The Cronenberg Thread

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Because there is not yet a thread with the general purpose of discussing Cronenberg, in general. Or of Picking Only Five. Or anything of the sort.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:09 (seventeen years ago) link

Let's begin with The Fly, shall we? Cronenberg says it's his meditation on aging and the strange decay of the human body, though "meditation" may be laying it on a bit thick. Still, there are so many good things about this movie. Goldblum is as good as he's ever been, nerdy and nervous at first, then scary but cracking wise to the bitter appendage-sprouting end. Geena Davis is serviceable enough -- I wonder if they cast her because she was a good match in height? The big effects date badly -- the emergence from the skin at the end looks like rubber, and the vomit-on-the-hand thing is the same cheese effect used for face-melting in Indiana Jones. But it's the details that get you. The hair coming out of the wound. The oozing fingertips. The vomiting. You're thanking the heavens they don't actually show him "eating." It's all the little stuff that adds up to one of the most genuinely icky movies I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of other Cronenberg, so that's saying something.

His best? I dunno. Discuss.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:13 (seventeen years ago) link

nah, it is pretty great though. i thought i'd heard he said the fly was about how in a love affair one person always turns into a monster. and of course the reading at the time was 'it's about aids'.

j blount (papa la bas), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:16 (seventeen years ago) link

I haven't seen enough to really determine. But Spider and eXistenZ = duddy McDudDud. Videorome has some great moments but does have some problems aging.

Jeff-PTTL (Jeff), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:16 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm going to shock everyone by saying that Existenz is probably the one I enjoy the most.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:17 (seventeen years ago) link

i thought i'd heard he said the fly was about how in a love affair one person always turns into a monster.

I bet he did say that. I love the romance angle of The Fly as well.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:18 (seventeen years ago) link

POV CRONENBERG!!!

shivers
videodrome
scanners
fast company
dead ringers

j blount (papa la bas), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:22 (seventeen years ago) link

In order:

Existenz
Naked Lunch
The Fly
Scanners/Brood (tied)
Spider
Dead Zone
Rabid
Shivers
Dead Ringers
Crash

Never seen Fast Company so that's excluded. Crash is the only actual real bad movie of the lot, but he's also never made a truly great film either.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Totally forgot Videodrome. That's after Naked Lunch, but before the Fly.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:23 (seventeen years ago) link

I haven't seen Shivers! Netflix ahoy.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:27 (seventeen years ago) link

eXistenZ = duddy McDudDud

Thank you. Not to mention the storyline is just a re-hash of Videodrome.

Scanners is his best, and Crash is underrated. Okay, so it's not a great film, but I can't think of any better way for the translation from the book.

Sasha (sgh), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:29 (seventeen years ago) link

That's damning with faint praise.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:30 (seventeen years ago) link

Well then why translate the book? The book was a pretty pointless exercise to begin with, if you ask me. Which you didn't.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:31 (seventeen years ago) link

It's definitely one of my least favorite Ballard books from that era. I'm kind of surprise no one has tried to do Concrete Island or High Rise which both strike me as much more cinematic (and obv miles better to boot.)

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:33 (seventeen years ago) link

haha i really didn't care for his naked lunch so never bothered with crash. i prefer his earlier, funnier films.

j blount (papa la bas), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:33 (seventeen years ago) link

I think the film actually is... enjoyable. I've watched it a couple of times and will probably watch it again. James Spader is great in it.

Sasha (sgh), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:37 (seventeen years ago) link

My five, which may change as I read this thread and see more of them:

Dead Ringers -- has its probnlems, sure, but also has Jeremy Irons.
Naked Lunch -- it's a rare horror/sci-fi director that gets the kind of performances from his actors that he gets out of Peter Weller in this. Spot-on, funny, and... just fuckin' great.
The Fly -- See above.
The Dead Zone -- Walken!
Spider -- I loved this movie. Also had the pleasure of seeing it in a theater with a fussy five-year-old, upon which others in the theater started shouting at the mother. "This is not a movie for kids!" Beautiful.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:37 (seventeen years ago) link

It's definitely one of my least favorite Ballard books from that era.

Agreed. You know what would make a great movie? War Fever.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:38 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, man, that ending. Just picks up the gun. Nothing to do but go kill. Would anyone make this movie?

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:40 (seventeen years ago) link

i hear spider was pretty great - should i definitely see it?

j blount (papa la bas), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Definitely.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:42 (seventeen years ago) link

A lot of his short stories would translate well into films. As would probably his last three novels. Cocaine Nights and Super Cannes expecially, seeing as they paint such a good visual image throughout.

