Mia Wasikowska

Paul Éluard’s Poem “Liberty” Is the Unseen Star of ‘Maps to the Stars’

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. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in February

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

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Cronenberg’s ‘Maps to the Stars’ Is Wickedly Funny and Deliciously Dark

So here’s a mean, nasty little piece of work — and I have a feeling director David Cronenberg would take that as the compliment it’s intended to be. Maps to the Stars is part vicious Hollywood satire, part portrait of horrifying dysfunction, and part (no kidding) Greek mythology. Early on, I found myself jotting down echoes and influences: The Player, Douglas Sirk, Mulholland Drive, Cronenberg’s own Cosmopolis. At some point, I stopped playing connect-the-dots, because that’s missing the point: you can trace its genealogy all you want, but at the end of the day, Maps is its own, utterly deranged thing. … Read More

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New Clip From David Cronenberg’s ‘Map to the Stars’ Features John Cusack and Mia Wasikowska

After his mild-mannered (for Cronenberg) A Dangerous Method and quickly forgotten Cosmopolis, it looks like the body horror pioneer is returning to extremist form… Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in May

Tonight, a certain overworked web slinger will swing into something like 4000 screens across the country, kicking off the summer movie season in an appropriate fashion: with a big, dumb, terrible franchise movie that will gross more money than most of us can even imagine. But don’t worry — contrary to what the ubiquitous marketing campaigns of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and a handful of others might indicate, there are other movies coming out this summer, and here are a few worth seeking out this month. … Read More

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Jim Jarmusch and Tilda Swinton on Creating the Vampire Hangout Movie ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (which screens this week at the New York Film Festival) opens with a needle drop, the pop and crackle of an old record, and the image of a moody rock 45 whose spinning is matched by overhead shots of our protagonists, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton). They are vampires, but not your typical movie vampires; they spend most of their time in their rooms, devouring books and music and bottled blood. Jarmusch inserts few of the tropes of vampire fiction — there is, for example, a serious shortage of neck-sucking (dismissed by Eve as “so fucking 15th century”). Somewhere around the lovely scene of Tilda Swinton dancing, freely and wholeheartedly, to the old soul record, Jarmusch’s M.O. becomes clear: Only Lovers Left Alive is a hanging-out move, just with vampires. … Read More

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‘Stoker': Park Chan-wook Pays Grisly Homage to Hitchcock

It’s certainly no coincidence that Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), the enigma at the center of Park Chan-wook’s Stoker, shares the name of the murderous uncle in Hitchcock’s classic Shadow of a Doubt. That’s not all the films have in common; both take place in seemingly idyllic, isolated communities (the family’s house is less a home than an island), and leave us with the impression that quiet evil can lurk behind every door and around every corner. But from an emotional standpoint, Stoker is like an inversed Shadow. In that film, a young woman who loves her uncle unlocks his past and is repulsed. In this one, a young woman who loathes her uncle unlocks his past, and responds with a bit more moral ambiguity. … Read More

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Watch Nicole Kidman in the Trailer for Park Chan-wook’s ‘Stoker’

“You know I’ve often wondered why it is we have children, and the conclusion I’ve come to is we want someone to get it right this time,” Nicole Kidman tells Mia Wasikowska in the trailer for Stoker, the English language debut of Old Boy director Park Chan-wook. “But not me. Personally speaking, I can’t wait to watch life tear you apart.” Yowza. The film, which looks to be a Hitchcockian thriller chock full of gorgeous visuals, features Kidman as a widow who takes up with her husband’s estranged brother (Matthew Goode), a man who may or may not be a serial killer and/or have a Humbert Humbert thing for her daughter. While it might lack the punch of Park’s Korean films, we can see Stoker — the first in a planned trilogy — doing extremely well with American arthouse audiences. Click through to watch the first full-length trailer for the film, and be sure to let us know in the comments if you’re as excited for this one as we are! … Read More

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Flavorpill’s 10 Most Anticipated Summer Movies

[Editor’s note: Your devoted Flavorwire team is taking Memorial Day off, but we’ve left you with some of our favorite summer-related features that you may have missed the first time around. This post originally ran April 20, 2012. Enjoy!]

Y’know, there was once a time when the phrase “summer movies” was confined to describing movies that came out in, I dunno, the summer. But over the past few years, as studios have continued to make the pursuit of tentpole blockbusters their primary financial goal, the season’s starting pistol keeps going off earlier and earlier, and with the Entertainment Weekly summer movie preview showing up last week (yep, pre-Tax Day), alongside the impending release of The Avengers next Friday, we can either shake our calendar-clenching fists at these upstart kids, or just go along with it and present our summer movie preview now. Thus, after the jump, we present the ten big summer movies we’re most looking forward to, in order of release; agree, disagree, or add your own in the comments. … Read More

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Tilda Swinton to Star in Jim Jarmusch Vampire Movie

Well, this is equal parts bizarre and thrilling: Jim Jarmusch — probably the last filmmaker we’d expect to get swept up in a mainstream trend — is making a vampire romance movie. We don’t know much about Only Loves Left Alive yet, except that it’s about an undead couple whose love has lasted centuries and… Read More

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