WHAT I WATCHED ON NETFLIX (ITUNES): CONOR – MAPS TO THE STARS

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By Conor Riley

David Cronenberg is my favorite director. I actually took an entire course on him in college, and I’ve always loved how unpretentious and unapologetically bizarre his movies are. He never has to explain or dumb anything down for his audience, and over the years he’s gained the trust of some of the best working actors to get weird for him on screen. Naturally, I had to see his latest film Maps To The Stars as soon as it came out. The movie takes a terrifying and often hilarious look at the darker sides of Hollywood. Even though Julianne Moore just won an Oscar for Still Alice the Academy should just go ahead and give her another one for her portrayal of Havana, a neurotic, aging starlet desperate to play her deceased mother Clarice in a new experimental film. John Cusack plays her guru, and as the story unfolds, the twisted secrets of their respective families begin to intertwine and comedic chaos ensues. Mia Wasikowska plays Agatha, Havana’s new-in-town personal assistant, and Robert Pattinson – who continues to make us forget about Twilight with each new role – balances out the other characters’ crazy with a subdued portrayal of an aspiring actor/limo driver. On the Cronenberg map, this one is a little more of a straightforward thriller than say Videodrome or The Fly, but a lot more fun than something like Eastern Promises and A History of Violence (both still great). Watch Maps To The Stars on iTunes or now in select theaters.

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