There's something about the Dogville article by A. O. Scott in the Sunday New York Times that rubs Filmbrain the wrong way. Even though it has many good things to say about the film, Scott feels the need to drive home the point that only a non-American could imagine America in this way. From the print edition:
"Lars von Trier's ruthlessly deconstructed take on small-town life is a fantasy of America no American would ever dream up."
What exactly does he mean by that? Is it beyond Scott's imagination that an American could actually be as critical as that? Would nobody dare attack the 'image' of small town life as Lars has? Well Filmbrain has -- countless times, in fact!
Perhaps Filmbrain is overreacting -- maybe he's reading too much into the article. But then he remembered that A. O. Scott's favorite film of 2003 was Romper Stomper On a Boat, and now feels completely justified in his anger.