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Title: Cronenberg, David
Post by: chesterfilms on May 17, 2008, 05:26:41 PM
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Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: duder on May 17, 2008, 06:12:40 PM
So much good stuff. I'm going with The Fly, because it's what I'd want to watch right now.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Kevin Shields on May 17, 2008, 07:11:19 PM
So far...

1. Videodrome
2. Dead Ringers
3. A History of Violence
4. The Fly
5. The Dead Zone
6. Crash
7. Eastern Promises
8. Scanners
9. Spider
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: mañana on May 17, 2008, 07:12:44 PM
The Fly for sure.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: jackfly11 on May 17, 2008, 07:14:49 PM
No question about it. I'm with the Brundle-fly all the way.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: zarodinu on May 17, 2008, 08:37:27 PM
I just love The Dead Zone.  Walken is awesome and his usual akwardness really fits the character.  I wish more people saw it. 
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: edgar00 on May 17, 2008, 09:00:03 PM
Videodrome. The first time I watched it I felt like I was really going on a ride. There is also a lot that one can read into the film, and it can be different on every viewing. It's a real trip and a real treat.

A lot of respect for the Dead Zone, The Fly and AHOV.

Basically, Cronenberg is cool and thank you for this poll.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on May 18, 2008, 10:40:18 AM
I am ashamed. I've never seen a David Cronenberg film.  :-[
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: sdedalus on May 18, 2008, 10:56:36 AM
AHOV!
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: gateway on May 18, 2008, 07:20:07 PM
AHOV!

*Waiting for the upcoming backlash from the AHOV haters*
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: edgar00 on May 18, 2008, 09:31:05 PM
AHOV!

*Waiting for the upcoming backlash from the AHOV haters*

I'll back sdedalus on that one. AHOV was damn good.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: chesterfilms on May 18, 2008, 11:18:24 PM
it's a fantastic film
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: sdedalus on May 19, 2008, 01:26:08 AM
AHOV!

*Waiting for the upcoming backlash from the AHOV haters*

Those people are nuts.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Thor on February 19, 2009, 03:46:01 PM
The Fly!

The yuckiest romantic comedy ever made!
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: mañana on February 19, 2009, 04:14:41 PM
Wow, Videodrome is leading?! I guess I need to see it.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: facedad on February 19, 2009, 04:21:03 PM
Wow, Videodrome is leading?! I guess I need to see it.
Yes, yes you do.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Bill Thompson on February 19, 2009, 05:03:22 PM
Eastern Promises
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Thor on August 04, 2009, 12:02:35 PM
Sad that no one voted for Spider in this poll. It's his 3rd best.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Colleen on August 04, 2009, 03:40:12 PM
Of the few I've seen, I have to go with the Dead Zone, even though it's a bit junky (OMG I think I just became an apologist!).  The Fly hasn't aged well and I would want to rewatch Dead Zone over both A History of Violence and Scanners.  That pretty much sums up the Cronenburg I've seen.  However, thanks to this thread, I discovered that Dead Ringers is streaming on NF so I added that to the queue.  The reviews focused so much on the weird gynocological instruments that I never wanted to see it at the time, but my curiosity and my love for Jeremy Irons have grown in the years since.

I still have no interest in Naked Lunch.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: ¡Keith! on August 04, 2009, 03:49:22 PM
The Fly is supposed to be a comedy right?
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Thor on August 04, 2009, 03:55:14 PM
The Fly is supposed to be a comedy right?

romantic comedy about fear of mortality, yes.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: ¡Keith! on August 04, 2009, 03:57:31 PM
The Fly is supposed to be a comedy right?

romantic comedy about fear of mortality, yes.

cool, caught it the other night and thought it hilarious.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: NedMeier on August 07, 2009, 06:07:17 PM
Haven't seen enough of his stuff but I thought Eastern Promises was a GREAT film, A History of Violence, not so much.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Bill Thompson on August 07, 2009, 06:29:44 PM
For any Cronenberg fans out there our very own Edgar is in the middle of reviewing a bunch of Cronenberg films at his blog, and A Damn Movie Podcast is going to do Cronenberg films for their next festival.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: MartinTeller on October 04, 2010, 03:50:24 PM
1. eXistenZ
2. Crash
3. Dead Ringers
4. Naked Lunch
5. Videodrome
6. A History of Violence
7. The Fly
8. The Dead Zone
9. Eastern Promises
10. Scanners
11. Spider


I should revisit some of these.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: edgar00 on October 04, 2010, 08:52:28 PM
I don't know many people who put Crash at the top of their list of favourite Cronenberg films.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Mike Shutt on October 04, 2010, 09:44:51 PM
It was between The Fly and A History Of Violence. I went with The Fly, but that could easily be changed.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: MartinTeller on October 04, 2010, 09:49:04 PM
I don't know many people who put Crash at the top of their list of favourite Cronenberg films.

