Thursday, October 18, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks (Halloween Edition): Technology
For the 42nd week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. It’s the third week of the 2018 Halloween edition as the theme is on technology as it often produces some kind of trouble whenever it had a certain amount of promise yet it proves that it’s just a bad idea. Here are my three picks all from the mind of another horror great in David Cronenberg:
1. The Fly
A remake of the 1958 film version by Kurt Neumann that was adapted from George Langelaan’s short story is about what happens when a man tries to create a teleporting machine where a fly ends up being in the same teleporter and all things go wrong. Featuring an incredible performance from Jeff Goldblum as the scientist who creates the machine for the hope of the good of the world only to be fucked over by a housefly. Even as he’s engaging into a romance with a journalist as it goes horribly wrong as there’s just moments in the film that is fucked up for all of the good reasons including a nightmare sequence that features Cronenberg in a cameo.
Cars are used to get people from one place to another but what happens when a small group of people decide to use them as car crashes to fulfill their sexual desires? From J.G. Ballard’s novel is the story of a couple who tries to spark up their own sexual desires as they meet a group of people who are turned on by car crashes as it goes into areas that is fucking bonkers. It’s a film that is definitely not for everyone as it does push the boundaries of what is obscene and what is acceptable as it’s definitely a film that Millennials will hate.
Set in the world of video games, the film is a multi-layered story about a game designer who is sought on by assassins who believe her game is trying to ruin the world as she is aided by a young security guard who is trying to protect her. It’s an odd film that blur the idea of fiction and reality yet it shows what games could do to connect with people for better or worse as it does have this conflict between people who want to live in the fantasy world and those wanting to live in the real world. It’s one of Cronenberg’s more underrated films as it was also ahead of its time in terms of what it would do with the world of video games as well as play into the idea of dreams and fantasy layered upon each other.
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