Nymphomaniac

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Lars von Trier has never been a director that avoids controversy. So when he announced that he was making a porn film, it has been met with more intrigue rather that controversy.

Filmed in two parts, (Volumes 1 and 2) Nmphomaniac tells the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Found bruised and battered in an alleyway by a friendly passerby called Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), he kindly takes her back to his flat to nurse her wounds. From this she starts to tell Seligman about her life and her sex addiction. From then we see a young Joe played by new comer Stacy Martin as she finds the joys of having sex with as many people as possible without being able to stop. She finds love in the form of Jerôme played by (the as of now not at all famous) Shia LaBeouf. A random boy she first sleep with only to become her boss years to come. Told in the form of 8 chapters (if you include both films as one), Joe’s story meanders through the stand outs of what is a very active and twitted life. In-between these sections the two main characters stop and have random discussions ranging from fly fishing all the to the state of society.

Suffice to say Nmphomaniac is an odd experience to sit through. On the one hand Lars von Trier seems to have made film that is over four hours long and seems to go off on tangents, debating to himself on- screen. It all seems very interesting but you can’t help but think that Lars is still trying to figure it all out himself. The film itself is split into two parts but it’s one film which anyway you look at it. Both are incomplete without the other, especially with the uncurious cliffhanger ending of Vol 1. Also seeming as all these chapters are about one character and her troubled life, it does get side tracked a lot as Von Trier throws everything at the screen. Bare frontal nudity, graphic sex, weird visuals, morally bankrupt characters, jumpy edits, tense moments married with comedic ones straight afterwards and Rammstein. It’s almost as if the director is playing with us and perhaps it’s this feeling that makes the film less impactful or as controversial as you might expect.

The performances vary ranging from the great, to solid to “sorry what accent is that?” Charlotte Gainsbourg is a competent narrator taking you through the film, even though it is over used to the point that at times her mono english tone starts to get a little annoying and you’d wish you could just sit and watch young Joe’s own actions tell the story. Skarsgård is great as always as the unbiased eyes of the audience,constantly referring to completely different topics. It’s like over hearing two different conversations at once which quite interesting on their own and add to the films more entertaining moments. Considering the length there are many actors and actresses, some have only little screen time less than you might want. Uma Thurman is great even thought she has the one scene, it is hilarious and tragic and incomparable all the same time. Jamie Bell plays an extremely dark role as someone is good at inflicting pain. What’s great about his performance is that he plays him as a simple upfront man, who is very particular about his methods making him all the more disturbing.

Christian Slater does a fine job playing Joe’s father. Seemingly playing a Englishman, Slater rains in his accent that still sounds muddled but gives way to his delicate performance. The same could not be said for the films most high-profile star. To say Shia LeBeouf’s accent is bad would be one thing, however I can not for the life of me figure out what accent is it. I assume its English like most of the other characters but if seems to travel all the way to South Africa and then only to find itself in Australia. Shia’s accent is very well-traveled, in fact I think he may have invented a new accent all together. As for his performance he isn’t playing too much of a stretch as a young jerk off who is selfish and hot- tempered. The real flaw is in his character that I found difficult why Joe would choice him as her dream guy. Even for someone who is as troubled as she is, I just don’t get it. That said the stand out acting wise goes to the new comer Stacy Martin who takes his role and runs with it. Gainsbourg’s Joe is already that the age where she’s tiered and numb where young Joe is full of life and has more of an emotional journey to go through and its her that ultimately stands out from a film that is crowded.

With an extended 5 hour cut that premiered the Berlin film festival, here could be more shocking than the theatrical one, it’s clear that he’s let this story about sex addiction run wild as if he got carried away. It wouldn’t surprise me if that was the intention of Lars in the first place. It’s hard to take Von Trier seriously as he doesn’t take himself seriously at all. It’s his taste for being mischievous regardless of the topic. It’s evident in the films closing scene where Trier has said everything he has to say, only to pull blow a raspberry at the audience only for the reason of “why not?…. It’s funny.” I guess it’s a double edge sward. On the one hand you can’t trust anything he does or says with any deep meaning but on the other hand it’s what makes him such an exhilarating film maker to watch..

Cinematronix’s Top 5 with Anne Labarbera

It’s Top 5 time again and back from the Gravity podcast is Anne Labarbera, an indie film producer, editor and cinematographer whose credentials can be seen on her IMDB page. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3142219/ 

Joined by my podcast sidekick Scott Allden, Anne share her top 5 favourite films that spans from the 1930’s Frank Capra classic all the way to this years Academy Awards contender.  To tell you more would give away the podcast.

