• Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

    The entire time I was watching this movie I couldn’t help but think that we’re living through a historic moment of film history right now. Dune feels like this generations Star Wars and I’m sure with time it will only become more loved. It’s able to bring people together across generations and tell a story that hits a lot of the same marks as other sprawling sci-fi epics but with a new take on the chosen one narrative. The visuals…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    My first rewatch since 2021 in preparation for Part 2. Still incredibly awesome and impressive, I’m very excited to see how it ends.

  • Shivers

    Shivers

    ★★★½

    Cronenberg you sick freak! Definitely not one of his best, but there’s a lot of solid body horror and I love how the craziness slowly ramps up until the very end. It definitely won’t be for everyone with its depictions of assault but I like how it feels like a different take on the classic zombie flick.

  • With/In Volume 1

    With/In Volume 1

    ★★

    We watched this in my screenwriting class. Maybe one day pandemic era films like this will be looked back on fondly, but it’s still too soon for me and I didn’t like these very much. The first one Leap, was easily the best of the bunch, but as far as films go in general I can’t think of any reason to ever revisit any of these kinds of films. It probably goes without say I will not be watching volume 2 on my own time.

  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★★½

    This is the fourth Criterion DVD that I’ve collected and I’m so glad I got this one. I’ve been on a Cronenberg kick this last month and he’s becoming one of my favorite directors. Videodrome has become even more relevant since when it first came out and it’s crazy to see how ahead of its time it was. The effects are fantastic as always and I really enjoyed James Woods’ performance. It’s not my favorite of Cronenberg’s that, I’ve seen so far, but that speaks to the quality of his work because I still loved it.

  • The Dead Zone

    The Dead Zone

    ★★★½

    Once again, very different from Cronenberg’s other works. Christopher Walken’s performance is very good and I really like the way it was edited, getting to see his visions along side what was happening in the moment. I loved the concept and I also really enjoyed the ending and how it incorporates some age old philosophical questions. However, the one thing I didn’t like about it was the lack of connection throughout the story. Maybe it’s more obvious on rewatch being…

  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding

    ★★★½

    I watched this with my grandma. There’s not a ton of conflict, but it works and it makes it feel realistic while still being very funny.

  • Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers

    ★★★

    Dead Ringers is about as slow of a build as it gets. It’s a lot different from the other works of Cronenberg’s that I’ve watched, leaving the more physically horrific aspects to the imagination and focusing instead on the psychological deterioration of it’s main characters. It took me a little while to get invested, but after a while I really enjoyed seeing the small differences between the twins and how entangled their minds become. Jeremy Irons’ performance is captivating and…

  • Nightbreed

    Nightbreed

    ★★★½

    Having recently watched Hellraiser for the first time, and loving it I’m glad there is a lot of the same things to like about Clive Barker’s Nightbreed. The character designs and the scale of the underworld is so impressive. The makeup and practical effects make me wish directors still had the guts to make something this insane. I also loved David Cronenberg as the masked slasher, what an icon. I didn’t like it nearly as much as Hellraiser though for…

  • Coastal Elites

    Coastal Elites

    ★½

    We watched this in my screenwriting class. I'll be the first to say that Republicans suck, but for democrats to think they are so morally superior, making something like this when they are barely any better is ridiculous. I know this came out 3 or 4 years ago, but it’s already aged horribly as the Democratic Party has gotten even worse, funding a literal genocide in Palestine. I know that has nothing to do with this, but I’m so fucking…

  • The Toxic Avenger

    The Toxic Avenger

    ★½

    The Toxic Avenger is so close to being in that, so bad it’s good category, but it feels so intentionally bad that it doesn’t deserve that. It takes place in a reality so heightened that it’s basically a cartoon, but it’s also full of gore and some crazy unnecessary moments with implications of rape and the brutal murder of a kid and a dog. I will say I was never bored because there is not a single second of dead air, but the over the top performances and inconsistent tone didn’t work for me.

  • eXistenZ

    eXistenZ

    ★★★★★

    This movie is so awesome and I’m really starting to love Cronenberg’s style. It immediately reminds me of other stories with similar concepts, but they all pale in comparison to this. The crazy sci-fi concepts mixed with the Cronenberg fleshy, bloody effects is right up my alley. The writing is absolutely brilliant too, by the end of the story I had a huge smile on my face and immediately wanted to watch it again. Considering this is the second of…