I had no idea that this was even a consideration. If you’ve ever read Charles Burn’s Black Hole you’d probably be just as excited as I was to find out that David Fincher of all directors was in talks to adapt the story into a screenplay. Black Hole is a dark parody that follows young adults through a trippy world of uncertainty in dealing with an std that horribly disfigures you. They wander through life asking the same bs questions about life, love, and the future in general all while carrying this sexually transmitted plague. You can read a bit more on it by clicking below. Just thought it’d be a cool project to keep an eye on since this article was written in 2013. Maybe Fincher is still trying to hash this out heh?
“A logical expansion of business is murder”
“The urge to destroy is a creative urge”
These are two of many good quotes from David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis film that I really loved. I’ve been a fan of Cronenberg’s since the first time I saw his film adaptation of The Fly starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. As a kid it freaked me out to watch the metamorphosis of man into fly, and I believe that’s why I enjoy his film’s so much. He’s very good at giving us examples of metamorphosis whether it be physical or psychological or both. In Cosmopolis, we are given a ceo’s metamorphosis from cool, calm and collective to a bit out of control and finally his breaking point.
This world that Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) is living in is already out of control with a society living within economic turmoil mirroring much of what we as a nation went through in 2008, and are still going through with our distribution of wealth and power, bank bailouts, and real estate uncertainty. The anarchists are protesting, looting, and attacking businesses with dead rats to give off examples of corporate greed. Throughout the film you’ll see and hear a lot about the rat and the symbolism plays an important role in the story. If you think about the rat in different cultural contexts, we have a creature that was responsible for spreading a plague that killed millions of Europeans. To many, a filthy disgusting pest that spreads pestilence and disease. Then you have other cultures that deem the rat a creature to be worshiped, a reincarnation of the ones who lived before us and whom are therefore blessed. Packer jokingly brings up the rat as a new type of currency and the banter is quite funny in regards to what’s currently happening in his world. It just makes since. Especially once you dig a bit deeper into the currency in our country. We no longer have gold backing the US dollar. What’s backing it you ask? Nothing, it is simply a note which is a long standing joke within itself.
So, you get to watch Packer’s slow steady decline, like sinking in water without the struggle or fear of drowning. His company’s portfolios and future are uncertain but what does Packer care about? Getting a great haircut and trying to get closer to a wife he is intimately distant from. Packer is an interesting fellow, I must admit I was actually drawn to him for some strange reason. I think it’s because I admired the way he was able to sit calmly amongst chaos and wasn’t afraid of it. He was attracted to it.
At the same time, he took solace and refuge in his limo. His limo windows were his eyes to destruction and the limo itself was his protective shell. His relationship with his wife was odd yet it understandable. They were distant and played a lot of cat and mouse games. The sexual tension between them played out very well. Pattinson gave a great performance as a husband with an insatiable and unquenchable desire for his wife. He says, “I need all the meanings of the inflamed”, and I believe his wife uses that to her advantage like so many dysfunctional marriages we see presently. So, you’re company’s future is uncertain, your wife is a platonic stranger, and the world around you is collapsing yet he finds freedom in it all. Was this simply his way of saying he’s adapting or was he giving up? I’ll leave that up to you to decide since we all have our own personal life experiences, but life is strange and ever changing.
We as a society have been able to adapt to many settings whether positive or negative. Some are stronger than others and are better equipped to handle those changes without losing our heads but on the other hand you know the story. The film experience was similar to watching a play, and it got me very interested in reading the novel by Don Delillo. You never know what could happen all within one day or how your life can change within 24 hours. Thank you Cronenberg for another great film and to Don Delillo for a great story.
Showcasing Author Antonio Lozada!
I haven’t picked up this one yet myself but it sounds like a very exciting and fun read for those who love supernatural chronicles. Who wouldn’t want to read a cool story about Kung-Fu Witches? This is my suggested read and once I pick it up I’ll be giving you my review 🙂 If you’ve already read it please feel free to guest post your review!
Remember a while back when I posted news about the upcoming Sandman project being worked out between Joseph Gordon Levitt and Neil Gaiman? Well, last night I discovered much to my dismay that this shite ain’t happening. I’m very saddened yet relieved to hear this and here’s why. Joseph Gordon Levitt made the decision to not move forward as I believe he has much respect for Gaiman, his creation, and the fans. This decision speaks to me and I respect him as someone who doesn’t just see dollar signs but respects the art of cinema and good story telling.
The penned writer, Eric Heisserer explained that the whole concept and idea of Sandman would work better as a series/mini-series and I agree. I’ve read the entire Sandman series and as a big fan of Neil Gaiman, I understand why it would work. It wouldn’t be possible to hash out so many story lines and characters in a 2 hour film and have the movie make since, especially if you’ve never read Sandman and have little familiarity with the character. If they were to go ahead with a film I’m afraid they would end up with what happened with The Suicide Squad. It’d probably be difficult to follow, feel rushed, and wouldn’t do this character any justice.
