D eath, like love, is all around. How often have I complained about the Hollywood prettification of terminal illness? How often have I demanded a movie which tries showing what it is actually like?
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Allowing your mind to relax and wander, or just kinda zone out, is good for you. I read this in a book about creativity and then heard it again in a podcast. I am still just in awe and wonder of whatever the fuck a Remptional Boner is.
The best funniest moments in Cronenberg's Naked Lunch are in fact 'routines' transplanted whole from the book and delivered by Peter Weller in Burroughsian monotone - the famous talking arsehole riff, or the story of the man whose guts become entangled around the hack axle of a car and has his entire insides pulled out with a ghastly 'schlup'. Cronenberg's movies have never been afraid of talking heads. Many of his protagonists talk incessantly - most notably the motormouth Seth Brundle in The Fly, a film which Cronenberg once modestly described as 'people in a room, talking'.
Kate Bosworth gives a still-waters-run-deep performance as Jane, a woman who, while visiting Italy with her husband, stumbles into an affair with a year-old American living there. Researching a book on her grandmother's experiences in Italy during the World Wars, Jane is mismatched with her dullard British husband Jamie Blackley. The passion we hear in Jane's grandmother's voice — the young woman has recorded their interviews, and plays them on headphones as she wanders the old country — is like a siren call to try something new.
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