there's a thing where you adds 'in my ass' to the end of a movie title, so here are some…
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…
For better or worse, an American could not have made this: it takes certain things we tend to dismiss* very seriously, and derides others we stupidly esteem. I'm inclined to say it's to the good—not only because I'm a pinkie self-loather—except the Philadelphian climax doesn't convince like it ought to. Until then, Cronenberg managed to neither ennoble nor too stringently cast judgment on Mortensen, which leaves me uncertain whether it capitulates to genre earnestly or ironically.
No complaints about the last scene, though. Here we have accommodation, not forgiveness. Bitter stuff.
*At least when we're receiving them as entertainment. Take the repugnance of casual violence, esp. if it affects people you know. A family member recently thought a video of…
I'm pretty sure I hadn't seen this movie but it remains of something else. I just can't remember what. This film made me think would really be possible to go from being a stone cold killer to father and husband of the year ???
Τα βλέμματα του Mortensen και οι κάποιες Cronenbergικές σκηνές...και μετά καταλαβαίνεις τι θα γίνει και μετά τέλος
It never really reaches the heights it wants to in its storytelling because the film feels so overplayed. I like all of the actors and talent involved, but the script always seems to be over dramaticized. While I haven't seen a lot of David Cronenberg I can tell that for the praise he usually gets, this is probably not one of his better efforts. It just feels like two many separate things and doesn't have a lot of focus.
Uno dei migliori Cronenberg del nuovo millennio. Duro, potente e "stringato" nel raccontare come l'uomo di tutti i giorni può non essere tale. Attori in formissima e finale da antologia.
Dont fuck with Aragorn.
Una fottutissima storia di violenza
A look at the dangers of a double life and the lessons that our passed down generation by generation. Cronenberg does quite well out of the horror genre, but he brings a piece of the genre with him when it comes to violence in this film, holy shit! The interaction between the character's in dealing with this double life are the highlight of the film. It's a well acted, well written solid piece of filmmaking as well.
dont really remember much about this except that i liked it so i'll give it 3.5 for now and rewatch it someday soon
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