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    NYFF: Antichrist

    Yes, she smashes his testicles and makes him cum blood and cuts off her clitoris with a pair of scissors (in close-up, no less!). It's all true. That’s where the discussion of Lars von Trier’s Antichrist stalled after its debut at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. It’s not that critics and audiences at Cannes failed to get past the genital mutilation—I'm not convinced genital mutilation is something one should “get past”—but they did let it determine and essentially consume the discourse on the film. Antichrist was treated either as a grotesque provocation or a punchline. Either way, it was dismissable, something to be condemned or laughed at and certainly not something to be taken seriously. This is an understandable but insufficient reaction to a film as off-putting, disturbing, and frankly bizarre as Antichrist. Improbably, since that infamous Cannes premiere, the tide has turned with a Film Comment cover story, positive-to-ecstatic notices out of Toronto, and a New York Film Festival invitation. For a movie that's already gone through a complete critical cycle of backlash and anti-backlash months before its U.S. release, however, Antichrist still feels under-scrutizined. Neither a disposable abomination nor a misunderstood masterpiece, Antichrist is the sort of challenging mess of a movie that demands examination, contextualization, and analysis. Von Trier may be a nut, but he's also, as Antichrist makes clear, talented, frustrating, and intermittently brilliant.

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  • ReelPolitik
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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sony Pictures Classics Acquires The Last Station

    Sony Pictures Classics Acquires The Last Station

    Sony Pictures Classics has added Telluride Film Festival hit The Last Station to its burgeoning 2009 slate of possible Oscar contenders. (Here's my Telluride feature on the movie.) The studio specialty subsidiary, which acquired North And Latin American rights, will push for Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer and James McAvoy for Oscar nominations.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    The 2009 New York Film Festival | WHITE MATERIAL

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    NOT-SO-OLD MOVIES

    A friend of my daughter’s recently admitted that she likes to watch “old” movies...like 'Dazed and Confused' (1993). I suppose age is in the eye of the beholder; to a girl in her 20s, the early 90s would seem a long time ago. I, of course, have neckties older than that, and when I think of old movies I tend to think of the 1930s and 40s.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    MGM Catches Reprieve from Lenders

    MGM has been under serious duress as it attempts to stay in business, while keeping up with even the interest owed on its staggering $3.7-billion debt. While the following statement indicates that the company will be relieved of three interest payments, there are miles to go before MGM comes out in the clear. The struggling studio has avoided being forced into bankruptcy by its creditors, which would have decreased the value of the company, which still owns a 4,000-title movie library as well as the Bond and Pink Panther franchises.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Lee Daniels Talks "Precious" In New York

    Clips from today's New York Film Festival press conference for Lee Daniels' "Precious" (with mild spoilers, so beware):

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    Watch 'House of the Devil' at Your House

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Three Points - Film Summits, Polanski and WTF?

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  • The Lost Boys
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