Nymphomaniac

Review: Nymphomaniac: Volume I and II

Four hours I spent in the cinema tonight, and it was four hours well spent! I have waited a long time to see this film, as it had a good cast, interesting story and a scandinavian director. To my surprise the screening was full, I thought this film only appealed to weird film geeks like me, I guess not. The film is originally 5 and a half hours long, but due to making it more appealing to the audience it was cut in half and also trimmed so these two parts in all lasts for 4 hours! Both films were shown after each other here in Norway. I myself would have preferred the uncut directors version, so I hope it will be out on dvd or something later. I always believe the directors cut is the best, cause that’s how it was supposed to be in the first place. Censorship is a biatch for an auteur filmmaker who doesn’t make films to please the capitalists.

Review:

Director: Lars Von Trier
Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Shia Labeouf, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafou, Jamie Bell
Genre: Drama / Erotic

Plot: Self-acclaimed nymphomaniac Joe tells the story of her life to Seligman, a man who found her beaten up and decided to take care of her.

Volume I: 124 mins

Consists of chapter:

1.   “The Compleat Angler”
2.   “Jerôme”
3.   “Mrs. H”
4    “Delirium”
5.   “The Little Organ School”

Part 1 was my favorite. It consists of the 5 first chapters (out of 8) of Joe’s erotic journey. Why it was my favorite is because it had a lighter mood than Part II (Especially the 3 first Chapters), and it was easier to digest.

It begins with Joe’s first discovery of her ‘cunt’, as she puts it nicely herself, through her ‘first time’, through her first and only “love”, her relationship with her family, people she’s hurt and so on. She believes she is a bad person because of the things she’s done, but her new friend Seligman is trying to convince her she’s not by using examples and metaphors from history describing her exact stories and feelings.

Volume II: 123 mins

Consists of Chapter:

6.  “The Eastern and the Western Church (The Silent Duck)”
7.  “The Mirror”
8.  “The Gun”

Part II is a bit darker than part I. It consists of the last 3 chapter of Joe’s journey, and these chapters are a bit more serious than the last as it consists of violence, torture and dealing with sex addiction to name a few elements without revealing anything. Jamie Bell plays a very different (sadistic) role than i’m used to seeing him in, but he plays it well. And the ending, not exactly shocking, but I wish it could’ve been different… Not that it is bad, it is just unlucky and sad for the main character! aka frustrating for the audience aka me!! I was just thinking: “WHY OH WHY DID IT HAVE TO END THIS WAY 😦 ”

 All in All:

I recommend this (these) film(s) highly. It had humor, drama, good music (a mix of rock and classical) and it also makes you think a bit. Although people may think this looks like a porn movie, I disagree, it’s nothing sexual about the story really.. well of course it’s sexual, but it doesn’t turn you on.. Unless you count the short moments with Shia’s strong back and arms hah. These films speaks about all kinds of different sexualities (heterosexuality, homosexuality, asexuality, pedophilia, hyper-sexuality (nymphomania) to name a few), and about feminism and so much more, which is one reason I think people should see this film! Joe’s character is also deep, her emptiness and reasons for doing what she’s doing is fascinating, and so is the interesting characters she meets on her journey. The cinematography is amazing in my opinion. Von Trier’s use of close ups and long shots, color and black/white pictures and everything in between is very well sown together, and keeps it interesting and artsy. I also think the script is great because it makes you laugh in between all the seriousness of the film, which is needed when talking about such a serious topic. Specially the part with Uma Thurman, Chapter 3: Mrs H, is awesome, she plays her role really well, and the script in these chapter is hilarious and sarcastic, and you feel sorry for the characters and so much emotion. So. Good.

“With Nymphomaniac, Lars von Trier wishes to transfer, in film, previously unseen qualities from the world of literature. A monumental film about the female erotic desire, with claims and counter-claims, conflicting angles, and moral or perhaps precisely immoral observations. Because through the help of the main story, the film allows for the most strident arguments and wildest thesis, and exactly thereby it creates space for the discussion of it all – the film itself, the human beings, life!” – the makers of the film

There’s not much I could say without revealing important things in the story, so i’m just gonna tell you to go see it for yourself. It is very very good.

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– CinaMonster –

Films I look forward to in 2014

Tonight is the Golden Globe, and therefore I have chosen to list some of the films I am looking forward to see this year!

I have picked a few films from the 2014 list of films found on movieinsider.com and form VG.no. Some of these films may not look the best or get the best reviews, but I am still excited to see them all. 🙂 Sadly there is few international (non-US), and indie films on these list, so I think I will have to make another list for that later. Also, I didn’t get to read about all the films on the list, so there may be a few more i’ll wanna see… so the list may get updated when I have time!

P.S Other movie suggestions are highly appreciated! 😀

Films I’m REALLY looking forward to see:

  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • The Anchorman 2
  • American Hustle
  • Dumb and Dumber To
  • Nymphomaniac
  • Rio 2
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • 22 Jump Street
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
  • The Hobbit: There and Back Again
  • Dallas Buyers Club

Other films:

  • Exodus
  • Gimme Shelter
  • Her
  • The LEGO Movie
  • Pompeii
  • 300: Rise of An Empire
  • Noah
  • Godzilla
  • Maleficent
  • Neighbors
  • Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
  • Hercules: The Thracian Wars
  • The Expandables 3
  • The Maze Runner
  • The Interview
  • Fury
  • Big Eyes

For the complete list visit on movieinsider.com:
http://www.movieinsider.com/movies/-/2014/

VG.no
http://www.vgtv.no/#!id=76283&index=6

– CinaMonster-

 

What’s Eating Shia LaBeouf?

