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Read a list of reviews collected for “The Rover”! The Good, the Eh, and the Bad, reviews from all over the world can be seen under the cut!

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The Rover review Sun-Herald newspaper 15 June 2014

Thank you Karen and Twilight Girl in Portland!

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Well, I’m back from my The Rover outing and as promised will tell you what I thought (without spoilers of course).

The session at The State Theatre was scheduled for 11:30am so I made sure I was there by 11am should Robert be making an appearance. When I arrived, the lady who was handing out movie flyers (grabbed one for you too) assured me that both Robert and Guy would be making an appearance in the foyer around 11:10 (very excited on hearing this) plus she said there would be a short Q&A in the theatre today after the movie as well as the other longer one at Town Hall (even more excited!). So, I waited and I waited and then she said, these celebrities can be a bit arbitrary with their timing so maybe they will have the photo shoot after the movie. So I waited until around 5 minutes before the movie was due to start and they were a no show.

To read the full report and see some pictures, you can go to twilightgirlpdx website! Thank you so much for sharing!

posted by • June 3rd, 2014 • Comments Off

Film Master Posts:

All things for film press appearances

Out and About Fan/Social Media Photos:

Arriving in France, Leaving, Fan Encounters, Random Photos

Cannes Portraits:

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Appearances at Parties in Cannes

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Video Coverage/Interviews:

  • Spunk Ransom Videos
    • E! Rob in Cannes Coverage
    • E! Rob and Guy Pearce at Le Grand Journal
    • Access Hollywood – Rob Among Chaos in Cannes
    • Closer (France) Cannes Coverage

Press Reviews from Cannes Media Premieres:

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posted by • May 31st, 2014 • Comments Off

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‘The Rover’ (June 13)

It’ll be interesting to see how the Twihards will react to Robert Pattinson in this postapocalyptic Australian film, in which Guy Pearce plays a traumatized survivor who goes to see a man about a car. (To be fair, it’s his car, which was stolen from him and Pearce would very much like it back.) Pattinson plays the brother of one of the thieves, sporting a gutterpunk haircut and giving a twitchy, feral performance that’s part Gummo audition and part recovering meth-head. If he’s trying to put a stake through Edward Cullen’s heart, this is a damn fine way to do it.

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All contents and pictures are property of Spunk Ransom and Laura. This review is Laura’s opinion. As I like to say, cinema is a subjective art everyone is able to understand and see it as they please. This review may contain spoilers.

As you all know, Team Spunk has been denied access to any of the Cannes screenings (Thank you le pacte, prospero pictures, the public system cinema for being non fansite friendly) but it did not stop us from watching the movie and here is a little thought about what the movie made me think of.

On my school notebooks
On my desk and on the trees
On the sands of snow
I write your name

On the pages I have read
On all the white pages
Stone, blood, paper or ash
I write your name

On the images of gold
On the weapons of the warriors
On the crown of the king
I write your name

On the jungle and the desert
On the nest and on the brier
On the echo of my childhood
I write your name

On all my scarves of blue
On the moist sunlit swamps
On the living lake of moonlight
I write your name

On the fields, on the horizon
On the birds’ wings
And on the mill of shadows
I write your name

On each whiff of daybreak
On the sea, on the boats
On the demented mountaintop
I write your name

On the froth of the cloud
On the sweat of the storm
On the dense rain and the flat
I write your name

On the flickering figures
On the bells of colors
On the natural truth
I write your name

On the high paths
On the deployed routes
On the crowd-thronged square
I write your name

On the lamp which is lit
On the lamp which isn’t
On my reunited thoughts
I write your name

On a fruit cut in two
Of my mirror and my chamber
On my bed, an empty shell
I write your name

On my dog, greathearted and greedy
On his pricked-up ears
On his blundering paws
I write your name

On the latch of my door
On those familiar objects
On the torrents of a good fire
I write your name

On the harmony of the flesh
On the faces of my friends
On each outstretched hand
I write your name

On the window of surprises
On a pair of expectant lips
In a state far deeper than silence
I write your name

On my crumbled hiding-places
On my sunken lighthouses
On my walls and my ennui
I write your name

On abstraction without desire
On naked solitude
On the marches of death
I write your name

And for the want of a word
I renew my life
For I was born to know you
To name you

Liberty.

This poem by Paul Eluard, called Liberty, sums up perfectly the feelings of David Cronenberg’s characters in ‘Maps To The Stars’.

Words, in David Cronenberg’s world, have always been important and a part of his art.

Here are the words that came to my mind just after the screening:

Disturbing, Amazingly Brilliant, Strong & Powerful, Crazy, Perfect.

