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A History of Violence – Directed by David Cronenberg, starring Viggo Mortensen

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)

See our posts on the film Spider directed by David Cronenberg, the films The Indian Runner and Good starring Viggo Mortensen, and the films Sunshine, The Good Shepherd, Vantage Point and Syriana with William Hurt.

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A History of Violence (New Line Platinum Series)

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The Media or the Message? Google Evolves…

Posted by the editors on Monday, 21 March 2011

The Google search home page logo

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David Carr has written an interesting article entitled “The Evolving Mission of Google” in the Media & Advertising section of The New York Times, looking at how Google, according to its executives, at least, is not a media company: Google organizes and manages content, but it stays away from producing it.  Hmmmm.  It seems that that is not what those outside of Google think.  A look at how Google is evolving into a media company, perhaps…

In any case, we are very happy that Google exists, aren’t you?

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Google Closes China Site, Cites Censorship

Posted by the editors on Monday, 22 March 2010

Miguel Helft and David Barboza have written an article entitled “Google Shuts China Site in Dispute Over Censorship” in the Technology section of The New York Times (online).  Moving to its Hong Kong-based uncensored site, Google nevertheless anticipates that the Chinese Government will block access  by mainland internet users to the uncensored search results.

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