Well, one other person voted for it, so I'm not alone!

I'm not a fan, although I would like to see eXistenZ at some point.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: ¡Keith! on October 05, 2010, 12:47:48 AM
I don't know many people who put Crash at the top of their list of favourite Cronenberg films.

Well, one other person voted for it, so I'm not alone!

I'm not a fan, although I would like to see eXistenZ at some point.

I voted for that one... should probably change it to The Fly but i really do think eX is great.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on October 05, 2010, 06:12:55 AM
Naked Lunch is my favourite, Eastern Promises and A History of Violence are better films, but favouritism wins.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Bill Thompson on October 05, 2010, 04:12:02 PM
Outside of Scanners he's never made a bad film, just varying levels of great.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: AAAutin on March 15, 2011, 06:27:06 PM
14.) CRASH
13.) EXISTENZ
12.) M. BUTTERFLY
11.) A DANGEROUS METHOD
10.) SCANNERS
09.) VIDEODROME
08.) A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
07.) SPIDER
06.) THE FLY
05.) COSMOPOLIS
04.) THE DEAD ZONE
03.) NAKED LUNCH
02.) EASTERN PROMISES
01.) DEAD RINGERS
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: StudentOFilm on March 15, 2011, 09:05:34 PM
I've seen so few and I loved them, I should really start getting into his filmography.

1. A History of Violence
2. Eastern Promises
3. The Fly
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: jim brown on February 06, 2012, 03:05:50 PM
1.   Naked Lunch
2.   eXistenZ
3.   The Dead Zone
4.   The Brood
5.   The Fly
6.   Scanners
7.   Dead Ringers
8.   Rabid
9.   Videodrome
10. Shivers
11. Crash

>  I saw Spider but for the life of me, can't remember too much about the movie.  Which is odd, as I remember the book pretty well.

>  I need to see Crash again - it may deserve to move up.

>  I also need to catch up with his recent stuff.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: ¡Keith! on February 07, 2012, 11:15:56 AM
eXistenZ
The Fly
Eastern Promises
A Dangerous Method
A History of Violence
M. Butterfly
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: verbALs on February 07, 2012, 11:26:43 AM
1. The Fly
2. Videodrome
3. The Dead Zone
4. Eastern Promises
5. A History of Violence
6. Scanners
7. Crash
8. eXistenZ
9. Dead Ringers
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: roujin on March 02, 2012, 07:52:53 PM
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Eastern Promises* David Cronenberg, 2007

I like this mostly because of Mortensen's stillness, his calmness. The careful manner in which he speaks, moves, occupies the frame. I've never thought much of Cronenberg as a stylist, but after seeing some of his movies in quick succession, I've come to appreciate the almost classical qualities of his filmmaking. Sure, he doesn't back down from the violence of his characters or their milieu (necks are cut open, knives perforate skin, bloody blood blood), but his editing is penetrating and insightful and makes everything always engaging. Of course, I got into the story and all; Mortensen being an unknowable badass, and I guess Watts was interesting with whatever it was she was supposed to be doing, Cassel's hilarious accent and Muehler's ruthlessness, and, hell, even the overarching thing about the underage prostitute and her dreams and her diary. And then it gets into this whole other thing about living two lives (which makes it a sister film to History of Violence) and about how we repress one in favor of the other, all of which gets dealt beautifully delineated in the film's narrative, and then also gets masterfully conveyed in the film's ambiguous final shot (a man alone, his insides unfathomable). A fascinating piece.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: roujin on March 19, 2012, 04:13:39 PM
And more.

