A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
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.
• If you want something weird, shocking and unique, you can always count on David Cronenberg to deliver the goods
• Julianne Moore is the cream of the crop
• A movie called Bad Babysitter making $780M worldwide
• The most dysfunctional family story you'll ever see
• Atrocious dialogue at times
• Toilet "humor" was lame
• I'm all for the poetic and cryptic stuff, but the repetitive nature of it wasn't too engaging to watch
• It's basically "Cosmopolis: The Prequel" for Robert Pattinson's character
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…
Even if it is meant to be as unsubtle as it is, it is very grating.
Just watch Mulholland Drive instead
sweetie drag your soul. faithless youth
2 out of 5 (C)
And the award for most repulsive film goes too...
I can't believe I just saw Julianne Moore wipe her ass.
Julianne bathroom manners please. Close the door.
Okay, well that was an odd duck. I've seen Cronenberg accused from time to time of being cold and clinical or what have you towards his characters, but he's often struck me as quite a humane director in the sense of giving his characters room to breathe as individuals--I'd argue that was true even in Cosmopolis, which I quite liked and found pretty effective, even if Toronto did a goofy job of filling in for NYC.
Maps to the Stars, on the other hand, is a Cronenberg film with a terrific cast, most of whom I've really enjoyed in other projects, but for the most part, it's like they're playing lizard people rather than human beings. As an ensemble piece,…
Yeah, this is what I meant by me not gravitating towards 'Hollywood Stories'. What, actresses are catty and over medicated? Child actors can be petulant and dickish?! Everyone's playing an angle and no one is genuine!?! The satire comes a little obvious. And its more a horror story of bad parenting.
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…