Tag Archives: Udo Kier

Suspiria: The Witches of Freiburg

ONCE YOU’VE SEEN IT, YOU WILL NEVER AGAIN FEEL SAFE IN THE DARK.  When Dario Argento came up with the idea for his most famous film, he was traveling through Europe. The journey reinforced his interest in the occult and he had been reading Thomas de Quincey’s famous collection of essays ”Suspiria de Profundis”, published … Continue reading Suspiria: The Witches of Freiburg

Downsizing

WE ARE MEANT FOR SOMETHING BIGGER.  In the near future, scientists find a way to shrink people down to five inches; this ”downsizing” becomes an environmentally friendly, even luxurious, option for a married couple in Omaha (Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig). Alexander Payne worked on this idea for many years before it finally became a movie, … Continue reading Downsizing

Flesh for Frankenstein

BRINGS THE HORROR OFF THE SCREEN… AND INTO YOUR LAP.  Baron von Frankenstein (Udo Kier), who’s married to his sister (Monique van Vooren), tries to create a perfect Serbian super human, assembled from parts of various corpses. The collaboration between Andy Warhol and director Paul Morrissey resulted in two re-imaginings of classic horror tales, this … Continue reading Flesh for Frankenstein

Dancer in the Dark

YOU DON’T NEED EYES TO SEE.  In 1964, Czech immigrant Selma Ježková (Björk), who’s nearly blind, is working in the U.S. to save money for her son’s eye surgery, but eventually ends up on death row. Lars von Trier’s musical, made in Sweden, set in the U.S. and starring Icelandic singer Björk, polarized audiences and … Continue reading Dancer in the Dark

Nymph()maniac: Vol. II

Joe’s (Charlotte Gainsbourg) story of her days as a nymphomaniac continues, and we learn that her experiences became increasingly desperate… Darker in tone than Vol. I, this one has a grisly abortion scene, some bloody BDSM action and silly adventures among gangsters. What started out as a mildly intriguing project turns very unpleasant, with pretensions … Continue reading Nymph()maniac: Vol. II

Melancholia

As a giant planet called Melancholia may or may not collide with Earth, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) is about to get married but is overcome with depression. In Lars von Trier’s perhaps most obvious attempt to tackle his personal experiences of depression onscreen, he does it in the shape of a moody disaster movie. Divided into two … Continue reading Melancholia

Metropia

SOMEONE IS LISTENING TO YOUR THOUGHTS.  In 2024, a huge network of subways has erased the last borders within Europe, but strengthened those against the rest of the world; whenever Roger is inside the complex, he can hear a voice in his head. Director Tarik Saleh ventures into fiction, but it is just as politically … Continue reading Metropia

Manderlay

LIBERATION. WHETHER THEY WANT IT OR NOT. After leaving Dogville, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) passes a Southern plantation where the owner still keeps slaves and decides to teach everyone there a lesson about democracy. Director Lars Von Trier’s sequel to Dogville (2003) uses the same theatrical set-up and once again his cinematographer employs effective visual tricks. However, Howard … Continue reading Manderlay

Surviving Christmas

SHARE THE WARMTH. Successful but lonely ad executive Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) suffers a crisis and pays the family that currently lives in his childhood home to spend Christmas with him. A bizarre plot to be sure, although it does highlight the desperation lonely people might feel at Christmas. Affleck’s part cries out for a … Continue reading Surviving Christmas

Shadow of the Vampire: A Symphony of Horrors

Anyone who has ever seen Nosferatu, F.W. Murnau’s marvelous, silent vampire flick, is likely to never forget the appearance of Count Orlok, the bald, rat-like bloodsucker with long fingernails that look like claws. It’s the most off-putting vampire in the history of cinema and in my opinion also the scariest. And this feat was accomplished as … Continue reading Shadow of the Vampire: A Symphony of Horrors

End of Days

PREPARE FOR THE END. As the millennium approaches, the devil (Gabriel Byrne) comes to Earth looking for a woman who is the key to his kingdom; ex-cop Jericho Cane (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is on his trail. A traditional action movie for Arnold, but his character has more depth than usual. Jericho’s alcoholism and grief makes it … Continue reading End of Days