2014: #8 Nymphomaniac

Directed by
: Lars Von Trier
Written by: Lars Von Trier
Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, and Udo Kier
Distributer: Magnolia Pictures
Country: Denmark
Language: English
Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 241 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 3/6/2014
Date seen: 9/1/2014
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $18.4 Million* (amount diluted by VOD release)
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 4 (Source Music, Cameo, Quote, and Supporting Actress)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 1 (Cameo)

Lars Von Trier is a really weird guy, he doesn’t try to hide this and much of the pleasure in watching his films is simply rooted in trying to figure out how his mind works.  He’s working from his id even more than usual with Nymphomaniac, a sprawling dark comedy that is both gleefully self-indulgent and wickedly entertaining.  The film has a rather large and impressive cast and is also one of the Danish auteur’s more accessible films in spite of its graphic content.  Of course a lot of the film is of course wildly implausible and it certainly shouldn’t be viewed as a remotely realistic depiction of sex addiction, but as a sort of compilation of Von Treir’s many strange thoughts it’s invaluable.

#9 Year End Honors #7