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David Cronenberg's A History of Violence

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Comic Book Films:

I grew up in the 80-90s and I am amazed at how much geek culture has been assimilated into pop culture as of late. A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) is one of the biggest shows on HBO right now. You can buy a shirt featuring Tom Baker (Doctor Who) at Hot Topic. Videogames have become a billion dollar industry. The House of Ideas dominated the box office with films like The Avengers. It’s amazing to think that in a few years the general public might know the name of Jesse Custer

Since comic book films are all the rage these days, I thought I would share a few of my favorite films that are adapted from comics.

2005

1.85:1

96 Minutes

USA

David Cronenberg says his title "A History of Violence" has three levels: It refers (1) to a suspect with a long history of violence; (2) to the historical use of violence as a means of settling disputes, and (3) to the innate violence of Darwinian evolution, in which better-adapted organisms replace those less able to cope. "I am a complete Darwinian," says Cronenberg, whose new film is in many ways about the survival of the fittest -- at all costs. –Roger Ebert

A lot of you may have guessed that I have a strong affection for the work of David Cronenberg. Last October I spoke of my grievances with the horror genre since fear like most things is fairly subjective. Cronenberg’s earlier work bypassed this problem by focusing on a universal fear, the human body. It’s terrifying how susceptible we are to disease or injury. Cronenberg would explore these fears but over the years move away from his body horror roots. While Cronenberg’s films have changed over the years there are still two subjects that he likes to explore in all of his films, sexuality and violence. I never understood why sex and violence are such great taboos in film or why one should be more acceptable to be shown over the other. They are both part of our lives and are worthy subjects to explore. They are also both linked to self preservation which is one of the reasons why I think Cronenberg is compelled to explore the subjects as much as he does.

A History of Violence is based on a Vertigo book of the same name written by Judge Dredd creator, John Wagner. It was loosely adapted for screen by my favorite Trailer’s From Hell guru and fellow lover of Donald Westlake, Josh Olson (http://trailersfromhell.com/gurus/olson-josh/). What I found the most compelling about this film is how violence affects the different people in the film. Cronenberg always asks hard questions with his films and I am looking forward to exploring some of those with the group.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm1uKd93tdk

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I look forward to seeing you there.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Organizer,
Damon