Village 8 Louisville Exclusives presents 'Cosmopolis' [Movies]

Village 8 Louisville Exclusives presents 'Cosmopolis' [Movies]

I love David Cronenberg. I truly do. His films are twisted, bizarre, and a lot of fun. Crash is a favorite; this isn't the 2005 Oscar winner, but an exploration of sexual deviancy through the eroticism of car wrecks, and a metaphor for humanity's obsession with technology. Videodrome question's humanity's obsession with violence and the media in the form of a sickening body-horror; sixteen years later he made eXistenZ, which, though unrelated, makes for a very interesting companion piece.

I could go on, but we are concerned today with his new film Cosmopolis, which is especially exciting because it is based on a novel by Don DeLillo (currently this writer's favorite author). Normally one who loves a book is wary of any sort of film adaptation, in fear of inadequate translation. The beauty of DeLillo, though, is the ideas presented in his novels, and Cronenberg has a skilled enough hand that one can presume only the best things for this film.

At its heart, the story behind Cosmopolis is quite simple. Robert Pattinson (who may actually have a promising post-Twilight career) stars as Eric Packer, a brilliant young billionaire who made his fortune trading on the yen. He wakes up in the morning and decides to get a haircut, and the narrative follows his adventures traveling through the city, his interactions with a stunning cast of characters, and encounters with an intensely relevant-feeling economic protest (especially impressive as the novel was written in the 1980s).

Cosmopolis opens this weekend as the newest installment in the Village 8 Louisville Exclusive series. It is scheduled to run for one week, ending on Thursday, September 27 (but these things often get extended). Village 8 is located at 4014 Dutchmans Lane. Further theater information and showtimes can be found at the Village 8 website.

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About Allan Day
My "real" job is bartending, but I'm a writer and a filmmaker, owner of Monkey's Uncle Productions LLC. I am also a single father, avid reader of books, watcher of movies, and listener of music. My idols include Kurt Vonnegut, Charlie Chaplin, Charlie Kaufman, Lloyd Kaufman, Lars von Trier, Ingmar Bergman, Thom Yorke, Jonsi, Don DeLillo, and David Foster Wallace.
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