The Plasma Pool is on hold until further notice.
I'm sorry for all the dedicated visitors and good friends during the existence of this site.
Gratitude to Cheeky
I wanted to personally thank Cheeky Chicken for her great effort and excellent work on providing
some of my favorite and most wanted movies.
You've already seen Something Wild (1986) and most recently, The Bounty
(1984). And soon you'll see The Field (1990) and The Falcon and the
Hugs and kisses, Cheeky!
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) - Official DVD
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), which was mentioned here more than once (see
July 9, 2002 ;
December 22, 2002 ;
January 10, 2003) has finally been officially released
You can buy it on Amazon for $15.
Some technical specs:
Run Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Region: 1 (US and Canada)
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Extras: Theatrical trailer
Winds of War
As you know, the beginning of the war against Saddam is now just a matter of hours.
The "headquarters" of The Plasma Pool is located in Israel, and more specifically - in the exact
area considered most likely to be hit in case of an Iraqi attack on Israel (it's the area that was
bombed in the Gulf War).
Like I said before, my plans are keeping this site free from political issues. Still, since the threats
of this war are very actual here, I do think it's appropriate to refer to it, but I'm not going to make
this into a political debate.
Spider DVD Released
Ashbrg (neural-surged) refers us to Manga
Films, which released the Spider DVD on March 12 in Spain.
Aspect ratio is 1.78:1, and audio is 5.1 channels.
Extras: Trailer, interviews, photo galleries, a short featurette about the shooting and a report about
Cronenberg at Sitges.
Happy Birthday, Dave!
Happy birthday to our favorite director, David Cronenberg for his 60th birthday.
May you have 60 more years of fruitful cinematic creation.
(P.S.: It was a total coincidence that The Plasma Pool was born 5 days before Dave)
DK's Recommendation: Pi (1998)
Pi (1998) is, without
doubt, the best no-budget movie I've ever seen. Directed by Darren Aronofsky
with a ridiculous budget of $60,000 - which I first thought was a mistake in the figures, since I
couldn't believe such a movie could possibly be made with that amount of money.
Most of the cast and crew later re-united to make Requiem
for a Dream (2000) - one of the best movies made in the last few years. Like many others, it was
Requiem that made me find Pi. It took Aronofsky only 2 movies to become one of my
favorite directors, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for this young and promising
The movie stars Sean Gullette, which
co-wrote the movie with Aronofsky and Eric Watson. You might recognize him as Arnold (Marion's old
partner and shrink) in Requiem. Gullette is perfect in his role and does an amazing job here.
It's a shame we don't see his talent in more movies.
Mark Margolis (Mr. Rabinowitz in Requiem) is excellent as Max's mentor and all the other
cast is doing a great job too.
Like in Requiem, technical aspect is top-notch: Excellent black-and-white cinematography
(Matthew Libatique) and the innovative use of the Snorricam, lightning, editing (Oren
Sarch), and music (Clint Mansell,
frontman for Pop will Eat itself).
The director's commentary for this movie is fascinating. After hearing it you'd appreciate the effort
and heart that were put into this movie a lot more.
Look for guest/cameo appearances by Samia Shoaib (the nurse in Requiem) as Devi, Max's
nextdoor neighbor; Clint Mansell (the movie's composer) as the photographer; and Abraham
Aronofsky (Darren's father) as one of the men delivering the suitcase at the door.
One last word. While some aspects presented in the movie - such as the Hebrew numerology and
mathematical concepts - are correct (that is, the explanations of Hebrew numerology are not made-up;
That doesn't mean I actually believe in any of the meanings attached to them), I suggest you to
use your suspension-of-disbelief instead of trying to find logic and mistakes in them.
DK's Rating: 10/10
Director's audio commentary
Music Video (25MB)
The Plasma Pool is 1 year old
A year has passed since the birth of this site. The Plasma Pool is still alive and kicking
. I didn't know it would be running and active after so long.
As most of the other Cronenberg fan sites have ceased updating for months now, I think it wouldn't be
an exaggeration to say that this is now the most updated and active Cronenberg fan site on the net. I
guess it fulfills its purpose, since I started it as an answer to the lack of (active) Cronenberg sites
on the net. It's great to see the fans, the interest and the participation of people from all over the
Now is a good time to finally do what you always wanted to do and didn't find the time... sign the
You can always read the site's history in the News Archive (link is at the bottom of the page),
starting from the first day of existing as a site. In the FAQ you can read about the site's
past (starting as a small page, that became a site a week later)
and its future - I still have no idea how long it's gonna
last (I came close to freezing it a few months ago and the coming times wouldn't be easy either).
