Monday, December 21, 2009

Cronenberg Episode 4: Videodrome (1983)

In the year that one of the Movie Bonfire podcasters was born, David Cronenberg made this twisted indictment of television and media. As a sleazy cable channel executive James Woods is always looking for the next "hot" thing to broadcast to his viewers. When he stumbles upon a bootleg version of a torture show (what many of today's viewers might dub "torture porn") he thinks he might be on to something. Videodrome is a prediction of a future in which reality and television intertwine so that no one knows what's real and what's fabricted any more. In the course of the podcast, we made sure to argue about such important topics as which film critics to trust, Beta vs. VHS, and what the true definition of "art" is.

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