Film review: Melancholia

Film review: Melancholia

Melancholia (2011) directed by Lars von Trier “And when I say we’re alone, we’re alone. Life is only on Earth. And not for long.” Justine Lars von Trier’s Melancholia can perhaps be best described as a “science-fiction-cum-mental-illness drama”. It’s a film where John Ruskin’s concept of the ‘Pathetic Fallacy’ is realised par excellence—a film where…

Film review: Antichrist

Film review: Antichrist

Antichrist (2009) directed by Lars von Trier No discussion of Lars von Trier’s Antichrist is complete without mentioning two incredibly infamous scenes. Those scenes. Yes, those goddamn scenes. So it helps to move things along if I quickly describe them with perfunctory bureaucratic detail: Scene One: Willem Dafoe’s character is attacked by his crazed wife,…

A day trip to Versailles

A day trip to Versailles

A portal to the Ancien Régime What draws people to the Palace of Versailles like bugs to a golden light? Is it admiration for French royal history and 17th-century French art? Is it to satisfy a daydream of living in fantastical and exalted opulence? Or is there a darker, sardonic element to it? A macabre…