The Cronenberg Thread

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Paul Giamatti as the nemesis is a little too easy, but I'll wait n' see

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 April 2012 21:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

that gunshot thru the palm is kinda almost a spoiler

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 April 2012 17:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

#occupythenewflesh

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Thursday, 19 April 2012 17:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

never read the book (which a trusted friend said is one of the author's worst), but this could be great if Cronenberg's feeling up to it (based on trailer I'm hopeful).

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Thursday, 19 April 2012 18:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

in other news, virus-laden apple does not fall far from tree

http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/first-pictures-from-brandon-cronenbergs-cannes-entry-antiviral/

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Friday, 11 May 2012 14:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

never read the book (which a trusted friend said is one of the author's worst), but this could be great if Cronenberg's feeling up to it (based on trailer I'm hopeful).

I'm reading the book now. It's basically a piss-take on Ulysses, and it doesn't really add up to much, but DeLillo can always put a sentence together. Anyway, I don't think it matters -- remember, Cronenberg made a movie of Naked Lunch, which can only be called a book because it's available in a bound and printed format. I think he could do something brilliant with this material.

cue "White Rabbit" (kenan), Friday, 11 May 2012 15:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

can only be called a book because it's available in a bound and printed format

excessively challopsy

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 May 2012 15:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Well, it's certainly not filmable as-is, you have to give me that.

cue "White Rabbit" (kenan), Friday, 11 May 2012 15:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am one of the few people who really liked Cosmopolis and if this lives up to the potential of the book/director pairing I will be thrilled

mh, Friday, 11 May 2012 15:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Few books are filmable as is, and the only one I can think of that works brilliantly as virtual Cliff Notes is The Maltese Falcon.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 May 2012 16:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

First Cosmopolis clip:

The Painter of Blight™ (Sanpaku), Monday, 21 May 2012 18:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

i feel like cronenberg has this masterpiece theatre/white elephant mode that kind of lurks around some of his films and that intruded a little too uncomfortably on dangerous method. i worry that it'll come to the fore here.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 21 May 2012 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

otm. I feel like those moments really only work when they're juxtaposed against scenes that render them somewhat unreal. A Dangerous Method never really had that and it ended up very much masterpiece theatrey

mh, Monday, 21 May 2012 19:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

the spanking scene was pure pbs

bark ruffalo (latebloomer), Monday, 21 May 2012 20:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

I didn't feel like it was that edgy, compared to other Cronenberg films! May as well have been PBS

mh, Monday, 21 May 2012 21:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

public bondage system

bark ruffalo (latebloomer), Monday, 21 May 2012 21:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

never been crazy about Farbert's taxnomoy tbh

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 May 2012 21:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

*Farber

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 May 2012 21:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

^yeah every time i hear "white elephant" used to describe a movie i just kind of tune out

bark ruffalo (latebloomer), Monday, 21 May 2012 21:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

unless the movie is literally about elephants that are white

bark ruffalo (latebloomer), Monday, 21 May 2012 21:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

would watch a movie made by termites, though

bark ruffalo (latebloomer), Monday, 21 May 2012 21:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

not crazy abt Farber's taxidermy on white elephants

u ppl just don't like PERIOD CUSTUMES

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 May 2012 21:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

i like them!

bark ruffalo (latebloomer), Monday, 21 May 2012 21:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

is this about that photo shoot in vice magazine

mh, Monday, 21 May 2012 21:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I liked the movie's courage in reproducing how two prodigies wrote and spoke to each other; it assumed the audience would Get It.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 May 2012 21:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

exactly

bark ruffalo (latebloomer), Monday, 21 May 2012 21:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh i liked the movie fine i just feel like there was some airless fussiness hovering around.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 02:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

for me, dangerous method was cronenberg's least interesting - and entertaining - film to date (not seen m. butterfly, or fast company come to that), and am afraid i'll agree w/ this cosmopolis review, in time:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/may/25/cosmopolis-review?newsfeed=true

Ward Fowler, Friday, 25 May 2012 13:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

cronenbergesque typo

trades barbs with his scowling body guard (Kevin Durand), while making vein attempts to ignore the Occupy-like protestors

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Friday, 25 May 2012 17:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I find the sum of these reactions encouraging

http://www.fandor.com/blog/daily-cannes-2012-david-cronenbergs-cosmopolis/

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 25 May 2012 17:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

As do I. Aren't we all getting tired of Cronenberg movies that everybody likes by now?

(Not sarcasm, in case that was unclear.)

cue "White Rabbit" (kenan), Friday, 25 May 2012 17:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

No. I will never be tired of The Fly. It's sort of got that "gets better with age" thing built in that way.

Count-Dracula-Down (Eric H.), Friday, 25 May 2012 17:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ok, ok... I have to give you that one. The more time I see The Fly, the more I'm convinced that it's almost perfect. The first 15 minutes alone, with twitchy Goldblum hitting on silky Gena, are worth the whole movie.

cue "White Rabbit" (kenan), Friday, 25 May 2012 17:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

coming in 2013/14, a TIFF-created touring exhibition, plus a "multi-platform augmented reality game."

http://twitchfilm.com/news/2012/05/david-cronenberg-to-infect-toronto-in-new-travelling-exhibition.php

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

watched the brood last night. almost barfed at the demon womb sac.

judas, a homo (elmo argonaut), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

so 1997

xpost

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

coming in 2013/14, a TIFF-created touring exhibition, plus a "multi-platform augmented reality game."

http://twitchfilm.com/news/2012/05/david-cronenberg-to-infect-toronto-in-new-travelling-exhibition.php

― World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, May 29, 2012 10:22 AM (15 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the conservative gov't here slashed film production massively and put a shit ton of money into this video game

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Through the presentation of artifacts, props, documentation and audio-visual interviews, as well as reconstructed set-pieces from Cronenberg's films, the exhibition parallels his growth as a filmmaker with his ongoing examination and interpretation of human evolutionary possibilities, tracing his work from a focus on biological change towards examinations of shifting psychological states. A parallel art project based on the same themes will be announced at a later date.

this all sounds very excessive, self-regarding, and absurd.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

tbh i have no problem with them doing a cronie exhibit (makes way more sense than the tim burton one they launched the lightbox with) but this is getting ridic

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

tracing his work from a focus on biological change towards examinations of shifting psychological states

somehow framing it this systematically/schematic and making it the linchpin of a museum exhibit is just kind of embarrassing.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

could just be the way the exhibit was written up, these kinds of things usually sound terrible

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ah, I get it now.

being young = being afraid of your body deteriorating
being old = being afraid of your mind deteriorating

Björk lied (Eric H.), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

actually both of those are really "being old"

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I revise:

being young = loving movies about being afraid of your body deteriorating
being old = loving movies about being afraid of your mind deteriorating

Björk lied (Eric H.), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

being somewhere in between = writing program notes for museum exhibitions

Björk lied (Eric H.), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

press releases ain't program notes (we hope).

DC is as much about mutation as deterioration, no?

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, long live the new flesh and all that

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:43 (2 years ago) Permalink


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