VIDEO: Robert Pattinson & Samantha Morton talk about the urge to destroy is a creative urge in Cosmopolis riot featurette

TIFF posted this great BTS video last year of the riot scene in Cosmopolis last year and it’s included in the David Cronenberg: Virtual Museum. We see Robert Pattinson and Samantha Morton talk about the urge to destroy and the background getting ready for battle. It’s a great look back at the making of this intellectual film.

From CronenbergMuseum.TIFF.net:

Behind the Scenes: Cosmopolis: A Specter is Haunting the World

Much of Cosmopolis takes place in the back of Eric Packer’s (Robert Pattinson) limo, which has been cork lined—or “Prousted”—to block out the sounds of the external world. While the limo provides a very intimate setting for Eric and his occasional companions as they make their way through the streets of New York, more than 160 extras were employed as the mob of protestors running rampant outside of the car. This video takes a closer look at the sound design of this film, and the technical challenges of balancing the chaos of a crowd with the extreme quiet inside the limo.

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Cosmopolis is “a deconstructive comedy worth watching” & Robert Pattinson “perfectly embodied Eric Packer”

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One of the great things about Cosmopolis is the ongoing conversation that is had. A recent blog post from Memoirs From A Culture Stalker took a look at Cosmopolis and Cronenberg’s use of bodies in the film. It’s a good read that adds more layers to a film that already unfolds like an onion.

Cosmopolis is a film about rapid, difficult conversations mostly taking place in a car. Its narrative stakes are obscure, it lacks anything like a climax, and it features some of the most soulless and alienated characters I have seen. Yet compelling direction from Canadian vet David Cronenberg and its timely indictment of our finance-driven way of life make it a bleak, deconstructive comedy worth watching.

For this post, I would like to narrow my focus to what I think is the master theme of the film: the human body. Cronenberg, who has directed such fleshly pictures as The Fly, Videodrome, Dead Ringers, and Crash (no, not that one), is obviously preoccupied with embodiment as a subject. For him, the body is a site of transformation, suffering, pleasure, and horror. But humans are not merely flesh but also psychology, and therefore a place where we can see “normative” boundaries between mind and body, inside and outside, and all sorts of others break down and blur. In Cosmopolis, Cronenberg investigates what I would call financial bodies, bodies that are abstracted, rationalized, and monetized into nonexistence or irrelevance.

We’ll be looking first at the body of our protagonist,  Eric Packer (perfectly embodied by Robert Pattinson). A financial wunderkind worth tens of billions of dollars, he initiates the plot of the film by setting out across New York City in search of a haircut. This day, however, the American President is also in town, as well as a mob of anarchist protesters and a so-called “credible threat” to Packer’s life. While this is going on, he is intentionally destroying his company and personal fortune through bad currency speculation. Much of the reasoning for this remains mysterious, though hints surface here and there. The film makes much of the tedium and arduousness of his slow advance through the city in a technically advanced and closely guarded stretch limousine, outwardly identical to all the others. While Packer is able to manage all aspects of his business using his networked car and its various computer interfaces, he must bodily move from one side of the city to another to get his haircut.

Click HERE to keep reading the analysis….

In conclusion:

Pattinson’s performance and Cronenberg’s camera are able to tell us that, whatever despicable things Packer has done, he is no less human than those protesters. Something admirable about Cosmopolis is that, while it is clearly a film critiquing the suffocating excess of wealth and its displacement and marginalization of the poor, it  does not let the audience off with an easy moral or a tidy political solution. This is why, even though the dialogue in the film is abstract and didactic, the film still feels unresolved and tense throughout. It might be obvious about what it’s about, but it’s far more obtuse about what it thinks we should do about it. It’s a film that points to the smouldering wreckage of global consumer capitalism while admitting that we in the first world have our entire identity invested in it.

Cronenberg is teaming up again with Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon, producer Martin Katz and more to film his next movie, Maps To The Stars. Follow our blog HERE if you’d like to keep up with the news. Production begins July 8th.

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Cosmopolis is one of the most acclaimed films of 2012 in Indiewire’s list of current streaming indies on Netflix

Indiewire made a list of 2012 independent films that ranked in their Year-End Critic’s Poll that are now streaming on Netflix so “you can now have immediate access to  some of the most acclaimed recent films”. Cosmopolis is number 6 on the list. I checked out a few of these already but I’m most excited for Holy Motors since it was constantly mentioned with Cosmopolis last year (the year of white limos) and topped many lists. Click HERE to see the impressive Best of 2012 rankings list for Cosmopolis and check our some of the films you probably recognize from joining Cosmopolis on those year-end lists.

France1. Holy Motors (Ranked #1 on Indiewire’s Year-End Critic’s Poll List)

2. Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (Ranked #8 on Indiewire’s Year-End Critic’s Poll List )

3. The Turin Horse (Ranked #9 on Indiewire’s Year-End Critic’s Poll List)

4. The Deep Blue Sea (Ranked #14 on Indiewire’s Year-End Critic’s Poll List)

5. Oslo, August 31st (Ranked #15 on Indiewire’s Year-End Critic’s Poll List)

6. Cosmopolis (Ranked #17 on Indiewire’s Year-End Critic’s Poll List)

7. The Kid With A Bike (Ranked #18 on Indiewire’s Year-End Critic’s Poll List)

8. The Loneliest Planet (Ranked #20 on Indiewire’s Year-End Critic’s Poll List)

9. Neighbouring Sounds (Ranked #26 on Indiewire’s Year-End Critic’s Poll List)

10. Bernie (Ranked #28 on Indiewire’s Year-End Critic’s Poll List)

Click HERE to get the streaming links for Compliance, Elena, The Imposter, How to Survive a Plague, The Cabin in the Woods, Take This Waltz, Goodbye First Love, Keep the Lights On, and Alps.

