Colleen Claes

Colleen Claes
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I'm a freelance writer and blogger when I'm not working 9 to 5. I graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in film and screenwriting. I'm particularly interested in the intersection of media (usually film) and culture. I've contributed to Examiner.com as the Chicago Cult Classics Examiner and have been interviewed by USA Today for my film expertise. I write at a few other places (both for myself and other people), which you find below My Links.

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APRIL 13, 2011 2:38PM

'Melancholia': End of the World as Lars von Trier Knows It

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 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.

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ha...! Love the premise of this new feel-good-er
from our friend von Trier:
Kirsten Dunst gets married & then succumbs to
such a deep melancholia that she calmly accepts
the end of the world
when a hitherto unknown planet
previously hiding behind the sun
collides with us.

Good role for Mz. Squeaky cheerleader Dunst, maybe...
Von Trier never disappoints...
well, almost never..
James - I think that's the best part about von Trier - you can say he's brilliant but admit he's failed to amaze at times. With films that extreme, it's hard to succeed each time.
my own personal favorite von trier experience
was watching that miniseries "the kingdom"
(totally f-ed up by stephen king in an american adaptation)
i only saw half of it, alas.

extremity often brings our moral introjections
into play...
(eg "i feel guilty watching such explicit stuff...
damn this artist for
delving down into my id!")

Then again, Hitchcock pulled off alot of entertaining
extremity.

I say: art has to be entertaining.
if it has any chance of ever being funded, ha..
At least these days...