Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Maps to the Stars
Led by the loathsome yet funny and touching child-star Benjie, we witness the convoluted world of shallow, selfish celebrities and their minions, all of whom are about to be manipulated and destroyed by the young woman who literally represents the fruit of their twisted machinations, Agatha, Benjie’s tormented, apparently psychotic sister.
If you ever watched David Lynch's 'Mulholland Dr.' and wondered what it would have looked like with David Cronenberg at the helm, then this is the film for you.
This is a great film, one that only Cronenberg could have made.
This is easily Julianne Moore's best performance.
The entire cast is terrific, including Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis' star Robert Pattinson.
Bruce Wagner's script is equally haunting and satirical.
Howard Shore's score is absolutely beautiful.
David Cronenberg is one of my favourite filmmakers and this is one of his finest works to date.
From being a millionaire, driven around in a limousine, to driving around millionaires in a limousine. What connection between his two latest features is David Cronenberg trying to communicate through Robert Pattinson, a.k.a. Sparkly Vampire? I do not have a ready answer, but perhaps it’s hidden somewhere in the mumbo-jumbo that constitutes Maps to the Stars; somewhere in-between the forgettable sluggish acting and the pessimisms stacked on pessimisms; somewhere in-between the Hollywood critiques that were fun for twenty minutes, but not for the length of an otherwise plotless movie; somewhere in-between the almost clumsy genre mix of drama, black comedy, ghost horror and psychological thriller. Come on David, you can do better.
Insanity. Satire. Brilliance. Amazing. Pure Cronenberg.
I loved it.
"Mother-daughter incest is so 80's overkill."
Satire of Hollywood nepotism which takes Cronenberg's signature Freudian sexual politics and turns it into a message about how the film industry is in love with itself.
Julianne Moore has unresolved sexual desires for her mother (Electra complex). She hires Mia Wasikowska because she reminds her of her mother (both were injured in fires, fatally in her mother's case). She tries to get hired in a remake of one of her mother's movies in the role of her mother. Mia Wasikowska tries repeatedly to marry her brother before learning that her parents are also brother and sister. Everyone has too much money ("I can't believe I just spent eighteen thousand dollars!"), takes too many…
los angeles seems like a nice place.
Maps to the Stars has a lot of interesting ideas and director David Cronenberg knows how to put a lot of relevant questions on the table, but the problem is that he takes a lot of time to find an answer to some of them and, ultimately, the final product is not as rewarding as it could have been. Don't get me wrong, it's a pretty good film (especially for the director's die hard fans) and it's not hard to admire what Cronenberg and his screenwriter (Bruce Wagner, the famous novelist) are trying to do, but the truth is that David's latest film lacks depth and innovation.
When you hear the name David Cronenberg, you know you're going to watch…
Mullholland Drive ?
Ok. I hated this film. My viewing timeline was as follows;
25 minutes in - I thought, "I'm not sure I'm going to like this."
50 minutes in - I thought, "God, this is awful. Shall I turn it off? No, it's Cronenberg...something good will happen!"
1hr & 15mins in - I thought, David...what have you done?"
1hr & 33mins in - Mia Wasikowska's character's bludgeoning murder scene with a film award. I thought, "That was a good scene...so far it's worth one star!"
1hr & 51mins in - the credits role & I thought, "Shit, that was totally crap. Self-indulgent, badly written, crap cinematography, worse script & thoroughly uninteresting!
As a Cronenberg fan I am angry & extremely disappointed!!!
I'm not sure I totally get it all, but I liked it. It was weird, creepy, and engaging. I was engaged and that means everything to me these days. And i attribute that to the eccentric characters and incredibly dark humor. Watching this movie is observing strange and viscous creatures interacting within and outside of their own circles. It's cool check it out, that's really all i mean to say. I don't have all my thought together on this one but i definitely liked it hahah.
Cronenberg manages to set on screen all the human dirt and Hollywood sociale deviances. What's so peculiar about Maps To The Stars is the poetry sprinkeled throughout the picture, Poetry that eventually stays with us quite a while after watching it.
I think you're freaky and I like you a lot.
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The script piles on the musty cliches about Hollywood narcissism and fame (it comes as no shock it was penned 20 years ago, with celeb names updated). Cronenberg's macabre tendencies provide an occasional spark, though the visuals underwhelm - this is one bland looking movie. Is Moore incapable of giving a bad performance nowadays?
Late period David Cronenberg seems to get better and better with each passing film at finding an ornate brand of delirium in the tedious, frustrating oddity of real life. Squarely aiming his gaze at the literal strangest place on Earth, Hollywood, Cronenberg takes the scathing dark comedy of Bruce Wagner’s screenplay and transforms it into a modern ghost story, where the ghosts feel less like supernatural apparitions and more extravagant manifestations of a very specific mania. It’s an examination of the insular, peculiar other-world of Los Angeles, and the industry that bends regular people into fictional constructs, that perverts memory and truth into doubt, that purports to turn dreams into magic, but hides backstage the dark art that feeds those same dreams into the cosmic sausage grinder to get what you all love so much up on the screen...
(read more here: vulturehound.co.uk/2015/01/maps-to-the-stars-blu-ray-review/)
So dark and upsetting and plays so well to Cronenberg's strengths. There is so much tension and it manages to be endlessly interesting and compelling in spite of how reprehensible all the characters are. You don't necessarily have empathy for them but are still sucked into their broken, desperate lives. Also Julianne Moore is spectacular.
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language 3D
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…
- The Tree of Life
- It's Such a Beautiful Day
- Under the Skin
- Blue Is the Warmest Color
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.