Posted by the editors on Sunday, 15 January 2012
A History of Violence (2005) Directed by David Cronenberg (M. Butterfly (1993), Spider (2002), A Dangerous Method (2011)), starring Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises (2007), The Road (2009), A Dangerous Method (2011)), Ed Harris (Pollock (2000), The Hours (2002), Gone Baby Gone (2007)), Maria Bello (Assault on Precinct 13 (2005), The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)), with William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), Syriana (2005), Into the Wild (2007)). Though the highly effective plot is that of a successful, taut thriller, A History of Violence is, even more, a study of character and especially the often hidden, or undiscovered, capacity for violence, present, to one degree or another, in one form or another, in all the significant characters in the film, and, perhaps, in ourselves as well. From Tom/Joey with his secret mob past, to his son Jack, and his discovery of his own violent capacities, to the capacity for violent carnal passion discovered by Tom/Joey and his wife Edie, A History of Violence takes a consummate look at not only the potential for violence, but also, perhaps, its necessity in the fight for survival on any number of levels. Viggo Mortensen is very, very good in his portrayal of both the small town, humble family man Tom and the secret, ominously effective killer Tony; Maria Bello is perfect as the small town wife and mother, and as the sharp-eyed lawyer; Ed Harris is perfect, as well, as a cold, hard, disfigured mobster out for vengence, and William Hurt is superlative as a viciously twisted, violent mob underboss. With a screenplay written by Josh Olson, based loosely on the graphic novel of the same name by John Wagner and Vince Locke, A History of Violence, is anything but simple; a subtly complex, thoroughly Cronenbergian, and very effective thriller, it is certainly a must-see film. (PR)
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A History of Violence (New Line Platinum Series)
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Posted by the editors on Friday, 13 January 2012
Spider (2002) Directed by David Cronenberg (Crash (1996), A History of Violence (2005), Eastern Promises (2007)), starring Ralph Fiennes (Sunshine (1999), The Constant Gardener (2005), The Hurt Locker (2009)), Miranda Richardson (Damage (1992), The Hours (2001))and Gabriel Byrne (Miller’s Crossing (1990), The Usual Suspects (1995), The End of Violence (1997)). Spider, a psychological drama, superbly directed by David Cronenberg, from a screenplay written by Patrick McGrath, based on his own eponymous novel, and brimming with excellent acting on the part of the entire cast, but especially on the part of Ralph Fiennes and Miranda Richardson, is, frankly, brutally bleak. The film follows the attempted social re-insertion of Dennis “Spider” Cleg, a patient recently released from a mental institution, where he has spent the last 20 years, since the age of about 12. Twisting marvelously and very grimly through the maze of schizophrenic realities and delusion, Spider is, in fact, a murder mystery. Or is it? Exceptional acting, inspired directing, powerful cinematography and story, Spider is harsh, very harsh, and a difficult must-see. But must-see, it is. (PR) (Note: there are no spiders in the film.)
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