Long Live the New Flesh

…okay, so maybe the flesh isn’t that new, given that Videodrome was released thirty years ago. But that speaks both to David Cronenberg’s relevance and his stature, to be celebrated at the Lightbox this winter with an exhibition, a complete retrospective of his films, and plenty of other stuff.

I offer a preview and some commentary in this week’s NOW — as well as a Top 5 of the director’s most idiosyncratic moments — because next week will be a nightmare and we wanted to get out early on this so that people can dip into their DVD collections and decide which of Cronenberg’s movies they’d really rather see on a big screen. (My answer? All of them, except possibly for eXistenZ and Eastern Promises.)

Elsewhere in the paper, I talk to J.C. Chandor about sending Robert Redford through the wringer in the terrific new survival thriller All is Lost, and I point readers in the direction of a weekend symposium on (and retrospective of) the video work of Richard Fung, which sounds pretty damn great. Enjoy!

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