Sasha (sgh), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:42 (seventeen years ago) link

And I reckon Cronenberg would be the best director for his stuff.

Sasha (sgh), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:44 (seventeen years ago) link

i like him so much i will be a bit upset if someone says he sucks. 'rabid' was kind of shit tho

franken-vader, Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:51 (seventeen years ago) link

i think that crash is brilliant--a conflation of machine and flesh that continues and expands his themes (which are the themes of all of us--it takes the la of five ecologies and turns it on), that is isolating, slick, beautiful, erotic, well versed and morally complicated.

i think it is the best film formally he has made

anthony, Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:56 (seventeen years ago) link

Ugh Cocaine Nights is terrible. No one should direct that.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:59 (seventeen years ago) link

xpost
Did you really find it erotic, though?

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 04:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Formally, yes. Sexually, no.

Just Kidding (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 04:01 (seventeen years ago) link

actually thats a perfect answer

anthony, Tuesday, 24 May 2005 04:07 (seventeen years ago) link

I don't know what "formally erotic" means, but I do understand why it's the perfect answer. May also explain my disconnect from the movie.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 04:08 (seventeen years ago) link

Ebart: "Cronenberg has made a movie that is pornographic in form, but not in result. Take out the cars, the scars, the crutches and scabs and wounds, and substitute the usual props of sex films, and you'd have a porno movie."

So, yes. Ebert liked it way more than I did, though.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 04:12 (seventeen years ago) link

I thought Spider was a total z. At least Crash was unintentionally funny. I find the stuff really entertaining but I think the 80s were his peak - charismatic leads help make his style a little less starchy.

POV:
Dead Ringers
Dead Zone
Scanners
Videodrome
The Fly

I really want to see Shivers.

miccio (miccio), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 04:54 (seventeen years ago) link

That should be I find the early stuff

miccio (miccio), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 04:54 (seventeen years ago) link

shivers is great, like if romero directed an orgy flick

j blount (papa la bas), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 04:58 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, and Howard Shore music scores for Videodrome, Crash & Scanners... FUCKING CLASSIC.

Sasha (sgh), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 05:03 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah I saw a lot of clips of Shivers on an IFC documentary about horror films back in 2000 (I turned 21 that October, freaked out and spent every weekend eating pizza and watching tons of Craven, Romero and Cronenberg films on the station - all hosted by Tom Savini!) and it looked terrific.

miccio (miccio), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 05:09 (seventeen years ago) link

charismatic leads help make his style a little less starchy

Not that I find his style starchy -- more like gooey (ha) -- but as the Star Wars threads (and esp. movies) have reminded me, it doesn't just take a good actor to be a good actor. It takes a relatively decent filmmaker as well. Th fact that Cronenberg consistently gets such good actors and such good stuff out of them is a testament to his ability to work with actors, and that's a laudable talent. Makes the movies better for all of us. A round of applause, please, for Goldblum in The Fly and Irons in Dead Ringers and even Jude Law in eXistenZ. Cronenberg doesn't always give these guys top-shelf material to work with, I won't argue that, but he apparently gives them the room to actually *act* in movies that are not perfect, and that's good direction.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 05:10 (seventeen years ago) link

apparently cronenberg's gonna make a movie out of london fields - i'm quite curious about this!

j blount (papa la bas), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 05:11 (seventeen years ago) link

You're kidding. I need a link.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 05:15 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0404207/ - admittedly just 'announced', with no status update for over a year so, hmmm, maybe not so likely to happen. i'd see that movie for sure though.

j blount (papa la bas), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 05:29 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, I could have looked that up myself. I was hoping for an article.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 05:31 (seventeen years ago) link

Holy shit a DC London Fields would be NICE.

David R. (popshots75`), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 05:37 (seventeen years ago) link

Yes. Yes it would.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 05:38 (seventeen years ago) link

I can't tell if its a shame or not that he never got to do Basic Instinct 2. It almost happened!

miccio (miccio), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 05:39 (seventeen years ago) link

If he'd done the first one, it would have been a great movie. It almost was anyway, but it lacked any subtext whatsoever.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 05:44 (seventeen years ago) link

TS: verhoeven vs. cronenberg

j blount (papa la bas), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 05:47 (seventeen years ago) link

Holy shit a DC London Fields would be NICE.

It COULD be, depending on many, many things. At least the very thought doesn't make me want to die like pretty much any other director on this shit would.

box of socks, Tuesday, 24 May 2005 05:50 (seventeen years ago) link

I love every Cronenberg movie I've seen but The Brood is my favorite. I made my girlfriend watch it and not only was she totally creeped out and disturbed but shortly after that she became pregnant. We have a good laugh about that now and then.

