- Ends Sunday, September 23Dir. David Cronenberg, France, 2012, 108 min., R, 35mmOfficial Website
As 28-year old finance golden boy Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) is chauffeured across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut at his father's old barber, his anxious eyes are glued to the yuan's exchange rate: it is mounting against all expectations, destroying Eric's bet against it. Meanwhile, an eruption of wild Occupy-esque activity unfolds in the city's streets. Petrified as the threats of the real world infringe upon his cloud of virtual convictions, his paranoia intensifies during the course of his 24-hour cross-town odyssey. Director David Cronenberg revisits subjects that fascinate him: how the organic and the psychological are inextricably intertwined, society's anxieties and phobias, and letting repressed impulses and paranoia run wild. COSMOPOLIS is a culmination of his masterpieces that addresses the alarming global financial crisis of today's world. Also starring Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric.
Diamond-hard and dazzlingly brilliant, David Cronenberg's film plays like a deeply perverse, darkly comic successor to Videodrome. – Bud Wilkins, SLANT MAGAZINE
Note: David Cronenberg’s 1983 film VIDEODROME will screen Fri-Sat, Sept 14-15 at Midnight.