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Maps to the Stars
A Film By David Cronenberg
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 saw David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. and wondered what it might have looked like with David Cronenberg at the helm, then this is the film for you.
This is a great film and one that only Cronenberg could have made.
This is easily Julianne Moore's best performance and the entire cast is terrific
Bruce Wagner's script is equally haunting and satirical.
Howard Shore's score is absolutely beautiful.
David Cronenberg is one of the best filmmakers around and this is one of his finest works to date.
Insanity. Satire. Brilliance. Amazing. Pure Cronenberg.
I loved it.
los angeles seems like a nice place.
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.
It took two viewings and a two hour discussion to get there, but I'm starting to come around on this movie. It's essentially the incestuous offspring of VIDEODROME and THE BROOD; all child abuse, crackpot therapists, and show business as a sexually transmitted disease. Some have complained that its Hollywood satire feels a little hackneyed -- and they're not wrong. Ultimately, though, that vague sense of staleness fits within MAPS TO THE STARS' suggestion that Hollywood is defined by its complete and utter lack of imagination. There are no new ideas here. The movie Benji is making is a sequel; the movie Havana wants to make is a new version of a film her mother made fifty years ago. In…
Cronenberg your so much better then this.
Maps to the Stars follows the lives of the Weiss family - pure Hollywood royalty - including the father, a self-help guru, mother who dotes on 13-year-old Benji - fresh out of rehab and daughter Agatha a recently-released pyromaniac.
I heard some mix things from Maps to the Stars and that's mostly the reviews it got and yes I do read other critics reviews and other websites like Rotten Tomatoes, but at the end of the day you can't trust RT sometimes, I mean Sharknado get's a 82% ?. I also found out that this movie won Best Actress at The Cannes Film Festival and the best actress went to Julianne Moore which…
O conceito por trás de 'Mapa para as Estrelas' é mais interessante do que seu produto final, ainda assim, o exercício estético proposto por David Cronenberg e Bruce Wagner é um soco no estômago daqueles que enxergam em Hollywood a mais pura e celebrada terra dos sonhos. Certamente a "demonização" proposta não pode ser vista como regra geral, mas a estranheza sentida ao acompanhar o desenvolvimento bizarro da trama proposta por Cronenberg e Wagner faz suscitar o pensamento de que, no frigir dos ovos, há uma sombra de esquisitice pairando no ambiente doce e tentador da meca do cinema.
Will probs rise to a five some time in the future.
Cronenberg at his best.
"Maps to the Stars is disappointingly straightforward, but Moore is incredible and Cronenberg’s sure directorial hand keeps things decidedly discomfiting."
"While featuring some crucial moments and strong performances, Maps to the Stars never quite comes together. The film will surely be of interest to Cronenberg’s fans, particularly if you have enjoyed his most recent, less genre-centric efforts. It is important to note that one of the reasons why the filmmaker is one of the most dynamic working directors is his willingness to take risks. His work consistently pushes boundaries in terms of acceptability, his risks often yielding incredible rewards. While this film is far from his best work, it is emblematic of a filmmaker who is not satisfied with playing it safe."
Read my full review: www.soundonsight.org/tiff-2014-maps-to-the-stars-cronenberg-review/
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David Cronenberg here has discovered the truly horrifying. While his fictional horror films are creepy, this one uncovers the true horror of the world: people. This was a really good, and still retained some of Cronenberg's body horror aspects. It has a great cast, and tells a truly demented story. This was a very good film, and had some amazing acting. All the movies about making movies are interesting, and this one exceptionally so. This is another film I saw in theaters and never ended up seeing, but I am glad I saw it now. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Cronenberg's films, or just weird films in general.
Does Cronenberg manage to claw it back after the despicably shameful COSMOPOLIS? Fortunately, he does, somewhat.
Continuing his journey away from 'genre' cinema, MAPS TO THE STARS is a dark drama, presented in an almost soap-opera style. We each of us are 'actors', to some extent, in our day-to-day lives - imagine how deep the lies and delusions go for those who act for a living. I can only judge how they are portrayed in movies, but many Hollywood actors do seem to be selfish, narcissistic car-crashes - and this is how they are presented here.
Julianne Moore is rightly lauded for her work in this film, playing an actress haunted by her mother's career and relationship with her. Mia…
Maps To The Stars lured me in with its unique cast and interesting premise, but let me be perfectly clear: THIS MOVIE SUCKS. For the life of me, I cannot recall a single enjoyable film where every character is an unlikable, irredeemable louse and Maps To The Stars certainly doesn't break the mold. The only bright spot of the entire film is Julianne Moore who could have given an Oscar-worthy performance and still couldn't save this film from being an inane waste of time.
I know reviews (and my own friends) are very mixed on this one, but I think this film is hilarious. Biting satire of Hollywood by Cronenberg, with some seriously disturbing sequences mixed in with the humor. You laugh, but you know most of the shit in this is SO true of the Hollywood system.
David Cronenberg’s latest film pairs well with his previous film, Cosmopolis. Both are steely portraits of wealthy, detached characters. Both have a polished, glamorous look. Both feature Robert Pattinson in a limousine. Both are obviously the work of a serious and skilled filmmaker, and both films, while interesting, fall short of being a fulfilling experience.
Maps to the Stars is not quite the black comedy/Hollywood satire certain critics and advertisements have made it out to be. It shows us a hyperbolically dark Hollywood that only exists in nightmares. Sure, Hollywood is rife with poorly hidden narcissism and depravity, but it is still functional. Julianne Moore gives an excellent performance that borders on, but never spills into, parody as needy, middle-aged…
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