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Old 07-08-2008, 05:17 PM   #1141 (permalink)
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^^^^

Demons is cheesy briliance. Directed by Lamberto Bava, son of the legendary Italian director Mario Bava.



Oh dear Oh dear. What is Happening to Cronenberg? Whilst I am definitely all in favour of artists branching out, in the case of Cronenberg his emotionally cold and sterile world views were perfect for his particular brand of body horror. When we hit the real world this emotional detachment is a hindrance as we try to find allegiances with the characters on screen.

It certainly isnt a bad film but it could have been so much better. Naomi Watts is severely under used which is a shame as she is a fantastic dramatic actress. Vincent Cassell is quite frankly an embarrasment ( whose idea was it for a French actor to play a Russian with a smattering of English lines?). The language of the film annoyed me too. The film is about Russian gangsters so why are we treated to British inflected Russian accents punctuated by sentences of Russian? Surely we could have watched the film with the language Russian itself punctuated by English. A Russian father and son who come from Russia are hardly going to speak English all the time are they?

The violence ( as is the norm for Cronenberg) is expertly handled-brutal and without compromise. However I was never engaged in any of the characters and finished the film severly dissapointed.

I won't say to ignore this film at all, as it has a lot of admirers but a new Cronenberg film was usually cause for celebration and intrigue-how will he mess with us now. Lately though his direction and choices are becoming increasingly banal.

For a similar themed view of London and tangible plot points try 'Dirty Pretty Things' from a couple of years ago. Far more rewarding.
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Old 07-08-2008, 05:18 PM   #1142 (permalink)
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OMFG I finally agree with you word for word! <3
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Old 07-08-2008, 05:27 PM   #1143 (permalink)
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i mainly remember Naomi Watts for her massive nipples in 21 Grams. *desperately tries to remember her films without imdb*
and Eastern Promises for Viggo's giant buttocks projected irrefutably before me in the multiplex...

but yes what the frick happened to Croney? The last film that really delivered was Existenz IMO...?
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Old 07-08-2008, 05:32 PM   #1144 (permalink)
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Molecules-Watts was superb in 'Mulholland Drive'. Seriously check out 'Dirty Pretty Things'. It seems a more plausible and watchable treatise on London's immigration.
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i saw han**** on opening night and it everything you saw in the previews chronichled the first twenty mutes...then it good

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Old 07-09-2008, 04:01 PM   #1147 (permalink)
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Demons is cheesy briliance. Directed by Lamberto Bava, son of the legendary Italian director Mario Bava.



Oh dear Oh dear. What is Happening to Cronenberg? Whilst I am definitely all in favour of artists branching out, in the case of Cronenberg his emotionally cold and sterile world views were perfect for his particular brand of body horror. When we hit the real world this emotional detachment is a hindrance as we try to find allegiances with the characters on screen.

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The violence ( as is the norm for Cronenberg) is expertly handled-brutal and without compromise. However I was never engaged in any of the characters and finished the film severly dissapointed.

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For a similar themed view of London and tangible plot points try 'Dirty Pretty Things' from a couple of years ago. Far more rewarding.
I enjoyed it more then a history of violence. What cronenberg film would you reccomend the most?
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I enjoyed it more then a history of violence. What cronenberg film would you reccomend the most?
Videodrome is his absolute masterpiece but it's very surreal. Try Dead Ringers next maybe.
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Dead Ringers

anyway the premise of this film was too ridiculous even for Pixar, and after what seemed like hours looked at my watch to discover the film was only half finished... beautiful to look at, but just lacklustre by their standards really, strictly one for the nippers.

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I guess it must've been A Hard Day's Night. I had mixed feelings about it.

I walked out of Cars, that was some bs.
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