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David Cronenberg Retrospective: Videodrome

Posted in A+ Review, Contributor: Jon, Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Retrospective, Retrospective: David Cronenberg, Sci-Fi Movie Review with tags , , , , , on February 4, 2010 by Jon

by: Reverend Jon

When Marla allowed me to choose which movie to review for the David Cronenberg Retrospective, Videodrome was my answer. The movies that resonate with me are those that explore real issues and fears and cause me to think differently about life and the world around me. Videodrome is undoubtedly that kind of movie.

Videodrome is about intersections, or perhaps even collisions, between loaded concepts: pain and pleasure, technology and the human body. I will say right now that it is easy to watch this movie and dismiss it as dated and irrelevant, cheesy even, but I argue that the underlying ideas are relevant today.

From the very beginning, we know that this is no ordinary movie. We are introduced to Max Renn (James Woods, whose waxy complexion lends itself to the manual effects) by his wakeup call, which at first seems eerily prescient, a woman on TV addressing the viewer by name and who knows the date, but then later we realize that this was recorded in advance. Continue reading

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David Cronenberg Retrospective: Scanners

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Retrospective, Retrospective: David Cronenberg, Sci-Fi Movie Review with tags , on January 14, 2010 by xymarla

Scanners! You were far sillier than I remembered!

20 SECONDS...YOU EXPLODE! Awesome.

Cronenberg’s next film after The Brood lacks its gravitas. Scanners actually differs from almost all Cronenberg films in that there is far less emphasis on psychological and physiological irregularity, and almost none of the skewed sexuality that permeates his other films. Scanners is, dare I say it, a pretty straight horror/sci-fi flick.

With simply outstanding manual effects, of course!

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Posted in Action Movie Review, Fantasy Movie Review, Film Review, Sci-Fi Movie Review with tags , , , , , on December 21, 2009 by xymarla

Wow.

Since I was a little girl, I have loved going to the movies. That feeling of fluttery elation, of arriving to the theater in plenty of time to grab my favorite seat, guessing which trailers will precede the feature and mocking the ones that look awful, squeezing the forearm of my date in giddy anticipation and squealing under my breath, “It’s about to start!”—I wish I could bottle that feeling.  Working at a movie theater didn’t lessen my enthusiasm for movies. Becoming a film critic (of sorts!) hasn’t eroded my rapture at a cinematic outing. Hell, I met my husband at a movie theater, and anyone who knows us knows how poetic that really is. I am a girl who simply LOVES the movies, and on Friday evening at the IMAX theater in Houston, Texas, James Cameron reminded me why.

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David Cronenberg Retrospective: The Brood

Posted in A+ Review, Contributor: Jerry, Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Retrospective, Retrospective: David Cronenberg, Sci-Fi Movie Review with tags , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by jerryochoa

David Cronenberg: Canadian by birth, madman by the grace of God.

There’s an expression that says Hitchcock figured out tension; Spielberg mastered awe; Lucas nailed artifice.  Cronenberg, on the other hand, figured out something altogether different.  From his earliest efforts (Rabid, Shivers), through his 1980s output (Videodrome, The Fly), to his more recent films (History of Violence, Eastern Promises), a couple of very particular threads run through his work.  The first is biological horror – the sensation of watching your body change, turn into something alien, something that you can’t necessarily control.  The second is the force of manipulation, and its consequences. Whether the issue is child manipulation, body manipulation, or manipulation of one’s psyche, you can count on Cronenberg to examine the issues, then ABSOLUTELY FREAK YOU THE FUCK OUT, COMPLETELY.

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2012: The Day The Earth Yawned

Posted in Action Movie Review, Contributor: Erin, Film Review, Sci-Fi Movie Review with tags , on November 16, 2009 by erin

By guest blogger Erin

 

A few years ago, my friend Courtney and I had a little blog that was solely dedicated to watching crappy movies and then making fun of them.  Our motto was “We watch them so you don’t have to.”  Unfortunately, after only a year or two of this, we realized that we had to stop throwing away our hard-earned money on tickets to really crappy movies.  But this weekend, we decided to give it another go and sought out a film that we knew would make us thrill to the delights of a bloated budget, gasp as yet another CGI marvel flickered across the screen, and swoon at a generic romance that had no place occurring while the world was coming to an end.  Yes, we decided to watch 2012

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The Fourth Kind

Posted in Film Review, Sci-Fi Movie Review with tags , , on November 10, 2009 by xymarla

Check out my review of The Fourth Kind on 29-95.com!

Stuart Gordon Retrospective: From Beyond

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Retrospective, Retrospective: Stuart Gordon, Sci-Fi Movie Review with tags , , , , , , on July 17, 2009 by xymarla

I first watched Stuart Gordon’s 1986 film From Beyond freshman year in college, at some party, barely paying attention. I’m honestly not sure how I managed that, because whatever else this film is, it is certainly something that DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION.

from beyond poster original by you.

This movie is SO WEIRD. Keep in mind, please—I’m saying this as a woman who has reviewed an entire retrospective’s worth of Stuart Gordon films.  I know from weird, alright, you guys? From Beyond is something…else.

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