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PHOTOBOOK: When they were young (I)

(this is the first article in the multiseries) Funny, how people with a knack already look the part of success at a young age. They have the shine, that thing that can't be defined with words but that says, "I can't be for sure where, but I'm going places." The viewer of these images likely projects unto them, a forecasting of extraordinariness, the success that we're familiar with but that the ... more >

CANNES DAY 6 – MAPS TO THE STARS

In competition
This is Cronenberg's second collaboration with Robert Pattinson
Filmed in Canada and New York

Two years ago with “Cosmopolis,” and now with “Maps to the stars” Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg has been boosting his Hollywood cred with the appropriation of Robert Pattinson as his muse. Is this going to last much longer? While I waited to get into the Debussy theater for the film's 7:30pm screening a journalist told me, ironically, “they’ll shoot another third movie together and that one ... more >

Map to the Stars trailer RELEASED

This is Robert Pattinson's second time being cast in a David Cronenberg movie
In competition

It’s been about two years now since Robert Pattinson slipped his fangs back in and ended his career as a gentleman-vampire. Two years, therefore, since we haven’t heard about him on the cover of magazines, leaving the popular press with a 90% space shortfall to fill with other things between 2008 and 2012. Fans (and they are legion) who’ve been mourning him are now breathing a collective sigh ... more >

COSMOPOLIS | The Last Word

Taking one last stab at it
Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon and Paul Giamatti
Directed by David Cronenberg

To properly discuss David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis,” I need to touch on something that film reviews rarely infer: the relationship between film and literature, in a general and historical sense. The challenge that cinema placed upon the primacy of literature in the last century has resulted in marketplace rivalry. Like any good products, the two began to differentiate. Film became the reserve of ... more >

“Cosmopolis” – A new film by David Cronenberg

This year's movie-event

“Cosmopolis,” the new film by David Cronenberg, is a bit anemic but as movie-events in Cannes go, it’s the bee’s knees. There’s a high-wattage star like Robert Pattinson in it, it is directed by David Cronenberg and it was adapted from a novel that is as relevant to our times as it is stinging in its indictment of them. Pattinson plays Eric Packer, a multi-billionaire and yen trader who decides ... more >

TRAILER FOR COSMOPOLIS released

Get ready for this spring's film event

"It's David effing Cronenberg," said one commenter under this newly-released trailer of the upcoming Cosmopolis posted on Youtube. And it's true. Cronenberg, a Canadian filmmaker (Videodrome, A History of Violence), is a master of his own genre and Cosmopolis, based on the Don DeLillo novel (just downloaded it to my iPad, as if I don't already have enough stuff to read), is looking uber-awesome. ... more >

[2011] VENICE MOSTRA – “A dangerous method”

Reporting from the 68th Mostra

Costume dramas and fairy tales set the tone for the opening days of the 68th Venice Film Festival. David Cronenberg’s hotly awaited “A Dangerous Method,” details the collaboration and rivalry between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud and set on the eve of World War One. “A Dangerous Method” arrived on day three of the festival and has been one of the stronger entries in the 22-film-strong main ... more >