David Cronenberg has a point when he says Rotten Tomatoes is killing traditional movie criticism.
David Cronenberg, the director of the recent Maps to the Stars and classics including A History of Violence, says Rotten Tomatoes is ruining film criticism. The director says movie criticism is no longer "effective" because of the priority given to aggregated opinions instead of reasoned ideas.
David Cronenberg says Rotten Tomatoes is killing movie criticism
It is true that a large swathe of movie fans are more likely to visit Rotten Tomatoes to gauge the reaction to a movie, instead of reading or listening to the extended thoughts of certain critics.
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'Maps to the Stars' looks a real curio of a movie. Check out the trailer below.
Ok, so David Cronenberg's latest movie Maps to the Stars - which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May - will more than likely pull in a sizable teenage audience, given it stars Twlight's very own Robert Pattinson. Though without making too many assumptions, a chunk of those paying their $20 may have thought better of it by the end of the satirical drama, which delves into the celebrity-obsessed culture that made Pattinson's vampire franchise a global hit.
Robert Pattinson in 'Maps to the Stars'
It's written by Bruce Wagner, the tattooed Ambulance driver turned novelist who Cronenberg has compared to James Joyce. "He's unafraid to express the moment . to go to the darkest places. Hollywood is his Dublin," he told the Los Angeles Times, adding that Wagner is "a kind of star on the red carpet. He's not a typical writer. He's comfortable with cameras and microphones.
Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore) is an actress struggling with her insecurities and desperate to reprise her late mother Clarice's star role in the remake of the latter's 60s film. Constantly haunted by her mother's image and feeling like a less attractive version of her, she seeks comfort from her psychotherapist Dr Stafford Weiss (John Cusack). Weiss is struggling in his own life, with his wife managing his child star son's comeback acting career after a stint in rehab - and he's only 13-years-old. His other child, daughter Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), has been discharged from a mental hospital unbeknownst to them, and lands a job as a PA for none other than Havana. Stafford starts to become suspicious when Havana talks of her unnamed PA having a scarred face from a fire and warns his wife and son that their daughter may have returned. Meanwhile, Agatha becomes close to a limo driver named Jerome who has his own Hollywood dreams.
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18 films are vying for the prestigious prize
The Cannes Film festival is sneaking up fast. The Oscars felt like they were 8 minutes ago, and now we’re looking forward to mid-May and all excitement that comes with the glitzy French showcase. The Palme d’Or could be heading any of 18 directions, and you can see the contenders below.
Robert Pattinson on set for 'Maps to The Stars'
British audiences will be focussing on the heavyweight battle between Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, who are bringing ‘Mr Turner’ and ‘Jimmy's Hall’ to the Croisette respectively. Early indications suggest that Leigh could prevent Loach from picking up his second Palme d’Or.
Robert Pattinson really splashed out for Kristen Stewart's 23rd birthday.
Robert Pattinson went the whole hog for girlfriend Kristen Stewart's 23rd birthday this week. Forget Bentleys, Porsches, BMWs, mansions, boats and helicopters, because R-Patz bought the love of his life a pen. Yep, a pen.
However, it's not just ANY pen, it's a limited-edition fountain pen with a barrel identical to the dashboard in the earliest Bentley automobile - one of only 40 in the world, according to the UK's Daily Star. Furthermore, its estimated price was around £30,000, that's $46,000! "Rob decided to go big for her birthday this year," a source said. We think Kristen would have preferred a car. A real nice car.
Anyway, maybe Pattinson paid for the swanky party thrown for Stewart at Malo's Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles this week. According to X17, the pair dined with about 40 friends, including Spring Breakers star Ashley Benson. After dinner, the reunited couple stopped by No Vacancy at Hotel Jupiter where Hanson was having its album party release. REMEMBER HANSON? "They weren't overly affectionate or anything, but at points they were standing together as they talked to friends," a source told E! News. Perez Hilton said the couple are "100% back on".
In a luxury stretched limousine on the way to get a haircut from his father's barber, the ambitious 28-year-old billionaire that is Eric Packer enters chaos and anarchy as the streets of Manhattan begin to collapse around him. His future, once apparently carved in stone, becomes uncertain as political protestors and violent rioters attack the city from the inside following a visit from the President of the United States. Eric sees his treasured empire melt before his eyes as he looks on, unable to act or give out orders; he soon begins to understand, through a series of clues dotted about New York through the confusion, that the disturbances are leading to his imminent execution.
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Eric (Pattinson) is a 28-year-old billionaire who wants a haircut. As he climbs into his high-tech limousine, his security chief (Durand) warns about traffic problems because the US President's in Manhattan. En route, Eric continues his routine, meeting his computer expert (Baruchel), theoretician (Morton) and financial advisor (Hampshire), who talks to him during his daily prostate exam.
He also sees his new wife (Gadon) several times, has sex with two women (Binoche and McKenzie), endures an anarchists' riot, gets a pie in the face and confronts a man (Giamatti) who wants to kill him.
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Set in Vienna before the start of World War One, Carl Jung, a student of Sigmund Freud, is employing some of Freud's techniques on psychoanalysis to treat a patient at the Burgh"lzli Mental Hospital, a beautiful Russian woman called Sabina Spielrein, who has repressed paternal issues.
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Oh, and maybe also the brilliantly grotesque makeup by Chris Walas and Stephan Dupuis, who won an Oscar for their efforts. But The Fly is never dependent on this impressive craftwork. Cronenberg doesn't skimp on his trademark gooeyness, but doles it out selectively. Creepiness finds other, relatively dry and goo-free places to emerge. A scene of Seth Brundle (Goldblum), after he unwittingly shares a teleportation trip with a common housefly, rising in the middle of the night and performing amazing gymnastic feats becomes unnerving as the camera lingers on a long shot of his spinning, soaring body. Veronica Quaife (Davis) looks on, silent and still, unsure of what to do; tension rises in the scene because of the characters, not just because you don't expect to see Jeff Goldblum doing flips on the parallel bars.
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If you recalled fondly the line that Nelson said in an episode of The Simpsons after Bart uses a fake ID to get into this film ("I'll tell you two things wrong with that title"), then you're like most of America. I knew a little bit more coming in: that it was based on a novel by William S. Burroughs that is the quintessence of non-linear narrative and that it was directed by David Cronenberg.
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15th March, 1943
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