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HOT DEAL: “But people need to see it.” ‘Cosmopolis’ is the Movie Of The Week on iTunes!

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Thanks, Al, for the tip!

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Did you need a drinking game for Cosmopolis? Now you have one! Which rule will have us all on the floor?

Grab your Sobieski!

Grab your Sobieski!

Cosmopolis Blog discovered a fun reviewer that lists drinking games for the films they review. Movieboozer wasn’t a fan of the film but we think their game is pretty spot on for having an “enhanced” movie watching experience:

Drinking Game

Take a Drink: any time a rat is referred to or shown

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Guilty.

Take a Drink: whenever anyone talks in convoluted finance-speak

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Thanks a lot, Vija.

Take a Drink: anytime anyone has or refers to sex

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Yup. Poor another round, Mr. Packer.

Do a Shot: whenever Pattinson tells someone his prostate is asymmetrical

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We knew that wasn’t really water.

And there you go! I bet Kendra would have liked to play but she’s a sloppy drunk and always spills drinks where they don’t belong.

I watch this movie all the time and will definitely test this out with Chauffeur Deb. The financial and sex talk ones are going to be the killer. Let us know if you try the game. You can always play with coffee and OJ but where’s the fun in that?

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ONTARIO: Cosmopolis is 1 of 14 “Must See Canadian Films” at the Domestic Arrivals Festival March 2nd

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Cosmopolis will be shown at the Domestic Arrivals Festival on March 2nd in downtown London, Ontario at the Museum London.

10:00 pm
Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg, 2012, Canada, 109 min, 14A

Arriving in the wake of the Occupy movements and the recent financial collapse, David Cronenberg’s stylish and timely adaptation of Don DeLillo’s apocalyptic satire follows a billionaire financier (Robert Pattinson) as he creeps across an imploding New York City in a limo, his life of absurd luxury collapsing around him. It’s a scenario geared expressly toward Cronenberg’s sensibilities, playing out like Videodrom–or, as The New Yorker argued, Crash–transplanted to the endangered world of the one per cent. With Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche, Jay Baruchel.

Canada’s Top Ten 2012

If you’re in the area, go show your support for this excellent film! Tickets are $10 at the door. Click HERE to see other pricing and to purchase.

 

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The Vancouver Film Circle Critics award Sarah Gadon Best Supporting Actress for ‘Cosmopolis’

The chauffeurs send huge congratulations to Sarah Gadon! We loved her performance as Elise “We will. We Shall” Shifrin and are thrilled to see it recognized last night by The Vancouver Film Circle Critics. :)

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From The Globe and Mail:

On the Canadian side, Kim Nguyen’s haunting child soldier drama Rebelle and Panos Cosmatos’s feature film debut Beyond the Black Rainbow each received three awards. Rebelle was named best Canadian film, Rachel Mwanza best actress in a Canadian film, and Serge Kanyinda best supporting actor in a Canadian film. Beyond the Black Rainbow, a science fiction film set 20 years in the past, picked up awards for best director of a Canadian film (Cosmatos), best actor in a Canadian film (Michael Rogers), and best British Columbia film.

Rounding out the Canadian awards, Sarah Gadon was named best supporting actress in a Canadian film for David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis.

Congratulations Sarah! And congratulations to ‘Cosmopolis’ for all the nominations.

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Toronto: Ticket info for special ‘Cosmopolis’ screening with David Cronenberg

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‘Cosmopolis’ is starting 2013 with a BANG; it arrived on DVD and Bluray on Jan 1 and is showing up on an impressive number of “Best of 2012″ lists. Now, lucky Torontonians have another chance to see ‘Cosmopolis’ on the big screen at TIFF Bell Lighthouse this Friday and Saturday (January 11 & 12). As if that isn’t enough bang for your buck (see what I did there?) the man himself, David Cronenberg, will be addressing the audience at the Friday screening only.

You can click HERE to order tickets online or call 1-416-599-TIFF for further info.

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REVIEW: 4 out or 5 stars! Cosmopolis Bluray details and more on ‘Citizens of Cosmopolis’ special feature

Slant Magazine reviewed the Cosmopolis Bluray and gave the overall film and features 4 out of 5 stars. Here’s an excerpt of the special features review.

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Cronenberg delivers another distinctive, compulsively listenable commentary track. Per usual, he comes across assuredly articulate, icily intellectual, and dry as a martini. He discusses what interested him in Don DeLillo’s novel (above and beyond the book’s prescient socioeconomic material, it was DeLillo’s mannered dialogue, which the director describes as “Pinteresque,” that struck him) and how he put together a script in just six days. Cronenberg covers at length the casting process and the rigors of the studio-bound shooting (combining sets and extensive CGI in order to have Toronto stand in for New York). Funniest bit: Cronenberg advising Robert Pattinson that if a GP ever gave him a prostate exam that lasted as long as the one in the film, that doctor had plans for him “other than medical.” Calling “Citizens of Cosmopolis” a featurette is a bit of a misnomer, since this comprehensive making-of doc runs as long as the film itself. Featuring most of the cast and crew as talking heads, it also provides unprecedented, in-depth access to Cronenberg’s directorial process. As such, it’s essential viewing for fans and film students alike. And if that’s not enough, the disc includes another 30 minutes’ worth of interviews; some of the material is culled from the documentary, but sufficiently expanded on to make them worthwhile in their own right.

Click HERE for more on the Bluray review and a reprint of the film review. We posted it back during Cannes but it’s great and should be read again (“diamond-hard and dazzlingly brilliant“).

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