The Fly David Cronenberg, 1986

An icky film, duh. Also a really funny one. Also a really sad one. I don't think I have to explain the reasons why it’s an icky movie, but I’ll go ahead and do so anyway. The special effects work is particularly effective. Cronenberg doesn’t shy away from all the gory details that make up Brundlefly’s deteriorating body – Goldblum’s body one of decay, nothing but swollen skin, rotting nails, vomit and sweat and hunger and mania and a metaphor for my daily existence. So, yeah, it’s gross. So gross. The concern with the body and intrusion and flesh and all that stuff from Videodrome gets carried over to here, as we witness the fragility of our existence and our bodies and all that stuff, and for some reason it made me think that I should totally watch The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes. There’s also the whole thing about actually watching someone you love die and decay and be reduced to something that’s barely recognizable from the person you loved. But it’s also funny and kinda ridiculous. All those scenes where Brundefly is all hell yeahs about his newfound powers and abilities are hilarious. Geena Davis can’t handle the Brundlefly’s all-day sexytimes marathon! All in all, a hugely impressive film; one that manages to ratchet up the tension and the melancholy and the gross stuff organically and wonderfully until it all blows up at the end. Great film.

Crash David Cronenberg, 1996

A more formally impressive film than The Fly; Also one that kind of rides a fine line between being about the monotony of the actions it depicts and actually being a dull, numbing experience. I thought it fell more in the sneakily hypnotizing camp side of things than anything else. Cronenberg’s camera constantly fetishizes the metallic sheen of cars, Rosanna Arquette’s leg brace, scars, wounds, disgusting gaping and weirdly CINECAST!able open gashes in the skin (gotta admit that made me laugh). It almost even takes on the structure of pornography, but except that any time the film shows a coupling, none of the seeming “eroticism” that’s supposed to be there shows up, only a clinical, distanced version of such (because who could possibly find that sort of thing erotic? Besides roujinesque figures out in the landscape, of course). This is just a weird, heady tonic of a film; it’s more of an atmosphere than anything else, like a less visceral and dreamy and poetic Trouble Every Day, but approaching something like that. It’s completely fascinating.

A Dangerous Method David Cronenberg, 2011

It seems like a costume drama and it acts like a costume drama, but what struck me the most about the film is how it’s completely about the most basic instincts and drives that fuel our most passionate actions. Knightley’s character learns to channel her impulses thru the talking cure or whatever, learns to control that which drives her body. But even then that’s not what I found interesting or fascinating about the film. To be frank, I just found Cronenberg’s classical staging deeply moving, climaxing with two shots: the beautiful reverie of Fassbender and Knightley on the boat (the one moment where Fassbender truly seems to have completely lost himself, given up control) and the incredible final conversation on the bench, where a lot of the conversation takes place with Fassbender facing away from the camera, the internal struggle and shattering of his persona taking place privately (and then moving into the perfect back and forth setups between the participants). So, yeah, it’s very impressive on that front. Not that its ideas and its subject isn’t fascinating by itself (it is), but I admit that I don’t know very much about it at all, and even then, I found that the film dramatized most of its conflicts and situations thru its mise en scene (although, yeah, it’s a talky film). Wonderful film!
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: smirnoff on March 20, 2012, 11:12:50 AM
Perfect review of The Fly. That is to say, I agree with every word. :)
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: oneaprilday on April 07, 2012, 07:43:44 PM
Eastern Promises* David Cronenberg, 2007

The Fly David Cronenberg, 1986

Crash David Cronenberg, 1996

A Dangerous Method David Cronenberg, 2011
Fantastic set of reviews that I missed until now. 

There were so many lackluster reviews of ADM that I'd decided not to put much effort into seeking it out.  Your review has changed my mind!
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: jdc on April 21, 2012, 03:16:15 AM
I am ashamed. I've never seen a David Cronenberg film.  :-[

have you corrected this, sir?
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: AAAutin on April 24, 2012, 08:44:42 PM
Can I vote for COSMOPOLIS yet?

Post-watch edit: You sure can! (But you won't.)
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: roujin on September 27, 2012, 09:34:32 AM
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Cosmopolis David Cronenberg, 2012

One disaffected techno-capitalist says to another one. The limo as echo-chamber. The 1% as echo-chamber. A series of encounters, two-handers inside a limo, each one seemingly about separate things (like Limits of Control?), but really about late capitalism and about death and about how those two things are seemingly inextricably connected. Pattinson's billionaire has seemingly acquired everything there is; but those impulses don't go away. Characters constantly say "I know this" (as in knowledge being another asset that can be catalogued and acquired, just another piece of capital); Pattinson late in the film retorts "show me something I don't know." Whether that's the shock of pain, the ultimate redemption of death, who can tell. But what's observable here, and what's truly remarkable is the formal precision, the coldness, the mastery, with which Cronenberg does all this. It's been a long time since I've seen a film that seemed so off, whose rhythms and editing patterns felt so alien. And then out of nowhere you start sensing the rampant absurdity of it all, the comic underside to the bizarreness of it all. Pattinson's prostate is asymmetrical, the visual punchline of taking a pee inside your own limo, pie attacks. Just another day. Just another day of trying to screw Sarah Gadon.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: ArmenianScientist on October 13, 2012, 04:43:52 PM
Nice review, roujin. The film is definitely not bullshit.

