You may recall that on a few times Josh and I have talked about our appreciation for David Cronenberg. We even did a debate pitting him up against David Lynch.
Cronenberg made his mark on Hollywood by leading the charge in a horror sub-genre called “body horror.” These are movies that focus on our culture’s obsession, fear, and ignorance about our bodies. Most often the horror from these movies come in the form of body mutilation and destruction.
Many critics and fans cite Videodrome as Cronenberg’s crowning achievement. The story is about James Woods’ character finding a strange television station. As he unfurls the mystery behind this tv station, he begins to loose his grip on reality. The movie is chock full of trademark Cronenberg imagery, themes, and gore. It’s arguably the best movie to start with if you’ve never explored his filmography.
Videodrome expires on July 1st.
Demolition Man isn’t a great movie. In fact, it’s kind of bad. However, I recommend it for two reasons.
One, it takes place in the future. Whenever a movie takes place in the future, it uses the present to predict and extrapolate what will happen in the future. In this case, the movie takes place in a future filtered through 90s sensibilities. In other words, it’s an unintentionally hilarious depiction of the future. This is a timeline when fast food chains go to “war” and the sole victor is Taco Bell. This is a future that tickets people for swearing.
Two, have you ever heard a joke about using three seashells in a bathroom? Watch Demolition Man and you’ll finally get the references. (Sort of.)
Demolition Man expires July 1st.
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
Guy Ritchie has jumped to bigger audiences with his two Sherlock Holmes movies.
But the way he got his start was by making clever, slick crime movies that featured lots of characters, interconnected stories, and a loose timeline. In short, for a while, he was the British Quentin Tarantino.
Lock, Stock was Ritchie’s first movie and it’s quite a feat. The movie has a general air around it like it’s the director’s third or fourth movie. The level of filmmaking competence is quite high.
The movie is about four friends who get mixed up in an underground poker game and must pay back a local gangster 500,000 pounds. The movie follows around a few factions of people including pot dealers, a debt collector, and two dense thieves until each storyline ingeniously dovetails together. It also features a pre-action star Jason Statham.
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels expires on July 1st.