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OUR SCARY SUMMER: David Cronenberg’s THE BROOD and the Weirding of the American Family

Few films expose the limitations of therapy narratives more ruthlessly than David Cronenberg’s "The Brood." Having explored the psychosexual demons haunting the individual human psyche in "Shivers" and "Rabid," the Canadian director turned his peculiar attention to the monsters lurking within the fractured family.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • June 27, 2014 4:49 AM
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Beyond the Veil of the Flesh: David Cronenberg's THE FLY (1986)

I’m glad I re-watched David Cronenberg’s 1986 version of "The Fly" on Blu-ray. I haven't watched it in decent resolution since I saw it in a theater on first release. It's still brilliant and perfect, and profoundly moving—maybe Cronenberg's greatest and most perfect film; a horror tragedy that doesn't cop out, ever.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • December 1, 2012 5:55 PM
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In David Cronenberg's COSMOPOLIS, the language can't keep up.

David Cronenberg’s movie version of Don DeLillo’s "Cosmopolis," a black comedy about a financier whose life is falling apart, is a snapshot of Western civilization in existential panic.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • September 12, 2012 10:30 AM
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CANNES 2012: David Cronenberg's COSMOPOLIS

For a Cronenberg film, "Cosmopolis" is light on violence and body horror, but the director’s obsession with evolving ideas and tainted perspectives remains on full display.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 25, 2012 5:01 PM
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CANNES 2012: Brandon Cronenberg's ANTIVIRAL

"Antiviral," Brandon Cronenberg’s directorial debut, proves the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree. Like his father David Cronenberg’s early features, "Antiviral" is more of a collection of inspired, perverse ideas than a cogent piece de provocation.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 21, 2012 1:31 PM
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VIDEO: PHYSICAL INSTINCTS Traces Phantom Limbs Inside David Cronenberg

This mesmerising video by filmmaker Gina Telaroli takes David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers as a cinematic slab upon which she splays a corpus oozing with audiovisual reference points. In the video's accompanying essay Telaroli's explains, "Genre could be a body transplant of sorts, a series of reconstructed appendages to approximate an ultimate, mass-manufactured body, story, romance." With appearances by Hitchcock, Caligari, Caravaggio, and dozens other sources for you to tease out. Originally published at the Moving Image Source.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • February 29, 2012 12:35 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Outstanding Collaborative Performance: The Fly (1986)

David Cronenberg’s 1986 remake of "The Fly" would have been a shoo-in for a theoretical best collaborative performance Oscar. What makes it truly special is its empathy for its arrogant scientist hero, Seth Brundle, who tests his revolutionary new matter transporter on himself and becomes genetically fused with a fly that was not supposed to be in the telepod with him. Jeff Goldblum’s performance as Seth Brundle is a nexus point for all the film’s creative elements: direction, writing, acting, makeup, optical effects, miniatures and puppetry. Goldblum’s work here brings everything together. It’s kind of a thespian telepod.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz and Steven Santos
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  • February 21, 2012 9:40 AM
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