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. You heard that right, first. You just witnessed my Cronenberg virginity being taken away, not that it matters though. Just saying.…
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…
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…
This re-watch was a little sad for me. You see A History of Violence was one of my few 5 star films, and like with so many before it, I felt compelled to lower my rating after this most recent re-watch. It's very rare that any film holds that top rating for me. I still love the film. The atmosphere, the tension, and William Hurt's performance are all still fantastic, but it lost just a little something from the last time I saw it. Oh well, 4 stars is still a great rating, and it's still one of my favorite films so I guess I can't complain too much.
Ron's recommendation: Must see.
Exciting and thrilling as a visceral thriller plot, but achieves all its depth through character moments.
Part 18 of my 12 Directors x 2 Unseen Films thingamajig.
Bolstered by solid performances from Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello but let down by a fairly bad script. There isn't enough substance to call it a meditation on violence, and aside from one extraneous subplot it is structured tightly like a thriller. Other times, it is choreographed like an action film, and still other times it becomes melodramatic. Admittedly, these disparate elements fit together like pieces in a puzzle, and it works. However, each piece is leaner than I would have liked, and I think whatever meaning or insight a viewer gains from watching it is more to the credit of the viewer than to the film.
Absolutely loved it! Again, watched that in lecture, so it was a million times better.
One of the best movies from Cronemberg, and a very atypical one, A History of Violence is both a nice thriller and a very good analysis of the destruction of lives due to violence.
Why does he use that dirty-ass lake water to clean up instead of one of the many bathrooms in that big-ass mansion?
Can we live with our violent acts? Does a violent act change who we are, or is it a fundamental part of identity that exists within everyone? These are the questions David Cronenberg asks in his expertly crafted thriller/drama about a small town family man whose past comes into question after he stops an attempted robbery. As a work of filmmaking, this is excellent and the questions it asks really resonate. I can't think of another film that so perfectly captures the visceral rush of violence and the disturbing aftermath of it. The film also ends on a perfect scene. Nothing is said, but the few actions and looks between characters really resonate.
P.S. I remember watching this before and…
Excellent in it's use of explosive violence.
To be honest, I don't understand why people like this movie
It's the first time I see this since 2005. I loved it back then, but I was 13.
I still think it's a really solid movie. I like that the script if very focused on the things that we want to see. I was nervous about where the son's storyline was going to go, for example, but there are no unnecessary side-dramatics here. It's all about answering the question of Tom Stall's identity and what it means to him.
I'm not quite sure what this is trying to say about America, or guns, or violence. I don't even know if it has something to say at all, but so many critics and fans of the movie make it seem like…
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…