As I watched David Cronenberg‘s new film Cosmopolis, I thought a lot about The Dark Knight Rises, and that led me to thinking about eXistenZ and The Matrix. Those last two movies came out within weeks of each other in 1999, and while The Matrix went on to be the mega-successful take on living in conjunction and conflict with machines, it was eXistenZ that really tried to dig deep into the ways in which our lives are being changed by interfacing with digital technology.

And so I came to Cosmopolis and The Dark Knight Rises, and the relationship there is probably pretty obvious. While Nolan’s movie pays a lot of lip service to issues of economics, social status, and the levels of power displacement that are associated with wealth and poverty, it is Cronenberg’s movie that really tackles some of those ideas with determination.

All of which is a roundabout way to get to some quotes provided in a Cosmopolis promo interview. Asked about moving into the realm of superhero movies, Cronenberg dismissed the idea, calling the form adolescent, and not ready to be treated as an “elevated art form.” And in some ways, it is difficult to disagree with his unvarnished assessment. But are superhero films destined to always be a limited form? Read More »

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David Cronenberg‘s new film Cosmopolis played to pretty good reactions at Cannes; there were those who didn’t find it compelling, but that’s actually reassuring, as a Cronenberg movie seems like it shouldn’t be for everyone. Now we know when the US will get a chance to see the film. eOne picked up Cosmopolis prior to Cannes, and is rolling it out in other countries now, with a Canadian opening tomorrow and UK bow a week later.

eOne plans to distribute Cosmopolis in the US starting on August 17, which is a bit earlier than we would have expected it to land. Still, we’ll take all the Cronenberg we can get, and as soon as possible, please. To that effect, hit the break for info on how Cronenberg’s son Brandon Cronenberg will have his film Antiviral distributed by IFC Midnight. Read More »


A bunch of huge movies have been showing at Cannes this year and the latest is David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis starring everyone’s favorite sparkling vampire, Robert Pattinson. Based on a novella by Don Delillo, the film centers on a 28-year-old billionaire’s 24 hour trip across Manhattan to get a haircut as his entire fortune crumbles with each passing second. This is Cronenberg, though, so of course it’s not a movie about bad traffic. Wild happenings are a foot here including characters played by Juliette BinochePaul GiamattiMathieu Almaric, and Jay Baruchel.

But is it any good? After the jump, we’ve grabbed some quotes and tweets from the Cannes press corps that attempts to answer if Cronenberg is back in prime form or not. Read them after the jump. Read More »

David Cronenberg‘s new movie Cosmopolis premieres tomorrow at Cannes, and barring some terrible reviews or other similar misfortune, it looks like it won’t be the director’s only film with star Robert Pattinson.

The actor now says that, in addition to the slate of other films he has lined up (more on those below) he’s going to do another Cronenberg film. And while he doesn’t drop a name, he does say it will be “very strange.” Read More »

Now that Twilight is almost over, Robert Pattinson is on the verge of being able to move on to the next phase of his career — presumably one in which he won’t be tied to a franchise he evidently despises. David Cronenberg‘s new film Cosmopolis could end up being the anti-Twilight, and Pattinson is embracing chances to promote it.

Contacted to do a promo photo shoot for Premiere France, Pattinson was asked about doing some still image nods to earlier Cronenberg films. He embraced the idea, and evidently pushed the images to go even weirder than originally planned. Check out the results, and name the films being referenced, below. Read More »

One of the pleasures of any new David Cronenberg film is the new work from Howard Shore that traditionally accompanies it. Cronenberg and Shore have worked together on almost every one of the director’s features since The Brood in 1979. (Michael Kamen did the score for The Dead Zone in 1983.) And while not every Cronenberg/Shore collaboration has been gold, they have produced some excellent work together. The scores for The Fly and Videodrome are memorable and effective; Shore used Ornette Colman to great effect for Naked Lunch. A few years later he produced one of my favorite scores, period: the brittle, uneasy guitar-based music for Crash.

For Cosmopolis, the fourteenth feature collaboration between Cronenberg and Shore, the composer enlisted Canadian band Metric to perform the music for the film, and to co-write three tracks. (Metric also contributed to the Scott Pilgrim vs the World soundtrack.) Samples of the entire score are now available, and we’ve got info on the score below. Read More »

David Cronenberg makes strange movies. I don’t mean that he makes movies about things that are strange, though he does that, too. What I mean is that his films depict a reality that is very specifically different from our own, no matter how closely his imagined spaces may resemble the real. In fact, when his creations are more superficially real than not, the strangeness and sense of disconnect is intensified. We see things that should be familiar, or predictable, but aren’t. One of Cronenberg’s chief gifts is that he makes us see the potential in situations that seem to have little energy hidden within them.

Which brings us to this first clip from Cosmopolis, the film in which Cronenberg adapts the novel of the same name by Don DeLillo, with Robert Pattinson as a young billionaire who is struggling, in several ways, with his own existence. The first trailers for the film suggested the wild and weird, but this clip is very much of the strange. Pattinson and Sarah Gadon, playing his wife, have a conversation in a cafe. It plays out a bit stilted and odd, but free of the context of the film I can’t tell if what we’re seeing is really part of the life that troubles Pattinson’s character. I do know I want to see a lot more.

Check out the clip below. Read More »

The first teaser trailer for David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis was a delirious ode to the filmmaker’s middle period — a chapter in his career that we’d begun to think was closed for good. But in that teaser for the adaptation of Don DeLillo‘s novel about a young billionaire who pulls strings from within a high-tech limo, we’re flashed with wild images of Robert Pattinson engaging in illicit sex, watching what seemed to be a dinosaur-sized rat, putting a bullet through his own hand, and musing about boundaries and desire. In short: vintage Cronenberg in all its glory.

Now the full trailer for Cosmopolis is available, and it expands on that teaser very nicely. We get a lot more of the story, including a good introduction to Pattinson’s character’s wife and possible voice of conscience (played by Sarah Gadon) as well as a motley crew of personalities including Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Almaric, and Jay Baruchel.

The tone looks even more old-school Cronenberg than what we saw in the teaser — his affinity for a very particular dialogue cadence and isolated shot staging is very much on display. This one looks entertaining as hell, frankly. Read More »

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