What is to be done with Robert Pattinson?
An antiseptic departure for shock jock David Cronenberg, A Dangerous Method is a psychological tug of war between the father of modern psychiatry, Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortenson), and his disciple Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) over the mind and sex of an overwrought mental patient named Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a mad Russian with a craving for spanking. Whacking her on her naked bottom must have worked. She ended up, years later, analyzing patients of her own. Too bad she didn’t also analyze this movie. It would have saved so much wasted time.
A grim 1912 period piece set in a mental clinic in Vienna at the dawn of 20th century enlightenment, the movie flirts with the peculiar relationship between novice Jung and mentor Freud while they both flirt with the same patient, but aside from Ms. Knightley’s lurid whupping without her panties on, nothing ever happens. The “dangerous method” in the title refers to the experiment by both analysts to radically treat the same female patient by taking her to bed. Not very scientific, but very, very talky.
The New York Film Festival is ready to party. On top of its opening night, centerpiece, and closing gala, the Festival is to throw itself two additional galas: for Pedro Almodovar’s sci-fi-noir-ish reunion with Antonio Banderas, The Skin I Live In [The Skin in Which I Live? --ed.] on October 12, and for David Cronenberg’s Read More
A funny thing happened on the way to the funeral being held for Tom Cruise’s career … Valkyrie became a hit. Well, maybe calling it a "hit" is a bit too much. But still, the film, which was dragged through the muck for the better part of a year, grossed a respectable $153 Read More
David Cronenberg’s crossover into the mainstream is almost complete. The indie stalwart, who got back on the Hollywood radar after modest successes with A History of Violence and Eastern Promises, is in negotiations to direct Denzel Washington in an adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s The Matarese Circle. Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, the "masterminds" Read More
It looks like Resident Evil: Extinction (#1) will not be following its own advice. After a $24 million dollar opening weekend, the Sony franchise based on a video game looks like it is here to stay. And it appears New Yorkers are just fine with that: the movie grossed a very respectable $337,000 at 9 Read More
“Htory of Violence kind of worked like a long preparatory experience for Eastern Promises. Like a dress rehearsal,” said Viggo Mortensen, via phone from the Toronto Film Festival where last Saturday the new David Cronenberg-directed movie won the audience prize for best film. The 48-year-old actor’s performance as an enigmatic Russian mobster-in-training is drawing deserved Read More
Running Time 96 minutes
Directed by David Cronenberg
Written by Steve Knight
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts
David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, from a screenplay by Steve Knight, is the 64-year-old Mr. Cronenberg’s second film with Viggo Mortensen. The first, A History of Violence, made the top of my ten-best Read More
The Brave One may have made the most money in Manhattan over the quiet weekend, but Eastern Promises and the musical Across the Universe made the most noise.
David Cronenberg’s follow-up to last year’s critical darling A History of Violence (#5) made $81,000 dollars on one screen, and Julie Taymor’s (Frida) troubled production Across Read More
David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence, from a screenplay by Jack Olson, based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke, may go down in movie history as the suspenseful thriller in which the bedeviled-by-his past, virtually schizophrenic hero, Tom Stall/Joey Cusack (played magnificently by Viggo Mortensen), makes Batman, Spider-Man and Superman look Read More