Japanese 20 and 30-somethings have a problem. And worse than injecting saline into their foreheads to make their faces look like bagels.
How do you make a conservative religious nation think contraceptives are cool? Josh Condoms took a cue from punk rock: Piss off the censors.
A porn from 1915, a 1933 Czech film that dared to feature intercourse, the Hitchcock kiss that melted brains, and a reminder that America is run by prudes.
The first clip for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac has been released and two things struck me:
1. The early glimpse of footage is from "Chapter 1: The Compleat Angler." So Von Trier is taking a segmented approach a la 9 Songs, albeit with (at least, I suspect) different characters in highly sexual situations. Von Trier has used chapters before, but without any of the main talent on display, I’m wondering if it will feel more like an anthology film. I don’t know if the approach can sustain two movies (Nympho is a double feature), but I am a Von Trier nut, so whatever I can get, I’ll take.
2. Zentropa Productions is really pushing these movies hard. Nymphomaniac could be a “breakout hit” for Von Trier — at least in terms of art house success. Melancholia did decent business, but I’m guessing Zentropa thinks they have a 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon on their hands. Tantalizing footage will be the selling point. They’re releasing clips pretty early — Part 1 doesn’t have an official release date but is expected in the Fall — so let’s hope the marketing doesn’t climax too early.
Operation Kino 98: The Sundance Film Festival And The End Of Fringe
This week on Operation Kino, we’re throwing out the usual format for plenty of reasons— none of the week’s new releases screened in time for us to see them, David is off recovering from surgery, and Katey and Patches are still (yes, still) at the Sundance Film Festival, where nightmares like Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters can’t hurt them. So we’re devoting most of this week’s show to Sundance, discussing the festival with special guest Brian Moylan, and then tossing in a bonus tidbit from Da7e as he talks about the series finale of Fringe.
This movie is so fucking funny.