The House That Jack Built (2018)

Failed architect, engineer and vicious murderer Jack narrates the details of some of his most elaborately orchestrated crimes, each of them a towering piece of art that defines his life's work as a serial killer for twelve years.


Far from Lars' worst tendencies of taking innocent protagonists and torturing them along with a sympathetic audience, this is Von Trier turning the scalpel on himself too often hilarious, insane and troubling results. Weirdly his most cathartic and fun work in years, a chance to revel in an unrepentant sadist's descent into hell.

3 months ago


Is it possible to appreciate and admire a tedious film? It's quite the effort to paint the Mona Lisa, but if the painter uses his own feces as paint, I'd have questions. Likewise with this film. Lars von Trier makes an impressive film. But I'd appreciate it if he concentrates a little bit more on telling stories and a little bit less on himself.

2 months ago


Trier usually bores the pants off me, but this was more watchable than I thought it would be, mainly because of Matt Dillon's performance. Zentropa is still the only film of his I actually like, the rest are one-viewing only.

3 weeks ago

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