Here is the last paragraph of another great Cosmopolis review (http://www.inreviewonline.com/inreview/current_film/Entries/2012/10/12_Cosmopolis_%282012%29.html), by Daniel Gorman. He pinpoints how Cosmopolis captures the zeitgeist far more effectively than The Dark Knight Rises.

Quote from: Daniel Gornam
In a recent blog post on Chris Nolan, critic David Bordwell highlights the following quote: "We throw a lot of things against the wall to see if it sticks [sic]. We put a lot of interesting questions in the air, but that’s simply a backdrop for the story… We’re going to get wildly different interpretations of what the film is supporting and not supporting, but it’s not doing any of those things. It’s just telling a story." I think even the most sympathetic fan of Nolan, and the Batman trilogy he helmed and is loosely commenting on here, would accept that his films’ politics are, at best, rather muddled. Conversely, what Cronenberg does so well with “Cosmopolis” has nothing to do with "seeing what sticks," but instead allowing the zeitgeist to seep in and infect the actual formal qualities of the work. The difference is, in effect, between creating a product that superficially reflects the times and creating an actual living, breathing embodiment of the times themselves. Disorder has been absorbed into our everyday modern lives, and Cronenberg’s horrifying farce shows us how untenable our precarious situation really is.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Totoro on October 14, 2012, 02:53:56 AM
I wanted to see it, but it slipped through my fingers.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Devil on October 14, 2012, 05:33:44 PM
Eastern Promises
A History of Violence
The Fly
Scanners
Crash


I don't know what it is but despite the fact that I love two of his films and I can embrace 'the weird' in his films I'm just not all that driven to see his work. I've sat down with a few of his other films but just couldn't get into them or was pulled away and never got back to them. Though I do want to give Dead Zone and eXistenz another go, as well as Cosmopolis
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: oldkid on October 21, 2012, 12:29:12 AM
Just getting into Cronenberg.  Here's my list thus far:

1. The Fly
2. A History of Violence
3. The Dead Zone
4. Videodrome
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: mañana on January 09, 2013, 10:05:37 AM
Cosmopolis - David Cronenberg, 2012

I keep hearing a lot of praise for the mannered acting and dialogue in this film, but that all didn’t seem like a choice as much as it just seemed shitty in a Canadian way. Sarah Gadon was definitely the worst offender, I thought, but others were infected too. What I did like was the peculiar structure where characters enter and exit the limo which all culminates in the meeting with the film’s Kurtz – all that definitely kept me on my toes. Anyway, I don't think I feel too strongly either way really, but Team Asymmetrical Prostate is worth a couple bones in my book.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on January 09, 2013, 04:21:53 PM
Oh man, oh man, with each negative review I'm looking forward to this film even more. What's wrong with me?
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: AAAutin on January 09, 2013, 06:36:06 PM
Oh man, oh man, with each negative review I'm looking forward to this film even more.

Well, I like it--so that should readjust your expectations.
Title: Cronenberg, David
Post by: 1SO on July 22, 2014, 09:08:39 AM
1. Naked Lunch
2. The Fly
3. A History of Violence
4. Maps to the Stars
5. The Brood
6. eXistenZ
7. Cosmopolis
8. Dead Ringers
9. A Dangerous Method
10. The Dead Zone
11. Scanners
12. They Came From Within
13. M. Butterfly
14. Eastern Promises
15. Videodrome
16. Rabid
17. Crash
18. Spider
19. Crimes of the Future
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: jdc on July 22, 2014, 09:18:53 AM
1. Naked Lunch
2. The Fly
3. A History of Violence
4. The Brood
5. eXistenZ
6. Cosmopolis
7. Dead Ringers
8. The Dead Zone
9. Scanners
10. They Came From Within
11. M. Butterfly
12. Eastern Promises
13. Videodrome
14. Rabid
15. Crash
16. Spider


I like this order but probably would change 2 and 3.  Though I have not seen Cosmopolis yet and only can remember Saltines review...
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 22, 2014, 09:34:41 AM
eXistenZ
Cosmopolis
Videodrome
The Fly
The Brood
A History of Violence
Crash
Scanners
Eastern Promises
Naked Lunch
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: 1SO on July 22, 2014, 09:35:55 AM
Imagine if I agreed with Saltines review. What would that say about the 10 films below Cosmopolis?

