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Naked Lunch

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Cinematic Oddity.

    Naked Lunch is hard to explain and, perhaps, harder to understand. It is an ADULTS ONLY drama that mixes and muddles metaphors that are both clear and commonplace in many contemporary American dramas. Drugs and drug use are taken in their most abstract forms and utilized to negate much of what is shown on screen and makes it, more or less, the viewers window into the drug fueled hallucinations or intuitive musings of a secret agent whose cover is so deep that he is rarely even aware of his mission. Some may view it as drug induced hallucination film, others as a down turned science fiction espionage drama, both are intentional and represent only a few of the many ways this film can be taken. No matter how you take the plot, be aware that this film is not a family film, unless your family has all read the book to which some portion of the film is derived.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Queasy Trip

    A brilliantly conceived and executed fever-dream of a film, filled with darkly grotesque imagery and memorably twisted characters. Cronenberg skillfully creates a shadowy claustrophobic world where, in seamless fashion, one man’s drug-induced hallucinations intertwine with and become indistinguishable from his normal waking life. Peter Weller is perfectly cast in the role of William Lee, a man whose perpetually stoic and deadpan demeanor ultimately helps him navigate and survive the deepening perils of his own drug addiction, even as his life spirals into nightmare. Supporting cast members (especially Judy Davis as Weller’s adulterous bug-powder-addicted wife) also deliver credible performances in smaller but still-crucial roles. Peter Suschitzky’s cinematography is excellent, giving Cronenberg’s mid-1950s New York sets a gritty, seedy lived-in look. The physical appearance of the “bug-writers” and the even more monstrous-looking “Mugwumps” is artfully conveyed, though decidedly unappetizing. Also noteworthy is Peter Boretski’s distinctively creepy-sounding creature voice (a role on par with Douglas Rain’s ubiquitous HAL 9000 character in 2001: A Space Odyssey), alternately soothing, scolding and menacing as he matter-of-factly explains to Weller the amoral Byzantine workings of Interzone. In the pantheon of movies devoted to drug-addiction, this is one trip you shouldn’t miss.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beatnik Classic!

    This classic film-story, beautifully presented, written by the son of a Fortune 500 company who saw through the paste-board reality of post WWII America, does all it was intended to do: captures the viewer's attention, lulls one into a false sense of rhythm and reality and then shatters it utterly and irrepairably -- loss of innocence for the American gentry. Must have material. As good as it gets.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Eat Lunch Before Watching

    David Cronenberg film based on a William S. Burroughs novel. A mystery science fiction/horror satire. No real plot structure or purpose, the film is simply innundated with homosexual/sexually depraved innuendos from beginning to end. The film is utterly grotesque in every conceivable way! The special effects are cheap and unimpressive. An average porno film has more creativity and plot than this worthless piece of self-flattery. I'm not shy to shock value entertainment and will usually watch even the worst of films to the end. This was too stupid and grotesque to bother reaching its conclusion. I urge you to spare yourselves the agony I have had to endure watching this filth.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

    Strange but good movie Thi

    Strange but good movie This is one of the strangest movie I have seen. It had a very strange story line that I was interested in watching till the end to see how it unravels. The movie is about a guy who finds a portal to John Malcovich's brain. Anyone who goes into the portal can watch what John Malcovich is doing and ''be'' John Malcovich for 15 minutes.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Amazing! Cronenberg does a great job of filming the unfilmable.

    Amazing! Cronenberg does a great job of filming the unfilmable. One of his best pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Very weird to say the least. The blu ray makes the picture detai

    Very weird to say the least. The blu ray makes the picture detail stand out. Check out the detail of the bugs! This isn't Cronenberg's best, but if you are a fan of his then you already know about this movie. Others beware! It is trippy!! I enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Junky

    Peter Weller does a great job but the script falls apart. this is the remake of the book and instead of dope follows around a bug man. It gets confusing only noting that Bill Burroughs shot his wife in the head on accident, wink-wink-then he sucks up bug dust and goes into the interzone.

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