Movies that are slightly off.
Maps to the Stars
Eventually stars burn out.
Driven by an intense need for fame and validation, members of a dysfunctional Hollywood dynasty have lives as dramatic as any movie.
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.
los angeles seems like a nice place.
I loved it.
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…
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.
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…
There are so many unbelievably well done scenes.....CRONENBERG is a god.
Mia Wasikowska, die neue Sonderling-Gruftie-Queen, unscheinbar und abgründig. Und Sarah Gadon, die schon immer so durchscheinend schön war wie ein Geist. Wenn Cronenberg aber Hollywood wie einen Cronenberg-Film inszeniert sagt das eigentlich viel weniger aus, als wenn er eine andere Perspektive wählte, eine überraschende statt eine lediglich bestätigende.
Cronenberg proves he's still a beast of a director, but boy is he picking some unusual scripts. This was one of the more uncomfortable movie experiences I've had lately.
Maps certainly can't be accused of lacking in emotion but Cronenberg manages to bring his unique brand of precision and detachment to balance out the weird, melodramatic script of novelist Bruce Wagner.
I quite liked Maps' unique identity. I found it far more accessible than Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, which I also enjoyed but it was nice to not be quite so intellectually challenged. Maps is surprisingly funny but also dark and uncomfortable. The latter has the benefit of being more tonally consistent but this is more entertaining.
I think where the writing…
Bizarre but entertaining nonetheless. This begins my journey into the mind of David Cronenberg.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Les frateurs dangereux.
Maps to the Stars is a satire of Hollywood behavior that people who don't know the industry may see as fact. Each troubled character is desperate for connection and celebrity. Some of them are so self-absorbed that they believe they can get any role at any price, even get away with murder.
Julianne Moore is excellent as Havana and I found RPattz real sexy as that limo driver but so many directorial & screenwriting choices didn't land so, for a lot of the movie, I just felt confused by what I was seeing and what I was supposed to take away from it.
Suitably demented and with tongue firmly in cheek, Cronenberg spins out a strange film that is silly -- but consistently entertaining. It is a highly undervalued cinematic twist.
I enjoyed it only because of two very talented actresses, Mia and Julianne. The rest was kind of boring and slightly weird to watch.
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