You can check out Anne’s film blog work over at ExtraFriends.com http://www.extrafriends.co.uk/

and you can like her FaceBook page to keep up to date with her up and coming film projects https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anne-LaBarbera/200429976666502

and you can follow her on twitter @annelovesfilm

and Scott @Celluloidical

and of course myself @CinemaTronix

Thanks for listening

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Top 5 with Raghav Modi

A new Top 5 podcast brought to you by @CinemaTronix This episode I’m joined by podcast regular and a lovely chap Raghav Modi. Top 5 is the new set of podcasts where i grab friends of mine from the internet and get them to share their Top 5 favorite films. Rag gives a great selection of films ranging from 80’s and 90’s classics to modern blockbusters and old time classics. We talk a little about my hosting spot on #MTOS as well as Shia Labeouf’s new bag wearing antics. Please follow Raghav on twitter @raghavmodi and his blog http://tickertalksfilm.blogspot.in/ Email us ibastnerds@gmail.com and why not leave us a lovely review on iTunes..

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Robocop Lego Movie : Inglorious Bastnerds

Hey its another podcast (3 in one week) so we’re really spoiling you. In this particular epidode I get together with Amon Warmann and Christopher Ejizu to discuss the recent big releases of the new Robocop remake and The Lego Movie.

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We may also ramble a bit about Batman vs Superman and some more Oscar talk but please be aware that we do go into spoilers through the episode.

Please check out Amon’s blog and follow him on twitter @awarmann amonymousblog.com

Also follow Mr Ejizu on twitter and keep an eye out for some exciting stuff happening soon on his blog @MovieUmpire movieumpire.com

Please follow me on twitter (I tend to follow back or at least tweet back) and reviews on iTunes and emails sent to ibastnerds@gmail.com would be very much appreciated.

Thanks for listening and see you next time..

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Top 5 Ian Nesbit : Inglorious Bastnerds

Welcome to another fine episode of CinemaTronix’s Top 5 and this time around I have Ian Nesbit, long time contributor is finally back to deliver us his personal top 5 favorite films.

Just some of the films include…

and my favorite

We also take the time to ramble a bit afterwards as we do.

Please follow Ian on twitter @i_nesbot

and visit and perhaps purchase the podcast T-shirt http://www.redbubble.com/people/inesbot/works/11258389-inglorious-bastnerds

and the @Action_Junkies http://www.redbubble.com/people/inesbot/works/10867000-the-action-junkies

Please leave subscribe and leave a lovely review on iTunes.  Why not not tweet me @CinemaTronix

and drop me a line at ibastnerds@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Inglorious Bastnerds Podcast : Oscars, Lex and Cap

We’re back after a while off and we have a lot to catch up on. Chris and Scott ramble on about our thoughts on the Oscar contenders as well the insane news of the new Batman vs Superman casting. We also take time to ramble on about our excitement for Captain America : Winter Soldier, I explain the premise of A Million Ways To Die In The West to Scott

 more Star Wars,  our own lookalikes, incoherent ramblings and we pay respect and tribute to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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If you enjoyed this podcast, why not subscribe and leave us a lovely review on iTunes. Care to send us feedback or hate mail, please send it to ibastnerds@gmail.com

Please follow both me and Scott on twitter @CinemaTronix @Celluloidical, we usually follow back and reply and are thoroughly lovely chaps if I do say so myself..

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Movie Talk on Sunday : Movie length/Running time

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So the time has come for me to take on my first ever role as host of MTOS on 16th February 2014. As anyone who follows me on twitter @Cinematronix knows that a common complaint I have is that a film is too long (ahem…. WolfofWallStreet…) so i decided to put up or shut up with my first topic which will be about the running length of films.

So this coming sunday I shall tweet 10 questions with the hashtag #MTOS and your mission (if you choose to accept) will be to reply, using the same hashtag. The questions are as follows.

1 In your opinion, how long should a film be?

2 Do films around the 3 hour mark put you off watching at the cinema and wait for the home release?

3  What justifies a long running time for you?

4 They say comedies should be 90 minutes. Is that true?

5 What film is the worst offender of being too long for you personally?

6 What’s your favourite film that has a really long running time?

7 Should cinemas bring back intervals to give audience a break ?

8 What film or films felt too short and Is that even possible?

9 Do you think it matters to general audiences whether a film is 90 minutes or 180 minutes?

10 Why do you think that blockbusters seem longer today than they where 15 20 years ago? Has anything changed?

So thats your lot. Please be take part and follow @MovieTOS and check out the blog http://movietalkonsunday.blogspot.co.uk/ for future topics and hosting slots and see you this coming Sunday..

Cinematronix’s Top 5 Podcast : Kyla Jardine

Back with another episode of Top 5, a podcast where I bring on a guest to talk about their top 5 favorite films.  Back from the Remake/Reboots episode, I am rejoined by blogger and fellow film obsessive Kyla Jardine @KylaJN

We talk extended the list some what with an extra three films as there was a bit of a theme with vampires. Never the less we had a good old natter about many films including as follows.

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If you enjoy this podcast why not subscribe on iTunes and give us a lovely review.

You can follow me on twitter @CinemaTronix or email me ibastnerds@gmail.com if you have any feedback or indeed want to come on and talk about your Top 5.

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