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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Maps to the Stars (Directed by David Cronenberg; Written by Bruce Wagner)

The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Stafford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Christina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, a child star. One of Stafford's clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shooting a remake of the movie that made her mother a star in the 60s. Clarice is dead now and visions of her come to haunt Havana at night... Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab programme he joined when he was 9, and his sister, Agatha, has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for pyromania.

Starring: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Evan Bird, Olivia Williams, Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon

My thoughts on this film: It takes a look into modern-day wealthy Hollywood life, which is filled with rotten characters, and some really uncomfortable subject matters; hence mixing a perfect cocktail of both dark satire and horror. The film constantly switches focus between the multiple leads, with Julianne Moore stealing the show in the finest performance I have ever seen of her as a morally backward ageing star with a heap of baggage and multiple mental health issues. This film is quite heavy and it really requires the fullest attention to properly take in and appreciate everything there is on offer as the plot cleverly zig-zags between the interlocking characters. Overall, I felt it was worth watching.

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