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on 17 Jun 2012 12:09

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David Cronenberg, ranked

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People who added this item 595  Average listal rating (336 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.4 
1. Dead Ringers (1988)

The perfect mix between psychological and physical horror - which are Cronenberg's main trademarks. Here we have the body consciousness and the mind disturbance in the same measure, very well balanced. The triangle composed by Irons and Bujold is as bizarre as sexy. By the way both are in great shape.
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People who added this item 1146  Average listal rating (692 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.3 
2. Videodrome (1983)

The summit of Cronenberg's sci-fi period is also the kickoff for his ascent to the echelon of the most important movie directors of his time. I must say that The Brood and Scanners were weighty factors in this successful path but the breakthrough is definetly Videodrome.
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People who added this item 956  Average listal rating (501 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.3 
3. Crash (1996)

Daring, unconventional, made with incredible sobriety. Cronenberg definetly has style. Based on the controversial Ballard's book, the filmmaker wrote and directed an amazing urban tale of sex, blood, iron and grease without any trace of ballyhoo. James Spader, Elias Koteas, Holly Hunter, Rosanna Arquette and Deborah Kara Unger are the main cast and they prove to be very correct choices.
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People who added this item 997  Average listal rating (513 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.1 
4. Naked Lunch (1991)

As Cronenberg once said in an interview "in order to be faithful to the book, you have to betray the book, 'cause there's no direct translation that you can do of a novel. The two media are very different". And this is how he acheived the arduous task of handing an efficient and brilliant cinematic version of the complex opus by William Burroughs.
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People who added this item 1807  Average listal rating (1155 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.5 
5. The Fly (1986)

A must-see; a classic sci-fi masterpiece. Simply one of the few remakes that overcame its original. I can't think of any other commentary but that.
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People who added this item 653  Average listal rating (458 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.3 
6. The Dead Zone (1983)

Stephen King considers this flick the best adaptation of one of his books to the cinema. No one but him have more authority to state that. Who am I to disagree? I just can say I truly madly deeply like The Dead Zone!
First of all because we're talking 'bout a Cronenberg film. Then, my favorite actor - Mr. Christopher Walken - is in the main role, the hero. Two of my idols in the same movie. How can I be unbiased?!
Brushing aside these personal issues, I honestly think it brings a very powerful story, focusing the sad fate of a lonely man through an interesting approach on the main character's feelings, in a way it doesn't sounds mushy. Concluding, it's a movie worthy of David Cronenberg.
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People who added this item 224  Average listal rating (130 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.6 
7. Shivers (1975)

By this movie is possible to see that since the beginning Cronenberg made his point. I think I need more time to elaborate a rightful comment about it.
Meanwhile, click on the image and read the text on its right side.
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People who added this item 611  Average listal rating (399 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.8 
8. Scanners (1981)

Cameron Vale sucks. Michael 'Revok' Ironside rules!
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People who added this item 329  Average listal rating (214 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.9 
9. The Brood (1979)
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People who added this item 910  Average listal rating (599 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
10. eXistenZ (1999)
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People who added this item 1446  Average listal rating (976 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.7 
11. Eastern Promises (2007)

Dry, brutal, chilling.
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People who added this item 454  Average listal rating (249 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating
12. Cosmopolis (2012)

One more fantastic adaptation by Cronenberg. One more proof this man is still in shape. And - astonishingly - one reason to not give up on Pattinson's acting career.
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People who added this item 960  Average listal rating (521 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.5 
13. A Dangerous Method (2011)

I want to believe that Keira Knightley tried to apply herself. However, the only thing she got was screw up with her character. Those strange gestures supposedly motivated by Sabina's disorder seem far-fetched and were not convincing at all.
Fassbender, Mortensen, Cassel and even Cronenberg were not capable to overshadow her incompetence. If it hadn´t been for her, this movie would be in a higher position.
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People who added this item 222  Average listal rating (126 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.4 
14. Rabid (1977)
Marilyn Chambers acting instead of fucking? Kind of.
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People who added this item 168  Average listal rating (87 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 6.8 
15. M. Butterfly (1993)

I comprehend those who dislike this one. It's hard to believe that Gallimard took so long to realize he was dating a man, but let's overlook it for a while. Now what's the problem with this movie? John Lone (unfairly criticized) does a terrific job dealing well with a really tough task. And Jeremy Irons is as great as usual.
Just like in The Fly, here a totally weird and doomed love story is being told. M Butterfly is less conventional than A History of Violence and that's one of the reasons I prefer the first one.
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People who added this item 1969  Average listal rating (1260 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.5 
16. A History of Violence (2005)

Now many people may get angry with me 'cause as far as I could notice A History of Violence is almost an unanimity, mainly among the novice admirers of Cronenberg's works. They probably became his fans motivated by this movie, due the fact it clearly offers a more accessible kind of story, similar to hollywoodian flicks. Despite the great leading actors and the flawless quality of production, the movie has a dull script - well written, but very similar to the hollywoodian productions and very distant from Cronenberg's universe and trademarks.
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People who added this item 660  Average listal rating (347 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.9 
17. Spider (2002)

Honestly I don't have a precise complain about this motion picture. The casting is O.K., the production is great, the direction too. I consider the script ideas original and interesting, but the way it was put into practice didn't work in some crucial points of the story.
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People who added this item 43  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 5.2  IMDB Rating 5.2 
18. Crimes of the Future (1970)

Why, why Ronald Mlodzik just disappeared? The guy was so weird, so unique, so skilled.
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People who added this item 56  Average listal rating (23 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating 5.5 
19. Stereo (1969)
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People who added this item 42  Average listal rating (21 ratings) 5  IMDB Rating 5.5 
20. Fast Company (1979)

Not the worst on earth, just on Cronenland. After all it adds nothing on his career, it is certainly the most empty movie ever made by him.
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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Jul 2 12:15
A obtenção excelência técnica é decerto inegável em A History of Violence. Dá prazer de ver. É com certo pesar que posiciono esse filme entre os últimos, mas os demais possuem predicados que considerei mais valiosos. Talvez revendo-o mais uma vez, ele suba em meu conceito.
Os aspectos que mais me incomodam são com relação àquele apelo "teen", em virtude do filho se sentir deslocado na cidade e tal. Acho desnecessário. Parece um filme (mais sombrio) do John Hughes (isso não é um defeito, simplesmente não tem nada a ver com Cronenberg)!
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Sep 14 4:15
Dead Ringers is my favorite as well!
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Sep 14 6:44
Great job!
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Mar 1 20:06
to me The Fly, Crash , Spider , M.Butterfly, Dead Ringers, Video Drome, Naked launch , Existenz like a lot too.
Cronenberg a great movie maker,unfortunately the economic failure of Spider,forced him to movies more conventional like history of violence (very distant from Cronenberg's universe and trademarks...like you said) and go on

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