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.
Because you really don’t have to see New Moon for the fourth time in less than a week, Hollywood is pulling out all the trimmings this Thanksgiving. By which we mean yet another movie about the apocalypse (The Road) and one that could potentially cause it to happen (Old Dogs). As we do every Friday, Read More
Running time 119 minutes
Written by Joe Penhall
Directed by John Hillcoat
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce
Welcome to the apocalypse. In The Road, the eagerly awaited movie version of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, the end of the world is no longer on Read More
The New York premiere of director John Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize–winning, doomful tale The Road was conspicuously missing its blond South African star: Charlize Theron.
On the third floor of the Clearview Chelsea Cinemas on Monday, Nov. 16, soft-spoken actor (and poet/musician/artist/sex object) Viggo Mortensen admitted to the Transom that Read More
Monday: The Bachelorette
All the rose petals, candles, sky-diving, cringing hands-over-face-embarrassment and general buffoonery has led us to tonight, when our Bachelorette finally picks her man on the big finale. And yes, we are sort of un-ironically excited! Who will Jillian, former hot dog Read More
This year won’t be remembered as a great one for Hollywood. But then again, you could probably say that about every year in Hollywood, where the failure to live up to expectations is as annual as the seasons. Still, there was plenty to get excited about—even with the economy on life support, it turns out Read More
Wednesday night, the Museum of Jewish Heritage hosted the premiere of Good–another holiday season WWII drama starring Viggo Mortensen as John Halder (a German professor in the 1930s who is trying to be "good" despite societal pressures) and Jason Isaacs, who plays Mr. Mortensen’s best friend Maurice, who is Jewish, in the film.
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We’ve been looking forward (sorta) to seeing the no-doubt downer that will be The Road, directed by John Hillcoat and adapted from the Cormac McCarthy novel, which, to be honest, we’ve always been too scared to read, as it’s one of those post-apocalyptic tales of wandering bleak landscapes. Viggo Mortensen stars, and we maintain that 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" behind Read More
WRITTEN BY Robert Knott and Ed Harris
DIRECTED BY Ed Harris
STARRING Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Renée Zellweger, Jeremy Irons, Timothy Spall
In most movie westerns, an appaloosa is a horse. But the title of his new revisionist oater, Ed Harris’ first outing in the director’s Read More