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*SCAN* Cosmopolis Reviews from ‘Nylon Magazine’ and ‘House of Paradox’   1 comment

Here are two Cosmopolis reviews

 House of Paradox 

Robert Pattinson plays Eric Packer, an uber wealthy, intuitive man of the world, who spends his days doing business in a limousine, drifting through city streets while staff, lovers and a doctor come and go as ordered. His day quickly spirals out of control when he loses massive sums of money and his life is threatened by an unknown source.

Director David Cronenberg has chosen a high profile cast for COSMOPOLIS, although it’s a surprising mix, especially the choice of women Packer has sex with.

There are plenty of close-ups of Robert Pattinson and he’s in every scene, his character is tough, cold hearted and calculating – kind of a passive aggressive, financial vampire and he plays it extremely well. Pattinson is clearly trying to round out the scripts he chooses and building a nice portfolio of work.

The script is overflowing with intriguing dialogue, taken directly from the book it’s based on. You could get caught up contemplating a particular line and miss several others if you don’t pay attention.

I found spending time in the limo created a growing sense of claustrophobia, only broken by the coming and going of odd characters speaking fabulous dialogue, it also added a feeling of freedom to the moments Packer did venture out into the real world. The sound outside of Packer’s immediate vicinity was muffled creating a bizarre distancing and enhanced the idea he lived in a world of his own.

As I settled in to the unusual style of the film, I was reminded of books that I read 20 years ago, in the way it layered questions about how we will live in the future and what makes us tick. By the time the movie meandered it’s way to the finish I was enthralled – and disappointed that it had to end. After which, the audience didn’t rush from the room, but talked about the movie and continued chatting in the elevator.

Some critics have bagged the performances, mostly by the women and thought it was slow – but I liked the pace once I’d settled into it, there were plenty of turning points and surprising outcomes and I found the quirky performances represented odd characters, which I enjoy – plenty of odd characters colour my life.

Robert Pattinson, Kevin Durand, Sarah Gadon and the amazing Paul Giamatti, were my particular fav performances, probably because of the dialogue, as that’s the key here.

COSMOPOLIS is a surprising film, perfect if you’re looking for something different and are willing to go with it. For days I continued to wonder about the end of our world as we know it

Nylon Magazine

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Great New Cosmopolis Review by City Connect   2 comments

Here’s great Cosmopolis review by City Connect

The director David Cronenberg has long been known for making films that are about, at their heart, the human body. Many people refer to his films such as Videodrome and Naked Lunch as part of the ‘body horror’ sub-genre. In actuality, Cronenberg is able to raise his films to a much more intellectual level than that.

With Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg marks a change of course. Instead of making a film about the body, his adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel is much more cerebral. Robert Pattinson plays Eric Packer, a billionaire businessman in a slightly futuristic New York City. Packer decides that he needs a haircut, and decides to take a white limo across town to a barber that he and his father have used for years. Along the way he has meetings in the limo with people who work for him, such as his art consultant (Juliette Binoche), his chief advisor (Samantha Morton), and several meetings with his estranged wife (Sarah Gadon). Along the way, Packer finds out that he’s losing money at a staggering rate, while his chief of security (Kevin Durand) informs him that a former employee (Paul Giamatti) has made a threat to kill him.

Considering all this, Cosmopolis moves at a surprisingly slow pace. Characters come and go from the limo (where the majority of the film takes place), after having conversations with Packer that make up scenes that last ten minutes. The final scene in the film when Packer confronts his homicidal ex-employee lasts almost twenty minutes. This is quite a daring thing to do, and should only really be done if the script is particularly superb, which in this case it certainly is. Cronenberg for the most part keeps the awkward and bizarrely crafted dialogue used in DeLillo’s novel. The characters speak in almost Pinter-esque ways, with a strange structure that pretty much strips it of all emotion.

Similarly in a Pinter-esque way, the events that take place outside the limo are almost treated like they don’t exist. At one point when Packer is talking to his chief advisor, the limo is attacked by a crowd rioting on the streets against capitalism. The graffiti and rock the limo from side to side, all the time Packer and his guest continue their conversation like it’s not even happening. The view from Packer’s limo is quite often of a world that looks artificial and manufactured.

