A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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 alright. Just like how they're selling it -- violent. 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 and I understand this is his least interesting work. A toned down Cronenberg, yes,…
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…
A couple years ago, this film was firmly in my Top 50. I haven't seen the film for a couple years now, and by the time I did my top 100 Letterboxd list, this was no where in sight. I've decided this film requires a rewatch.
This film is a delight from Cronenberg. It mixes various little film influences together into a great little story. But the film wouldn't work without the acting. Mortensen gives one of his best ever performances as a man with a deeply hidden past identity. Maria Bello is solid with some great acting scenes. Ashton Holmes gives a memorable teen performance as well.
Then you have Ed Harris effortlessly stealing the show, and William Hurt…
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…
Second watch of Noir-Vember. Much like David Cronenberg’s other output ‘Eastern promises’, which I watched and reviewed last week, ‘A History of Violence’ equally displays an ordinary family getting involved with organised crime. This one, however, has more secrets than its first act would acknowledge! Viggo Mortensen shines again in the lead role, but his supporting crew is a bit of a let-down - especially Ashton Holmes as the son and Maria Bello as the wife, both who appear very unnatural and awkward. Nevertheless, ‘A History of Violence’ is an enthralling picture with an original ternary chapter division and shockingly brusque transitions. Moreover, the film does honour to its title as its limited action sequences are flat-out brutal and certainly…
For many years when I was a lot younger I confused David Cronenberg and David Lynch. They both had silly hair and tended to be very serious looking. Cronenberg made interesting, strange films that required your attention and Lynch made movies I have had real trouble fathoming what they were even about. I have seen more Cronenberg than Lynch and it will probably stay that way for some time as Cronenberg's work suits my taste a little more than crazy Dave.
"A History Of Violence" is a film that was developed from a graphic novel of the same name. As you may have guessed this film is littered with some lovely gratuitous violence mostly dished out by the hand of…
Excellent film. Hard to watch some scenes but definitely an excellent film.
I would 100% recommend adding this to the watch list, it's a lot of fun and quite an intense experience.
But doesn't quite reach levels of filmmaking where I forget I'm watching a film or impress on me a deep conceptual idea.
Specifically there are some ham fisted moments where i'm like "This is happening so i should feel this way about the character right now" or "A character is developing right now because of this pronounced difference"
A stunning film by David Cronenburg who seems to stay consistent with his films even as he gets older. This is a bleak and violent look at how one man and his family's lives get changed forever by an event along with the aftermath and ripple effects of that event.
Viggo Mortensen plays such an intricate character that has so many layers to his being and Mortensen is such an amazing actor that this character just works so well and feels so grounded in reality. This is a graphic novel adaption and while i haven't read the graphic novel this film has such a powerful style that i wish more movies like this were made.
Hollywood seems so keen on…
69ing only exists in cronenberg films.
Subtly Cronenbergian take on what would otherwise have been a formulaic crime thriller. Really interesting probe of identity-- who are we, who do others see, how do acts of violence change us, is that irrevocable-- all wrapped into a narrative that runs from heartfelt to gleefully pulpy to disturbing. The movie wouldn't work at all without the incredible performances from Mortensen and Bello.
From the opening shot, you know that “A History of Violence” is special. I was awestruck at the cinematography and use of crane shots that captured the small town in the film.
The acting feels strange, and felt like a movie out of time. It is very dark and has some shocking on-screen violence.
A good story with some tiny holes in it. The acting is very tight and the atmosphere is put down well.
Great movie that's a bit slow for me at parts. But the actors are all great and the movie keeps you in suspence for a long period of time.
So this is a solid 4 out of 5 for me
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