VIFF is nearly over, and it has been a busy week, so to catch up a little, here are two more movies I’ve seen at the festival.
Crimson Peak is billed as a scary movie but isn’t scary. It’s also billed as a ghost story but it’s actually just a story that happens to have ghosts in it. What it is is another entry in the Guillermo del Toro catalogue of movies with pitch perfect atmosphere, in this case dark, brooding, and sensual.
David Cronenberg makes two kinds of films: Great ones and weird ones. I’m honestly not sure which category _Maps to the Stars_ falls into. On the one hand, it’s a biting indictment of Hollywood and the stars who live there and featuring some completely amazing performances, but on the other, it’s a muddled mess of slow-moving plots, some of which are never resolved.
David Cronenberg’s latest features Julianne Moore going a little crazy with Mia Wasikoska, Robert Pattinson, and John Cusack along for the ride. Let’s take a look!