) Dir. Lars Von Trier
Let’s welcome the new year by introducing a film that deals with the end of the world (!!!), shall we? I’ll try my best to explain the emotion that Lars von Trier evokes throughout Melancholia. Imagine a ginormous (like 150 ft tall) toddler in a Onesie pajama set. He is gallivanting his feet on shag carpet. You’re watching the hairs on this kid’s head resurrect from his scalp and feeling electrons accumulating a charge. You know some serious shock is about to happen and just awaiting the moment this baby touches metal. Take that part of the anticipation and then actually going for the doorknob, no remorse–full on Ben Franklin suicide.
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