Saturday Matinee: eXistenZ


“eXistenZ” (1999) is the last feature film of writer/director David Cronenberg’s to feature his trademark “body horror” imagery (as of this writing). It’s also his film that most overtly displays the influence of the writings of Philip K. Dick and has much to say about the increasing influence of technology on society and cognition.

Jennifer Jason Leigh gives a standout performance as Allegra Gellar, a celebrity programmer of virtual reality games who becomes caught in a complex web of shifting alliances (and realities) involving corporate espionage and a “Realist Underground”. Jude Law and Willem Dafoe are equally outstanding in supporting roles.

Watch the full film here.

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