Yesterday I saw an article about Shia LaBeouf retiring in a Norwegian online Newspaper (Dagbladet).
I love Shia, so I found it a bit sad that this recent plagiarism war (also been written about in this newspaper earlier) he’s in has gotten this far. Then again, after reading around a bit, I am not sure if this tweet is really him “retiring” or just another paraphrased tweet copying Justin Bieber’s “retirement” not so very long ago.

As much as I understand why there is so much hate around him for this plagiarism issue, I also think it is ridiculous that this has gotten so much PR, and that the media is analyzing his every word! I’m sure if you look long enough, and dig far enough you’ll find that every idea has been inspired and seeded by some other persons idea. To be 100% original these days is extremely hard. We see it in music, film and everywhere else. Only because Shia didn’t mention this guys name in his film, he’s done something wrong. He was only 2 words away from not getting sued. Maybe just one phone call. Which was a rookie mistake.

So what is plagiarism?

(from google)
plagiarism (pleɪdʒərɪz(ə)m), noun
  1. the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own. 
I agree that he should’ve credited Daniel Clowes in his film.
And any other author he has copied bits from, or been inspired by in his other works, it wouldn’t take that much time to do.
Of course he should have, i’m aware of the copyright laws.
But he didn’t. Get over it.
Now everyone knows.. so what’s the big deal. Just let it go.
Why sue Shia when this guy has gotten so much PR from this incident, he should be happy. I’m sure even more people will buy his graphic novels now.

I also find it hilarious that people keep getting annoyed over his “stolen” apologies on twitter. Obviously he does it on purpose. Maybe I just have a temper, like he seems to have, but who wouldn’t if they knew people were watching and analyzing every step they took. It’s stupid that people care so much about a copied sentence, obviously put there to annoy, which also makes it a reason to do it.

But Shia isn’t the first one to plagiarize, is he?
Just the idea of ownership. How much longer can it last, when nearly every idea has been used.

Imagine if everyone would get angry for everything that was “stolen” from them. How about films. How many films copy ideas from each other? How many times have we seen clips almost identical to, for instance, scenes from The Shining. And stories, and characters and songs, and photos. Also, I wonder if every comedy sketch gets permission to make a parody of a film, scene, song or whatever (Of course if they pay enough money.)? They may of course credit the original most of the time, but not always. How many songs use the same chord progression? Anyone?
And can you sue the U.S (and others of course) from taking numerous film ideas (and usually destroying them) from other countries? I guess not, cause they pay for the rights. How about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg getting sued because he “stole” a social networking idea, it wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t so successful. It’s all about the money and fame, but we all know that.
How about photos. Visualize a paparazzi who takes all these secret pictures of celebrities, even when they don’t want to. Don’t you own yourself? No the paparazzi does.. at least the picture, of YOU. So just sue everyone who takes a picture and publish it without your permission!
Ex-to-the-Aggeration.

You can’t copyright an idea.

I once wrote a song that sounded exactly like a song from The Offsprings. I’d never heard the song before and I didn’t know that it was almost identical until years later. If I was famous, someone would’ve picked that up long ago and gossiped until it reached The Offsprings and I may’ve gotten sued too! Luckily, i’m not famous.

Point is, original ideas don’t grow on trees. Sometimes you may believe you have an awesome, never-ever-though-off-before idea, but then it turns out.. it’s not. But if you are able to inspire a person enough for him wanting to make a film out of your idea/story, try to be a little bit happy about it. Now you’ve got your credit, stop whining. And you’ll probably get some money too for it, so stop whining.

Oh yeah, and I read another blog post about Shia, plagiarism and that he wouldn’t make it in college.
Funny, cause yeah you can’t plagiarize in your essays in college, but you are aloud to paraphrase and use quotes. In fact you sort of have to. We are taught to use others ideas, and set them up against each other. We are taught that these are the correct theories, and if you think otherwise, leave these thoughts out of the essay, cause personal interpretations are not well for you grade, because you’re just a student with not enough knowledge to have your own say. So I think he would do pretty well in college if he remembered to write a bibliography and use quotation marks.

My point is:
Yes! Shia did wrong by not accredit this man, but!
Why blow up such a tiny thing, and why keep pushing it.
We all know he copied Clowes novel and others by now.
Give him a break. Most of you critics, he’s never even spoken off.

I’ve learned that if someone really annoys you, why spend time on them, just ignore them. They won’t find it amusing anymore to irritate you. So if you don’t like Shia, ignore him instead of writing mean, pointless comments, and analyzing his every word.

It’s like if you feed the bird in the winter, it will keep coming back. If you then stop, it’ll die of starvation.
In other words.. just don’t give him attention if you want his “stolen” tweets to die of the lack of recognition.
I’m still amazed these news have reached the cold north.

So my last words are:
LEAVE SHIA ALOONE!

and watch Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac when it comes out! 😀

– CinaMonster-

P.S. Sorry about the digressions. This is just my thoughts.