Naked Lunch (1991)
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This cinematic/literary hybrid fuses motifs from Beat writer William S. Burroughs's novel of the same name with elements of the author's biography and plenty of the cerebral alienation and biomorphic special effects fans of creepy cult director David Cronenberg have come to expect. Bill Lee (Peter Weller) wants to write, but he exterminates bugs to pay the bills. His wife, Joan (Judy Davis), becomes addicted to Bill's bug powder dust, and soon he joins her in a world of unorthodox hallucinogens;
Dec 27, 1991 Wide
Nov 11, 2003
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Joan Frost/Joan Lee
Robert A. Silverman
Joseph Di Mambro
The Ornette Coleman Tri...
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A challenge if you're expecting a forward-moving plot but there's also more than enough pitch-black humor and straight-faced madness to lighten the mood, especially since Burroughs' strange lingo and vicious knack for language are intact.
If you've yet to purchase this incredible mind-trip involving bug powder, Brazilian centipedes, typewriters turning into giant insects, and bumping into Mugwumps in bars then the Blu-ray release is well worth your hard earned money.
a respectful fugue on Burroughs' life and art ... It can be forgiven its acolyte's soul, for it is willing ...to confront Burroughs' signature themes of addiction and control, and to meld them into ... an evocation of the master.
This is the only film in which a typewriter beetle kills another typewriter beetle for being a secret agent. I mention it only because of the relevance of the written word, and typewriters %u2013 portable ones in this case %u2013 are the medium of the mes
Given that nobody could really have adapted Burroughs' book in any literal manner, what Cronenberg does instead is predictably creepy, warped and dreamy.
There are no great scenes, just flat moments of weirdness with lots of schlorping noises.
One of Cronenberg's most difficult but deliriously clever and emotionally insinuating films.
Cronenberg's overly-ambitious attempt at filming the unfilmable.
Cronenberg is the right man for a very, very odd job.
A twisted, brilliant masterpiece. One of Cronenberg's best.
While certainly original, its hallucinatory terrain is basically weird for the sake of weird... and ultimately buckles under its own pretense.
Cronenberg's masterpiece and perhaps the best film ever made about writing
Some movies just try too hard to be hip, and David Cronenberg's adaptation of William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch is certainly one of them.
- Dr. Benway: Speaking of new uses for old technology, we could use a man of your calibre. A 32, wasn't it?
- 2nd Exterminator/Creature Voices: Take it from me Bill, your not the first person to develop a bug powder problem....
- Joan Frost/Joan Lee: It's a literary high, a Kafka high. You feel like a bug. You want to try?
- William Lee: I don't know, our metabolism's are very different...
- Joan Frost/Joan Lee: You mean yours and Kafkas?
- Yves Cloquet: I've seen you around, but I had no idea you were queer.
- William Lee: Yes, the Lee's have always been perverts.
- Tom Frost: That's my mujaheddin! For gods sake!
- Dr. Benway: Oh it's all natural, made from giant braziallian centrepedes or some such outlandish thing....
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