Tag Archives: David Cronenberg

Maps to the Stars

A deeply cynical, satirical look at Hollywood as we follow a fortysomething movie star (Julianne Moore) who’s desperate for a comeback; a bratty teen star (Evan Bird); and a peculiar young woman (Mia Wasikowska) with burnt arms who may or may not be looking for revenge. The cast is the whole show here, with Moore … Continue reading Maps to the Stars

Mia Wasikowska at 25

Congratulations to Mia Wasikowska who turns 25 years old tomorrow. She’s still at that stage where we as an audience are following her journey to stardom. Wasikowska broke through four years ago in Alice in Wonderland, the Tim Burton hit, where she played the titular character. She also had a role in The Kids Are All Right (2010), … Continue reading Mia Wasikowska at 25

A Dangerous Method

BASED ON THE TRUE STORY OF JUNG, FREUD AND THE PATIENT WHO CAME BETWEEN THEM.  In the early 1900s, doctor Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes on a hysterical patient (Keira Knightley) and seeks advice from the influential Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Christopher Hampton, the man who gave us “Dangerous Liaisons”, dives back into the darker … Continue reading A Dangerous Method

Cosmopolis

Director David Cronenberg’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed Don DeLillo novel invites us on an icy, claustrophobic journey together with a young billionaire (Robert Pattinson) who’s about to lose everything as riots shake Manhattan. Largely set inside his luxurious stretch limo, it’s a very talky, incongruous experience that takes on increasingly absurd overtones. Worth a … Continue reading Cosmopolis

History of Violence: Shadows of the Past

EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING TO HIDE.   David Cronenberg has declared himself a “complete Darwinian”, a believer in the survival of the fittest. That is obvious in this film that became a critical acknowledgment (there were even Oscar nominations) for a director who has enjoyed a long career of bloody, absurd movies appreciated by connoisseurs and … Continue reading History of Violence: Shadows of the Past

Spider

THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN LOSING YOUR MIND… IS FINDING IT AGAIN. When a mentally disturbed man (Ralph Fiennes) arrives at a London halfway house, he starts remembering what happened to his parents when he was a kid. An unpleasant film from director David Cronenberg, a psychological thriller but not a gory horror movie. We … Continue reading Spider

Extreme Measures

NOT ALL SURGERY IS INTENDED TO CURE. DON’T MOVE A MUSCLE. Can you afford to have moral standards in the fight against cancer? This thriller shares similarities with Coma (1978) in the way it deals with questions regarding medical ethics. Some critics didn’t think Hugh Grant was right for the part of the curious doctor who discovers … Continue reading Extreme Measures