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Old 30-09-2014, 18:33
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Anyone planning to - or have already seen this? Mark Kermode gave it a superb review - it looks interesting and with a good cast(Julianne Moore). Cronenberg's last film(Cosmopolis) didn't really work for me.
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Old 30-09-2014, 21:34
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My boss went to see it at the weekend and was totally grossed out by it. I think it was the defecation scene that did it. It's clearly not a film for the faint hearted!
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Old 30-09-2014, 21:59
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I saw it last night. It's pretty good, but not one of Cronenberg's best. 6.5/10
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:59
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I liked it, but I'd imagine you need a sick sense of humour to get the most out of it.

Even then I thought the 'na na na na hey hey hey goodbye' song was a bit much, given the circumstances it appears under.
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Old 01-10-2014, 16:26
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I'm not the biggest David Cronenberg fan, but I'll watch it for Julianne Moore.
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Old 01-10-2014, 19:06
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I saw it last night. It's pretty good, but not one of Cronenberg's best. 6.5/10
Yeah, I've just got back from seeing it. I'd probably go along with assessment. It's not from the top tier of his work - but it has its moments. I particularly liked some of the humour in it. It's sort of an interesting take on the whole "Sunset Boulevard/The Player/Mulholland Drive" type of film.

Julianne Moore gave a very nuanced performance. She is really the standout of the cast - but that being said, there are some other good performances as well(John Cusack, Robert Patterison, etc.).

After watching it - I was scratching my head a bit as to why it received an 18 certificate - as that is rare nowadays. It is an adult film - with sex, drug taking, violence, swearing, etc - but it's pretty tame - especially considering some of Cronenberg's past films! I think it probably should have got a 15. Does anyone else agree with me on that?
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Old 01-10-2014, 20:06
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After watching it - I was scratching my head a bit as to why it received an 18 certificate - as that is rare nowadays. It is an adult film - with sex, drug taking, violence, swearing, etc - but it's pretty tame - especially considering some of Cronenberg's past films! I think it probably should have got a 15. Does anyone else agree with me on that?
I thought it was a 15? I've not seen any 18 certificates on any of the posters for it.
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Old 02-10-2014, 01:39
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I thought it was a 15? I've not seen any 18 certificates on any of the posters for it.
It is 18 for strong sex, sexual abuse references, violence, very strong language.

Under the bbfc guidelines films can still get an 18 for a single use of the dreaded c word, if it's aggressive enough or accompanied with violence. (Comic uses of it as in Withnail & I or Shaun of the Dead are fine at 15).
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Old 02-10-2014, 02:38
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Love his movies.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:36
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To be honest I wasn't expecting this film to have much in the way of an actual narrative.

So the fact that there was a coherent & really quite twisted storyline meant that it ended up being a pretty compelling viewing experience.

Admittedly there weren't any characters in this that I could really describe as likeable but performance wise I thought everyone involved was on top form so overall this did just enough to get an 8/10 from me...
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Old 04-10-2014, 17:45
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I didn't rate it at all...thought it was slightly ridiculous...a 5 out of 10 from me.
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Old 04-10-2014, 18:16
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On my list to see
Purely for Julianne Moore, who i believe is an oscar contender for this.
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Old 05-10-2014, 00:18
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To be honest I wasn't expecting this film to have much in the way of an actual narrative.

So the fact that there was a coherent & really quite twisted storyline meant that it ended up being a pretty compelling viewing experience.
Same here. I saw this a few days ago as well and surprisingly liked it. It really is a black comedy of sorts with a really dark sense of humour and some of the subject matter and content is somewhat controversial and twisted.

If it had been a 15 i wouldn't have thought twice about it, but since it's been given an 18 certificate i can sort of understand why they chose that.

Julianne Moore is the standout and Pattinson doesn't appear a whole lot but he wasn't bad. I also really liked Mia Wasikowska who seems to be the only likeable character in the whole film but then you realise at the end that they're all f*cked up!

There were quite a few WTF moments. The sitting on the toilet scene shitting had everyone cracking up! Shooting the dog had everyone gasp. There were quite a few funny scenes throughout the film.

Miles better than Cronenberg's last film.
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Old 06-10-2014, 23:46
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Same here. I saw this a few days ago as well and surprisingly liked it. It really is a black comedy of sorts with a really dark sense of humour and some of the subject matter and content is somewhat controversial and twisted.

If it had been a 15 i wouldn't have thought twice about it, but since it's been given an 18 certificate i can sort of understand why they chose that.

Julianne Moore is the standout and Pattinson doesn't appear a whole lot but he wasn't bad. I also really liked Mia Wasikowska who seems to be the only likeable character in the whole film but then you realise at the end that they're all f*cked up!

There were quite a few WTF moments. The sitting on the toilet scene shitting had everyone cracking up! Shooting the dog had everyone gasp. There were quite a few funny scenes throughout the film.

Miles better than Cronenberg's last film.
Urgh, Cosmopolis. Cronenberg went up his own ass with that one. I've always found him to be a hit and miss director anyway (most of his misses coming from 2000 onwards I suppose) so it was a pleasant surprise at how much I enjoyed Maps to the Stars.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:38
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Miles better than Cronenberg's last film.
Urgh, Cosmopolis. Cronenberg went up his own ass with that one.
Looks like I'm the only one round here who preferred Cosmopolis then.
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Old 08-10-2014, 00:48
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On the subject of the 18 certificate, I think what might have tipped it that way is
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Old 08-10-2014, 00:54
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On the subject of the 18 certificate, I think what might have tipped it that way is
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What's funny about that scene is that it looked all CGI to me and not actual real fire! The scene didn't even look genuine because the 'fire' was so off-putting.
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Old 08-10-2014, 01:01
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Looks like I'm the only one round here who preferred Cosmopolis then.
It has its fans. Personally I thought it was a huge misstep on Cronenberg's part (surprisingly Pattinson is the best thing about it).

On the subject of the 18 certificate, I think what might have tipped it that way is
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You mean Olivia William's character right? She's the one
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What's funny about that scene is that it looked all CGI to me and not actual real fire! The scene didn't even look genuine because the 'fire' was so off-putting.
I thought it was deliberately cartoonish at first, given the dark humour before in the film. But then it just may have been terrible CGI
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Old 08-10-2014, 01:11
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On the subject of the 18 certificate, I think what might have tipped it that way is
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Correction:
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Quite liked this film, which was darkly humorous and twisted. Yeah, the CGI was badly done. Part of me wondered if this was intentional, to go with the psychological nature of the film, but maybe it was just badly done. Still, a minor gripe that doesn't really detract from the film.

Edit - Answered above by necromancer20. Even share the same opinion about the CGI. Wish I didn't go off and do something before finally clicking the post button.
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Old 08-10-2014, 03:28
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Whoops - my bad on Gort's correction front.
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:57
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Correction:
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Quite liked this film, which was darkly humorous and twisted. Yeah, the CGI was badly done. Part of me wondered if this was intentional, to go with the psychological nature of the film, but maybe it was just badly done. Still, a minor gripe that doesn't really detract from the film.

Edit - Answered above by necromancer20. Even share the same opinion about the CGI. Wish I didn't go off and do something before finally clicking the post button.
Eerie, very eerie
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