not like stupid/dull, but as in movies that are so insanely packed with things and ideas and visuals they become…
Maps to the Stars
Eventually stars burn out.
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.
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.
Bizarre, mean spirited, provocative and totally Cronenberg, MAPS TO THE STARS is one of the biggest middle fingers to ever be pointed at Hollywood.
This is one of those films where I can't really tell you why I liked, but that I was just completely into it from beginning to end. Partly because it is Cronenberg and all his films give you an experience that no one else could ever give you, and by that, you just have to watch it all unfold for yourself and then see if it does anything for you; because this film is definitely not for everyone.
MAPS TO STARS is a film that hinges on its twisted sense of humor and its bleak and…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I don't usually have a problem with a film filled with immoral characters because many times, those films are a lot more interesting than the ones which try to peddle that good-vs-evil vibe time and again. What I didn't like about the movie was that it was filled with extremely tawdry symbolism... the constant haunting by ghosts for these star actors who are trying to "come to terms" with their past is pre-school bullshit compared to the mastery with which David Lynch crafted his own Hollywood horror-story Mulholland Drive (a far superior take on the downfall of an actress). Not to mention Havana Segrand being killed with the use of her own acting trophy was some really cheap and uninspired irony which I'd think was above Cronenberg's dignity...
may scavenger hunt film #5
task #4: "a non-star wars film starring a cast member of star wars episode iv"
i had to pause this film an hour in because i was interrupted and i didn't come back to it for three days, which p much expresses the amount of interest i had in this movie. what was meant to be "dark satire" just really fell flat to me, maybe bc it wasn't funny? and yet there were themes raised of incest and abuse but nothing was actually examined, it was all so shallow. and maybe that could've been The Point, if it'd been made properly. julianne moore's performance was as great as ever, but i've realised that i have…
(") Rivette-ish; no one owns their own dialogue as lines are shared and repeated – Moore is broad, fake and entirely over-the-top – Hollywood juveniles tell painfully awkward jokes at a party (")
a movie that reflects my experiences i guess, experiences that i myself too have taken and stretched out and made surreally abstracted- julianne moore was great but these days especially that was obvious in the trailer
i have seizures these days and it's what i tend to blame for my fading memory- even a movie like inherent vice, which i saw on a very lovely night with my very lovely boyfriend, and of which the essence i do remember that i really quite liked, i remember…
I'm not a fan of Hollywood Syndrome. In fact the whole thing scares me. People shouldn't be doing this.
I don't know much about Bruce Wagner, other than he seems to have turned Hollywood into a sub-genre for his books. It reminded me a lot of Canyons by Bret Easton Ellis, and reminded me that novelists don't make the best screen-writers. It all comes down to the film-maker, and here it's the late-stages of David Cronenberg. It's interesting, he hasn't really made anything based on his own ideas since eXistenZ, and yet the films are still just as strange and morbid as his own work.
This is the first time he's ever filmed in America, let alone Hollywood, and so…
that fire oh my god you can't be serious.
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This is David Cronenberg's first film to be shot in the United States of America. Julianne Moore, as usual, steals this film about a dysfunctional family of Hollywood personalities.
Maps To The Stars works for the most part but falls fairly short of being an engaging story. With all the characters being unlikable people I think the story is the only part of the film the audience can truly enjoy fully.
A strange film which satirises the Hollywood lifestyle. I found it interesting, although not very funny, and I didn't like any of the characters. That was probably the point, but still. I want Cronenberg to make more weird gross out movies.
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(Working on organizing it by similar aesthetic.)