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My Thoughts on ‘Cosmopolis’

August 19, 2012 1 comment

I recently returned from a showing of David Cronenberg’s latest film, Cosmopolis. I previously posted about my excitement for its release, and now that my experience has come and gone I’m left with a feeling of… confusion. Not confusion over the plot (or lack thereof), but confusion over how much I like the film and why I like the film.

Cosmopolis is not traditional or straightforward in any way. Robert Pattinson plays a cold, detached multi-billionaire who has the luxury of being escorted around New York City in a super-sophisticated limousine that is perpetually filled with sex, booze, complex financial analysis, prostate exams, and the best technology and armor that money can buy. He spends a good deal of the movie locked in his mobile sanctuary that keeps him safe from the crumbling world outside.

With an Occupy-Wall-Street-esque movement going on in the streets, Pattinson’s character remains emotionally unmoved and undeterred in his quest to get a haircut. Along the way Read more…

A Quick Note About David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’ with Robert Pattinson

April 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Some of my Cronenberg classics.

Hell must have frozen over. I’m writing about Twilight star Robert Pattinson for the second time in less than a month. But it can’t be helped– Cosmopolis looks amazing! There are two new trailers out for the film that expand significantly on the original (which I wrote about here).

The film will bow at the Cannes Film Festival this year and I can’t wait to hear what kind of buzz starts. I was similarly excited around this time last year when I saw the trailer for Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method and I was not left disappointed, so I hope Read more…

David Cronenberg Has Me Pumped for a Robert Pattinson Flick

March 23, 2012 2 comments

Director/auteur/probable madman David Cronenberg continues to impress me. His last three films (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and A Dangerous Method) were all on my list of top movies in their respective year. Actually, A History of Violence is easily one of my top five films of the ’00s. Now, a short trailer for his next feature, Cosmopolis, is out and my admiration for the director continues to grow. In 34 seconds, the clip shows off Cronenberg’s odd, perverse, and violent sensibility, and it actually makes me excited for a Robert Pattinson performance. #ThingsINeverThoughtWouldHappen

So, in honor of the release of this spectacular preview, I’d like to briefly reflect on Cronenberg’s unorthodox career. Now, the man started out in the grossout horror genre with films like The Brood and Rabid. Though they have their place and are certainly important in his evolution as a filmmaker, these early films do not stand out as his finest work in my book. Starting in the early 1980s, his voice and style really matured with his impressive combinations of visceral gore, psychological Read more…

My 10 Favorite Films of 2011, Plus a Special Guest’s Top 10!

January 24, 2012 4 comments

Program from my screening of 'Shame' at LACMA

Well, the day you’ve all been waiting for has arrived. It took some time and I had to make some tough (not really) decisions, but I’ve finally settled on my ten favorite movies of 2011. Not until I actually sat down to compile the list did I realize how many movies this year impressed me…

A year is a long time, and it was fun to go back through and reminisce about all of the movies I saw. Oftentimes I didn’t even realize that a particular film had been released last year. It’s not like I empathized with Sophie and her choice (drama queen), but I really did have to leave off some excellent movies– which is good! No one wants to dig for films just to salvage a shoddy top ten list.

As an additional treat, my podcast co-host, Devin Marble, sent me his Read more…