The End of the World as Lars von Trier Knows It

As a fan of Lars von Trier, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and pretty much any “wedding movie” with a dark premise (don’t ask), I’m excited about this. Salon writer Drew Grant already referred to it as Rachel Getting Married meets Donnie Darko,” which seems fair, at least from this trailer.

Either way, von Trier’s upcoming film Melancholia looks like a departure in story/plot for him, while still retaining that “beautiful-but-uncomfortable-and-slightly-ridiculous” quality he (usually) pulls off so well.

The Wikipedia page for this movie says:

Trier has said that he considers all of his previous films to end happily, and that this will be the first with an unhappy ending.

Oh yes, of course, because Dancer in the Dark was basically the Wizard of Oz of our time. I wouldn’t expect anything less from this smart ass, insane, and genius filmmaker.


Trailer for Sofia Coppola’s New Film, ‘Somewhere’

The trailer for Sofia Coppola’s upcoming movie Somewhere made its way around the internet today, and the overall response seems to be positive. Even from people who claim they are not fans of Sofia Coppola. I am incredibly biased, I guess, because I’ve always been a big fan of Coppola. (Don’t even get me started on what I view as the undeserved general hatred of Marie Antoinette.) So of course, I think this new trailer looks darling – in that fluff-meets-profound-meets-utterly-cool sort of way that only Coppola herself can pull off with ease.

Wikipedia’s synopsis:

Stephen Dorff plays Johnny Marco, a Hollywood bad-boy stumbling through a life of excess at the Chateau Marmont when he receives an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter, played by Elle Fanning. Their meeting challenges his lifestyle and forces him to make necessary changes.

Following her trend of casting blonde female main characters, I think it will be very interesting to see how Coppola directs the adult-child interaction in this story. Also, how sweet that her husband’s band, Phoenix, provides the movie’s soundtrack.

The film’s release date is set for December 22. And I don’t care what the non-fans say – which apparently is something like, “This one actually looks good” – I’m looking forward to Somewhere not only because it looks good, but because Sofia Coppola is a damn good storyteller who knows what she’s doing. Maybe this film will set the record straight.