Cronenburg has made his magnum opus, a love letter to body horrory and his legacy, and a gift to the future of cinema. A movie that is nothing and everything, goes nowhere but is everywhere. It was and it will be. It is to be seen to be believed. Not everyone may be a believer at first, but Cronenburg has spoken truth.
The technique used to write, "The Reason I Jump" (2007) (Facilitated Communication), and the techniques used in this film (Rapid prompting method) have been labelled pseudoscience by a number of scientific institutions. While I have no issue with people believing in alternative medicine or practicing it, the fact that this film presents the techniques used in this film as scientific, with no mention of the controversy around its efficacy, is disingenuous and manipulative, as well as potentially doing a ton…
I'm at a loss for words, in a good way. This is such a confident movie, where all the pieces fit together perfectly. However, the sound design was certainly the standout for me. This film will never win an award for it (due to the Oscar's preferring to give sound awards to the latest Musical/Biopic about a musician regardless of mixing or design quality) but it clearly is the standout of the year for it's incredible sonic prowess.
'I pretended to be an arrogant psychopathic asshole for a year and all I got was this lousy film', is hopefully something that went through Joaquin's head when watching the finished cut. Essentially an incredible demo reel of Joaquin's acting ability, but a demo reel in which he assaults people, is manipulative and verbal abusive to the people around him (some of whom I am assuming don't know this is fake), and is generally just a piece of shit. This…