Even the characters themselves come across as artificial beings. Robert Pattinson gives the best performance of his career as the mega rich Eric Packer. For want of a better analogy, Pattinson turns Packer into this vamperic character, who doesn’t react to anything that happens around him. He’s completely cut off emotionally, as are the rest of the characters. But in the case of Pattinson’s performance, it is more highlighting the soullessness of people who benefit the most from capitalism.

Herein lies the main point the film tries to make; the dangers of capitalism. Cosmopolis is set in the not so distant future, and considering the riots, and banks and businesses that only benefit the rich, this is rather timely. It is a bleak but still plausible vision of what the world will look like in twenty years’ time, maybe even less than that; a world filled with social uprising while the mega rich drive in their limos completely oblivious to it all.

Many people have criticised the film for not being emotionally engaging, but on the whole it does seem the point of Cronenberg’s film. He doesn’t want you to empathise with Packer, he wants you to see what the world is like around him, and try and figure out how it all connects to his own path of self-destruction. It is a superbly slick and stylish film, with a great cast led by the superb Robert Pattinson, and a truly unique script. Cronenberg tackles the difficult questions about capitalism, and with great intelligence and originality, leaves the audience with just enough room to try and figure out what is going on for themselves. In my opinion, the best film of 2012 so far.

Posted July 13, 2012 by fastieslowie in Cosmopolis

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New Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg Interview with Orange Film UK   1 comment

There seems to be a reflection of the Occupy movement in the film – what struck you about that group and how did they inform the film?

David Cronenberg: Well, they didn’t inform the film at all, because we really just stuck to the script – it just happened that what Don DeLillo [author of the original novel] wrote was prescient and clairvoyant, and it felt as if the world was just catching up with him. But for example, Paul Giamatti texted me and said ‘I can’t believe I just saw Rupert Murdoch get a pie in the face’, because we had just shot the scene where Eric Packer (Pattinson) gets a pie in the face! (laughs) It was certainly strange to be shooting scenes about anti-capitalist riots in the streets of New York and then to read about the Occupy movement. But there really are no anti-capitalists in this movie and it’s been noted that the Occupy Wall Street movement is not anti-capitalist; they want a piece of it, they want the 99% to be a part of the capitalist dream. Giamatti’s character Benno loves capitalism and investing and his complaint is that he’s been left behind by Eric, who’s destroyed the way Benno loved to work.

Well, there’s the paraphrasing of the Communist manifesto seen in the film, with banners reading ‘A spectre is haunting the world – the spectre of capitalism’, and you changed the currency that features heavily in the plot from the novel’s Japanese yen to the Chinese yuan…

David Cronenberg: That was just my feeble attempt as an ignoramus in terms of economy to make the film a letter futuristic. Since the book was written, the yen had collapsed, and then you had the tsunami that hit Japan, and suddenly they’re staggering. Now it’s obvious that Don’s ‘look to the east’ was correct but it’s China that will be the world power, and by 2015 the yuan will be a fully convertible currency and therefore might displace the dollar as the world currency.

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*VIDEO* New Robert Pattinson Interview with MSN UK – London Press Junket   2 comments

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Full videos of Robert Pattinson at the Curzon Q&A in London   2 comments

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*SCAN* Reactions to Cosmopolis from the French press in ‘Le Monde’   2 comments

An actor is born – Télérama.

Unsettling – Studio Ciné Live

Pattinson is mind-blowing – Positif

Cronenberg chose Pattinson. A brilliant idea on both counts. – Les Inrockuptibles

Robert Pattinson revels a depth more and more fascinating. – Première

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*SCAN* Cosmopolis in “Corriere Della Sera” Magazine – Italy   Leave a comment

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Posted May 11, 2012 by fastieslowie in Cosmopolis, Robert Pattinson

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Official Announcement: Cosmopolis to be at the Cannes Film Festival – Robert Pattinson to Attend   2 comments

Official announcement: Cosmopolis to be at Cannes film festival.

  • Cosmopolis will be at the Cannes Film Festival and Robert Pattinson will be there.
  • The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 16 to May 27.
  • Cosmopolis running time: 1 hr 45 min according to Cannes press kit

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Great Robert Pattinson Pic Edits Made by @Carolinee81   1 comment

Here are some great Robert Pattinson pic edits made by Carolinee81. Check out her Tumblr here.

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Posted April 16, 2012 by justfp in Bel Ami, Cosmopolis, Fan Art, Robert Pattinson

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