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A good movie

Posted : 5 years, 1 month ago on 4 February 2014 11:01

Before going a little more mainstream and finding a new muse in Viggo Mortensen, David Cronenberg made this very bleak feature. Honestly, it has been a while since I saw this one and I should definitely re-watch it whenever I get the opportunity. The point is that, like most of the movies directed by David Cronenberg, it is not very pleasant to watch, it is very dark and bleak but there was definitely something quite mesmerizing about the whole thing. Indeed, I have a (rather creepy) fascination towards mental diseases and this movie gives one of the most heartbreaking and spellbinding depiction of schizophrenia I have ever seen. To make things ever better, this disturbed main character was played by Ralph Fiennes , one of the best actors of his generation, and he gave one of his best performances, at least that’s my opinion. The directing was also, as usual with Cronenberg, pretty immersive and I was completely sucked in this demented world. Eventually, the main issue with this flick is that, except for the amazing one-man-show provided by Fiennes, there was not much else going on and the scope was therefore too limited to make it a truly amazing feature. Still, even though it was not quite a masterpiece, it remains one of the best movies dealing with this subject and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Cronenberg’s work.


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Reality Vs. Deception

Posted : 7 years, 6 months ago on 31 August 2011 01:20

Ralph Fiennes transfixes in this post-Freudian, gothic psychological thriller. in 20th century Britain, Dennis, nicknamed "Spider," is released from an asylum and makes his way to a halfway house. One of the first scenes shows an array of passengers getting of a train.

Spider gets off last, feet shuffling, perpetually astonished by the hustle and bustle of the world as well as the chaos culminating in his own head. Spider speaks primarily in an incomprehensible mumble, so make sure to turn on your subtitles.

Once he arrives at the halfway house, he is coldly greeted by Ms. Wilkinson (Lynn Redgrave,) the nosy matron in charge of the establishment. He also meets Terrence (John Neville,) a strange but friendly occupant, whose morbid anecdotes reflect Spider's own fractured mind,

But this film isn't about creating a new future. It's about a man who's stuck in the past, and his intricate and often inaccurate thought process. The halfway house is located near Spider's childhood home, and Spider begins to 'follow' his younger self around.

Young Spider (Bradley Hall,) who is about nine or ten, live in a poor part of town with his father (Gabriel Byrne,) who likes to spend an awful lot of time at the bar, and his mother (Miranda Richardson,) who despairs at their relationship.

spider loves his mum just a little too much, so much so that the name "Oedipus" comes to mind. Spider is just fine having his mum to himself, but Spider's mum want Dad back in the picture. Then the unthinkable happens- but in Spider's mind everything must be taken at face value, and nothing is certain.

Davis Cronenberg creates a unique, uninviting atmosphere of British gothic. where bathwater runs brown with rust, smoke from a nearby factory billows into the sky, and something strange is buried in the garden- or is it? The acting is exceptional, especially from Ralph Fiennes, who portray a schizophrenic mind so delicately.

This is the movie that made me like him. He's good good at anything he does but Voldemort's Voldemort, you know? The other Potter-less Ralph Fiennes movie I recommend is "The Constant Gardener." He handles both dramatic roles with dignity and grace.

"Spider" is the kind of movie, that's twist lingers right under your nose, but you don't guess it, anyway, til the end. Then it seems obvious. I would compare it to films such as "Memento," "The Butcher Boy," and "The Living and the Dead." It is not a mega budget concept movie like "Inception," but should be watched for it's tremendous acting and psychological undercurrent.




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Spider

Posted : 9 years, 11 months ago on 11 April 2009 01:17

Spider (Ralph Fiennes) reconstruye el relato de su pasado en lo que parece la búsqueda de una explicación a su situación actual: recuerda y escribe en un horrible cuaderno de notas. La interpretación de Fiennes es muy buena y la dirección logra que uno vaya involucrándose cada vez más con el personaje. Aunque el ritmo del relato puede exasperar por su lentitud, se asocia al farragoso trabajo de indagación psicológica y es coherente con el tema y el tratamiento.

Más cercana al teatro y más centrada en los personajes que en la historia, la película discurre sobre la locura y la soledad, y también sobre la necesidad de encontrar sentido a las diversas formas de la realidad.


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