.I wrote up some celeb sightings I had there and then I reviewed the movie, which I liked quite a bit. I bring this up because I got to see the movie a second time last evening out in Queens at the Museum of the Moving Image, and I have to say that I liked it even more a second time through. Once you know how it's gonna come at you and you're able to focus less on its bizarre surfaces and dig deeper into it, it rewards the efforts tenfold. The humor begins to pop (this is a very funny movie) and the emotional core of the thing starts to seem obvious - what at first felt cold and distant starts unraveling, and bruises - purple, raw - reveal themselves. I actually teared up this time! Similarly Robert Pattinson's performance (and to a lesser degree that by Sarah Gadon, who played his wife) grew much stronger with a second glance. Where I had some reservations about the movie before, they all but evaporated this time through.
Anyway Cronenberg was there for a Q&A after the movie and now that I've seen him speak three times I can say with utmost certainty that he is one of the greatest Q&A guests I've had the pleasure of listening to. He can turn any nonsense question into an interesting answer, and he's generous and funny and his intelligence just drips right off of him no fuss, no muss. If I weren't enamored before, I most certainly would be now. (But I mean, obviously I was enamored before.) And thankfully for posterity's sake I recorded the whole damned thing last night, which you can watch right here.
Cosmopolis is out in NY and LA today.