Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Top 10 David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg is one of those Directors who I've always admired. Unlike a lot of his Directing peers, he has persevered over the years, and still has a very flourishing career. 

Okay, so I thought A Dangerous Method, which is now playing at an Arthouse near you and coming to Home Video on March 27th, is his weakest Film. Still, it's not terrible. I don't think he's capable of making a "bad" Movie, but that Film certainly disappointed me. Especially considering the strong, last few releases of his over the years. I'll blame the horribly miscast Keira Knightley on that one. Yeah, that's it! 

Anyway, he's made a ton of great Films. From his emphasis on the horrors of the human anatomy in films like ShiversRabid and The Fly to those more psychological in nature like Crash and Spider to his recent Action-oriented fare like A History Of Violence and Eastern Promises. Cronenberg deserves respect for keeping his unique point of view after all these years while expanding his repertoire. Though here's hoping he'll make a Film here and there with more overt Horror in the years to come.

My 10 Favorite David Cronenberg Films:


A History of Violence (2005)
Spider (2002)
Eastern Promises (2007)

The Rest:

Fast Company (1979)
M. Butterfly (1993)
Naked Lunch (1991)
A Dangerous Method (2011)

Cronenberg also worked on omnibus To Each His Own Cinema in 2007, contributing the segment "At The Suicide Of The Last Jew In The World In The Last Cinema In The World".

There's his early short Films Stereo (1969) & Crimes Of The Future (1970). I haven't seen some of his others, but these two were pretty interesting. 

Also, his contributions to Canadian Television include early episodes of the series Programme X (1972), Peep Show (1975), Teleplay (1976), Scales Of Justice (1990) and a dozen or so shorts for Canadian TV.

And then, of course, there's the Friday The 13th TV Series, where Mr. Cronenberg helmed an episode entitled "Faith Healer" from 1988. Cronenberg himself would later appear in Sequel number 10 to the The Friday The 13th Film Series, fittingly as a mad scientist in Jason X (2001). Cronenberg also had several acting roles in Movies like Into the Night (1985), as the main villain in Clive Barker's Nightbreed (1990), a hitman-for-hire in To Die For (1995), one of several key characters celebrating the end of the world in Last Night (1998),  as a priest in the Christopher Lambert vehicle Resurrection (1999), appearances on TV's Alias (2003) and Happy Town (2010) among several other roles. David gets around!

More Top 10 Directors fun:

Top 10 Wes Craven
Top 10 Paul Schrader


John Baxter said...

Brilliant list! Couldn't agree more, love his work. Also The Brood poster is absolutely amazing.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Thanks John!

Direct to Video Connoisseur said...

That's a great list. I think Crash is my favorite from him. I liked it so much I even have it in my top ten of the 90s.

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