The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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…
My legs are always spread for Viggo
A David Cronenberg film my first to be exact A History of Violence is what you expect and more. Tension borderline Hitchcockian and simple action that is brutally effective adding to the depth and mystery of the plot. The movie isn't afraid to delve deep into the human condition and that where most of its main themes lye very moving and powerful. Viggo Mortensen is absolutely fantastic making this character seem so real, dare I say better than his LotR performance. Ed Harris makes an amazing bad guy making that sense of menace seem so real. A History of Violence give off this David lynch feeling in the start it was awesome not as extreme though. My only problems with…
I went into this movie telling myself that it would most likely not end up being an action movie, and I should instead expect a hard-hitting drama about how the media can affect a person's life.
I mean, I got that, but I feel like I would've been less disappointed if I went in expecting an action movie. It would've been a pleasant surprise as opposed to expecting something great from a genre and just getting a pretty good version of what I wanted.
A very impressive film! Not your usual David Cronenberg film, as this one seems to be more grounded in reality, but just as great, nonetheless!
Very intriguing and suspenseful, this film will keep you wondering what is actually happening. What is the truth behind all of this. This film also explores the always intersting theme of the human mind and how it can be manipulated and how it will react when pushed to the limit.
Cronenberg's direction is perfect! The cinematography is excellent, too, as is the writing! Viggo Mortensen gives what might be my favorite performance of his, rivaled only by his role in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. He is truly spectacular in this film. The supporting…
Interesting, how the most seemingly minor of a director's works can reveal their most startling insights into human nature. In addition to my growing case that Cronenberg works best when he has something that prevents him from going off the deep end, be it that he didn't write the script or he had a partner in writing (though it's been like, four years since I've seen Videodrome, which I quite liked despite its interesting first viewing audience, but that is a story for another time). In this case, Cronenberg is thinking less of violence then the context of it, and how people interpret an event based on whether or not they're used to it. There's nothing particularly more brutal when…
BOY VIGGO MORTENSEN CAN **** THE ******* **** OUT OF ME GOD 😩
It's the type of film you watch at 9pm on a Sunday afternoon on terrestrial TV. Had potential to be a better film but lacked any real depth.
boy, did i LOVE the first half of this film. but as the film progressed, i found myself unfulfilled. for me, it became messy and did not deliver what i expected it would. i still found it entertaining and relatively engrossing.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Dr. Adam Hart is currently teaching a class at Harvard University that studies the filmographies of both David Lynch at David Cronenberg. At first glance, they might seem to have little in common thematically: though they are both directors named David who make borderline horror movies set in North America, the surrealism of Lynch and the body horror of Cronenberg do not obviously mesh. A History of Violence might serve as one of the most powerful arguments in favor of this linkage, though, as the split and double identities that come into play in much of Lynch's best work become the major theme of this film.
Tom Stall and Joey Cusack are the same person, of course, but they represent…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Yeah, well, you know, this is just, like, my opinion, man. I know I've probably missed some big ones. Whoops.…