It surprised me to learn I'm mixed on Cronenberg overall. He's such an acclaimed director, I just assumed I liked him more too. Probably why I watched so many of his films.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 22, 2014, 09:58:39 AM
Same. I feel like I really enjoy his films more than I do once I sat down and realized how many didn't do much for me.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: jdc on July 22, 2014, 10:04:46 AM
Imagine if I agreed with Saltines review. What would that say about the 10 films below Cosmopolis?

It surprised me to learn I'm mixed on Cronenberg overall. He's such an acclaimed director, I just assumed I liked him more too. Probably why I watched so many of his films.

She just called it bullshit from what I remember so you would have to change the colour.  You didn't at least hate it.  I think I would change the colours a bit though, I did like Dead Zone and Dead Ringers even if I keep the order about the same.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: Junior on July 22, 2014, 11:05:54 AM
Huh, I don't remember if I knew that you hated Videodrome so much 1SO. I almost blind-bought Scanners the other day, but I'm afraid of Cronenberg. I'm never confident that I'll love what he's doing.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: roujin on July 22, 2014, 11:25:08 AM
Haven't disliked a Cronenberg film yet.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: 1SO on July 22, 2014, 12:46:06 PM
Huh, I don't remember if I knew that you hated Videodrome so much 1SO.

I never mentioned it, and I watched it so long ago it's probably due for a re-watch. Though the 80s-ness of it is pretty strong. There are some good visuals initially, but the story becomes incomprehensible after a while with just a series of gruesome images to maintain interest. Cronenberg hadn't learned how to articulate his ideas about mechanics and flesh yet.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: pixote on July 22, 2014, 01:43:21 PM
Haven't disliked a Cronenberg film yet.

Try harder!

pixote
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: roujin on July 22, 2014, 02:01:36 PM
Nah.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: roujin on August 17, 2014, 03:20:30 PM
1. The Fly (1986)
2. Crash (1996)
3. Videodrome (1983)
4. A Dangerous Method (2011)
5. Eastern Promises (2007)
6. Cosmopolis (2012)
7. A History of Violence (2005)
8. The Dead Zone (1983)
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: 1SO on March 06, 2015, 11:51:12 PM
Maps to the Stars
* * * - Good

My thanks to the Filmspotting Podcast, who got me wanting to see this tonight. Sounded like an (unfortunately) fairly accurate portrait of the spoiled insecurity of Hollywood, and while some people may laugh at the exaggeration, I didn't see anything that was stretching the truth. What got me even more excited than Cronenberg was writer Bruce Wagner, who's blend of horror, comedy and Hollywood makes me think that as good as Cronenberg's work here is, he's really just substituting for David Lynch. That guy could've made this into a masterpiece, especially with the fragile, troubled, unbalanced female leads.

It's an ensemble of great performances, except for Evan Bird as the troubled child star. He doesn't know how to get his character off the page and sometimes he can't even get the dialogue out of his mouth without trouble. As good as the best performances are, Julianne Moore is still that much better. That's 2 Top 10 performances in a row, and that's after crap like Non-Stop and Carrie seemed to be signaling the end of her being challenged as an actress. The podcast correctly picked 2 career great moments in this film.

I don't know who hired the special effects company for a climactic scene towards the end of the film, but it is an Epic Fail. As bad as Nicholas Cage and the bees. Worse than the American Sniper baby. Just embarrassing.
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: DarkeningHumour on May 13, 2015, 10:59:02 AM
One humbly requests the mighty authorities of the forum to add Cosmopolis and Maps to the Stars (and possibly others).
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - David Cronenberg
Post by: 1SO on May 13, 2015, 01:27:19 PM
We're in the process of updating all the Director Threads. roujin is starting at the top and and coming up from the bottom. We will get to everyone in time. (Thank you for pointing out Wong Kar Wai, which I missed.)
Title: Re: Cronenberg, David
Post by: Corndog on March 29, 2016, 02:25:59 PM
1. Eastern Promises (3.5)
2. A History of Violence (2.5)
Title: Re: Cronenberg, David
Post by: DarkeningHumour on March 29, 2016, 11:19:33 PM
A Dangerous Method
Maps to the Stars

