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SPIDER (2002) FOUR TOP HATS (IF NOT FIVE)

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Have you ever heard of this one? If not – I hope I can motivate you to make the right choice and go rent this or catch it on DVR or something because this movie is excellent. And I’m not saying that because I’m one of those people who get a boner for Cronenberg (Boners For Croner!!) I’m just saying that this movie really does it for me. It’s nice and slow and doesn’t come across as pretentious art house shit, it really makes you think and the flashbacks are worked out incredibly.  You’re probably not going to get everything if you watch it just once – I just watched it for like the 5th time the other day and I just now realized something new between the mom and Yvonne. I also LOVE the way he writes in his journal. Love this movie.

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See how the flashback is done? He’s actually looking at himself as he’s trying to piece his life together. By the way, Spider (Fiennes) has just been released from a mental institution into a halfway house. This is the story of him trying to figure out where he went wrong. He also wears about eight shirts and a jacket at all times, rolls his own smokes and doesn’t have any dialogue except for some mumbles. Also – I’m not really too familiar with John Neville’s work (except for Baron Munchhausen) but he’s EXCELLENT in a supporting role.

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What else is there to say here? HMMM…. Gabriel Byrne’s also in here as Spider’s pops. I’ve never been a big fan of his but he’s not too bad in this. I think the beauty of this is to try and understand the way Spider sees things, both as a kid and looking back at his life as an adult through his kid’s eyes. It’s not like this is going to blow anyone’s mind or anything but I really, really like it and it made me a big fan of Fiennes.

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39 comments

  1. So there aren’t any actual spiders in this one? I was a little bit worried that I wasn’t going to be able to get through this post. But no spiders, yayy!

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    • theipc

      Smash – if there had been real spiders in here I would have puked and possible had a seizure, crapped myself and went into a coma….

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    • theipc

      Renae – trust me – I would never watch anything with spiders in it. They sicken me….!!

      This is pretty good – if you get a chance, you should totally give it a shot : )

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  2. I wasn’t really a fan of this one, man. It was ages ago that I seen it, though. You’ve sparked my interest in giving it another go. I just might change my mind but I really can’t stand Gabriel Byrne. I think he’s one of the most overrated actors. Fiennes is the business, though.

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    • theipc

      Byrne is always a risky proposition but he didn’t really bother me in this one. Everything else – YES.

      Thanks for dropping in Mucker!

      Boat Drinks!

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    • GaryLee828

      Mark & Eric,

      Have either of you seen Gabriel Byrne on the “In Treatment” series? He is PHENOMENAL! I would put him in the same tier as Daniel Day-Lewis, Christoph Waltz, Marlon Brando, etc. on that series…

      Reason being is b/c I think he is more comfortable in this role as he seems to be speaking in his native accent; i think when he fakes an american accent it takes away from his acting b/c for whatever reason he doesn’t seem to be as honed-in on his character…

      But on “In Treatment” he seems like he is more free to zero-in on his performance, and he is just tremendous in that role…

      He isn’t overly animated, demonstrative or expressive, etc. as most actors can be when giving a strong performance; it’s just his aura and how he is so entrenched into his character. He feels like he has transformed into this psychiatrist, concerned father, and troubled husband; he also receives counsel of his own from another psychiatrist played by Dianne Wiest, who is also a tremendous actress – and the two of them embark on some very intense sessions which offer them the opportunity to display their seasoned acting chops.

      I’m not sure if you’re familiar with “In Treatment” but it has a very unique format; each episode is half an hour, and basically the entire episode is a session Dr. Paul Weston (Byrne) has with a patient; the show would run Monday – Friday and each day of the week would be a different patient – and then the next week would be the same 5 patients and their follow-up sessions…

      Each patient would have their own unique set of issues, and the show cast some star talent; Blair Underwood was a patient season 1 and him and Byrne really sparred off one another very well; also, Mia Wasikowski was a patient and her performances were amazing! A lot of fans of the show liked her a lot. Dane Dehaan was a patient season 3 and he was great. But pretty much all of the actors/actresses were…

      Anyway, if you’re into drama at all, this is definitely a series worth looking into; i think you may see Gabriel Byrne in a different light. After watching this series I watched “Miller’s Crossing” and was not impressed by Byrne’s performance, so i agree he’s not great in everything – but I think you’d like him on “In Treatment”.

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      • That sounds like something I could thoroughly enjoy Gary. I’ve never even heard of it before but I do like Dianne Wiest very much and ill take your recommendation onboard. I’m going to have a little search around for that and I’ll give Byrne another chance. Totally agree on Miller’s Crossing, though. That’s actually one of my favourite films and its testament to how strongly it’s made that a poor Gabriel Byrne doesn’t manage to ruin it.

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  3. I saw it when it first came out. I think my dad rented it back then. 2002 also meant I was still in intensive study mode so all I remember was being in a good level of confusion. I love movies like this, and I’ve always wanted to rewatch it to not be as confused. Maybe I will when it crosses my path 😉 Awesome review 🙂

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