Lee Israel was a biographer, a studier of important human lives, and she spent the ’70s and ’80s writing… Read More
Book/TV lovers, rejoice! Former onscreen/offscreen love interests and current buddies Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak are reuniting at BookCon… Read More
Spoiler alert: this post contains vague references to occurrences at the end of Maps to the Stars.
Maps to the Stars begins in a mode of straightforward, Hollywood-brutalizing satire. We’re introduced, via Cronenberg’s bloodlessly still lens, to the players in the tritest of Hollywood nightmares. Each character reflects a Hollywood type so dominant as to seem, when rendered fictionally, hugely self-evident.
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In video games, you’re probably used to battling with inane, unimposing creatures named Jigglypuff, steroid-stuffed turtles named Bowser, more inane, unimposing creatures named Wigglytuff, — okay, it’s clear I haven’t played many video games. But even major gamers are probably used to battling silly fictitious characters cooked up by video game companies more than they’re accustomed to battling, say, Greek Gods. However, a new video game called Apotheon gives users the chance to truly test their mettle by battling the likes of Poseidon, Zeus, Apollo, and some nice, assorted cyclopses — all the while stuck in the world of a seemingly never-ending Grecian Urn. Whether you’re into ancient Greek art or simply really into the idea of lashing out at your Classics education by beating up some Greek Gods, Apotheon is worth checking out.
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“Pray that those that eat, those that are eaten, and the act of eating be universally devoid of self,” celebrity therapist Dr. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) says smugly in Maps to the Stars, director David Cronenberg’s big, wet defecation on the deadening influence of Hollywood. He’s quoting the Dalai Lama, he says, but long before his cushy life goes up in flames, it’s clear that Weiss’ Buddhist wisdom is all smoke and mirrors, a vain stab at profundity from an exceedingly shallow man. Indeed, here, as in other recent depictions of Tinseltown’s insider baseball, such noble sentiments ring false, or are otherwise crushed by an industry no longer much interested in altruism. That four films from four directors, each with its own distinct style and tone, should tread such similar thematic ground in this short span of time suggests a certain discomfort with the changing rules of the game, a fear that the dog-eat-dog business of filmmaking threatens to annihilate a particular brand of film art. Call it the unexpected anxiety of obsolescence.
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Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg’s macabre satire of Hollywood lifestyles, will hit theaters in the U.S. (and be released on… Read More
Bad movies are not a simple matter. There are nearly as many categories of terrible movies as there are for great ones: there are films that are insultingly stupid (Batman & Robin), unintentionally funny (Birdemic), unintentionally, painfully unfunny (White Chicks), so bad they’re depressing (Transformers), and so on. But the most rewarding terrible movies are those we know as “so bad they’re good” — entertaining in their sheer incompetence, best braved in numbers, where the ham-fisted dramatics and tin-eared dialogue become fodder for years of random quotes and inside jokes. And in this spirit, Flavorwire brings you this month’s installment of our monthly So Bad It’s Good feature: Madonna’s notorious 1993 S&M-fueled erotic thriller, Body of Evidence.
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Just when, after over a decade of excessive vampire romanticism in film and TV, you thought you were ready to declare the undead dead, information started trickling out (like blood, you might say!) about Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement’s vampire mockumentary, What We do in the Shadows, and you probably thought, “If they’ll make me laugh and they’re from New Zealand, how can I say vampires are dead, quite yet?” Indeed, since they’ll surely outlive all of us, it’s best we continue to get acquainted, not only with our fictional vamps, but also with the real ones. Inspired by True Blood, Vice’s series The Real, which explores the real-life versions of Hollywood phenomena, has filmed a short doc about a vampiric subculture in the American south.
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There’s plenty to talk about in the indie film world right now, but most of it is coming off of Sundance — and, sadly, we won’t get to see most of those movies for several more months. But the art houses certainly aren’t going dark this month; we’ve got several terrific new indies out for February (many hitting theaters and home screens after running the festival gauntlet last year). Here are eight that you shouldn’t miss, particularly if you find yourself heading out with someone who’s dead set on, say, Fifty Shades of… Read More
Julianne Moore Loves People Named “Ellen,” Doesn’t Believe in God or Guns, and More From Her ‘THR’ Cover Story
Julianne Moore is 54 years old. This is perhaps both the least important and most shocking tidbit of information… Read More