Minutiae: The Positive Approach to Disability in Cronenberg’s Crash

This week saw the long overdue physical re-issue of David Cronenberg's seminal 1996 film Crash via an extraordinarily lavish Arrow Video release. Replete with hours of extras, it will surely be the definitive release of the film. One of the hallmarks of a true cinematic great is it's ability to reveal new things to you … Continue reading Minutiae: The Positive Approach to Disability in Cronenberg’s Crash

Review: Rabid (2019)

Directors: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska Stars: Laura Vandervoort, Mackenzie Gray, Hanneke Talbot To 'stan' has become part of the cultural parlance, and even a quick Google will give the uninitiated a definition: To "be an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity". In general usage its applied more casually, I've found. Why bring it … Continue reading Review: Rabid (2019)

Why I Love… #85: Naked Lunch

Year: 1991 Director: David Cronenberg Stars: Peter Weller (Bill Lee), Judy Davis (Joan Frost / Joan Lee), Ian Holm (Tom Frost), Julian Sands (Yves Cloquet), Roy Scheider (Dr. Benway), Nicholas Campell (Hank), Michael Zelniker (Martin), Monique Mercure (Fadela) Genre: Drama / Literary Adaptation You couldn't make a direct text-to-screen adaptation of Naked Lunch. It would be, … Continue reading Why I Love… #85: Naked Lunch

Review: Maps To The Stars

Maps To The Stars seems to cement David Cronenberg moving into a new third phase in his career. Having made a name for himself in the 70's and 80's with provocative and perverse body horror pictures, his output since has been almost entirely literary, adapting disparate or 'unfilmable' source materials (his last self-written film was 1999's eXistenZ). … Continue reading Review: Maps To The Stars

Review: The Zero Theorem

  Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is a drone working for Mancom, a number-cruncher with a catalogue of phobias and neuroses who longs to work from home in the hopes of receiving a divine telephone call; one that will give meaning to his woeful existence. He missed that call once. He's not going to let it … Continue reading Review: The Zero Theorem

Why I Love… #45: Crash

Year: 1996 Director: David Cronenberg Stars: James Spader (James Ballard), Elias Koteas (Vaughan), Deborah Kara Unger (Catherine Ballard), Holly Hunter (Helen Remington), Rosanna Arquette (Gabrielle) Genre: Drama / Literary Adaptation I've wanted to do a piece about David Cronenberg's Crash for a while now. Since I started this series, actually. Oddly the main, ahem, driving force … Continue reading Why I Love… #45: Crash

Why I Love… #28: eXistenZ

Year: 1999 Director: David Cronenberg Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh (Allegra Geller), Jude Law (Ted Pikul), Ian Holm (Kiri Vinokur), Don McKellar (Yevgeny Nourish), Willem Dafoe (Gas), Callum Keith Rennie (Hugo Carlaw), Robert A Silverman (D’Arcy Nader) Genre: Science Fiction 1999 was a busy year for movies. Perhaps it was some pre-millennial angst that spurred such … Continue reading Why I Love… #28: eXistenZ

Review: Cosmopolis

***originally written 28 June 2012*** You wait five years for a Cronenberg film, then two of them turn up at once. Typical. This week sees the DVD release of his wordy psychological drama A Dangerous Method, whilst on the big screen his latest work Cosmopolis is weirding-out the unsuspecting public up and down the country. … Continue reading Review: Cosmopolis

Review: A Dangerous Method

***originally written 24 February 2012*** David Cronenberg is one of my favourite directors still working today, so of course I had A Dangerous Method on my radar. His latest film breaks a silence that has lasted for almost five years, the longest sabbatical in a career that has, for the most part, seen the director … Continue reading Review: A Dangerous Method