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Click HERE to rent Cosmopolis this week for only 99 cents!
Click HERE to buy Cosmopolis for only $5.99!
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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:
Take a Drink: any time a rat is referred to or shown
Take a Drink: whenever anyone talks in convoluted finance-speak
Take a Drink: anytime anyone has or refers to sex
Do a Shot: whenever Pattinson tells someone his prostate is asymmetrical
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?Twitter and Facebook!
The future is impatient. Pressing upon our characters, Eric Packer and Vija. Chief of Theory or not, you can’t stop birthdays from rolling around and today we celebrate Robert Pattinson and Samantha Morton who share May 13th as their day of birth.
They were not born to run. We look at them and know what they are. Two tremendously talented actors who continue to share complex, riveting characters on the big screen. We wish them all the best and continued success.
Chiaroscuro wrote a great review for Cosmopolis that’s a pleasure to read on this celebratory day. An excerpt:
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‘Cosmopolis’ proves to be an outstanding and unflinching depiction of the current climate. The character of Eric Packer almost serves as a modern day martyr. His overwhelming sense of isolation from the real world or the growing disillusionment that comes with being wealthy, he seems relentless in his pursuit to reject any association with such a fatally mundane lifestyle.
In a real game changing role, Pattinson delivers his most accomplished and assured performance to date. Anchoring the film with meticulous poise and charisma, his thoroughly engaging protagonist here may finally put the doubters to rest in regards his acting abilities.
Cronenberg certainly hasn’t opted for the ‘hack and slash’ approach here either in his interpretation of Delillo’s work. The tongue twisting lengthy segments of dialogue literally torn from the pages are daringly faithful. The uninitiated perhaps will be left dumbfounded by the bamboozling of such intelligent jargon, others will find it refreshing and mesmerising. Whilst his directorial style remains intimate and precise, he certainly doesn’t shy away from the visual metaphors either. A particular highlight involving Pattinson facing up to Paul Giamatti’s antagonist Benno Levin, framed exquisitely within a wide angle shot emphasising the ever growing class divide between the rich and a disgruntled working class.
Overwhelming in its deconstruction of so many subject matters, it’s certainly too unusual and talky for the mainstream. For the more open-minded among us however, ‘Cosmopolis’ is an engrossing piece of cinema saturated in social resonance and intellect that deserves its intricacies to be deciphered.
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
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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“).Twitter and Facebook!
The US release of the Cosmopolis Bluray/DVD has brought on a slew of new David Cronenberg interviews. This batch is from Details, The Playlist and IFC.
IFC: They have a feature called “Call-In Commentary ” where they ask directors to weigh in on their film trailers. The Cosmopolis trailer had some heat from folks because they felt it didn’t represent the film but I like what David says here and agree very much with his last sentence. Click HERE to watch the video and be sure to check out his commentary on the whole film in the Bluray/DVD special features.
The Playlist: They got to interview David Cronenberg and talk to him about his novel, Maps To The Stars and of course, Cosmopolis! An excerpt:
Howard Shore was instrumental in reaching out to Metric to do the score for “Cosmopolis.”
Among the many unique touches within Cronenberg’s dizzying “Comopolis,” was a score that included music from Canadian rock group Metric. And the director credits composer Howard Shore, who also worked on the film, for getting the band involved. “He is very collaborative and very inventive. When he mentioned Metric and thought that their music would be a really good fit, I thought it would go well with the movie,” Cronenberg said. “And I really depend on Howard and that collaboration because he really does know so many people in the business and his tastes are very broad and he really does have an appreciation for all types of music. You can always really depend on him to bring in really interesting elements into your score. And he did.”
David Cronenberg says Robert Pattinson surprises him as an actor, just like Viggo Mortensen.
Many wondered if how “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson and director David Cronenberg would mesh, particularly on a project as talky as “Cosmpolis,” which requires a confident and compelling leading man. But as it turns out, Cronenberg had a great time working with the young actor and has nothing but praise for the rising star.
“I really think he’s a terrific actor. He’s extremely inventive. He surprised me every day on ‘Cosmopolis’ with the nuances and things that he did which were unexpected. Of course I was very familiar with the dialogue and yet he would surprise me,” Cronenberg enthused. “And I thought, this is a guy who I would like to work with some more, which is how I felt with Viggo Mortensen. When you find an actor who surprises you everyday, you figure, he could do it some more with a completely different role in a completely different movie.”
Click HERE to read about David’s comments on his next film, Maps To The Stars. We’re going to be covering that film as well. For now, you can follow us on twitter:
Details: Another great interview with David Cronenberg and the author was pretty stoked about it
DETAILS: You directed Fast Company (1979), Crash (1996), and now Cosmopolis. What is it about sexy cars that keeps pulling you back in?
DAVID CRONENBERG: The car here is very metaphorical. It’s a time machine. It’s a time capsule. It’s a spaceship. And it’s a tomb in a way. It’s a mausoleum for [Cosmopolis character Eric Packer]. It really has metaphorical import more than car import for me.
DETAILS: Did spending most of the film inside the limo feel more like a limitation or a freedom?
DAVID CRONENBERG: I actually like shooting in confined spaces. I find that you get an automatic enhancement of intensity and it’s also a really interesting visual challenge. Prior to shooting, I showed my crew Lebanon, which is this Israeli movie that takes place entirely inside a tank and Das Boot, which takes place almost entirely in a submarine. Just to encourage them to feel not the limitations, but the creative possibilities.
