Short Circuits: 'Enemy' on video; contacts app; top 10 PlayStation games

  • Updated: June 23, 2014 - 2:28 PM

Jake Gyllenhaal and Sarah Gadon star in “Enemy.”

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Double trouble in ‘Enemy’

In a dual role in “Enemy,” Jake Gyllenhaal plays Adam, a glum professor disinterested by his ordinary life who discovers a man who appears to be his double. The identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and hauntingly intertwined.

For all the skill with which director Denis Villeneuve creates a forbidding, soupy-colored dystopia (whether in Adam’s imagination or downtown Toronto), “Enemy” feels like something we’ve seen before — not just from Lynch but David Cronenberg, Stanley Kubrick and any number of contemporary masters of the subconscious at its most fetishistic and unnerving. (To make the Lynchian comparison that much easier, Isabella Rossellini makes a cameo appearance as Adam’s mother.)

There’s no doubt that Villeneuve can make a movie. He’s developed a strong cinematic voice. It’s tantalizing to imagine what he could do with a really fine story.

Extras on the DVD and Blu-ray (Lions Gate, $20-$25) include a making-of ­featurette.

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Colin Covert says: Those with weak hearts might want to slip out before the climax, which belongs on any serious list of staggering cinematic sucker punches.



Get help with contacts

We store our address book information in a lot of places — phone, e-mail, social networks. Cobook (free, for iOS devices) aims to be a unified place for you to keep track of all those Facebook, Twitter, iCloud and other contacts that you have floating around in cyberspace.

Cobook makes it easier for you to do that, and offers you options from the contact list to let you call or message someone.

Before you rush out and download Cobook, though, you should know that requires a lot of trust on your part — it culls all your contact information from a variety of sources. The company promises not to share that info with outside parties, but it’s worth keeping in mind the access you’re providing.

Cobook also was recently acquired by another contact management software firm, FullContact, although both companies have promised to continue support for their products.

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