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. As much as it is a sharp, comic look at a vacant and corrupt world, MAPS TO THE STARS is also a haunting ghost story.
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.
“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…
Insanity. Satire. Brilliance. Amazing. Pure Cronenberg.
I loved it.
Typical satire from David Cronenberg but this one I couldn't get into at all. In fact felt myself dozing around the 1st half and by the next 30mins I nodded off. Very unlike me but it wasn't working out for me at all. Julianne Moore stole the show with an outstanding performance giving the only thing I can give credit of the movie due to falling aszzzzzzzzz... . . . . . .zzz .z
los angeles seems like a nice place.
With the exception of the great Eastern Promises, I am still not entirely sure how I feel about Cronenberg's latest endeavors. Even so, as flawed as they may be, he still continues to put out entertaining work. Maps to the Stars is a fun, albeit obvious, satire that can't quite pin down the kind of tone it wants. Cronenberg still proves to be a master behind the camera, but the real stars here are the stars themselves, especially Julianne Moore, who absolutely owns her role.
Along with my qualms with the tone (which is something Cronenberg usually has a hand on), my main problem comes from the films finale, which felt a bit more rushed than it should have given the films rather deliberate pace.
Regardless of its bruises, Maps is still a solid movie. It's always great to see David Cronenberg continue to put stuff out, because even if they stumble, they're are still joyously macabre, and deliciously provocative.
Being utterly sarcastic as well as cynical about Hollywood is the new thing regarding filmmaking. And why not, Hollywood can be a very corrupt and grotesque place in the movie business which has earned its fair share of criticism, mocking and satire. Now seasoned director David Cronenberg has found his way into this new movie genre defined by self-awareness and proper exaggeration, and he most certainly accomplished to show us the weird world of Beverly Hills. Yet, it didn't really feel like he managed to deliver the final blow. Maps to the Stars is quite hilarious at moments, but somehow there's something missing.
Maybe it's the same thing I've been missing on Cronenberg's Metropolis, which was also a very sociocritical…
Most of the issues I had with this one are fairly typical reactions to a first viewing of something by Cronenberg, so I'm going to hold off on any bitching until one or two more watches.
As it stands, it's as ghoulishly entertaining as the plot and director promises and not nearly as shrill and obnoxious as the subject matter would suggest.
Maps to the Stars is a totally bonkers portrayal of madness and nightmares in the city of angels. The film is a deliciously entertaining mess that is shocking and brutal and very strange. The cast is great all around but Julianne Moore gives one the best performances of her entire career. She gets the shallow, self-absorbed, desperate actress down perfectly and it's simply one the best performances of the year. Mia Wasikowski once again proves to be one of the best young actors working today, while new comer Evan Bird is downright brilliant as a despicable, loathsome, child star (think a worse version of Justin Bieber.) Olivia Williams is also impressive as an unstable woman quickly crashing and burning, constantly…
The thing with David Cronenberg films is either you get it or you don't. The same problem I had with "Cosmopolis". This film is easier to relate to without any pseudo-artistic/philosophical pretensions, but still doesn't win glowing marks.
This movie is basically 2 protagonists' stories running in parallel, with supporting characters interwoven between them. First, there's Julianne Moore's bitchy, hypocritical, ageing actress lobbying hard to get the role which her mother (acted by the lovely Sarah Gadon) acted decades ago. Second, there's Evan Bird's spoilt teen idol (a riff on Justin Bieber - they look so vaguely alike) trying to make a comeback after completing drug rehab, so that he can make more money to please his greedy parents (played…
What the fuck.
I love David Cronenberg. For the majority of my film-obsessive life I have considered him the best director to ever live -- his past few years compared to the Coens' past few years have leaned me on their side of things since then, but I still consider him my runner-up. Of his films that I've seen, which is most of them, the closest I could come to saying I disliked one was A Dangerous Method, which I found disappointingly mediocre. That is until now. I want to make clear that I think Maps to the Stars is exactly the movie that David Cronenberg wants it to be. Beat-for-beat this feels like a vision that is calculated, controlled…
Review forthcoming. Really liked this, if not perfect. Basically love it as a great dark comedy, with really fun performances and solid unique tone and feel.
Η άβολη στιγμή που συνειδητοποιείς ότι ο Cronenberg θα θεωρούσε το Miss Violence αριστούργημα.
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language 3D
- 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.