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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video:  Terrifying Toddlers in <i>The Brood</i>

New on Video: Terrifying Toddlers in The Brood

With all due respect to my niece who’s currently on her way to being the best midwife in Denver, reproduction is an icky process. But that’s because it involves the body, and quite frankly, there’s little the body…
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Film, "Locke": Take a Drive with Tom Hardy as His Life Falls Apart

"Locke": Take a Drive with Tom Hardy as His Life Falls Apart

This resolutely minimal movie consists of Tom Hardy alone in a car for an hour and a half. True, he talks on the phone with some other people, but Hardy's is the only face we ever see. Which makes up…
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Calendar, Night&Day Collision Course

Collision Course

Stock car racing has broad appeal, from applied physics converting raw power into mechanical poetry in motion, to the thrill of knowing that at any moment something could go horribly wrong. In "Crash," Hilary Pecis deconstructs stock photos of…
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Film, Feature John Hyams: Dedicated to the Abstract and the Ass-Kicking

John Hyams: Dedicated to the Abstract and the Ass-Kicking

If David Cronenberg and Luc Besson had a mutant baby, it still wouldn't be able to make a movie quite as hypnotically badass as Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, a fact that might surprise those who reasonably assumed that the…
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Film, "Cosmopolis": Limoing Through the Mind of a Master of the Universe

"Cosmopolis": Limoing Through the Mind of a Master of the Universe

Boyishly lean, with a brooding angularity that suggests both high maintenance and nefarious vacancy, Robert Pattinson has managed to fill the role of a grade-A male sex symbol without ever evincing anything like carnal energy, to top the Hollywood A-list…
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Film, Feature Falling Man: David Cronenberg's Vision of the Cosmopolis

Falling Man: David Cronenberg's Vision of the Cosmopolis

One of the most interesting things about Cosmopolis, writer/director David Cronenberg's extraordinary adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel by the same name, is that it's based on the first script Cronenberg has both written and shot since 1999's eXistenZ. Additionally, Cronenberg's…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Life of the Mind

The Life of the Mind

David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method is at once a lucid movie of ideas, a compelling narrative, and a splendidly acted love story involving Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the near-forgotten patient-turned-disciple who…
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Film, "A Dangerous Method": Cronenberg Examines the Birth of Psychoanalysis

"A Dangerous Method": Cronenberg Examines the Birth of Psychoanalysis

David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method is at once a lucid movie of ideas, a compelling narrative, and a splendidly acted love story involving Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the near-forgotten patient-turned-disciple who…
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Film, Feature Best Films of the Decade

Best Films of the Decade

Looking back on a decade dominated by the movie franchise — Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Spider-Man to name just a few — and overrun with prequels and sequels (Saw I, Saw II, Saw III, Saw…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Following Preview Is Heartily Approved

The Following Preview Is Heartily Approved

We love all manner of film geek, from the guy who always finds a way to say “Truffaut” in public to the woman who haunts the night in front of flickering silent films. A new subset, however, is close to…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Quid Pro Quo</i>

Quid Pro Quo

For its first half-hour, Quid Pro Quo flirts with the kind of sexual perversity that fueled Crash, David Cronenberg’s lurid 1996 film about a subculture of auto-erotics. But the opening scenes prove little more than a tease, for there is…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Black Russian

Black Russian

Eastern Promises (Universal) David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen are becoming a Bizarro World Alfred Hitchcock/Cary Grant combo, and the world is a better (and bloodier) place for it. Chucklehead critics too smitten by Cronenberg's "messages" dismissed this film — a…
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Film, Eastern Promises: Still Cronenberg

Eastern Promises: Still Cronenberg

I've said it before and hope to again: David Cronenberg is the most provocative, original, and consistently excellent North American director of his generation. From Videodrome (1983) through A History of Violence (2005), neither Scorsese nor Spielberg, and not even…
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Is There a Doctor in the House?

I never gave much thought to the subject of health insurance until, in October of 2005, an odd swelling in my groin prompted me to make one of my infrequent trips to the doctor's office. A referral to a urologist…
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Film, Girl Trouble

Girl Trouble

By now, for masses of believers in mad Korean pulp as it has been epitomized by Park Chan-wook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy, the blood-on-alabaster-skin montage behind the credits of Park's new Lady Vengeance portends a familiar dynamic. Exercises…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Hoop Dreams Come True

Hoop Dreams Come True

Through the Fire (Disney) He's averaging just nine points in his second season for the Portland Trail Blazers, but considering where he came from and what he's overcome, Sebastian Telfair is doing just fine, thank you. Jonathan Hock's fascinating documentary…
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Film, Tom's Diner

Tom's Diner

Any thing can be anything to anybody, particularly in the case of David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. If you want to believe that Cronenberg's new film, a loose adaptation of a little-known graphic novel, is a work of damning…
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Calendar, Night&Day Girl on Film

Girl on Film

Performer, filmmaker, and visual artist Michelle Handelman may be remembered locally for BloodSisters, an award-winning documentary about the local lesbian S/M subculture that played at over 50 film festivals. But the movie wasn't exactly a blockbuster, so the S.F. Art…
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Second Time Around

The Horror, The Horror In the 1970s, horror films comprised intelligent alternative cinema in a way the winking, blinking zombie that the genre is today does not. Ironic self-referentiality is simply not as scary as taking death seriously -- great…
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Ouch!

Crash Directed and written by David Cronenberg, from the novel by J.G. Ballard. Starring James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger, and Rosanna Arquette. At the Metro in San Francisco and the California in Berkeley. Cult auteur David…
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