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Critics reviews
Videodrome
David Cronenberg Canada, 1983
It’s interesting to see how this movie has been unpacked, from its initial release, to ten years ago, to five years ago – Cronenberg’s ideas discussed and theorized and mind fucking as the movie become closer and closer to the now. In five more years the movie may cease to be allegorical.
June 28, 2017
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Cronenberg’s sense of outrageous comedy sets up a brisk descent into madness and paranoia and sexual dysmorphia: a kinky-junkie bad trip. Harry traverses it with her seen-it-all veteran’s shrug, but she wouldn’t seem out of place in a pre-Code Hollywood oldie bantering with Jean Harlow or Joan Blondell either.
December 27, 2016
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Violent, erotic, and relentlessly weird—in other words, classic Cronenberg—Videodrome pits the CEO of a trash TV station (a superb James Woods) against a mysterious broadcast signal airing real violence and torture, content so visceral it thrusts its viewers into a fit of violent hallucinations.
October 29, 2015
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Renn’s transformation into a piece of technology, whose only purpose is to execute commands programmed into him by the insertion of a videotape, is a modern-day cautionary tale; the audience is forced to reflect on Renn’s failure to distinguish between “Videodrome” as a product and “Videodrome” as life. Cronenberg cleverly confuses those two opposites to the point that they become fused.
January 08, 2010
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