eXistenZ

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My guess is that the villains here may be librarians.

Somebody needs to buy director David Cronenberg an elaborate blow-up doll, because this man has the single biggest orifice fetish in the history of film.

People were having sex with wounds in "Crash," and pulling videotapes out of their stomachs in "Videodrome," and now in "eXistenZ," somebody is always fiddling around with somebody else's bioport, which is a small, grotesque-looking opening in their lower back for plugging in an UmbyCord. This allows them to play eXistenZ, a virtual reality-type game where one literally enters another world.

The problem in "eXistenZ" is that worshipped game designer Allegra Gellar (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is being chased and her game design threatened. My guess is that the villains here may be librarians. She then enters a game with Ted Pikul (Jude Law), and they gradually become confused as to whether the game is actually a game, or reality, or simply an elaborate plot to bore us all to death..

Cronenberg's whole theme here is that if you play games enough, aside from the fact that you will become enormously fat and pale, you will eventually become unable to separate fantasy from reality; that if you shoot people dead in a game, you're likely to shoot them dead in real life. If this is the case, then Cronenberg's wife must spend night and day yanking the guy's fingers out of her anus as he explains that he's merely prepping for a location shoot.

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