Some films pass the time perfectly fine; others perform a complete mind-and-body reboot. Videodrome is one such movie—it should be made available around New Year's Day as widely as deep-tissue massages. (Long live the new flesh.) Best known as the thriller in which somebody inserts a videocassette into his abdomen, this thesis-ready David Cronenberg film stars James Woods as a TV producer mesmerized by mysterious cable broadcasts.
Fortunately, IFC Center is hip to our psychic needs. They're screening Videodrome this weekend at midnights as part of their 11-title Cronenberg retrospective, now in progress. The print should be deluxe—close to Criterion's Blu-ray or better. Upcoming films in the series include Naked Lunch (Jan 9, 10), Crash (Jan 16–18), eXistenZ (Jan 23, 24), Eastern Promises (Feb 13–15) and several more body-horror thinkers. Visit the IFC Center site for complete information and tickets.