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Circuit Q&A – What Are David Cronenberg’s Best Films?

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Today is David Cronenberg‘s birthday. The filmmaker is 76 years old and has spent decades in the industry making audiences cringe. Though Oscar voters have never nominated the man, some of his works have found their way on to the Academy’s radar. For his birthday, it’s a perfect time to honor the director. What are your favorite Cronenberg works? That’s what we’re seeking to find out.

For many, Cronenberg’s height is “The Fly.” One of the staples of the body horror sub-genre, it’s embedded in the minds of many a viewer. Though 33 years old, the work holds up as an iconic and uncomfortable experience. Plus, it helped to make Jeff Goldblum the figure that he is today. More recently, he made one of his most awards-friendly outings in “A History of Violence,” which nearly got him his first career nomination. Cronenberg was able to explore many of the same themes he’s long been fascinated with, just within a slightly more palatable context. In addition, it captured some incredible work on the parts of Maria Bello, William Hurt, and Viggo Mortensen.

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Cronenberg has no shortage of other films on his resume that fans appreciate. They include, but are certainly not limited to, “Dead Ringers,” “The Dead Zone,” “Eastern Promises,” “Scanners,” and “Videodrome.” They certainly aren’t the mark of a family-friendly director, but they are the mark of a unique one, that’s for sure.

It’s time to chime in here. Which are your favorite David Cronenberg works? Let us know!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE DAVID CRONENBERG WORKS?

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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Joey Magidson

A History of Violence and Videodrome for me

Michael Lieu

The Fly, Dead Ringers, and Eastern Promises.

Goldblum, Irons, and Mueller-Stahl should have been nominated their respective years.

JMovie lover

The Fly and A History of Violence

Ryan

Eastern Promises still holds up pretty well.

dylanfan35

I think A History of Violence is one of the best films of that decade and was my number one in 05. So that is my number 1 by a pretty far margin. Out of the films of his I’ve seen.

1. A History of Violence
2. Dead Ringers
3. Dead Zone
4. Eastern Promises
5. Naked Lunch
6. Spider
7. Rabid
8. The Brood
9. Dangerous Method
10. Map to the Stars
11. The Fly
12. Videodrome
13. Scanners
14. Shivers
15. Existenz
16. Crash
17. MButterfly

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