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Postby Shepherd on Tue Oct 02, 2001 4:34 am

Hi Bob,<P>I realize that the questions are coming fast and furious but the tarantula has almost reached my face and I need some things resolved quickly.<P>David Cronenberg: brilliant avant-garde director with a knack for exploiting resonant human themes of alien vs. natural, or lucky hack who has achieved notoriety amongst shallow film buffs while really only going for the gross-out?<P>Thanks,<P><P>------------------
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Postby broberds on Tue Oct 02, 2001 6:06 am

A little of both, I think.<P>Now, please explain what the hell Videodrome was about.
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Postby broberds on Wed Oct 03, 2001 2:44 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Shepherd:
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The moral of the story is "watch more soft porn."<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>WAYYYYYYYYYYYY ahead of you!<P>
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Postby Shepherd on Wed Oct 03, 2001 2:57 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by broberds:
<B>Now, please explain what the hell Videodrome was about.
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>A Toronto TV station called CityTV, channel 57 at the time, got its initial start when owner Moses Znaimer started showing "Blue Movies" (basically soft porn flicks) late-night on Mondays. Cronenberg decided to extrapolate the new "soft porn on broadcast TV" thing and extrapolate it.<P>Then he made a movie about James Woods and Debbie Harry comes out of the TV and his hand is a gun and everyone's hailing the new flesh alla the sudden. I think it was an allegorical reference to the fact that we not only are represented by the media we create, but become consumed by it/become it, sort of a McLuhan-type engine driving a very weird film. <P>The moral of the story is "watch more soft porn."<P>------------------
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Postby NornaGest on Wed Oct 03, 2001 3:02 am

The theme of the movie is <I>Jewish Time Particles</I>* ........<P>
*Chronon-Berg <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/tongue.gif"><p>[This message has been edited by NornaGest (edited 10-03-2001).]
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Postby frunk on Wed Oct 03, 2001 7:54 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Shepherd:
<B> A Toronto TV station called CityTV, channel 57 at the time, got its initial start when owner Moses Znaimer started showing "Blue Movies" (basically soft porn flicks) late-night on Mondays.
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I used to love CityTV. They always had the best movies (both good and bad good movies), and Speaker's Corner was always fun to watch. Plus they had SCTV on regularly.<P>Too bad I live too far away now...
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