We’re Not in Dogme 95 Any More, Toto

We’re Not in Dogme 95 Any More, Toto (photo)

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Via Bleeding Cool, a beautiful effects reel from Lars von Trier’s upcoming film “Melancholia,” which premieres in mere days at the Cannes Film Festival.

Melancholia (making of) from Platige Image on Vimeo.

The video, by effects house Platige Image, really showcases von Trier’s insanely awesome (and awesomely insane) attention to detail, and the degree to he radically alters even seemingly innocuous images using digital technology. Kirsten Dunst may look like she’s walking next to a tree, but that tree was added later, along with the moon, that other planet, and about eight other things in the frame. We’re not in Dogme 95 anymore, Toto.

If this is the first you’re hearing about it, “Melancholia,” which will be released in the United States by Magnolia Pictures in November, is an end-of-the-world movie about two sisters played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg. And when I say end-of-the-world movie, that’s exactly what I mean; according to von Trier, the film begins with the destruction of the entire Earth, then flashes back to the last days in the lives of its characters.

There was a lot of discussion about how much of von Trier’s last film, “Antichrist,” should or could be revealed by critics and writers. I was lucky enough to see “Antichrist” at its first Cannes screening, and got to appreciate it completely unprepared for what was going to happen. The suspense was a big selling point. “Come see what freaked out the international film community at Cannes!”

Now, it seems, von Trier is trying something radically different. He’s such a confrontational director that I wonder if part of his reason for making this film, and for declaring exactly what happens in it in advance, is a response to the “Antichrist” reaction and an an attack on our spoiler-obsessed culture. “You care that much about what happens? Well fine, I’ll tell you what happens before you’ve even set foot in the theater.”

The reel above shows there are lots more potential pleasures to this work beyond narrative twists. I’m plenty jealous I won’t get to see the film this week at Cannes, but I’ll be there in November.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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