In Film News on August 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm
David Cronenberg, auteur of all things creepy, has finally turned his attention to Freud, the guy who made everything seem creepy in the first place. Cronenberg’s latest film, “A Dangerous Method”, will premiere this fall at the New York Film Festival.
“Method” stars perennial Cronenberg leading man Viggo Mortensen as Freud, with Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung and Keira Knightley as a patient who helps the two famous thinkers come up with the tenets of psychoanalysis. Much complication ensues when Jung falls for his patient and breaks every rule in the book to be with her.
With such disturbing classics as “Dead Ringers” and “Crash” already in his oeuvre, Cronenberg’s latest promises to glue you to your seat and make your popcorn look just a little less inviting.
In Film News on August 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm
Providing the word doesn’t end sometime this fall–whether through divine retribution or weather-related armageddon–we may be treated to someone as genuinely funny as “The Office” and “Extras” creator Ricky Gervais as host.
NME reports that Gervais’ agent was approached by ABC, the network that airs the Oscars, to be put on a list of potential hosts. However, it’s Gervais himself reporting this information; ABC denies it. (And who can blame them, after Gervais’ “controversial” turn hosting the Golden Globes earlier this year.)
In Netflix Recommendations on August 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm
1. Winter’s Bone
Director Debra Granik’s tour-de-force drama about a teenage girl in the desolate Ozarks is nothing less than mesmerizing (see my full review here!). Star Jennifer Lawrence and her young co-stars do an excellent job of naturalistic acting, and the film’s atmosphere feels authentic to a fault. John Hawkes is unrecognizable as Lawrence’s volatile uncle, who reluctantly agrees to help her track down her no-good father before the family loses its home. A must see! Currently available on Netflix streaming.
2. Tie me up! Tie me down!
This very sexy early Almodovar film has it all: tension, drama, comedy, and lots of sex. Did I mention it’s full of sex? Antonio Banderas stars as an escaped mental patient who takes a former porn queen hostage in her home and tries to get her to fall in love with him. While clearly not a paragon of feminist ideals, as with everything from Almodovar, it’s definitely worth seeing. Currently available on Netflix streaming.
3. Don Juan DeMarco
This rom-com is as fluffy as they come, almost–Johnny Depp stars as a young man convinced he isn’t just a Brooklyn drifter, but actually the world’s greatest lover, a Mexican Casanova trained in the arts of lovemaking, sword fighting, and general swashbuckling. An aging Marlon Brando is assigned as Depp’s psychiatrist, and the two forge an unlikely connection that turns out to save both of them from the brink of despair. With Faye Dunaway as Brando’s wife. Delightful! Currently available on Netflix streaming.