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Greg Kirkman
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Okay, fine, I'll play, too. Gotta represent with the guy who might just be my favorite director. Fearless, cool as ice, highly intellectual, and deeply philosophical. Known best for gore and slime, but it's all there for a reason.

Anyone who knows me knows the huge impact that THE FLY had on me (and continues to have, as time marches on), so that's still my choice.

But, VIDEODROME is probably the "most Cronenberg" Cronenberg film. DEAD RINGERS is a masterpiece. NAKED LUNCH and CRASH are masterpieces. And so on and so on. He's had a really interesting career, and always has interesting things to say, even if the mainstream audiences and critics can't always get past the blood, slime, and sex.

Long Live The New Flesh!
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DEAD RINGERS for me.
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A filmmaker I admire, though not one I can revisit too often.  So by default (the only one I own):

THE FLY (1986)



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THE FLY.
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 Scanners is my pick. If it weren't for Scanners I would have chosen A History of Violence.

Incidentally I enjoyed Croneberg in Nightbreed.



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I would pick The Dead Zone.
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EXISTENZ.


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THE BROOD.
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I'd agree the VIDEODROME is interesting and perhaps the most Cronenberg of the Cronenbergs, but my favorite is THE DEAD ZONE.  While far from gore free it remains a surprisingly restrained yet effective synthesis of Stephen King and Cronenberg.  It's also pretty high on my list of SK adaptations. 
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THE DEAD ZONE is definitely high on my list, too. It should be noted that the most memorable bit of gore--the ritualistic suicide-by-scissors--was a Cronenberg addition to the script.

Also a wonderful performance from Chris Walken. In fact, I'd argue that Cronenberg has a knack for coaxing career-best performances out of many of his actors, including Jeremy Irons, Jeff Goldblum, and Peter Weller.

I have EXISTENZ on the 'ol DVR, and plan on rewatching it, soon. THE MATRIX stole all the virtual-reality thunder of '99, but EXISTENZ is a deeper and more philosophical film. Bullet-time may have stunned the world, but that gristle-gun is unforgettable.
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THE DEAD ZONE
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THE FLY
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Incidentally I enjoyed Croneberg in Nightbreed.
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My favorite Cronenberg acting turn is in Don McKellar's LAST NIGHT. Both hilarious and tragic.
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Naked Lunch.
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NAKED LUNCH is one of those movies that just gets better and deeper the more I watch it. SO much interesting subtext and visual metaphor, especially if you're familiar with Burroughs and his life.

The last scene might be one of the best in Cronenberg's entire career, and is a bit of a rarity, since the lead character doesn't die. It's a powerful statement about the strange forces which compel artists to do what they do. Easily one of the best movies ever made about the writing process.

Of course, the notion of lead character-as-scientist/artist/fringe-genius is a theme which runs throughout his entire body of work. The majority of his main characters are outsiders, eccentrics, and scientists/artists.

And, his explorations of what drives them has become more and more internalized and psychological, as time has gone on. From innocent victims of science run amok, to scientists/doctors becoming victims of themselves, to intimate psychological/family disintegration and exploration--it's all gotten more and more subtle, and less and less dependent on genre trappings.
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Hard to remember when they've produced and when they've directed. He directed THE BROOD, right? What a scary, disturbing film that was - and is to this day. Never fails to chill me. 
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Incidentally I enjoyed Croneberg in Nightbreed.
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My favorite Cronenberg acting turn is in Don McKellar's LAST NIGHT. Both hilarious and tragic.

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When Cronenberg showed up in LAST NIGHT as an anal-retentive bureaucrat who turned out to be in a suicide pact with Sandra Oh, it was laugh-out-loud perfect casting to type. 

He played a comic version of himself promoting CRASH on the classic CBC sitcom THE NEWSROOM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxXh8T06U2s

This is his interview near the end of the episode, after insisting he wouldn't talk about SCANNERS: https://youtu.be/_6OPl5gM30o?t=4m34s
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Hard to remember when they've produced and when they've directed. He directed THE BROOD, right? What a scary, disturbing film that was - and is to this day. Never fails to chill me. 
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Written and directed by Cronenberg as a direct result of his bitter divorce and custody battle. He calls it his version of KRAMER VS. KRAMER.
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Forgot to mention my favorite: RABID. 

Doctors implant a blood-sucking dick into Marilyn Chambers's armpit, and zombies ensue. 
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Tough choice here as I'm a fan of quite of few of his films. Guess I'll go with eXistenZ.
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I also find myself thinking: Since Cronenberg has retained pretty much the same core creative group since early in his career (same production designer,editor, composer, costume designer, etc)., I wonder what the best Cronenberg film from a production standpoint is(cinematography, music, effects, etc.).

VIDEODROME has really memorable practical effects, but THE FLY rightfully won an Oscar for makeup, so I'd give it the edge.

I love Mark Irwin's work with Cronenberg, but Peter Suschitzky's cinematography is just glorious. I'd say either DEAD RINGERS or NAKED LUNCH is the best-looking Cronenberg film, from a cinematography standpoint. CRASH and A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE are also really good.

I love Howard Shore's music in general, so choosing a favorite score is difficult. THE FLY's tragic-opera-horror score is brilliant, but DEAD RINGERS is probably the most emotional and brilliant score Shore's ever done for Cronenberg. I've also been listening to NAKED LUNCH's score a lot, recently. Great mood music.
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