The Choice (2016)

It can be argued that one of the capabilities of a great artist lies in the creation of distinct visions. The truth of said vision can be assessed on subjective grounds, as can the particulars. In the case of novelist Nicholas Sparks, the artistry is likewise subjective. For some, there is genius in his crafting […]

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Maps to the Stars (2014)

David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars is a troubling ghost story that isn’t really a ghost story. The 2014 picture features a screenplay by Bruce Wagner, plus all the usual Cronenberg suspects are present. Cinematography is by Peter Suschitzky, editing is by Ronald Sanders, music is by Howard Shore.

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Cosmopolis (2012)

David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis is an affected, bizarre chunk of satire that features Robert Pattinson in the lead role and mostly takes place in a super-limo. The 2012 motion picture is based on the novel of the same name by Don DeLillo and features a screenplay by the director, marking his first writing effort since eXistenZ.

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A Dangerous Method (2011)

David Cronenberg lays everything on the table and gives it a smack in A Dangerous Method, his 2011 exploration of the psychology of Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, Sabina Spielrein, and even Otto Gross. This is sexual drama of the clinical variety, which means it shares some terrain with Dead Ringers and Crash.

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Eastern Promises (2007)

In Eastern Promises, director David Cronenberg delves into the crime saga and “people who live in a state of perpetual transgression.” That this is his interest level is hardly surprising, as the 2007 film works not so much as a plot or a story but more as a scientific investigation of yet another sealed-off world.

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A History of Violence (2005)

As with all of David Cronenberg’s pictures, nothing is as it seems in A History of Violence. The 2005 outing is based on a graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke, with a screenplay by Josh Olson. The usual suspects are present, including cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, editor Ronald Sanders, production designer Carol Spier, composer […]

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Spider (2002)

Themes of self-delusion float to the fore again with David Cronenberg’s Spider, a 2002 film based on Patrick McGrath’s novel of the same name. As with most of the director’s movies, much of this outing defies explanation. It is also intensely sad, like watching someone fade away.

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Crash (1996)

Based on J. G. Ballard’s 1973 novel of the same name, David Cronenberg’s Crash is a complicated and polarizing thriller. The 1996 picture is bizarre and remote, with a chilling effect that nevertheless draws attention to the director’s eternal sadness.

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M. Butterfly (1993)

David Cronenberg turns to interpretation once more with M. Butterfly, an adaptation of David Henry Hwang’s play of the same name. The 1993 picture appears at first blush to stand out among the director’s work, but Cronenberg builds on familiar themes and evokes an eternal, excruciating sadness.

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Naked Lunch (1991)

David Cronenberg’s interpretation of William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch is the kind of transgressive and absurd thing it has to be. The 1991 film is kind of an adaptation of the 1959 book of the same name, with a screenplay by Cronenberg and Bill Strait. This is wild-ass, severed stuff. It’s weird, gloriously so.

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Dead Ringers (1988)

It says a lot that a film as tortured as Dead Ringers is considered “restrained” by David Cronenberg’s standards, but that’s exactly what this 1988 picture is. Based on the novel Twins by Bari Wood and Jack Geasland and partially based on the real-life story of Stewart and Cyril Marcus, this psychological thriller is chilling […]

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The Brood (1979)

David Cronenberg’s The Brood is complex and grotesque. It is not a stretch to see it as a twisted companion piece to Kramer vs. Kramer, another 1979 film about divorce. Both outings feature a family turned asunder. Both feature bloody custody battles. But one, depending on perspective, is more realistic.

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Fast Company (1979)

After crafting two horror outings obsessed with parasites and diseases and orifices, David Cronenberg’s Fast Company veers in a whole different direction – kind of. This 1979 picture is a quirk in the system in a lot of ways, but in a lot of other ways it makes a certain kind of sense.

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Marauders (2016)

A cliché sandwich served with extra clichés and a dish of cliché on the side for dipping, Steven C. Miller’s Marauders actually has the makeup of a good thriller. This 2016 motion picture isn’t that bad given the territory and the screenplay by Michael Cody and Chris Sivertson doesn’t try to do too much. At […]

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