Excerpt: David Cronenberg has a strange affinity for books that are said to be “unfilmable.” Between this and his recent Cosmopolis, it seems unlikely that he has directed two book adaptations of this kind by accident.
Excerpt: Not one of the best from the director in this critics opinion, it was however fresh with regard to its premise and horrific in certain scenes. William Lee (Peter Weller) is an exterminator who was tasked to perform a mission by a controller (a giant bug).
Summary: A film not just based on the novel of the same name, but also contains autobiographical moments from the author's life. It's many bizarre images melted together with the main character's confused writing process do offer some strange and paranoid scenes.
Summary: This is, admittedly, a very strange movie. If you can overlook some of the grotesqueness, it is actually an intriguing and symbolic neo-noir film that explores themes of paranoia and mortality. If you can believe it, this is one of the more accessible Cronenberg films.
Excerpt: ...This is my review from another forum! Please, sorry for my bad english!... Premised that I shook, to the single thought to see the umpteenth bad one transfer of a masterpiece... Fortunately it has not even been so!
Summary: If you've read the book, be prepared for something a little different from the film. Done in a distinctly "Cronenbergian" style, Naked Lunch (the film) is an exploration of the drug-induced stupor of a troubled author, not a direct adaptation of a nearly unadaptable film.
Summary: I like David Cronenberg and I like films that are weird, but, try as I might, I just couldn't wrap my mind around Naked Lunch. I can't fault it's a brilliant, bizarre film - I'm just afraid I didn't get it.