A few generalities can be made about this concurrence. I would not go as far as saying that these directors are treading artistic water, but that none of the films represent a major breakthrough in terms of style or theme for the respective director. With Broken Flowers Jim Jarmusch delivers a spruced up with bigger name cast version of his usual deadpan humor and stately visual style. Like Johnston, the experience bears little fruit.
The Sex Gourmet – A History of Violence (2005)
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Marriage can do terrible damage to the libido for the less imaginative of couples. The humdrum of life subtly taking over, missionary being the only option on the menu, or perhaps the kinkier of couples introducing a new friend, rubber or otherwise to their sex play. Forget your two position sexcapade, or schoolgirl fantasy. All you need here is a significant other with a checkered past and there you have it: sex just got interesting. We have two very contrasting sex scenes in this film.
Film-Related & Film Reviews 2006
Cronenberg's dedication to his art is impressive, but of course the entire story, quotes and all, was apocryphal. I checked. Even so, it is a testament to his vision as well as his film's visceral intensity that this fabrication didn't seem totally off the wall.
Let's eliminate three misconceptions about A History of Violence. First, director David Cronenberg did not publicly perform sex scenes with his wife on set in order to instruct his actors, as an internet news item giddily claims. Second, Cronenberg did not inspire the film's vivid lovemaking - indeed, the director initially objected to such visuals.