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.
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 Mostly it feels outdated and adds very little commentary to the subject of stardom.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…
Insanity. Satire. Brilliance. Amazing. Pure Cronenberg.
I loved it.
“On the stairs of Death I write your name, Liberty.”
I don’t consider myself a David Cronenberg fan since some of his recent films didn’t appeal to me and I haven’t had the chance to see his earlier movies, but I do tend to appreciate his work more than I actually enjoy it. This was the case with the incredibly twisted and dark Hollywood satire, Maps to the Stars. It wasn’t a joyful or pleasurable experience for me, but I did admire some aspects of this film. I tend to go for more straightforward narratives than surreal films so that explains why I enjoyed A History of Violence and Eastern Promises much more than his other films. Those two films…
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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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Encuentro a la filmografía de David Cronenberg un tanto fracturada y dispar, y aprovechando el juego de palabras permítannme explicarme yéndonos de par en par: cuenta con al menos un par de cintas memorables que marcaron a toda una generación (The Fly, 1986; Naked Lunch, 1991). Otro par de thrillers pertenecientes al género de ciencia ficción con los que se ganó a los más underground wannabes del mundo entero (Videodrome, 1983; Exitenz 1999).Un par de soporíferos bodrios completos (A History of Violence, 2005; Cosmopolis, 2012). Otro insípido par que quedó sólo en bien intencionados intentos (Eastern Promises, 2007; A Dangerous Method, 2011); y un par de fastuosas obras clave en la cinematografía mundial actual (Crash, 1996; Spider, 2002).
A very dark yet mesmerizing film from David Cronenberg that explores the world of celebrity culture in two different narratives involving the daughter of a famous actress trying to make a comeback as well as a child star trying to make his own comeback as they're connected by various people as it features great performances from Julianne Moore and Mia Wasikowska.
celebrities, they're just like us!
eh, a film definitely elevated by a handful of its performances (s/o to julianne moore, the film's MVP, even if her character embodies the problems i had with the screenplay) (anti-s/o to the kid who played benji). everything is actually pretty consistent (cronenberg is still a very solid director, one key scene aside) except for the script, which kind of relies too heavily on stock events to tell us how awful the characters are. and it lets you know how terrible they are. and it lets you know again. and again. and again.
Tengo que verla otra vez... Esto es mucho más de lo que se aprecia en la superficie. Esto es más que un PSA que nos recuerda no intentar seguir los pasos de personas dañadas. Esto es más que un nadie está a salvo, todos estamos jodidos en Hollywood y no podemos ni contenernos a nosotros mismos porque vivimos plagados de monstruos interiores que por más que meditemos terminarán por arder hasta salir por la presión...
Necesito regresar y entender.
No se, no me impacto, tiene una buena critica a Hollywood y uno que otro chiste de la farándula, pero la historia, aunque retorcida, no me llego a sorprender.
Pero Cronenberg sigue siendo un buen director, la secuencia del arma, la maneja muy bien.
Watched Map to the Stars.
Very @#$%ed up movie. But very good. So, David Cronenberg's MO, really.
When it's not deeply disturbing, it's actually very funny.
Julianne Moore in this movie......... whoa. o.O
When she goes out there..... she goes OUT there. And this is the most extreme I've seen her on film, so far.
I kinda just wish the whole movie was about her.
Because the movie turns into a bit of a psychological thriller and I'd be more than happy to have it a drama about this actress trying to revive her career.
Like The Wrestler, almost.
Because Julianne Moore is truly amazing in this movie. Won the Cannes award for Best Actress, wouldn't be shocked if she got the Oscar, too.
Pretty miserable, but very good.
Belleza absoluta, el pesimismo de Cronenberg es despiadado aquí, sin perder el toque de autor: la terapia, los fantasmas de los padres y los hermanos, personajes deformes, incesto..
La secuencia de Julianne Moore celebrando y cantando se va a mis momentos favoritos 2014.
Typical Cronenbergian dive into the blackness: Filled with malicious observations and a melodramatic plot.
The scrupulousness of his detail and compositions is what is so formidable.
- 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.