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Any thoughts on CRASH (Cronenberg)?

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Justin_S, Apr 19, 2002.

  1. Justin_S

    Justin_S Producer

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    I am a HUGE Cronenberg fan! He is my second favorite director, and I love ALL of his films, and CRASH is no exception. Bizarre films are expected from Cronenberg, but CRASH goes even beyond bizarre, and I loved every minute of it.
    I've never been a big James Spader fan, but he is quite good in CRASH, as is the rest of the cast, and Rosanna Arquette looks extremely desirable. [​IMG] I'm admittedly surprised quite a bit that these for-the-most-part mainstream actors took such risky roles in this controversial film.
    The film's score by Howard Shore is just superb, and fits the film's tone very well. Very moody and effective.
    Some people may find the graphic sex scenes offending, but I have no problem with them, and love Cronenberg's use of them in his warped plot. Cronenberg truly is a master filmmaker, and CRASH is a controversial, but excellent film. I really would like to hear some opinions from any other Cronenberg fans on the board, or anyone else who has seen the movie.
     
  2. Kevin Leonard

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    Well Justin, I also consider myself a big Cronenberg fan. While there are a couple films of his I haven't seen yet (Fast Company and Rabid), the works I have seen of his have impressed me and sometimes knocked me for a loop. I mean, how many filmmakers could take a horror tale like The Fly and turn it into:
    a) A meditation on disease and decay
    b) A moving (and tragic) love story?
    Crash is certainly--as you said--one of his more controversial efforts. It's definitely one of those love-it-or-hate-it movies; there is no in-between. The fact that Cronenberg even attempted to adapt a difficult book like J.G. Ballard's novel stands as a testament to his talent. But then again, he's been noted for taking hard-to-adapt material and make it work: witness Naked Lunch, Dead Ringers and M. Butterfly (and possibly his original script for Total Recall).
     
  3. Justin_S

    Justin_S Producer

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    Kevin gave me a great reply, and I was hoping to see others, but never did. I rewatched this film for like the 50th time, and I thought of this post. Surely there are others here who have seen this and can add their thoughts to this thread, right? [​IMG]
     
  4. Justin_S

    Justin_S Producer

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    I'm guessing this is a lost cause, as their don't seem to be much fellow Cronenberg fans here, but I was wondering if someone here could tell me what the book CRASH is based on is called, and who wrote it. I used to know, but I have since forgotten. I love the film so very much, and I need to check out the book.
     
  5. Richard Smith

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    The book, shockingly enough, is called Crash and its by J G Ballard.
     
  6. Ryan_C

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    I watched this with a friend of mine, who might chime in here, but I didn't really like it much. I kept wondering what I was watching. I found it somewhat disturbing.
    But I do admit it was when I first started watching "films" instead of just "popcorn" movies, so I probably didn't really know how to take it or what to look for. Since then I have really gotten into more serious films, so I should probably watch it again, which I might do since I will be at the aforementioned friends' house in a few weeks.[​IMG]
     
  7. Grant B

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    It's very hard to watch if you almost died in a car crash. I turned it off very quickly....almost made me ill.

    Too bad I never made it to the sex scenes
     
  8. Randall Dorr

    Randall Dorr Second Unit

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    The first Cronenberg film I ever saw was eXistenZ during it's theatrical release. I went three times. I was utterly hypnotized by these living game systems that interact with a player's nervous system through a port in their spine. After that I saw Dead Ringers. The Criterion DVD is certainly worth tracking down to hear Cronenberg talk about the "High Priests of Gynecology". I've seen all his works now. (Except for his short films, Rabid and Fast Company. I know an independent video store that has Rabid, but I've heard Fast Company is almost impossible to find.)
    Howard Shore is my favorite composer, primarily because of his work with Cronenberg. I've always loved a good opening credit sequence. Listening to his eerie music with the simple credits sequences puts you in exactly the right mood for the film. I found the credits for Crash particularly impressive when they all line up and then pass by the camera as though you're driving by them.
    Videodrome: Most Disturbing Film EVER. I had a dream several weeks ago that had certain stylistic similarities to it.
    THe best piece of criticism I've read about Crash is Roger Ebert's review. The first paragraph sums it up perfectly.
     
  9. Justin_S

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    Randall, tell me about it! Cronenberg is a cinematic god to me, and it has been driving me nuts having to wait for his next film since eXistenZ hit in 1999. SPIDER is easily one of my most anticipated films right now, and I need to see it already!
    Keep searching for FAST COMPANY. It took me a while, but I did finally get a copy.
    Thanks for the link to the fan site. I go to some, but that one isn't one of them.
    VIDEODROME is indeed disturbing, and like Cronenberg's other films, is a masterpiece. Its my favorite of all of his films actually.
    I didn't see that Rose show last night, but would've loved to!
    LONG LIVE CRONENBERG!!!
     
  10. Damin J Toell

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    I saw Spider last week and found myself sadly disappointed, although hearing Cronenberg speak about it at the Q&A that followed the screening helped me get a better grasp on his angle. I read the book years ago and loved it, so I went in with certain expectations; if you've not read the book, you may well love the film. I certainly need to see it again during its official theatrical run to reassess it. It's a very low-key film, perhaps moreso than anything else in Cronenberg's filmograhy, so I think a requires a viewing with less anticipation on my part.
    DJ
     
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    I thought Crash was really an incredible movie. It was like entering a different level of consciousness that was inconceivable before viewing it. He made Spader's seduction the audience's and rocked people's worlds in the process. I've always been a fan of Cronenberg's-ever since I saw Scanners way back when it was in theaters. There is no writer or director and there never has been anyone with his unique bio-technic-cyber-organic take on the evolution of modern life. Crash-tho not as Sci Fi as his other efforts-nonetheless continues his human/machine dna recombination so prevalent in some of his other films. Anyway....all I can say is....

    WARM---------Leatherette

    WARM---------Leatherette

    Quick! Let's make love

    Before you die

    on

    WARM LEATHERETTE
     
  12. Martin Ramanzini Sims

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    I really liked this movie. I read the book before seeing the movie and I thought imposible to be translate to a film, but Cronemberg did it perfect.
     
  13. Henry Gale

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    I got to this thread while searching for Crash (2004) and not finding it...yet.
    But, while I'm in the neighborhood, let me mention my love of Cronenberg's film. I am a fan of his work, but Spider is not a DVD I'll be adding to my collection.
    My favorites are Dead Ringers (I have the Criterion LD) and, of course, Crash.
     
  14. JohnRice

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    Justin, Crash is definitely an interesting movie. I've seen it 2 or 3 times, including a few months ago and I'm pretty sure I still don't get it, but I don't exactly care. I don't think all movies are there to be "gotten."

    As far as your frustration over the lack of responses to this thread, don't be surprised. Even with the unlimited power of the internet and almost 60,000 members, it is almost impossible to get the slightest discussion of anything more than a couple steps off the beaten path or that is more than a couple years old and not a well known title.

    I'm disappointed Spider isn't more popular with the people here. I think it is a brilliant character study and a top notch film.
     
  15. Steve Felix

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    Randall already quoted Ebert's review, but a different paragraph sums it up for me:

     
  16. JohnRice

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    It makes a lot of sense.
     
  17. Henry Gale

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    Our boy is going to be on George Stroumboulopoulos' program this coming Friday.
    Check you local listings, if any.
     
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    I got to ask a question for cronenberg at the 2005 comic con and also last year before a fly screening.. talking about the fly opera which I also saw.. I liked crash. I remeber seeing it in the theatre.
    Jacob
     

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