A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.
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…
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…
"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…
Jeremy Irons has palpable sexual chemistry with Jeremy Irons.
Partially based on a real-life story of twin gynecologists, David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers is a delirious delve into a psychological relationship between brothers with an inseparable bond. Cronenberg is less interested in the sexual implications of their connection, and invests his film more into the examination of the psychological connection that the two possibly share. Jeremy Irons gives a groundbreaking performance as both of the twins, at times appearing on screen simultaneously, a marvelous feat for its time. Surprisingly, this isn't a film that rides on its gimmick of a dual performance (which I realize isn't as incredible anymore, given the number of double performances we've had since then). This is a mad mix of a body horror in the…
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This is my third Cronenberg after A History of Violence and The Fly, and it seems I haven't hit upon one of his full-body-horror, crazy shows yet. This is really restrained, feeling like it's patiently building towards some grand finale, with the most vivid image confined to a dream sequence and the disturbing stuff mostly implied than shown (which can still draw squirms-a-plenty though). Appropriate, because it allows the best special effect and most disturbing aspect of the film, Jeremy Irons' performance, to shine fully. Apart from some moments where the twins' minds start melding, there is not much doubt whose personality we're looking at, even though they don't look that different…
Jeremy Irons has a nice voice and a cute butt chin.
Finally, Cronenberg shows some maturity in his freaky ass psychosexual thrillers. Irons performance at the twin gynecologists is haunting. The feel of the film and the performance (especially as Elliot) likely inspired American Psycho. Cronenberg gets a lot of mileage out of his reputation, keeping the body horror to a minimum and doing a lot through implication and editing. The first hour felt stronger to me than the second. The way Irons is able to convey each twin is incredible, with just small physical gestures and facial expressions giving them away in each scene. Towards the end, as they "synchronize," these differences seem to melt away.
I love that Cronenberg sets all his films in Toronto. It gives the films a distinct sideways "otherness" from American films that makes them just a bit stranger.
Siamese Dream, We Have The Technology, The Ying Yang Twins... music owes this movie a great debt. I do not.
Two bodies. Two minds. One soul. Separation can be a terrifying thing.
Sheer brilliance. Deep down, EVERYONE has a love/hate thing about identical twins. On the one side, they wish they had that kind of communion with someone, that sort of magical intimacy they share, having someone basically the exact same as themselves...yet that same one-of-a-kind companionship is scary as hell.
I haven't seen, from my fellow Canadian, either 'Scanners' (1981) or 'Naked Lunch' (1991), so I can't honestly say whether or not my assertion can be thus extended, but I dare ANYONE to find in horror a finer run than Cronenberg had, in 'Videodrome', 'The Dead Zone', 'The Fly'...and this, 'Dead Ringers'.
About as creepy and bizarre as I've come to expect from David Cronenberg. More of a psychological horror piece than anything (it becomes increasingly difficult to tell which twin is which), although it still contains a good amount of Cronenberg's signature body horror. The directing is good, but more than anything else, this movie seems to exist to show what a damn good actor Jeremy Irons is. He 's the freaking bomb in this movie.
This movie messed me up physiologically for weeks after I watched it. Still don't think I'm over it years later.
Surprisingly restrained in body-horror effects given that Cronenberg's previous feature film was his classic 'The Fly'. He compensates this unusual effort, though, with a remarkable actor's directing job for the dual role by Irons, a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack, rapid editing and an overall dense atmosphere. It is disturbing, but in a different way other than purely physical. Mainly for the degenerating state of mind of the twins. Their mutual codependency while weirdly misunderstanding each other paving the way for a sad doom with serious depression and drug abuse. Misogynistic and self absorbed, they compose a tortured soul whom can't fully fight back their own insecurities and social pressure. Bujold's character is fascinating too and could've been a little more explored.
A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.
A list that, if nothing else, proves the day-to-day usefulness of applied statistics.
Between 2015 and 2016, a series of…
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