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.
Insanity. Satire. Brilliance. Amazing. Pure Cronenberg.
I loved it.
A phenomenal film, but what was up with that SyFy channel fire visual effect near the end of the film? Sincerely and truly awful effects in a film from the same director who gave us films like The Fly and Naked Lunch, which were loaded with interesting, physical, and distinct visual effects. Weird.
los angeles seems like a nice place.
Cronenberg literally turns the incestuous nature of Hollywood back onto itself in this film of seedy personalities, dark pasts and parodied cliche. At times it is hard to distinguish how the director has positioned the film, as either a pure biting piece of satire or a literal send-up of a poorly written drama. Mostly it feels outdated and adds very little commentary to the subject of stardom.
The set-up is placed between two connecting stories at the opposite end of career progression. Juliane Moore's Havana is an ageing actress struggling to get a recognisable job, sleeping around for favours and stomping her feet like a stroppy teenager when things don't go her way. On the other side 13-year-old Benjie (played…
This is my second time seeing Maps to the Stars, and I've had a lot of time to think about it since I saw it premiere at Cannes back in May. I still feel like I'm at loss for words after seeing this fucking marvelous satire.
2013 brought us Spring Breakers which I find to be the greatest satire ever made. 2014 brings us Maps to the Stars, which as a whole I didn't find it to be as amazing as Spring Breakers, I still find Maps quite masterful. So masterful that I wouldn't hesitate once to call this Cronenberg's masterpiece. I can't give all the credit to David though, because Maps is nothing without Bruce Wanger's hilarious yet haunting…
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Cronenberg always makes every bitter pill easier to swallow. Not as sharp a script as his recent under-appreciated outings (A Dangerous Mind, Cosmopolis), but he can make any script watchable. Moore is getting the accolades, but I'm tempted to give MVP to Cusack, as darkly funny as he's been in years.
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Maps to the Stars is one of the strangest films I've watched recently, but not in the way I expected. It has a bizarro plot, some odd characters and is tonally uneven, but it is remarkably safe in its teardown of Hollywood vanity. And it isn't even safe by just Cronenberg standards, it completely lacks the venom of other Hollywood satires.
We certainly can't blame the cast for the lack of bravado, because in their own way they all deliver courageous performances. Julianne Moore is getting all the glory from critics, rightfully, but you shouldn't overlook John Cusack or Mia Wassssisiaksaskowski for giving a sinister and unpredictable performances. Evan Bird is essentially the lead (dude doesn't even gets his name…
Mi mayor probleas fue la falta de ritmo de esta cinta, que no le vi un objetivo definido a la protagonista hasta casi llegando al climax y su final, fuera de todo tacto y empatía con la protagonista de la historia.
Entiendo a Cronenberg muy valiente con esos planos sin música o sonido de fondo, donde incluso se escucha el suave ron roneo de los automóviles. Acepto que mejoró bastante comparado con METRÓPOLIS, pero aún así este tipo de cine no me atrae. Se que LA MOSCA pronto va a cumplir ya 30 años, pero la percibo más viva e impactante que las últimas obras de Cronenberg. Tal vez se está haciendo muy viejo.
O tal vez el que padece la senectud sea yo. Pero quiero emoción, y con esta película no la encontré.
Apparently, Robert Pattinson's character is the only sane person among the sad little people of this decadent universe. Unfortunately, this is the first film by David Cronenberg I liked less.
Watching Maps to the Stars I became aware of how much glamor is inherent in these sort of “dark tales of twisted Hollywood” narratives. Films like Sunset Blvd., however much they criticize and toy with Hollywood expectations, affirm and support a kind of “glamor” that is, inevitably, Hollywood. Whatever the dangers of ending up face-down dead in Norma Desmond’s pool, we still sort of want to go to her monkey funeral because THEY HAD FACES THEN! Not so with Maps to the Stars. You have the standard rich and famous people behaving badly (one of the key characters is a sort of Justin Bieber analogue, who is shockingly and amusingly monstrous), but never, never ever, is their world even remotely…
Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg's latest, is weird. But here's the thing - I've seen weirder movies and liked them more. The inside-baseball nature of the satire is fascinating (and a hits a little too close to home at times), and I like the psychological aspect as well, but the tone felt so flat. I was never really able to connect with it. Maybe that's the point, as Hollywood is an artifice in general.
Maps to the Stars seems like it is taken out of real life Hollywood.This is how a lot of celebrities probably behave in their personal lives.Julianne Moore is good,John Cusack is just too weird and youngster Mia Wasikowska's career is progressing very well.Young Evan
Bird is also a standout.Directed by David Cronenberg it has his usual flair,anyone who has seen one of his movies will know.Worth watching for a possible glimpse into Hollywood lives.
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- 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
- Under the Skin
- It's Such a Beautiful Day
- Blue Is the Warmest Color
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top five.