Production would have to work really hard to introduce this character to those who’ve never read it and a series would be able to accomplish that. We would have a beginning which would follow Sandman, his siblings, the goings on in his kingdom, his lovers, anguish, and his adventures travelling through dreams. A middle, which would consist of the stealing of his dream helmet out of jealousy and a lust for more power. And our ending, which would have Sandman going through hell to get his dream helmet back and bringing peace back to his kingdom. Something along those lines? I’ve been meaning to purchase the entire graphic novel series for a while now, but haven’t done so yet. It’s a great series and once I started reading it I couldn’t stop. I suggest you give it a read too, as I believe you will become completely immersed in the dream world. Maybe New Line will have something else in the works for Sandman but if they do I’m hoping Neil has complete creative control over it. You can check out the following article for more details…
For die hard fans of Silent Hill the departure of Guillermo Del Toro and Hideo Kojima was a huge blow. Fans everywhere were excited and looking forward to the most recent installment of the Silent Hill installment Silent Hills which was to include voice over contributions by The Walking Dead’s, Norman Reedus. After all the buzz things just fell flat after Kojima decided to part ways with Konami for good reasons. Guillermo has been quoted as saying “Fuck Konami” and I couldn’t agree more. The Silent Hill franchise has the most loyal fan base, and in terms of sales would have made Konami a great profit. I’m disappointed in where Silent Hill is heading in general. There’s no new news about the game and the sequel to the Silent Hill movie, 2001’s Silent Hill: Revelation was incredibly disappointing. I’m a total fan-girl, over obsessed, Silent Hill nerd fanatic and this game’s concept is so cool that it’s surprising to see Konami put such an iconic and classic game on the back burner. People are literally waiting and creating blogs, websites, Facebook fan pages,etc to keep what makes this franchise so special alive. We fans are addicted to the stories, the creatures, protagonists, and everything else that lured us into this game in the first place.
Silly, silly, stupid, stupid, decision. Don’t you want to make money while pleasing a loyal fan base which would guarantee great profits??? Don’t you want to give us our Pyramid Head fix encouraging fan-nerds everywhere to bring it with cos-play at our local comic-cons? Didn’t you think about The Walking Dead fans and how they’d flock to support the brilliant Norman Reedus as he crossed over into this hellish world?
Anyway, to read some more details about the falling out and the future of our beloved game click the link below.
What do you think about the next Silent Hill game? Do you think it’ll ever happen? Is Konami done with this franchise for good?
Real excited at the prospect of another 28 Days sequel. I used to watch 28 Days so much that I had to get rid of my dvd. I was a 28 Days addict. Since then Danny Boyle went on to direct Sunshine and ever since then I always looked forward to seeing anything his name was attached to. My fellow 28 series fans we finally have hope! Enjoy the following article explaining how Danny has been in talks about a 28 Month’s later sequel.
Morgan is a science fiction/thriller about a seemingly corrupt corporation who’s employed scientific team has been given the task of observing and “raising” a conscious droid. The movie immediately begins by showing us Morgan’s aggressive side. She’s shown attacking a scientist played by Jennifer Jason Leigh during an observation session. Throughout the film you see Jennifer’s character recuperating in a room with bandages over her eye and she’s still in a weakened state resulting from the attack. We get a sense of empathy and trust from the staff of scientists and staff working closely day to day with Morgan. She refers to her attack as an “accident” and also freely uses the word love. She appears to share the same naivety, innocence, and curiosity that any human child her age would have but underneath that appearance lingers something darker. The corporation starts questioning whether or not they should terminate her and they send in an agent to investigate her and the staff. This agent needs to collect her own data in determining how everyone should proceed with Morgan.
I enjoyed this story and believe it was executed well. I enjoy good twists and love stories about artificial intelligence and human droids. The cast was great. I’m biased because I really like Paul Giamatti, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michelle Yeoh, Rose Leslie, and I’m keeping my eye out for future films starring Anya Taylor-Joy of The Witch. I appreciate that the ending didn’t feel rushed yet the action didn’t dwindle. There’s a lot to the premise that they could’ve gone into a bit more but other than that I found it to be good story telling.
The Wolf Creek series 1 left me unsatisfied and rather confused. I really wanted to like the main character, Eve. I wanted her to study this killer this monster who feeds off pain, fear, violence and power all the while hiding at the same time. I wanted her to at least discover his vulnerabilities. She wandered the deserts of the Australian outback with a dog following leads from strange townsfolk and outrunning a detective who encouraged her to return back to her home in the US instead of trying to dig into her family’s brutal murder while on holiday. She seemed to want to take the revenge route but she never learned to use firearms or any other effective weapon that could take Mick out. She learned how to throw spears. She traveled the deserts of the outback over a decent period of time…..escaped possible kidnapping, worked at a girlie bar, and ran from motorcycle gangs only to find and throw spears at Mick.
I felt kind of disappointed because I REALLY enjoy the Wolf Creek movies and the main character Mick. The adaptation fell a bit flat. Mick himself is a great character and saved the show from falling too far into this confusing abyss …but I wanted more from the girl than what was written for her character. The only thing I can think of is maybe the writers wanted to take her character through different phases. The phase that we see in the first series could be her naive, vulnerable, ignorant phase. Of course she wouldn’t know what she wants to do after discovering her entire family butchered. Of course she’d wander around in confusion wondering how the hell she was meant to catch this man. Shock may have taken her over while trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. The next series could show us the evolution of a fiercer Eve. Although I didn’t entirely like this series and expected more; I’d give the second series a chance from the mere fact that there is so much of the story left open. Lucy has unfinished business and still has a lot to learn.