Disturbing: David Cronenberg knows how to use Bruce Wagner’s words, giving a whole new level to the term of liberty explained in the poem. In this Hollywood world, everything seems exagerated. The relationships, which are the center of this movie, look like a little crazy but then David Cronenberg defines the tone by revealing secrets the characters tried to hide and hide well. The atmosphere is heavy and every single character has its importance, going from the little fan kid to the agent or the limo driver… Takes place the question of incest, running through the family’s veins. We soon understand the big secret is the main reason the characters are all going crazy, beginning with Agatha and her brother Benjie who, as they were Young, learned a horrible secret from their parents’ relationship and then acted on it…
Cue sexual scenes, violence, crimes (even animal ones). Cronenberg shocks with his images, giving a new dimension to Wagner’s words which are sensible, poetic and completely horrible (if we consider the outcome of the story).
Every single character leads to the end of the movie, Liberty, as Agatha and Benjie think. A Liberty which becomes a tragedy.
Some scenes can be considered shocking. Sex scenes are always a part of Cronenberg’s movies and for some of them, they disturb the public, making us squirm in our seats (and for me it is not because I find it attractive…) but those scenes are important to be able to understand the characters.

Amazingly Brilliant: The cast, with a little surprise as Bruce Wagner appears at the beginning of the movie as Benjie’s driver, is amazing and well directed. Julianne Moore is the perfect liar, fame greedy, jealous of a her mother’s ghost with a part of cruelty (you will not see and sing the trailer’s song the same way after seeing why she sings it, poor Micah). John Cusack as a crazy guru who hides his violent temper by quoting the dalaï lama and who tries with all means to hide his terrible secret. Evan Bird as a child celebrity brat who suffers the loss of his sister and who does not remember what is really bothering him. Olivia Williams appearing as a strong mother she is not, once again because of the terrible secret John and herself are hiding. Mia Wasikowska who, behind her naive and nice attitude, hides a dark soul created by her parents which leads her to horrible things (you believed the sex scene between Rob and Julianne was hot? Well, Julianne will remember it forever… Her character does for sure! I will only say that: Do not take what’s Mia’s or…). Robert Pattinson who is so simple, so humble but ready to do anyhting he can to be known (“I’m a big fan”, yeah right, he did not even know who Havana was before meeting Mia’s character…) and even if he does not appear on screen for long, his scenes are neat, real, funny and he is the one making Mia’s character reveal itself (creepy let me tell you). David Cronenberg knows how to direct his actors and even if Julianne Moore is as brilliant as they said in Cannes, I would like to highlight Mia’s amazing performance. She brings the whole movie to a turning point we do not guess at all. Using Eluard’s poem shows once again the poetry in Cronenberg’s movies and his love for literature.

Strong & Powerful: The words, the directions, the locations, the actors, the gestures, everything leads to a strong and powerful movie. Hollywood is a theme we have already seen in many movies. But this one shows how secrets can define people and their world.
In the beginning, the repetition of the poem implies secrets we do not understand and as he did in Cosmopolis, Cronenberg creates the surprise by powerful scenes of violence, of love, of emotions. Everything seems to be more than expected, sometimes to much for words. Everything comes in waves and it is a real storm which end the movie, something we could almost compare to Shakespeare’s.

Crazy: Craziness is a part of the movie. It shows people who lost their mind by living in a world of lies and secrets. For glory and fame, they can do anything. From lying about abuse, hiding a crazy daughter, buying people, sleeping around with the assistant’s boyfriend, wearing weird make-up and wig (special wave to a splendid Rob who is not scared of being ridiculous). But craziness comes from secrets. This is all about secrets and lies in Hollywood because what is most important is what the others think, what would happen if the truth is unveiled, what about the money we made, what about our reputation… Feelings are lost in this cruel world where drugs, sexual intercourses and fame are the only things existing. Family becomes a bad word and brings a new level to the character’s disabilities in being considered normal.

Perfect: For me, a movie cannot be perfect. But this one, you go out of the screening thinking you need to go back in there and find the solution to this movie. The end is beautiful, the actors’ performances are incredible and much more than what I thought was possible. It is as if there are no limits in the script but also in their acting. Cronenberg shows, once again, he knows how to direct his actors, how to use silence, how to choose a scene more than one other. He uses the words to direct a key moment but he uses the right words, nothing is useless even if sometimes we are lost in a nonsense world, everything becomes clearer as soon as the next scene arrives. The nonsense takes all its sense and the story turns out to be completely different from what we originally thought.

‘Maps To The Stars’ is not only the maps they give in Hollywood, it is also the story of two siblings looking for answers they thought lost somewhere in their family’s lies. It is the way to the Liberty they did not know existed. Liberty of being themselves, Liberty to live, Liberty to die, Liberty to take care of their own future.

And for the want of a word
I renew my life
For I was born to know you
To name you

Liberty.

This was my review for ‘Maps To The Stars’, see you very soon for ‘The Rover’!

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