I always feel compelled to compare Cronenberg to David Lynch and as much as I admire Lynch, I think Cronenberg is much more successful at doing the same types of things Lynch attempts. For example while Lynch flirts with bad acting, camp, b-movie conventions, and general awkwardness, Cronenberg seems to operate in that territory quite naturally. He kind of skirts a thin line between the arthouse and schlocky failure that I find very exciting. Where other directors working in a similar vein might come across as too clever and knowing, Cronenberg manages to make movies that can be truly confounding and get the most intense reactions out of people.

So anyway, I think he's very underrated. Crash and Naked Lunch in particular are quite underrated. Total classic.

walter kranz (walterkranz), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 05:53 (seventeen years ago) link

I forgot to mention: search his appearance in the film Last Night.

walter kranz (walterkranz), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 05:56 (seventeen years ago) link

At least Crash was unintentionally funny.

Really? Unintentionally?

walter kranz (walterkranz), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 05:57 (seventeen years ago) link

drifting off topic but just have to say my least favorite version of this was during the apatow bro-comedy era when they would try to make the producers seem totally cool and chill by saying "from the dudes who brought you ___"

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 22 June 2022 19:58 (five months ago) link

From the mind of your friend across the street, your neighbor IS an up and coming auteur

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 22 June 2022 19:59 (five months ago) link

"An Andrei Tarkovsky Joint"

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 20:02 (five months ago) link

Just remembered the most "From the mind of" director working today, and sure enough...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYy7igKD21A

clemenza, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 20:08 (five months ago) link

Some stank bullshit from

Doop Snogg (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 22 June 2022 20:10 (five months ago) link

this holiday season, from the second cousins who brought up your ex-wife again, an overcooked piece of fish is stuck to the pan

the trick is to keep extending this out until nearly every sentence evokes ridiculous film trailers

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 22 June 2022 20:13 (five months ago) link

I want a "This summer..." from-the-mind-of-Mike Matheny trailer from KM.

clemenza, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 20:16 (five months ago) link

I apologize for all this frivolousness. We can talk about organs and incisions if you'd rather.

clemenza, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 20:18 (five months ago) link

lol, i can't bear to contemplate the mind of matheny for one second more, i am at my lifetime limit!

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 22 June 2022 20:28 (five months ago) link

from the pancreas of your mom, a funeral you thought you had a good excuse to miss

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Wednesday, 22 June 2022 20:32 (five months ago) link

Somebody really should use "from the ass of" though.

I don't recall hearing about many times directors had control over adverts and posters unless it was low budget stuff. I've long wanted a return to those old trailers with the director in them.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 20:54 (five months ago) link

Hitchcock and DeMille did it too (think the Castle clip rips off from the Psycho trailer. Must have been others--Welles?

“Tube socks! Tube socks! Three for fi’ dollars!”

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Wednesday, 22 June 2022 21:17 (five months ago) link

lol at the "these snozberries taste like snozberries" dude from Super Troopers in the Devil trailer

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Thursday, 23 June 2022 15:55 (five months ago) link

Very chilly and cold (quite a low budget on this one) but it keeps you at arms length so you can grapple with concepts like how will our bodies evolve in a dying planet. The Cronenberg movie it reminds me the most of is Crash. I'll give it a 8/10

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Friday, 24 June 2022 01:20 (five months ago) link

i saw the trailer for that one m-night movie DEVIL in a theatre and yknow it was exciting and kinda scary and lots of heavy breathing and panicking and quick shots of scary things happening in darkness, and the audience sat in polite fear, and then it said

FROM THE MIND
OF M NIGHT SHYAMALAN

and the entire theatre as one burst into laughter

― the white queen and her caustic judgments (difficult listening hour), Saturday, June 1, 2013 5:00 AM bookmarkflaglink

difficult listening hour, Friday, 24 June 2022 01:25 (five months ago) link

when I saw that trailer a bunch of kids behind me started booing and I wanted to hi-five them

Doop Snogg (Neanderthal), Friday, 24 June 2022 01:27 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

