Fanboys need to unbunch their panties


“Cronenberg clearly trusts him, so why shouldn’t we?”

Exactly, fanboys. Sit down. Rope of Silicon came to the conclusion of possibly trusting Cronenberg only after saying their interest waned. Reading whiny, scathing articles about Robert Pattinson being cast in Cosmopolis has me thinking:

This feels like clubhouses from when you’re a kid with secret codes for entry. Boys against girls when it comes to Cosmopolis? IndieWIRE we know is quite vocal in their disapproval. We don’t post a lot of the negative remarks regarding the film and casting Pattinson but that doesn’t mean they aren’t out there. In fact, have at it in the comments section if you’d like to share links.

Since we’re a talkative bunch; what do you think of my vision? Are we in a bunch of clubhouses, battling it out with the fanboys? It’s a generalization because lady critics have certainly offered up their snark. Still…I kinda like the idea of ruffling the fanboy feathers 😉

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  • Jessyh

    I stated this outright since the criticism started.Cronenberg doesn’t look like the type who’d compromise his art for box office.If he chose Rob to be in his movie,and we know for a fact that he did, Rob mentioned it himself,then all the chatter is superfluous.The fans of Cronenberg’s work trust his choices,instincts and artistic sensibilities.So should the rest.If that is too much to ask then I believe respect,is the least we could ask from these naysayers.

    • Actually I am thinking of murder.

      • Jessyh

        What do you mean?

  • DebbieCDC (aka Seattle Chik)

    Suddenly everyone knows more/better than Cronenberg what his film needs. How dare he cast someone the fanboys/girls don’t approve of? The horror! It will be so much fun to watch them all have to grovel when Cronenberg directs Rob to a terrific performance. What’s the saying about revenge being a dish best served cold?

    • LTavares2011

      I love that saying: Revenge is a dish that is served cold.
      These people who write such things about Rob deserve to be ignored. They want attention and their homepages full of comments. That is the only reason why they write anything about nothing. They don`t know anything about David Cronenberg.

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  • rpattzgirl

    Well, I believe just about every director who has cast Rob in all of his roles had total faith and confidence in his work, his art, his work ethic and his ability to bring something to the character that he’s playing. And not one of those directors has ever come back and said, Oh man,, I made a mistake….
    I don’t know that much about Cronenberg’s previous work, but I do know that when a director calls you and asks you to be in his film, that’s pretty amazing. It shows trust, it shows confidence, it shows that he has total faith & his obviously an admirer of your previous work. It also says so much about Rob…he’s young and still new to Hollywood, and has left his mark.
    People need to just shut the fuck up and not only trust Rob, but trust what it is the director sees in him.

    • Well he has had a lifetime supply of shitty directors. He never needs another one.

  • Chris,49677/

    Here is my contribution to your theory. And I think you’re absolutely right. It’s totally like the boys against the girls. Something I had thought long past me. Apparently the war of the sexes never ends. After reading the comments on this article I was left with the impression that for a lot of men the worse thing they can say about someone or something is that ‘girls’ like it or it was made for girls. I guess their afraid we have cooties. LOL And oooo girls might want to see their manly film now and they’ll have to share. The worlds of Twi and Cronenberg collide. *snort* I don’t see a lot of girls saying to their husbands or boyfriends, “I wouldn’t see that movie on a bet. It’s got (name and actress) in it and she sucks and besides it’s an action movie and made for guys. They’ll take my girl card away if I was caught watching that. F no I won’t go.” Of course I’ll give some of the men their due. There are a few on there that, while they hate Twi, are willing to give it a shot and see what Cronenberg sees in Pattinson. A few even chide the others for overreacting. Always nice to see guys who are reasonable instead of the knee jerk reaction we more often get.

    • Perfect contribution! Thank you and welcome to the playground… I mean, limo. 😉

  • LTavares2011

    I trust entirely on the work of Cronenberg. I’m a big fan of Viggo Mortensen and I saw the excellent partnership that the two have developed since the movie History of Violence. Viggo was always an underrated actor by the critics and he was relegated to supporting roles and villain in several films, all before he became Aragorn in Lord of the Rings.
    After seeing the talent and charisma of Viggo in the films directed by Peter Jackson, Cronenberg invited him to do History of Violence and later Eastern Promises. This film gave to Viggo his first Oscar nomination as best actor, not counting the numerous compliments from the true critics.
    Viggo and Cronenberg have just finished to do A Dangerous Method, a film in which Keira Knightley is too.
    It is common that iconic directors such as Cronenberg have a group of actors they trust and call them often to work together.
    It can happen now with Keira, as has happen with Viggo and I’m sure that will happen to Robert too.
    Rob needed a renowned director to give him more experience and confidence in their work and he finally found Cronenberg. A director of great reputation among the true critics.
    These other people which are not true critics can say whatever they want because the truth is that from now all the people who matter have their eye on Robert Pattinson. They will look better to him and other great directors too. That is what really matters for Rob.

  • There’s nothing the matter with Rob’s acting. What has been the matter is poor to mediocre directors and I include Condon in the bunch. Alan Coulter was the exception. Weitz was OK but he had Summit Dummit on his butt, so he was limited as to what he could do artistically. Catherine’s casting was crucial and I give her 200% for her choices. Without Rob and Kristen the whole series would have been dead in the water.

    Bel Ami will be great as the original material and actors are great. WFE will be a good romantic drama that will consign itself into oblivion except for those who want to see Rob as they do in all the earlier films he made with idiots who didn’t know what to do with him. I include HP that plot CGI driven fable. Not a Lord of the Rings.

    His Bad Mother and How to Be were his attempts to go against type but nothing out of the ordinary. He was good but clearly going nowhere as he has said. The material was very ordinary. Now Kristen, she knew what she was doing at age eleven.

  • Well if people are just reading the mass media about him they will have formed a mass media opinion. I think he is the most intelligent actor to come along in decades. But he did not rise slowly through the ranks bowing to media attention and sucking up. That’s why they won’t cut him a break now. His fans are 100% responsible for his and Kristen’s success and they both know it.

    So we have just seen studio power crumble and cave in to these two and they don’t like it one bit. They have been caught with their non-vision pants down around their toes. About time I say. One of his favorite films is Breathless, a Godard, the master of auteurs. With that kind of taste he will not go wrong. I doubt most of the blogger boyz have ever heard of Godard. We are seeing culture in action so hang on for the ride. Culture has now become hip and cool. And it is not something you can go out and buy. Takes lots of time and thinking.

    And he is going to have to do lots of that to understand Eric Packard. Eric is a piece of work. I really can’t think of anyone else who could do tht part. Not even Colin Farrell. Eric is Tyler making different choices.

    • Chris

      Eric is Tyler making different choices. Very interesting thought. I can see that. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • Rope of Silicon just summarized Cosmopolis with a blurb they picked up from somewhere or other. To pass judgement on material when they do that just shows their amateurish mind bent. Clearly they have no idea what it is about. They could have read some reviews at Amazon or here for that matter but I doubt they are intellectually curious enough to do that. I am going to take my ill will somewhere else tonight.

  • You know I am getting ready to blast these people who are so snide about him. I know exactly why they are doing it but they don’t have a clue. And I will embarass them terribly. I quietly suggest and discretely suggest that they all read Leslie Fiedler’s essay “Come Back to the Raft Agin’ Huck Honey!”

    • blast them…run circles around them. ruffle their feathers…the playground is lively 😉

      • Read the above essay and you will see why I hesitate. This isn’t my blog and I am so impressed with the way you run it I don’t want to cause you embarrassment.