Tag Archive | Viggo Mortenson

Captain Fantastic

Nominated for Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards “Captain Fantastic” is infectious. It reminded me of the “Wilderness Family” movies I attended as a boy. Remember those? It was a trilogy from the 1970’s, about a family that ran away from life in the polluted, capitalistic, big city, and escaped to […]

The Cronenberg Chronicle-Phase Three: A History of Violence (2005)

In his nearly 40 years of directing features, if I had to pick Cronenberg’s best film of the last 20–it would probably be his adaptation of John Wagner and Vince Locke’s graphic novel, “A History of Violence”. Its only competition would be David’s uber-controversial “Crash” from 1996, itself an adaptation of a novel by J. […]

The Cronenberg Chronicle-Phase Two: Eastern Promises (2007)

The middle section of Cronenberg’s triptych with Viggo Mortenson, “Eastern Promises” is one of the absolute gems among a treasure trove of a rich and varied directorial career. Boasting a trio of excellent male performances(Mortenson, along with Vincent Cassel and Armin Mueller-Stahl), and a solid central turn from the gifted Naomi Watts, it’s a film […]

The Cronenberg Chronicle-Phase One: A Dangerous Method (2011)

Time to embark on my most ambitious project to date: a backwards chronology of director David Cronenberg’s 18 feature films. I intend for this to be a once a month venture, with the only break in protocol occurring upon the release of feature #18(“Cosmopolis”), scheduled for a North American opening some time later this year. […]