Posts Tagged ‘David Cronenberg’

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LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH: THE MAKING OF DAVID CRONENBERG’S ‘VIDEODROME’

Definitely influenced many works to come after… including my own novel:

 

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My David Cronenberg installment: Radically Different Films, Part 3.

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This is one of my favorite sci-fi films, and it isn’t what one would expect.  The twisted altered reality isn’t explained until the very end of the film. This is David Cronenberg’s exploration of immersive video games and mental manipulation — assaulting reality for fun and profit.

eXistenZ is very underrated and isn’t seen much, but the film must have been an influence on Christopher Nolan and his Inception project.

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The plot addresses issues of trusting one’s own eyes and the point where reality and the unreal become indistinguishable.  At this mental point morality no longer matters, as any actions taken can be written off as just a game.  It is the death of empathy.

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This frontal assault against programming ourselves with immoral behaviors in video games stands apart from other works.  Here, it’s impossible to tell what’s real and what isn’t, whether any of it matters or whether everything matters in a life and death kind of way.  With Cronenberg’s penchant for disturbing the viewer, his images of body deformities and impossible biology, the world of eXistenZ reinforces the gravity of the larger topic.  If we are disturbed by little images of body horror, what of having our entire mind rewired for us from outside?

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One of the trippiest movies, ever…

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This contained mind-mash pits an opportunist against nature, as celebrity obsession enters the realm of disease collecting.  Meaning: fans buy diseases so that they can better imitate and commune with their celebrity idols.  By willingly infecting themselves in order to better worship their idols, fandom has created a new commodity to exploit.  Beyond simple exploitation, the competition to obtain celebrity viruses and to sell them on the black market is fierce and criminal.

Such is Brandon Cronenberg’s directorial debut, a small noirish thriller of blood, disease and the underworld.  People who are inclined to appreciate David Cronenberg’s films will probably respond well to the movie.  The story’s Cosmopolis vibe addresses capitalist ruthlessness and the depravity associated with marketing the world to the highest bidders.  With cultural criticism (assault?) rivaling films like Idiocracy and God Bless America, here we have a very subtle, tempered version of business as usual in an unusual racket.

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The market for satire, criticism and any kind of thought whatsoever is pretty small.  DVD reviews of Antiviral made clear that a lot of people didn’t get the movie, or care to.   I thought the film was well done and thought provoking, a lot more so than Contagion anyway.  Caleb Landry Jones is a fantastic actor, and he pushes it to the edge here.  The film carried a dark, creepy sensibility even in glaringly sterile white rooms.

Cronenberg Needs Guinea Pigs

Posted: September 20, 2013 in -
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Be afraid.

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Short answer: go rent it. Now out on DVD.

Medium answer: Fantastic. Capitalist psychopathy from a cinematic perspective.

What to say? David Cronenberg always subverts audience expectations. What can one expect from Robert Pattinson, looking pensive in a stretch limo (if they haven’t already read DeLillo’s novel)? The pre-release buzz was erratic and confused. Perhaps the film itself is such.

I found it pretty dead on, a hyper-realized snapshot of our age.

Long answer: is in the film. No spoilers.

On a tangent, Cosmopolis is another Alexa digital film that fooled me into thinking it was shot on real film. Cronenberg choosing digital? That’s three now from Arri, something Red hasn’t managed to do yet.