• Quatermass and the Pit

    Quatermass and the Pit

    There's something super TV about this movie, in the most charming way, until the end, where they clearly saved up the money for some actually awesome special effects work. Good stuff.

  • Crimes of the Future
  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    Maybe the real Inland Empire was love all along.

  • Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers

    Really couldn't tell Jeremy Irons and Jeremy Irons apart. That moment when the twins actually synchronize, walking through their office while shooting up at the same time... that's the movies.

  • The Fly

    The Fly

    Long live the new new flesh.

  • The Dead Zone

    The Dead Zone

    Stephen King has a way of getting in over his head narratively, but Cronenberg and Boam wisely trim and rearrange this movie down to the essentials in such a perfect way. The episodic structure gives it the feeling of a real journey, which always centring the character and his emotions and his psychology in subtle but effective ways. It’s not so much Cronenbergian, as it’s too guided by both King and Boam to really fulfill that, but Cronenberg’s direction is…

  • Melvin and Howard

    Melvin and Howard

    Finally crossed my last Demme blind spot off the list thanks to a Neon Dreams screening at the Revue. Total fucking delight. One of the most good natured movies I’ve seen. Funny, charming, moving, loving, deeply skeptical of capitalism, the whole bag.

  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    Nothing good ever came out of Pittsburgh.

  • Scanners

    Scanners

    A movie that kicks butt. I somewhat suspect a Larry Cohen-produced version would’ve kicked even more butt. That’s fine, though, because butts are kicked either way.

  • The Brood

    The Brood

    Kramer vs. Kramer came out the same year.

  • Fast Company

    Fast Company

    On the one hand, it’s clearly work-for-hire type stuff, not really Cronenbergian as it were. At the same time, it’s fetishistic about cars and mechanics, and it’s got a young Nicholas Campbell pouring motor oil on a girl’s tits.

    Is it good? I dunno, define good. But watching it on a Thursday afternoon, it’s got a pleasant feel about it. Languidly paced for a sports-action drama, but sometimes that’s just the sort of thing you wanna catch some night on CityTV in the ‘90s when there’s nothing else good on anyway.

  • Secret Weapons

    Secret Weapons

    It’s so odd going back to Cronenberg’s very early work and finding all the pieces there, but arranged in ways that simply don’t work. This one is actually the closest to working, and you can feel he figured something out here that he’d finally bring properly to fruition with Shivers and the especially with Rabid.