I finally watched CRIMES OF THE FUTURE

I was relaxed and locked-in enough to just absorb everything as it was happening, and all of the plot threads kind of coalesced into a whole about five minutes after it ended. For a film that's visually and audibly rich, there's a sparseness to the plot and you're clued in to what characters were really doing only as the movie ends

mh, Monday, 1 August 2022 22:19 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

watching rabid cz it's on mubi and i never saw it till now

mark s, Sunday, 11 September 2022 17:55 (two months ago) link

this is excellent, poo to the h8as

mark s, Sunday, 11 September 2022 17:59 (two months ago) link

lol the grotto scene

mark s, Sunday, 11 September 2022 19:15 (two months ago) link

good movie

mark s, Sunday, 11 September 2022 19:38 (two months ago) link

[THE FLY] It's like a B horror movie given new weight by Cronenberg, and for what it is it's very well done...Yet on its own it has no real vision—nothing that lifts it out of the horror-shock category. (1986)

— pauline kael bot (@paulinekaelbot) September 11, 2022

Bait Kush (Eric H.), Sunday, 11 September 2022 20:52 (two months ago) link

A timely bump; I finally saw Dead Ringers (presented in association with the National Gallery of Art exhibition "The Double: Identity and Difference in Art since 1900"). The audience was full of giggles; I don't know whether it was an attempt to cope with the tension or because the film looks so supremely lol 80s.

Two women of a certain age right behind me could not stop talking about their gynecologic histories. I'm wondering if there's a story in generations of women whose medical issues doctors denied and dismissed somehow rebounding on them.

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Monday, 12 September 2022 00:38 (two months ago) link

From Danielle Burgos' Screen Slate write-up of Greenaway's A Zed & Two Noughts (which I love)

"Greenaway claims after he presented A Zed & Two Noughts at TIFF, David Cronenberg “sat me down in a hamburger bar and questioned me for two hours. .‌ . . Eight months later he made a film called Dead Ringers (1988), which is about twinship, mutilated females, and human mutation.” Evolution and mutation are two sides of the same coin, it comes down to whether the change proves advantageous. Despite their commonalities, there’s no mistaking the films. Though Cronenberg isn’t traditional by Hollywood standards, his codependent character study spiced with taboo is a straightforward three-act narrative using the same visual grammar as D. W. Griffith. A Zed & Two Noughts is as much a film as “a film”, the first embrace of cinema qua cinema from a self-professed fine artist stepping beyond his early-career formalism to explore the medium on its own terms."

dan selzer, Monday, 12 September 2022 05:01 (two months ago) link

Just seen Crimes Of The Future and liked it a lot. Barely anyone there and... a general question about cinema releases. The buzz about this film was months ago and I thought I had missed it until my brother spotted it in the "currently showing" listings.
I feel like films have had fairly uniform worldwide releases for over a decade and it wasn't until Green Knight that I started noticing films being months apart in different countries. Is this a recent change or has nothing changed really? Just seems like a really bad idea to start showing a film in some countries well after all the American screenings buzz is gone, because I don't think I'm alone in missing films because I don't know if or when it's coming around here. There's never enough films I want to see to keep up with the weekly local cinema listings.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 17 September 2022 19:23 (two months ago) link

Just saw Crimes of the Future. I thought it was fascinating (and at times weirdly funny). Lots to think about. Kind of reminded me of Naked Lunch, in some ways, at least in passing. Or at least how I remember it.

Great score

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 1 October 2022 02:25 (two months ago) link

I started noticing films being months apart in different countries.

Of course, in the 70s, a film might open over a few months in different parts of the same country, slowly accumulating word-of-mouth. I don't know why this practice would return in the digital/home viewing era, but I suppose the exhibitors think that the people who would go out to see a new Cronenberg movie on the big screen will show up whenever it appears, buzz or no buzz.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 1 October 2022 02:50 (two months ago) link

I could be wrong, but I think the slow-build, word-of-mouth opening was dead by the late '70s, killed off either by Jaws or Star Wars.

clemenza, Saturday, 1 October 2022 15:45 (two months ago) link

Wasn't the slow release thing also because of the cost of making 35 mm prints? They wanted to test the market before committing to hundreds of prints. Digital projection gets rid of that factor.

nickn, Saturday, 1 October 2022 16:51 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Watched CRIMES OF THE FUTURE last night (it's on Hulu). It's pretty much a note-perfect parody of a David Cronenberg movie. If only it was funny. (OK, the guy with ears all over his body dancing to shitty techno was a little funny.) But the more I think about it this morning, the more it feels like an empty, hollow rehash. So many things are lifted from previous Cronenberg movies, from Mortensen's character being an undercover cop (EASTERN PROMISES) to the insectile surgical instruments (DEAD RINGERS) to Lea Seydoux having Judy Davis's haircut from NAKED LUNCH. And every line of dialogue sounded like the characters were reading it off a sign on an art gallery wall. Really disappointing. I'm having a REPO MAN-ish "I can't believe I used to like this guy" moment.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 6 November 2022 14:20 (one month ago) link

That was my feeling when I saw Existenz.

