Thursday, 21 July 2011

A-Z #90: A History of Violence

You can pick up hundreds of DVDs for a round-pound each - it doesn't matter. It's never about quantity, it's about quality. A-Z is my way of going through my collection, from A-Z, and understanding why I own the films ... or you can tell me why I should sell 'em

#97 - A History of Violence 

Why did I buy it?
This is one of those films that people told me I needed to get. The sleeve always looked very cool and, at the time, I had no real connection with Cronenberg except via Crash. So many people praised this film and, following Lord of the Rings, I was keen to see Viggo in another role. If I'm right, it was a bargain too. Badd-a-bing. 
Why do I still own it?

Well, its quite short. An hour an' 20 minutes - so it has always been an easy pick when choosing 'what to watch'. Secondly, its a brilliant film! Starting off with this loving couple and descending into horrific chaos when two fellas come into town - the whole small-town-disrupted-by-extreme-evil is always a brilliant starting point  - Shadow of a Doubt, Blue Velvet - and A History of Violence does not disappoint.
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  1. I never understood why anyone would like this film. It's boring and, in my opinion, fairly predictable. If you are glad that you own it, I'm happy for you. But I just don't get it.

  2. C'mon Mom (Can I call you Mom?), though predictable, the simple idea that you never really know until 'put to the test' what someone is really like is always fascinating. How many ex-gangsters are hiding out in villages? or - go further - ex-convicts trying to set-uo a new life... unknown histories ... its a scary idea ... that makes a great film!

  3. You may call me whatever you wish. It's your blog.


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