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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…

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Testing 1, 2, 3… WordPress App for Android & Pretty Boy Vampires (Not Robert Pattinson)

April 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Oh how I love technology! I just downloaded the WordPress app for my Android enabled Motorola Droid Razr, so I’m giving it a quick test run. The app seems great so far– easy to use, not overly complicated, but still chock full o’ features.

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Since this is a film blog, here's a picture of me outside the restaurant featured at the end of 'Drive,' directed by Nicolas Winding Refn & starring Ryan Gosling.

I can’t imagine this will happen all too often, but now I’ll be able to post musings and updates from anywhere I have my phone. Maybe the next time I run into John Slattery at the Westside Tavern I’ll talk him into a video interview and I’ll be able to immediately 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…

Stanley Kubrick’s Film Treasures Are Coming to L.A.

I received some tremendous news in the mail the other day from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Starting October 28th (earlier for members like myself), the museum will unveil a retrospective of the work from genius director Stanley Kubrick. It’s events like this one that make me glad I live in LA.

From the description on the LACMA website, “Stanley Kubrick is the first large-scale retrospective of the filmmaker’s work in the United States. Developed in collaboration with the Kubrick Estate and the Deutsches Filmmuseum, the exhibition provides access to Kubrick’s extraordinary vision and working methods. Early photographs made for Look magazine in the 1940s suggest an obsession with historical research and visual detail, which characterize Kubrick’s groundbreaking directorial achievements of the 1960s through the 1990s. Each of Kubrick’s main film projects is examined in detail through archival material, costumes, set models, and props. The exhibition also 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…