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    Quote Originally Posted by orpheus View Post
    Really? :(

    Did you watch A Dangerous Method?
    Actually, I haven't seen it yet. I'll definitely check it out, though, or some other Cronenberg, because I need it right now. I've not seen Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method and M. Butterfly, but everything else from The Brood on, I've not just liked but loved.

    Although, I didn't like Cosmopolis, it's clearly a carefully crafted movie, and a lot of people in our audience were loving it (and a few walked out). The reaction seems to be fairly polar. Anyone who thinks they might want to see this movie needs to experience it for themselves.

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    Oookay, put those other films aside for now and watch Eastern Promises, like, really. God, I think as soon as I get home, I am re-watching it. It's just an all around great movie. He doesn't try to be too weird, just tells a good story about Russian Immigrants in the UK with great acting. definitely in my top six. I like Dangerous Method. M.Butterfly? Kinda me, but Eastern Promises is so good.

    Just my humble opinion of course.

    I did like a Dangerous Method, but I can see why people Wouldn't like it.

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    I Wouldn't Call COSMOPOLIS a Movie [Review]

    Cosmopolis might never be lifted up as a shining example of film making but its so captivatingly in its ideas that you shouldn't miss it. It plays out with such a feverish intensity that you can't drag your eyes away from it. Things about it will surprise you. Concepts will unfold in front of you as we travel across the wasteland of the city. If you don't balk at the idea of a business philosophy acid trip then watch this movie. Its something interesting, a roller coaster of shiny corporate double speak, cooked in New York sweat and grease. It will never be one of Cronenberg's best movies but it might be one of his most interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orpheus View Post
    Oookay, put those other films aside for now and watch Eastern Promises, like, really. God, I think as soon as I get home, I am re-watching it. It's just an all around great movie. He doesn't try to be too weird, just tells a good story about Russian Immigrants in the UK with great acting. definitely in my top six. I like Dangerous Method. M.Butterfly? Kinda me, but Eastern Promises is so good.

    Just my humble opinion of course.

    I did like a Dangerous Method, but I can see why people Wouldn't like it.
    Moved Eastern Promises to the top of the queue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adgy-san View Post
    That's a fair description.

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    VIDEODROME Remake to Be Directed by Adam Berg and Written by Ehren Kruger | Collider

    I’ve been doing this long enough to know that I can easily be wrong about a project, especially when it’s in its nascent stages. So much changes over the course of production, and sometimes a logline can’t do a premise justice. But I can’t wrap my mind around anyone remaking Videodrome. And yet, today Deadline reports that Adam Berg, who has directed popular commercials, is on board to helm a remake of David Cronenberg‘s classic film. Ehren Kruger, who’s been attached to the project since 2009 and is the screenwriter behind such masterpieces as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Reindeer Games, scripted the remake.

    For those unfamiliar with the original film, it’s about a TV executive looking for the sleaziest possible content for his channel, Civic TV, and comes across the disturbing show “Videodrome”, which causes him to have disturbing hallucinations. According to Deadline, Berg and Kruger plan to “modernize the concept, infusing it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller.” Hit the jump for my reaction.


    Videodrome is a challenging film. It’s also a signature movie for Cronenberg. It is an essential movie in his filmography, and features themes he has continued to revisit. Nano-technology, nor any kind of technology, has anything to do with it. That’s one of the reasons Cronenberg’s Videodrome is great. The film never attempts to explain why Videodrome would cause hallucinations and drive its protagonist, Max Renn (James Woods), insane. The “how” of Videodrome is unimportant. It’s what the show represents. And what it’s presenting is a world where TV can literally rot your brain. When we watch movies and TV shows about sex and violence, we change our relationship to those things and in so doing, change ourselves. Videodrome breaks down the barrier and twists its protagonist to the point where he believes his flesh has absorbed a handgun.

    I know remakes can be harmless because the original will still be there for anyone to watch. But it’s just wrong. It’s wrong for Berg and Kruger to be so lazy that they want to hop on someone else’s hard work, and then completely miss the point of what that work seeks out to accomplish. If they really want to make a movie about “the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller,” then they don’t have to attach the name Videodrome to it. It’s not like the name “Videodrome” will draw a mainstream audience. The only people it will draw are the people who don’t want to see a remake of Videodrome. For Kruger and Berg to name their movie “Videodrome” simply comes off as ill-conceived at best and parasitic at worst

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    Maybe, it should be called blu-raydrome.
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    Ended up just buying Eastern Promises on Blu-ray, since it was under $10. Bonus turned out to be that it automatically added it to my Amazon Instant Video collection, too, but I'm more glad I just went for the Blu-ray because it's a pristine copy of an excellent film.

    Thanks for the rave, because it really pushed me forward to finally view this film. I should know, however, not to hesitate on any Cronenberg film (even the only one I didn't like but will probably watch again).
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    Antiviral (2012) | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central

    Director Brandon Cronenberg (son of David Cronenberg) attempts to follow in his father’s footsteps by making a film that accounts the exploits, mostly erogenous and purgative, of the overwhelming virality of the celebrity culture and how society is the plague that spreads it in his directorial debut.

    Set in a bleak, pseudo-surrealistic world, Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones) is a devoted employee of The Lucas Clinic and his job consists of selling expensive injections of live, non-fatal viruses taken from disease-ridden A-list celebrities to deluded celeb fanatics who are desperate to share a connection with those who grace the covers of the tabloids.

    On the side, Syd risks his own personal health by injecting the viruses into his blood stream and sells them to an owner of a profitable butcher, (Joe Pingue) who makes steaks from muscles cells of the celebrities and then promptly takes antivirals to rid his body of the diseases on a daily basis.

    Letting his greed get the best of him, Syd makes the mistake of injecting himself with a virus that has been harvested in the body of one of the world’s most elite superstars, Hannah Geist (Sarah Gadon) and falls into a hallucinatory state. When Hannah succumbs to the disease, Syd inadvertently becomes a wanted commodity to black marketeers and must fight to figure out who invented the virus and how to cure himself before he perishes from the deadly disease as well.

    Cronenberg gives a solid attempt with his first full-length feature by providing an interesting take on today’s celebrity culture and an intriguing vehicle chockfull of cleverly-constructed social commentary behind it.
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    Tried to watch "A Dangerous Method" got half way through and deleted it from my DVR. Hoping for something as good as Eastern Promises or A History of Violence, all I got was mind-numbing drivel about psychotherapy.
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