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Indie Roundup: ‘Melancholia’

Last year, Lars Von Trier hyped his latest movie, “Melancholia,” as the first of his movies with an unhappy ending. This is from a guy who ended his Palme d’Or-winning movie, “Dancer in the Dark,” with his lead actress dangling from the end of a rope.

Von Trier has a real gift for inciting controversy, as his cringe-inducing spiel at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where he compared himself to a Nazi, proves. His movies are no less divisive. You might love his movies or hate them — I’ve gone back and forth — but Von Trier’s works are never boring. I’d much rather see a flick that infuriates me, as “Dancer in the Dark” did, than something as tasteful and tepid as, say, “J. Edgar.” (And by the way, when did Clint Eastwood go from being a Hollywood badass to making the cinematic equivalent of Pottery Barn furniture?) Continue reading ‘Indie Roundup: ‘Melancholia’’


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