It surprises me that I have seen so few.
Title: Re: Cronenberg, David
Post by: Junior on March 29, 2016, 11:32:26 PM
Yeah, the both of you should get to fixin' that. Again, you'll have an opportunity in October.
Title: Re: Cronenberg, David
Post by: jdc on March 30, 2016, 12:13:16 AM
Fix Harmony Korine at the same time:)
Title: Re: Cronenberg, David
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 30, 2016, 01:33:01 AM
The Fly
Title: Re: Cronenberg, David
Post by: Junior on March 30, 2016, 01:34:57 AM
At least Hermit is watching the right one! But seriously, everybody under three movies needs to remedy that.
Title: Re: Cronenberg, David
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 30, 2016, 01:36:19 AM
I like Cronenberg's body-horror, and just grisly monster horror movies in general. Might check out the rest of his stuff.
Title: Re: Cronenberg, David
Post by: Junior on March 30, 2016, 01:40:17 AM
In that case, eXistenZ, Videodrome, and The Dead Zone might be up your alley.
Title: Re: Cronenberg, David
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 30, 2016, 02:06:10 AM
Funny thing about eXistenZ is that when I first heard it long ago, I felt it was a cool concept, but never really gotten the time to watch it.

Videodrome is just all sorts of popular, a title often mentioned around Cronenberg discussions (almost as much as Scanners). Might give it a shot.

Interesting that The Dead Zone's movie title is stylized to look like "The Twilight Zone" on its movie poster. And it has Walken in a horror movie... interesting. I've seen him in Sleepy Hollow, but he's never occurred to me as the horror movie actor type.
Title: Re: Cronenberg, David
Post by: oldkid on April 20, 2016, 07:10:42 PM
Naked Lunch 4/5
The Fly 4/5
Videodrome 4/5
A Dangerous Method 3.5/5
eXistenZ 3.5/5
A History of Violence 3.5/5
Cosmopolis 3.5/5
The Dead Zone 3.5/5
Maps to the Stars 3/5
Scanners 3/5
The Brood 3/5
Title: Re: Cronenberg, David
Post by: Totoro on April 25, 2016, 03:19:13 PM
Cosmopolis (B)
The Fly (C+)
A Dangerous Method (C)
Maps to the Stars (F)
Title: Re: Cronenberg, David
Post by: jascook on April 18, 2017, 10:18:34 PM
Scanners: 6/10
Title: Cronenberg, David
Post by: 1SO on November 19, 2017, 08:34:35 AM
There were so many lackluster reviews of ADM that I'd decided not to put much effort into seeking it out. 

A Dangerous Method (2011)
* * ½
"Lackluster" is a good jumping off point, because I'd heard the same and imagined something talky and dry. It is talky, but the three talkers are great at it. The film isn't lackluster in the typical sense but only when you consider the subjects and subject matter. An internal battle between the intellect and basic instincts played out as a battle between two radically different but quite similar thinkers with a weak woman in the middle who's actually quite strong. Weird as it sounds, there are parallels to the three leads in Dawn of Justice and watching that battle of wills played out on Cronenberg's stage made this worth my catching up with. I just don't think I got much else out of it.

Crimes of the Future (1970)
* ½
Many filmmakers have early work made for no money they would rather we not know about. This is the kind of student filmmaking you'd want to avoid, with navel-gazing ideas and largely narrated instead of dramatized to save money. Still, it does look like a film from Cronenberg's early period and there are a number of shots that would make you believe this person has the cinematic eye.


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Title: Re: Cronenberg, David
Post by: DarkeningHumour on November 19, 2017, 06:16:19 PM
The problem with ADM is, if you know anything about the two of them, you immediately realise how limited the movie is. Jung was by all accounts a brilliant man who laid out the framework for psychologists for decades to come and none of that is present in the movie. It makes them sound commonplace and boring when they should be novel and exciting.
Title: Re: Cronenberg, David
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on November 21, 2017, 03:59:19 AM
Videodrome, 55°
Naked Lunch, 50°
At The Suicide Of The Last Jew In The World In The Last Cinema In The World, 50° (Chacun son cinéma segment)
Eastern Promises, 40°
A History Of Violence, 40°
A Dangerous Method, 20°
Spider, 15°
Title: Re: Cronenberg, David
Post by: Will on June 18, 2019, 03:14:45 PM
Videodrome 8/10
Cosmopolis 8/10
The Fly 7/10
A Dangerous Method 6/10
Maps to the Stars 1/10