DETAILS: There’s a very slick, high-tech fashion to the film. What was your inspiration for the look of Rob’s character?
DAVID CRONENBERG: It all comes from what the characters are supposed to be in the movie. They’re both very wealthy. They’re both very comfortable with their wealth. It’s interesting because some people have asked, “Is Rob’s fame a parallel to Packer?” And I say, “No, quite the contrary. Eric Packer is not famous at all. He doesn’t want his name in the paper.” He dresses well, but sort of conventionally. In fact, Rob said that he wanted the guy to be dressed in almost a non-descript way. It’s expensive clothes, but it’s not flashy.
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David Cronenberg continues to give us great, in-depth info on Cosmopolis and mentions the awesome special feature included on the Bluray/DVD (available NOW! Check our sidebar for links.)
IGN: Many people left Cosmopolis with questions, how do you feel that features like “Citizens of Cosmopolis” are going to illuminate things, or further the conversation?
David Cronenberg: I think the “making of” is actually longer than the movie, so it should do something along those lines. Obviously anyone who bought the DVD is interested enough in the movie to pursue it. I think one of the reasons that I like doing a really good “making of” is that we try very hard when we do that to not just make it a sort of fluff piece where everybody says, “it was great working with everybody,” but to really show what the process of making the movie was. As a result, for example, it’s great for film students and film enthusiasts because it’s as close as some people get to really being on a film set. And in this case it’s an unusual film set, obviously, because of the limo and so on. So we really took a lot of care to make sure that it was accurate, honest, straightforward and illuminating.
IGN: One of the things that the film is dealing with, thematically, is what the marketing materials refer to as “contemporary obsessions.” In other words: money, power and technology. In my mind our obsessions are the same as they’ve ever been, they just kind of have a different coat of paint. We’ve been obsessed with money, power and technology through the millennium, starting with fire, it’s just that it looks different, now. I’m wondering what your perception is, though. Do you think a technological obsession is specifically a contemporary concern? Or are these just human obsessions?
Cronenberg: I think that’s accurate, yeah. I mean it’s well known I think, if you’re an artist, that you have to be very particular in order to be universal. You have to be very specific, and Don Delillo chose the world of finance and this particular character and his sort of bubble/hermetically sealed existence in that world to really talk about the human condition in general. I think that’s the way it works. So, although you could see the movie and the book as being about finance on Wall Street, I think that’s just a jumping off spot to talk about more universal aspects of what it is to be a human being.
IGN: One of the things that feels universal in the movie is the idea of razing, or destroying things. There’s kind of a revolution going on as Robert Pattinson’s character, Eric Packer, is razing (intentionally or not) his company, and in effect his life – his marriage, his relationships and so on. For you, is that about doing what’s necessary for change? Kind of like burning the earth.
Cronenberg: Well it’s kind of a cliché that capitalism is creative destruction, but there’s some truth to that. I mean capitalism doesn’t exist outside of human society. There’s no natural equivalent to capitalism, really. Although people like to think of it as survival of the fittest, or this or that, in fact it’s a uniquely human invention. It’s kind of strange isn’t it? Because we invented money, but we can’t control it. You know you’d think that the world could also say: “Look, we’ve invented this, and things are going wrong, and we’re all suffering, so let’s just fix it, because we can.” It’s not the same thing as a natural disaster like a tsunami or an earthquake where we can’t control it. But it seems to take on a life of its own so that a financial disaster is like a tsunami. It’s really intriguing, and I think that the movie discusses that on a metaphorical level.
IGN: This particular character, Eric Packer, is forced into a confrontation with this other side to himself in the Paul Giamatti character, Benno Levin. They’re like two sides of a coin and Packer’s confrontation with Benno amounts to the final destruction of his ego and the life he had created for himself, and buried himself in. It feels like in order for him to have that confrontation that there has to be a level of violence between them. I’m wondering if that’s part of your overall interest in violence, the idea that the violent destruction of the ego is in some ways necessary for each of us as individuals.
Cronenberg: It’s so interesting that you say that because in the movie I made before this, A Dangerous Method, the character played by Keira Knightley, Sabina Spielrein, one of her revelations was the destruction of the ego in sexuality and the sexual act, and the fear and the anxiety that that alone can cause. So, the protection of the ego can be quite a desperate undertaking. I think if you look at it, you’ll see that every day in your social life. With Eric, he comes to a point where he wants to disappear, he wants to dissolve. He wants to destroy the ego that he has created. And that means also destroying the life that he’s created for himself. That’s what he’s seeking. People were very shocked when he shoots Torval, his bodyguard in the film, and I think perhaps wondered why he would do such a thing. Torval, though he’s hired to protect him, is not just a bodyguard, he’s also a he represents the life that Eric has created for himself. He represents and embodies that, so the first thing he has to get rid of is Torval, if he’s going to get rid of his life. Because Torval nags him to be careful and protect himself, he’s really protective of the life that Eric has created. So you get this strange paradox where he has to destroy a person that he’s hired to keep himself safe.
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Cosmopolis is available on Bluray/DVD as well as OnDemand outlets (cable, iTunes, Amazon, Walmart). Be sure to pick up a copy of the Bluray/DVD just for the Citizens of Cosmopolis special feature. It’s the length of a feature film and gives an exceptional inside look into the making of Cosmopolis. The commentary is invaluable and all fans and cinephiles will love it!
Here’s a short video of David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson talking Cosmopolis and a little behind-the-scenes footage.
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