“Hey Cronenberg, you need to make a Cronenberg movie.”

“But all of my movies are Cronenberg movies?”

“No no, you need to make more movies with the gross weird stuff.”

“Fine, let’s do it.”

Cow_Art, Sunday, 6 November 2022 14:27 (one month ago) link

I thought Existenz was pretty self-aware, almost to the point of parody, but as I remember it it paid off. Crimes of the Future (which I enjoyed) was almost like a Cronenberg stage production. I suppose a lot of whatever enjoyment one gets out of it boils down to whether one feels it is funny/ridiculous on purpose or funny/ridiculous inadvertently. It's so ridiculous (and sometimes funny) that I lean the former.

Coincidence re: Existenz, I believe Crimes is the first of his films to feature an original screenplay by Cronenberg that was not an adaptation since Existenz.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 6 November 2022 14:46 (one month ago) link

it's a synthesis of ideas he's been turning over for his whole career but doesn't feel exactly like any of them. and it is hilarious

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, 6 November 2022 14:48 (one month ago) link

We watched Crimes of the Future last night too, but we all basically liked it and/or were fascinated by it. It was the kids' first Cronenberg so they were just kind of amazed that this existed as a movie. And the philosophical explorations were broken up frequently enough by weird gross stuff that they didn't get bored. I also thought it was funny on purpose at several moments. I wouldn't call it so much a rehash as kind of a summing up of a lot of his core obsessions. (That he recycled the title from his first film adds to that impression.)

I also had the thought that if you showed this at a Qanon movie night (if Qanon people have movie nights) as a Hollywood insider's knowing nod to child mutilation rituals, it go over big.

I'll get right on that.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 6 November 2022 14:57 (one month ago) link

I also thought it was funny on purpose at several moments.

The scene with Kristen Stewart chasing Viggo around the office was the funniest thing I'd seen in a long time.

DPRK in Cincinnati (WmC), Sunday, 6 November 2022 15:11 (one month ago) link

yes

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 6 November 2022 15:13 (one month ago) link

The scene with Kristen Stewart chasing Viggo around the office was the funniest thing I'd seen in a long time.

Yes, that was really good, and Viggo's "Sorry; I'm not very good at the old sex" after the world's most off-putting kiss was a great punch line.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 6 November 2022 15:18 (one month ago) link

I think Cosmopolis has become my favorite of his movies

ex-McKinsey wonk who looks like a human version of a rat (Eric H.), Sunday, 6 November 2022 19:42 (one month ago) link

Or Crash ... one of those two, for sure

ex-McKinsey wonk who looks like a human version of a rat (Eric H.), Sunday, 6 November 2022 19:45 (one month ago) link

don't think I'm alone in missing films because I don't know if or when it's coming around here. There's never enough films I want to see to keep up with the weekly local cinema listings.

🤔

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Monday, 7 November 2022 07:58 (one month ago) link

huh, Crimes is on hulu now. hope that there are some fun online “what the hell was that?” responses

mh, Tuesday, 8 November 2022 00:34 (one month ago) link

I still convulse & uncontrollably shudder to myself when remembering Keira Knightley's performance in A Dangerous Method

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 8 November 2022 00:41 (one month ago) link

just feel lucky it was her and not ornaldo bloomps

mh, Tuesday, 8 November 2022 00:58 (one month ago) link

I really like the dialogue in Crimes, I wish more taken this approach

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 12 November 2022 20:48 (three weeks ago) link

Just saw that Caitlin (daughter of David) Cronenberg has her debut on its way.

“'Humane' takes place over a single day months after a global environmental collapse has forced world leaders to take extreme measures to reduce the earth’s population. In a wealthy enclave, a recently retired newsman invites his four grown children to dinner to announce his intentions to enlist in the nation’s new euthanasia program. But when the father’s plan goes horribly awry, tensions flare and chaos erupts among his children.”

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 17:53 (two weeks ago) link

I liked his son Brandon's recent one. Sure, give me more Cronenbergs!

mh, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 18:49 (two weeks ago) link

long live the new flesh indeed

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 18:53 (two weeks ago) link

Crimes was good and I enjoyed it well enough, but the final shot is what stuck with me. I love a movie that ends at the climax.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 19:09 (two weeks ago) link

I finished processing the plot about five minutes after the end of Crimes

at which point I was thinking "ooh, that was good"

mh, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 19:16 (two weeks ago) link


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