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    A History of Lars Von Trier at the Box Office

    The director is known for many things, but box office success in North America is probably not one of them. That said, von Trier has managed a few very respectable grosses over the years, most notably from 1996's "Breaking The Waves," 2000's "Dancer in the Dark," and 2011's "Melancholia," all of wh...

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    Watch: Philosopher Slavoj Žižek Explains Why Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia' Is "Profoundly Optimistic"

    If you know someone in a university who is studying for some kind of liberal arts degree, chances are they've mentioned Slavoj Žižek. To call him "popular" wouuld be overstating it, but as far as contemporary philosophers go with name recognition, he's one of the few that actually ...

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    As Mel Gibson's Latest Film Goes Straight To VOD, Is This A Glimpse Of The Future Of Distribution?

    Something curious happened this week. It was announced that an action film from someone who has historically been one of Hollywood's biggest stars would be skipping movie theaters. That's not unprecedented, or necessarily surprising, considering that the star in question is disgraced A-lister Mel Gi...

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    Rosie O'Donnell Would Rather Give Birth To A Flaming Child Than Watch 'Melancholia' Again

    Seems everyone was on their crazy pills this week. Contrarian critic Armond White classed up the New York Film Critic's Circle Awards by heckling the celebs in attendance. How this guy keeps getting taken seriously or invited anywhere is beyond us. But he wasn't the only one being deter...

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    Gabe Toro's Best Films Of 2011

    Great art challenges. Bad art flatters. But those of us who don’t dedicate our lives to film don’t always seek to be challenged. Sometimes we want to experience art at our leisure. One doesn’t schedule, or plan the impact of art (making a film review deceptive, as it can never be a critics’ final th...

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    Stellan Skarsgård On David Fincher, Lars Von Trier And Channeling Hugh Grant In A Rape Scene

    You certainly can’t accuse Stellan Skarsgård of lacking a work ethic. A regular on screens big and small in his native Sweden from the time he was a teenager, since his breakout international role in 1996’s “Breaking the Waves” he has averaged anywhere from three to eight films per year, mixing Swed...

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    Best Films of 2011

    If there were ever a year to be wimpy and declare a tie, this would have been it: choosing between my Number 1 and Number 2 films was just silly. One is big, the other smaller; both are ambitious and perfectly made, but in wildly different ways. I adore them both.

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    Stellan Skarsgård Says He "Won't Get To Fuck" In Lars Von Trier's 'The Nymphomaniac,' But Will Go Full-Frontal

    After nearly thirty years of work in Sweden, with a few small roles in English-speaking films like "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and "The Hunt For Red October," Stellan Skarsgård really started to turn heads internationally in Lars Von Trier's "Breaking The Waves," as the paraplegic husband of...

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    From Bloody Murders To Bridesmaid Speeches: The 25 Best Movie Moments Of 2011

    The great Howard Hawks once famously said that what makes a good film is "three great scenes, and no bad ones." While we'd argue that that's not an absolute hard-and-fast rule, he wasn't far off. With 2011 providing a number of above-average films, there've been plenty of m...

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    'Melancholia' Wins Best Film At European Film Awards; Ties 'The King's Speech' For Most Awards

    While it has pretty much zero influence on the awards season stateside, the European Film Awards, which are essentially the Euro version of the Oscars, presented their winners tonight and it looks like Lars Von Trier's brief moment as a pariah is over.

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