Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
A History of Violence
Tom Stall had the perfect life... until he became a hero.
An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.
Oh, that's why it's called A History of Violence. Before today I thought the film is about violent events spanning over a period of time, you know, a history of violence? Violence's history? Nevermind, I'm dumb.
The film? It's violent alright. Didn't know you can fuck up a person's face this bad with only your bare hands. Ed Harris is the boss. Aragorn is the boss's boss. (Everyone in the film seems to call him Tom. Yeah right, you're not fooling anyone. He's Aragorn.) Awesome performances throughout.
I think I should mention that this is my first Cronenberg film. I understand this is his least interesting work. A toned down Cronenberg. I am aware of that. That is exactly why…
Violence is like riding a bicycle.. once you've learned how you never truly forget!
Not your typical David Cronenberg film! Although it does feature some heavy duty graphic violence!
Viggo Mortensen was good as always! But hats off to Stephen McHattie for his brief but unforgettable role it was a real doozy of a performance!
All in all an entertaining film! But I would rather watch the master of body horror return to his true calling!
From a violent and jarring crime tale to a humorous picture of normal small town life; from a genuine and tender marriage story to a dark and gritty comic book film; and from a mob tale to an emotional survivalist story, David Cronenberg's A History of Violence in all of its loops, shifts in tone and stirring emotion, is all around faultless. Even in its reputation as a mainstream departure, Cronenberg keeps a perfect handle on everything that defines him, and just possibly makes his masterpiece out of it.
Never once does the film feel commercial for the legendary auteur, only as clean, smooth and flowing as one director can make such a layered thematic tale into a film. The…
Very direct in its approach & unrelenting with its subject matter, A History of Violence concerns Tom Stall, who lives a quiet life with his family & owns a diner in a small town of Indiana. Things are set in motion when one day Tom foils an attempted robbery at his diner, killing the two thugs, & finds unwanted fame n attention from the residents thus becoming the town's local hero overnight. But new men soon arrive in town looking for someone Tom claims to be not. But as the story progresses, we soon find out about Tom's violent past that he had buried years ago.
Loosely based on the 1997 graphic novel of the same name, the film is brilliantly directed by…
When you're as much of a maverick as David Cronenberg, making a traditional crime thriller was a bit of a departure for him. He did however make two very good thrillers in the shape of A History Of Violence and Eastern Promises within a couple of years, both starring Viggo Mortensen and both featuring a pleasant amount of entertainingly gratuitous violence.
Viggo plays a small-town diner-owner who kills two robbers in an act of self-defense that makes him a minor celebrity. His actions however stir up a hornet's nest as his past comes back to haunt him. It's an intriguing story, brilliantly scripted by Josh Olsen, and directed with imagination by Cronenberg who manages to bring us something both visceral, and in a couple of scenes, very raunchy. Viggo again gets his arse out, and Maria Bello isn't afraid to bare all, but it's the cameos from Ed Harris and William Hurt that really stand out.
"Ask 'Tom' how he once tried to rip my eye out with barbed wire. And ask him, Edie... ask him how come he's so good at killing people." ~ Carl Fogarty
This film may seem like a departure for fans of David Cronenberg. There's some serious violence and blood spatter, but not much of the body horror he is so famous for. In fact, the director confessed that he thought this film was probably too commercial to be shown at Cannes.
Fortunately, the judges didn't agree and it got nominated for the Palm D'or anyway. The Oscars recognized it, too, with a couple of nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay (Josh Olson) and Best Supporting Actor (William Hurt). And it still…
Without the rapt intrigue and white-knuckle suspense that comes with the first viewing, the storyline with the son stood out as heavy-handed and a lot of the trained killer skills on display noticeably depend on a goon missing when firing a handgun from a short distance. However, the mood/story/performances remain exemplary.
Bello is luminous, but it's Mortensen's movie. He's a curious case for a leading man - a very, very interior guy. His underplaying in LOTR as Tolkien's highly idealized warrior was one of my favorite things about those movies. In this movie he has to be humble, sometimes fumbling, sexy, folksy, menacing, earnest, calculating, from scene to scene and sometimes within scenes. He pulls it off, although he might have seemed utterly out of place with a different director at the helm. Cronenberg is also an interesting case - in his early films he seemed utterly indifferent to the acting skills of his leads, but in the latter part of his career he's made some brilliant choices. He's not going…
A boring movie that relies on an idiotic midpoint twist.
Directed by David Cronenberg and starring his longtime trusted actor 'Viggo Mortensen'. A History of Violence speaks about the volume of innocence and the distance in between the violence and innocence, that takes for a man of upright to cross. Don't forget, the movie also stars legendary William Hurt in a cameo role.
Cronenberg's solid crime-thriller is, indeed, thrilling, well-acted, thought-provoking, and well-written, but it also brings up a lot of questions that it could have found answers for.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A history of violence review
Admittedly "A history of violence" is a film that has meant very little to me until I actually decided to sit down and watch it. The premise lead me to believe it was just another generic action thriller with no real substance. I've been wrong before, and this is one of those times. The plot of mistaken identity and a buried past life has been done to death, but I will say that this movie does it differently in that it doesn't portray the main character as a flawless human being. Tom (or shall we say "Joey") is a former member of the Philadelphian mob turned farmer after being put under witness protection. An attempted…
Some of the best naturalistic dialogue. Mortenson and Cronenberg may have entered the conversation of favorite actor-director pairings.
"Come closer... A little further... Come on..."
Man, I love that scene.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…