my week at the movies: ‘Antichrist,’ ‘The Final Destination,’ ‘The Damned United,’ ‘American Casino,’ ‘The Baader Meinhof Complex’

Oh boy, I’m gonna get a look at Lars von Trier’s latest, the now notorious Antichrist (opens in the U.S. on October 23; available on DVD in Region 2 on November 23) this week. I’m sort of dreading it, but in a good way — does that make sense? At least Willem Dafoe is pretty much always interesting, and what I’ve seen of Charlotte Gainsbourg, I’ve liked. I’m hot and cold on von Trier, though…

As I noted earlier today, The Final Destination will not screen for critics, which might be why it’s opening in the U.S. and the U.K. on the same day: August 28, this Friday… to get as many gore-lovin’ teenagers into seats before it’s time to go back to school, and before word gets around on the Internets of how dumb it is. (It’s gotta be dumb, right?) I’ll venture out to see it on opening day. Unless I have a premonition that I’ll be killed in a gruesome way on my way to the multiplex…

I don’t know anything about football — either the British kind or the American kind — and I care even less. But I loves me some Michael Sheen (why does he look like Beau Bridges in this poster, I wonder…?), so I’m stoked that The Damned United is finally opening in the U.S. (on October 9; it’ll be available on DVD in Region 2 on August 31). I kinda didn’t think it’d get here at all — as I noted when I featured the trailer back in March — since it’s all about British sports that most Americans don’t care about: Sheen plays some famous coach who did something famous and made himself famous, or something. I guess I’m committing some kind of football blasphemy there. Sorry.

American Casino (now in limited release in the U.S.; opens at the Film Forum in NYC on September 2; no U.K. release date has been announced) is a documentary about how the subprime mortgage crisis fucked over poor people. Ah, America…

Terrorism can be fun: I think that may be the overall gist of The Baader Meinhof Complex — at least, that’s how the original German-language trailer made the film look when I watched it way back in November 2008. The film has finally arrived in the U.S. — it’s now playing in NYC and will be platforming across the country over the next few weeks; it’s already on DVD in Region 2. I might have bought a copy from England, but I managed to snag a screener from a local publicist. Woo-hoo!

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Tue, Aug 25, 2009 5:35am

Thanks for the last sentence about “Antichrist”, now I have that stupid stupid Kate Perry song in my ears :-(

Also, I note that your love for Michael Sheen didn’t go as far as watching/reviewing the third Underworld picture ;-)

Tue, Aug 25, 2009 1:57pm

I note that your love for Michael Sheen didn’t go as far as watching/reviewing the third Underworld picture ;-)

I haven’t seen it yet, no. I just haven’t had time…

Der Bruno Stroszek
Der Bruno Stroszek
Tue, Aug 25, 2009 2:12pm

I am wary of setting people up with unrealistic expectations, but this one I think is supportable: The Damned United features the best Michael Sheen performance currently in existence.

(For the record, I’m not a football fan either, and what I did know about Brian Clough, his character in this film, I knew because he was a local hero round where I live rather than through any focused interest. The film, I think, works perfectly for non-football fans)

Tue, Aug 25, 2009 4:02pm

Der Bruno – I take you must live at one of the cities that form the two ends of the Brian Clough way?

I keep wondering whether or not to watch this film, also being from being from one of the areas he’s a hero…