August 17, 2012
Interview: David Cronenberg on Cosmopolis
Just when you thought David Cronenberg couldn't surprise you, here comes Cosmopolis, a hallucinatory express ride into modern oblivion that's unlike anything in the director's already distinct body of work. Adapted from Don DeLillo's 2003 novella, the movie follows the surreal odyssey of Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson), a 28-year-old billionaire fund manager cocooned in his stretch limousine as it crawls through a nightmare landscape of New York City on the verge of financial and social apocalypse. Ostensibly en route to get a haircut -- personal grooming being paramount as the world implodes -- Packer soon finds himself in a spiral of self-destruction, as Cronenberg orchestrates a rhythmic trance in which money, information and technology acquire a meaninglessness and only derailed acts of sex and violence appear real. Perhaps the most fascinating element to Cosmopolis is the performance of its star, Robert Pattinson. Having previously stepped sideways from his teen-idol status to mixed effect, Pattinson here throws himself fearlessly into Cronenberg's world, delivering an unforgettable, almost alien-like portrait of a young man disconnected from reality and willfully engineering his own spectacular demise. We had a chance to speak with Cronenberg earlier this week, during which he shared his thoughts about the film and how he came to cast Pattinson in particular.
March 27, 2012
RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: A Dangerous Method and Chipwrecked
The home video releases for this week are sort of all over the place, so bear with us. To kick things off, we have a critically panned kid flick, a solid hit from David Cronenberg, and a Best Picture nominee that induced a lot of head-scratching. After that, we've got Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, a well received doc on Roger Corman, a couple of notable Criterion Collection selections, and a bona fide classic getting a brand new anniversary edition. Click through for the full list!
November 23, 2011
David Cronenberg Discusses His Dangerous Method
Of all the North American directors to emerge in the 1970s, few have been as consistent -- and consistently fascinating -- as Canadian auteur David Cronenberg, the man whose imagination unleashed Videodrome, The Fly, Crash and A History of Violence (to name just a few). His new film, A Dangerous Method, represents something of an origin piece in Cronenberg's universe, returning to a pivotal moment in the birth of modern psychiatry that predicts the obsession with repressed sexuality, violence and the subconscious so prevalent in his work. We met the director in Los Angeles recently, where he shared his thoughts on psychiatry, hysteria, the connections between his movies... and cigars.
November 22, 2011
Critics Consensus: The Muppets is Certified Fresh
This week at the movies, we've got a Muppet caper (The Muppets, starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams), a special delivery (Arthur Christmas, with voice work from James McAvoy and Hugh Laurie), and a cinematic fantasia (Hugo, starring Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz). It's been more than a decade since the Muppets were in multiplexes, but critics say it was worth the wait: they find The Muppets to be a joyous musical comedy. The good folks at Aardman have made plenty of delightfully offbeat animated films, and critics say the trend continues with Arthur Christmas. Martin Scorsese made a family movie? In 3D? Yes, he did, and critics say Hugo is a dazzling affair.