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Possessor (2020) - Brandon Cronenberg
« on: October 24, 2020, 03:39:02 PM »
From the visionary sperm of David Cronenberg...


New sci-fi/horror directed by David Cronenberg's son, Brandon.

It's very Cronenbergy, it's very lots of other things, but it's also very good. I want to talk more but it's one of those 'less you know' type affairs plot-wise so I'll just honk the awareness horn and wait. Highly recommended. Avoid trailer and spoilers if you can. 

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Re: Possessor (2020) - Brandon Cronenberg
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2020, 05:18:11 PM »
Thanks for the RECK I'll watch it this weekend.

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Re: Possessor (2020) - Brandon Cronenberg
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2020, 07:20:59 AM »
I liked this although found it a bit style over substance in the end. Some pleasantly... unpleasant moments, though. The murder of Sean Bean's character got a huge yelp out of me.

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Re: Possessor (2020) - Brandon Cronenberg
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2020, 05:32:25 PM »
Shoved this to download today as it happens, after rewatching Antiviral the other week.

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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2020, 06:39:34 PM »
I've watched The Fly and Videodrome this past week as part of my Halloween month viewing, this should fit the bill. Lead actress grew up in the same town (Whitley Bay) as me, I noticed. Presumably doesn't still have the accent...

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Re: Possessor (2020) - Brandon Cronenberg
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2020, 12:02:06 AM »
Is it available in a copy that isn't a screener?

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Re: Possessor (2020) - Brandon Cronenberg
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2020, 10:29:27 AM »
Is it available in a copy that isn't a screener?

I got a YTS 'webrip' instead of the screeners.

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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2020, 11:24:05 AM »
I got a YTS 'webrip' instead of the screeners.

Looking on there, the screenshots suggest it's still got the "property of" watermarks - unless they're not there in the actual file?

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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2020, 01:54:06 PM »
It's due for UK release in a month or so.

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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2020, 02:20:53 PM »
Looking on there, the screenshots suggest it's still got the "property of" watermarks - unless they're not there in the actual file?

I've not looked at it yet tbh. Just that it wasn't tagged as a  scr.

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« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2020, 09:27:56 AM »
Hmm some of the comments on the entry suggest it is indeed a screener. Ah well. Guess I'll just wait for the proper copy. Think the only time I've watched a screener (that wasn't for review purposes) was Uncut Gems as I just could not wait for that. But I try to avoid it.

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« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2020, 11:19:22 AM »
Alrighty so the "proper" (and apparently "uncut") version of this is available online. Watched it yesterday night. Brilliant stuff. I think I prefer Antiviral, but this was fantastic. Excellent visuals and ideas, played out with a fine sense of rhythm and unfurling. Wholly impressive.

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« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2020, 02:59:22 PM »
There is a lot of stabbing. And repeated stabbing. And repeats of stabbing. And penises

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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2020, 11:48:01 PM »
There is a lot of stabbing. And repeated stabbing. And repeats of stabbing. And penises

Bit too much i would say. Overdid it with the gruesome at times. Visually very strong though

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Re: Possessor (2020) - Brandon Cronenberg
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2020, 08:00:16 AM »
I've watched The Fly and Videodrome this past week as part of my Halloween month viewing, this should fit the bill. Lead actress grew up in the same town (Whitley Bay) as me, I noticed. Presumably doesn't still have the accent...

Andrea Risborough?

Did you go to the arcades in Spanish City?

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« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2021, 01:46:01 AM »
Just a bump to say I genuinely loved this, it was deeply, deeply fucked up in unrelenting and heroic ways. Bleakness mixed with all out gore. Andrea Riseborough was amazingly creepy and unnerving to watch and Christopher Abbott was brilliant juggling different states of mental collapse. It reminded me of Under The Skin a little bit, in terms of the mix of supernatural and reality. Loved the details of the sound design: so much going on in the near silent moments, the score was excellent too.

The Sean Bean killing get me yelping and recoiling in horror too. I can't remember the last time that's happened.
Also: Are boners / semi-erect penises an acceptable thing now?

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« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2021, 04:29:09 PM »
Really enjoyed the film, and particularly its commentary on the atomised, insular and dehumanising life in a modern technocracy (although that did make it feel a bit like a premium Black Mirror episode).

I really think it needed another 10 minutes on the front showing Riseborough's relationship with her husband prior to becoming an assassin. We're basically getting the last two thirds of her character arc, and that really drains the emotional impact of the ending out of it. You can extrapolate what her relationship and personality used to be like, but it's an intellectual engagement, not an emotional one. Brooker would have sold us on the relationship with some humour first, then got his grim on.

Definitely want to check out Antiviral too, now.

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« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2021, 07:50:14 PM »
Andrea Risborough?

Did you go to the arcades in Spanish City?

Many times! My mate's Dad owned one of them so I got a day of free Double Dragon once. Also frequented the ones closer to Tynemouth which "mysteriously" burned down.

Might watch this tonight, sounds like my cup of tea.

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Re: Possessor (2020) - Brandon Cronenberg
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2021, 03:50:45 PM »
I really think it needed another 10 minutes on the front showing Riseborough's relationship with her husband prior to becoming an assassin. We're basically getting the last two thirds of her character arc, and that really drains the emotional impact of the ending out of it. You can extrapolate what her relationship and personality used to be like, but it's an intellectual engagement, not an emotional one. Brooker would have sold us on the relationship with some humour first, then got his grim on.

Definitely want to check out Antiviral too, now.

Good point. The scene with her preparing how she would say "hello" to her husband and kid seemed odd. Seemed to setup that it was going to be much more of a mental struggle for her than it ended up being. If there'd been more done with that struggle the ending would've paid off much more.


Started watching Antiviral last night, fell asleep, so gonna tackle it now, but first impressions:
a lot cheaper looking,

a lot less impressively acted,

not sure I get the concept / seems a bit thin

whole thing feels a bit amateur


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« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2021, 10:52:32 PM »
Good point. The scene with her preparing how she would say "hello" to her husband and kid seemed odd. Seemed to setup that it was going to be much more of a mental struggle for her than it ended up being. If there'd been more done with that struggle the ending would've paid off much more.


I actually quite liked that it threw you straight in. It really sets everything up that you need.

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« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2021, 12:26:56 AM »
Everything you need for the story. I don't think it lays enough emotional groundwork. The ending had me thinking "fucking hell", but in a detached way - more like I didn't expect the film to go there, rather than the absolute horror at what had been done to these people, and the toll it had taken on Riseborough's soul. The butterfly thing works in a mechanical way, not an emotional one. For me, at least.

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