Maps to the Stars

Maps to the Stars

Blu-ray Disc - 2015
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Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie, a fresh graduate of rehab at age thirteen. Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town, mysteriously scarred and tormented, Agatha.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Universal, [2015]
Branch Call Number: BLURAY MAPS 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
video file,Blu-Ray

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kcrouse7
Sep 20, 2018

I give this five stars. Underrated, and misunderstood to say the least. Here's a prep sheet for you, especially those willing to give it another try.

The action of the movie takes place in second-or-third tier L.A. show business.

All of the characters are equally important in this drama, and all of their actions are motivated.

They're all interconnected by either family, work, or, as it turns out (no spoilers), a real Hollywood figure playing themselves, crucial to the plot.

The film is absorbing and expertly made. As tension builds, even the outlandish events you witness are *really happening*, no hogwash, all reality, and harsh one.

It's not one of Cronenberg's easy ones. Maybe start with his sexy remake of "The Fly" and work up to this one. I have enjoyed it three times since its release, and also saw it in the theater, which I admit, I left baffled, but knocked-out.

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amanoletters99
Sep 04, 2018

And the point of this film was???? ( ) exactly!

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LadyDi52
Apr 30, 2018

A film full of selfish, arrogant Hollywood people - I wish I hadn't watched it, I was hoping for an interesting plot twist, but then Cronenburg's not the master of subtlety and personality development, is he?

Franln Sep 23, 2017

I like the cast but I didn't ever need to see Julianne Moore sitting on the toilet farting as she talks to her assistant. The story was very weird and didn't make much sense.

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DawnWhite
Jul 09, 2017

Not a fan of this one :(

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MontMoroc
Mar 27, 2017

Garbage- Cronenberg's completely lost it- I think he has Alzheimer's. Don't waste your time on this film.

Contrary to many of the comments left here I think this is one of the more accessible of Cronenberg's films. It is an exploration of our dead-end Hollywood culture in all its filth and depravity. The Bruce Wagner script is a revelation. Some boundaries are crossed here. So if you like to watch movies and have an appreciation for their history, you'll want to see this. Because Cronenberg has managed to capture how lost we are now. Not SUNSET BLVD. lost. Not HANNIBAL lost. Not THE BLING RING lost. But truly ass-backwards "this is all that we are" lost. Performances by the principals -- Julianne Moore, John Kusack, Mia Wasikowska -- are flawless.

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molly
Feb 24, 2017

Don,t waste your time.

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PHILLIP GARY SMITH
Oct 02, 2016

The dark world of moviedom finds itself on center stage with the psychotic, crazy and otherwise screwed-up characters in Maps to the Stars. The actors are so believable that one forgets it's a story. Even wealth and adoration as a movie star can't overcome the dark side when it comes knocking like in this movie. Horror might be the best description of this truly haunting thriller.

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Maoisdead
Aug 19, 2016

At first I thought this was a parody of a bad movie ( because of the poor acting, dialogue, etc. )- but then I realized - No! It's just a bad movie. I advise you skip this flic even if you're a Cronenberg fan.

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jimg2000
Feb 14, 2016

People don't just enter our lives randomly, we call them.
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I need you to pick up some prescriptions. Avian. Vicodin. Xanex. Zoloft. And Astragalus and Goldenseal. And um... Yogi-tea.
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Don't argue in the bedroom. Bedroom... is for sleeping, making love, not for fighting. You need to talk, go to a coffee shop.
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They made me an offer my mother couldn't refuse.
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Worse case... I go on Oprah again. 'Fess up. Do the whole Lance Armstrong thing.

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jimg2000
Feb 14, 2016

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How old is she? // Totally menopausal. // Oh, beyond! She's near death! She's like older than my grandmother.
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She's so amazing. You know, she's such a funny, amazing person. Plus we both have dual disorders, we finish each others sentences.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jun 15, 2015

Sexual Content: Nudity and sex scenes.

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