I'm glad to see people enjoying the news, photos, links and my reviews and comments. It means I
must be doing something right . Running an organized and updated site on your own is
not an easy task. I want to have this opportunity to give special thanks to the active and contributing
fans (lead by the always-dedicated Ashbrg (neural-surged)), who make this site even more interesting.
Another issue I'd like to mention. You already know that this site is the work of an Israeli fan. During
its entire existence, I never got into politics. It's not a coincidence and it's not because I don't
have opinions on these matters. It's because I believe that (some) arts, specifically the work of David
Cronenberg, is universal and could be appreciated no matter where one comes from and what political
or religious beliefs one holds. It's because I believe that these universal emotions join us together,
different people from all over the world. The political issues that Israel faces are very complicated
and I understand how sometimes it's easy to see a distorted picture. Although I feel as some kind of a
representative of my country and have an urge to discuss and explain some of the issues that are simply
impossible to see and grasp from any other place in the world, at the same time I'm certain this was
not the purpose of this site. The site meant to be global and enjoyable to people everywhere. It meant
to join us all by universal art.
I hope you keep enjoying The Plasma Pool.
Hedwig refers us to an interesting
interview (from Film Journal International) with David Cronenberg, discussing
Spider. This interview is from November 2002.
Ashbrg (the real one this time ) refers us to another
interview, which is probably more recent. Watch the last 2 questions, about
Painkillers: Cronenberg says he's working on a rewrite to the script, which "would
definitely be classified as sci-fi"; Robert Lantos wants to produce; They're still struggling
Fakers on the Message Board
There are idiots everywhere. This one gets the half-year prize. We didn't have such a no-life idiot on
the site since June 14.
What is it all about? The news posted here on March 4 (now deleted) concerning Painkillers is
based on a totally fake post that was made in the name of the site's most reliable source, Ashbrg
The free message board doesn't ask for authentication, so the faker used Ashbrg's name on the board and
posted the fake news. Such a thing never happened here before, so I didn't suspect anything.
The real Ashbrg saw the fake post only today and immediately told me about it and posted it on the
board. But if that wasn't enough, the faker posted again, saying the announcement about the fake is
itself a fake. Yes, some people have absolutely no life...
So, from now on:
1. Every "news item" posted on the message board will be dealt as coming from an unreliable source and
won't be posted on the main page.
2. If you want to send news, you'll have to e-mail it directly
to me. Since this can be faked too, I'll only trust reliable sources (me and Ashbrg already got
a secret way to authenticate ).
3. I'll try to find an alternative to the free message board. A place to post message with logins and
My apologies for posting a news article based on fake information. That's the first time it happens and
I can only hope it won't happen again.
Spider Review on IMDB
IMDB has "officially" reviewed Spider on its news articles last Friday.
Read the review here.
They are also running an ad for the movie, with links to the photos, trailer and official website.
Tim Burton's Big Fish
Tim Burton's new movie, Big Fish
has already started shooting in central Alabama in mid-January. The movie, budgeted at
$70m, features some familiar faces: Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup,
Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Buscemi, Danny DeVito and more.
Release date is currently scheduled to late 2003.
Coming Attractions has a
nice scoop from an inside crewmembers who reports about the shooting, including a parade scene in which
one of the actors will appear to be 3.5 meters tall.
Plot synopsis is on JoBlo's site.
Woody Allen's Anything else
Woody Allen's new comedy-romance,
Anything else is currently
in post-production and scheduled to have its US release in September 2003.
The movie, budgeted at $18m, tells the story of a struggling artist (Allen) who has an affair with a
much younger woman (Christina Ricci), which breaks the heart of her boyfriend (Jason
Biggs), and raises the ire of her shotgun-wielding father (Danny DeVito).
Produced by DreamWorks Pictures, which brought us "average-quality Allen" in the last 3 years.
The Bounty (1984)
DK's rating: 8/10
More details on March 11.
DK's rating: 10/10
Prequel to Seul Contre Tous
English subtitles: N/A
Seul Contre Tous
(I Stand Alone) (1998)
Something Wild (1986)
DK's rating: 7/10