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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.
los angeles seems like a nice place.
Insanity. Satire. Brilliance. Amazing. Pure Cronenberg.
I loved it.
• 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…
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.
I wonder, has anyone ever thought to make a movie about Hollywood that didn’t either comedically exaggerate its excesses or make it looks like it was sleazy beyond all reason? I’m not sure if I can even think of an example off the top of my head and Maps to the Stars certainly hasn’t emerged as a counter-example as it certainly employs a little of both of those things. The characters in the film are all truly awful, like, not just vapid but possibly psychopathic, including a spoiled teenage child star with a real Joffrey Baratheon vibe going for him. I’ll be frank, I didn’t really get it and I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt in assuming that…
A lot to unpack still but I really enjoyed this. Like the best Cronenberg movies, it had a sense of humor while terrifying me.
Cronenberg ist für mich ja generell nicht einer der Größten, aber wenigstens scheinen seine Projekte immer interessant.
Hier versteh ich aber die Lorbeeren nicht, außer was das Schauspiel von Moore angeht.
Kein Rohrkrepierer, aber für mich der Inbegriff von Mittelmaß
"On the stairs of Death I write your name, Liberty"
Insane and amazing. I'm surprised how much I liked. Best Cronenberg movie since Eastern Promises.
Yawn. Also, how can a director work for almost 50 years and still make semi-amateur looking movies?
God Damn Cronenberg you crazy old bastard.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Numa primeira visualização, Maps to the Stars parece ao telespectador um retrato insensível, obscuro e profundamente dramático sobre Hollywood, assim como uma crítica aos costumes e ao estilo de vida das celebridades. Igualmente entendo dessa forma, quando acabei o seu visionamento, estava simplesmente fascinado com o visual do filme, pela gama de performances poderosas, pelas personagens, pelo seu retrato decadente, mas ao mesmo tempo, confuso, incompreendido pela real mensagem do filme. Questionei-me: 'mas será só isto?'. Motivado e ainda pensativo em aventurar-me nos caminhos da fita, voltei a vê-lo no mesmo dia, e, sim, ele é mesmo muito mais que isso.
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An eye-wateringly disturbed (understatement) satire that only David Cronenberg could come up with.
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