Posts tagged Cronenberg

May 9 2014

finally saw cosmopolis couple weeks ago, wanted to since first heard it was in the works.  

A+++++++ would do business again

srsly like early to early-mid period body-horror / ambiguated reality / techno-socio-political theorizing Cronenberg is my lifeblood , middle-late period more personal problematized identity / interiority Cronenberg less my thing , but this emerging late period more explicitly analytical / ideological turn is bringing me back to Cberg.  

all the exposition / pseudo-theory blather will bum out some ppl and idiots that cant deal w plotlessness / inaction (& so prob dont have much of a grasp on life) will not b down.  but i m , + theres always some cogent analysis lurking around in the babble, as has always been the case with cberg imo. 

Cosmopolis in particular , exceptionally plotless + blather-driven , due to the Delillo derivation .  Weak points like , a lot of the cast could not withstand the austere minimal , affectless ~ semi-autistic ~ dialogue , typical of late Delillo prose [where all ‘voice’ n ‘tone’ and even pov is like collapsed into a stark molecular singularity , or like sandblasted / stripped of all idiosyncrasy and personal affect down to a common atomic denominator , characters turnt transparent so the author/narrator’s puppeteering / ventriloquy is obvious].  but for the cast that could inhabit that personality vacuum , n find some naturality or organicity [subjectivity?] in the superficial undifferentiatedness , the performances were all the more jarring + impressive. 

robert pattinson fucking thrived. Nvr saw vampire shit or whatever but he is established as serious / scarily good dramatic force imo [sidenote: pumped].  Giamatti also slays as per ush - juliette binoche , sarah gadon , emily hampshire , patricia mckenzie and whoever plays his uncle also dominate.  

as an imagining & visualization of a near future potentiality of accelerationist capitalism where cyber-capital and technological advance continue their ascent toward hegemonic logical conclusions , the digital-divide and general wealth gaps become evermore stark and yawning [and piketty is perhaps vindicated ?] , the film has its own peculiar rewards and catharses.

if i lived a life where i had time to read thousands of words on thousands more pages i’d prob read the book at some point. 

weirdly , the hook to this k’naan track from the ost also kinda rules in its madchestery indebtedness to shaun ryder  [or , by degrees of separation , MIA ?]

(spoiler alert around 2:30 in vid)


Mar 16 2012

strangewood:

The Films of David Cronenberg

Part One: 1969 - 1983
Stereo | Crimes of the Future | Shivers | Rabid | Fast Company | The Brood | Scanners | Videodrome | The Dead Zone

pretty sure fast company is …apocryphal or something tho

(via bbook)


Dec 26 2011

…you only know society’s straight line about the flesh! You can’t penetrate beyond society’s sick, gray, fear of the flesh. Drink deep, or taste not, the plasma spring! Y’see what I’m saying? And I’m not just talking about sex and penetration. I’m talking about penetration beyond the veil of the flesh! A deep penetrating dive into the plasma pool! 

…you only know society’s straight line about the flesh! You can’t penetrate beyond society’s sick, gray, fear of the flesh. Drink deep, or taste not, the plasma spring! Y’see what I’m saying? And I’m not just talking about sex and penetration. I’m talking about penetration beyond the veil of the flesh! A deep penetrating dive into the plasma pool!