All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…
Two bodies. Two minds. One soul.
Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.
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“I think you two have never come to terms with the way it really does work between you.”
Beverly and Elliot Mantle (Jeremy Irons) are brilliant but disturbed, that much is certain. Even as young boys, they showed an understandable fascination with the female reproductive anatomy coupled with a disturbing lack of human emotion. Better to be fish, they theorized—that way they could reproduce without interpersonal contact. Their view of the female body as a laboratory specimen has brought them a successful gynecological practice in Toronto and much acclaim—the Mantle retractor is the industry standard. But their desire to be fish has remained. Their ultramodern office and equally modern high-rise apartment resemble nothing so much as meticulously…
I think I'm going to take a break from writing/lists for a while. I'd like to blame college for this, but I'd be lying if I said it was anything other then this site's once great community that's driving me away. I joined this site to talk film, not to talk sexuality/politics/gender etc... Letterboxd has basically become an extension of Tumblr and I no longer find any joy here. I'll still log films and comment occasionally, but I don't see myself returning to the community fully until it returns to it's old self, and I doubt that will ever happen.
Seeing as there is very little actual film talk on this site anymore I see no reason to say anything about Dead Ringers.
3 months before Ivan Reitman's cuddly comedy Twins, came Cronenberg's Dead Ringers. The immense dark to Arnie's saccharine light.
Within only a handful of scenes, Cronenberg paints raw body images with stark, frank dialogue. There's talk of sex, periods, the uterus, surgery and a mutant cervix. The mood now suitably set for Jeremy Iron's incredible dual role of the identical Mantle twins - to pierce and settle under your skin.
Really, Irons is the focus here. Subtle changes in face and body differentiate the bonded brothers. Easy to tell apart and with a riveting duality, it's an absolute beast of a performance that inevitably puts everything outside of 'them' in a less interesting, less demanding shade.
I'll admit, I lost…
Jeremy Irons has palpable sexual chemistry with Jeremy Irons.
"Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
Whenever brothers and the relationship between them is the central focus of a movie, no matter how unrealistic or melodramatic this bond may be portrayed I always find myself actively involved with the story and characters on more than just a mere superficial level. I can relate to these characters as I have a brother and I know how special this connection is.
Jeremy Irons plays identical twins Beverly (Bev) and Elliot (Eli) Mantle, two highly respected gynecologists. They understand each other perfectly and share everything, including their apartment, their job and their women, living vicariously through each other. Eli is the more sociable, casual, confident and aggressive one while Bev is…
[Originally written on my blog.]
Just wanted to remind myself what a great Cronenberg film looks like before I'm inevitably disappointed by Cosmopolis next month. [MAR 2016: Was a bit less disappointed than expected.] He really brought it all together here—hate to use that awful word "mature" (especially since he quickly regressed), but he genuinely seems more interested in Elliot and Beverly as complex individuals than he does in, say, the gyn(a)ecological instruments for operating on mutant women, which are merely a disturbing symptom of Bev's mental breakdown. Irons' astonishing dual performance, which is so acutely realized that you can immediately tell without any context when you're looking at Elliot posing as Beverly or vice versa (at least until…
Summer of the Beast film #49:
A low-key Cronenberg horror movie, and really, what's more horrifying then codependency?
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This was an odd film and I am not surprised given the director but I am shocked that it's considered a horror film by some, for this was a fucked up drama with some weird imagery but it never felt like it delved so deep into the dark that it became a horror film, maybe the ending counts but for me this still played out like a crazy drama. Jeremy Irons is great in both roles, i need to see more of this man's work.
I think it's safe to say that Dead Ringers is a film that demands effort on the part of the viewer. The interaction between art and consumer (in this context film/viewer, but also book/reader, or any other narrative-centric medium) hinges on the consumer being able to set aside the knowledge that this isn't real. This is mostly dependent on the filmmaker--in this case, David Cronenberg--to texture their characters and world so that they make sense in the context of the story.
It's not about creating a photocopy of real life, but creating this alternate reality that feels cohesive with itself. That's why a well done epic fantasy will feel more real to a viewer than a poorly done biopic: they're…
Just got this on Blu-ray as it was finally released on that format by Scream Factory.
I've only seen it once before in the summer of 2015 but I knew right away that it will forever be my favourite Cronenberg flick.
It's a bizarre story where Jeremy Irons kills it as twin gynecologists that succumb to drugs/sex/madness in the most bizarre way. Kinda reminds me of the book American Psycho as it captures a similar vibe of 80's downtown excess.
I really can't overstate how great Jeremy Irons is in this movie.
However, I will admit that while it is my favourite Cronenberg film it's probably not the best Cronenberg film to start with if you're completely new to the occasionally amazing but inconsistent director. Videodrome is a close 2nd to this film and might be a better one to watch first for the uninitiated.
Some would call this film depressing, I call it fascinating. Jeremy Irons gives one of his best performances as the twins. He truly makes you forget he is one person playing two parts. Cronenberg could do no wrong in the 80's.
First of all, Jeremy Irons is fucking amazing in this, one of the all-time great performances. Another excellent Cronenberg film....disturbing, fascinating and unpredictable, with a heartbreaking ending that really sticks with you.
This used to be one of my least favorite Cronenberg films, but as I've gotten older I've come to really love it. I think it's one of his most sophisticated films, and the Jeremy Irons performance in it is stunning. He creates 2 distinct characters who are also supposed to be mistaken for each other. It's insanely impressive on a performance and technical level, it is pretty much seemlees throughout the film. It's also really great to finally have an HD release of this. Scream Factory did a beautiful job, as usual.
Creepy tale about creepy gynecologist twins that are obsessed with their work in their own way.
Jeremy Irons brilliantly portrays the set of protagonists that are blessed and doomed by their symbiotic bond.
It's a masterpiece. Finally released on BluRay. I've been waiting years for this.
David Cronenberg was a unique and singular voice in the 80s. His horror films were great, Videodrome, The Brood, The Fly. But Dead Ringers, to me, saw him graduate to some next level of filmmaking genius.
The script guides us through a co-dependent nightmare generating a growing sense of dread while never losing empathy for the characters. Jeremy Irons breaks your heart with his performance; I've never seen a depiction of emotional collapse like the one in this movie.
It’s one of my all time favorite movies.
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