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
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.
• 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
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…
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.
David Cronenberg meldet sich nach dem sehr schwachen "Cosmopolis" eindrucksvoll wieder zurück und das die Hollywood-Satire so wunderbar funktioniert liegt an erster Linie an seinem Cast von dem neben Julianne Moore vor allem – wie nicht anders zu erwarten – Mia Wasikowska und noch einen Ticken mehr Evan Bird als Kinderstar mit Starallüren, dem es eigentlich nur darum geht geliebt zu werden, überzeugen können.
David Cronenberg's films are known for being divisive, and Maps to the Stars certainly will be: there's plenty that will be fans of this movie, and I really wanted to be one of them, but it just didn't work for me. Maps is too disorganized and too obvious in its barbs, despite the fact that Moore and Wasikowska are fantastic, and even though there is plenty of Cronenberg's disturbing themes at work, the execution is appears more flat than sterile, and that takes away much of it's bite in spite of it's nastiness.
Full video review here.
Cronenberg's satirical, schizophrenic and twisted tale of Hollywood. There's probably more truth to this film than most Hollywood celebrities would care to admit to themselves. Oh yeah, Robert Pattinson sure does love to drive limousines.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
2014--short report--Some pine for the early days of Cronenberg but not me. I am glad to have been through those years but i'm fully invested in his work starting with Spider. With Maps to the Stars, he goes after an unexpected, whacked-out humor that I found both refreshing and hilarious. There have been better assaults on Hollywood and the enclosed community of self-indulgent, pampered crawlies that skitter about from one empty experience to the other but none so inventively cruel. To convey the twisted and intertwined relationships between the players would destroy the fun of the unraveling. After watching Julianne Moore hit a serious high-note in Still Alice it was fun to catch her in something where she could let…
For fans of Julianne Moore sitting on the toilet and other such oddities. Enjoy.
This was so wrong and so fucked up.
I loved it.
Maps to the Stars is a sharp and cold satire about the shallowness of Hollywood and a funny look on the lives of some truly horrible people. I didn't quite warm up to it, but I won't argue that it isn't entertaining. The greatest part of the film is the acting. Julianne Moore completely steals the show but Mia Wasikowska and Evan Bird are quite excellent, too.
It is a biting and depressing look at Hollywood, but that's not necessarily something we need to see another version of. It's a lackluster, but not altogether needless, Hollywood exposé .
JUST A QUICK LOG OF FILMS CAUGHT RECENTLY
COMMENT: May come back and review this: After Cronenbergs near return to form with Cosmopolis, I'd hoped we'd get him back with this. Sadly we didn't. Its good especially Moores performance (guess its what to except from DC thesedays).
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.