Maps to the Stars and The Rover are on few ‘most anticipated movies of 2014’ lists.
Maps to the Stars
Director: David Cronenberg, making his 18th film. Concept: The entertainment industry’s relationship to Western civilization, as seen through the plight of two former child stars. Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack. The Skinny: Cronenberg is always worthwhile, and turning his cerebral, surreal eye on Hollywood could wield fascinating results. Wasikowska is becoming a great actress, and it’s nice to see Robert Pattinson leap into auteur-driven art house projects, post-Twilight fame.
7 – ‘Maps to the Stars’
David Cronenberg found a perfect vessel for ‘Cosmopolis” eerie, somewhat plasticine cruise through the apocalypse in Robert Pattinson. The pair have joined forces once again for a satire of celebrity culture and the Hollywood dream factory. Also starring Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska and Carrie Fisher (as herself!), ‘Maps to the Stars’ is bound to be bizarre – and if anyone can find something new to say about our obsession with fame and curious world of image-making, Cronenberg is the man who can do it.
Not much is known about The Rover except its release date (2014), the stars involved (Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson,) and a thin synopsis. So far, we know that Pearce and Pattinson are forced to work together to find a stolen car. Hopefully there will be a trailer soon! This aside, everything points to a great film.
Director: David Michod, finally following up his outstanding 2010 debut, Animal Kingdom.
Concept: A loner tracks the gang who stole his car from a desolate town in the Australian outback.
Cast: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy.
The Skinny: Animal Kingdom was one of the most confident, assured debuts of the last decade, and I have a strong feeling this will cement Michod as one of the great modern auteurs. Also, Guy Pearce has a knack for appearing in cult classics (Memento, LA Confidential), and Pattinson showed surprising chops in 2012′s Cosmopolis.