Starry Eyes

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Starry Eyes

Post by jonbly » Sun Aug 24, 2014 1:25 am

7/10 - nice idea and decently made, but a near miss. Needed some adjustments to differentiate it more from vampire mythos - after the period line, I was sure she'd be sucking blood in no time.

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Post by bernal316 » Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:13 am

9/10 Film of the day. Great performances, great score, stylish, violent and compelling

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Post by Lost Highway » Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:49 am

I can see why this would score with the gore-hounds, but I thought it was a good idea which was squandered. There was ample opportunity for a Hollywood horror satire about ambition but after an intriguing first act, the film becomes dramatically inert. Like the similarly monotonous Contracted for much of the main section we simply watch the main character physically and mentally disintegrate after an ill-advised sexual encounter. Then the last act turns into a straightforward slasher film. Kind of disappointing that after some early hints at a Rosemary's Baby style conspiracy with sinister elderly satanists that all which is required of the ambitious starlet was
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to kill her friends (and enemies).
There is no interesting twist in the tail, the ending is one we expect all along with the title being made clunkinly literal. There was a nice Drive style electronica score and a good turn from the lead actress, but for me this was the worst film of the day.

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Re: Starry Eyes

Post by ChrisReynolds » Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:02 pm

The story isn't especially original as it's a variation on the selling-your-soul trope and it doesn't do anything interesting with the concept, but there are some beautifully composed visuals and sound that contribute to a dream-like quality that the film has. There are some nice characterisation touches in the script, and I particularly liked the protagonist's passive-aggressive friend who was always trying to undermine her. Good acting, good makeup and a reasonably satisfying ending. 6/10

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Re: Starry Eyes

Post by The Soapmaker » Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:19 pm

I thought it was well done, but after the long buildup our heroine(?)'s physical corruption and rebirth seemed to happen too quickly, and we never actually got to see her achieving any of the celebrity status and success she longed for (budgetary constraints presumably played a part!)

The gory scenes reminded me of Alyce, which I watched quite recently.

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Re: Starry Eyes

Post by black_rainstorm » Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:23 pm

I'm glad that quite a few people seem to be on the same page with this one. It was a really great concept, it just didn't really reach it's full potential. There was too much time spent with her being ill and staying in doors.

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Re: Starry Eyes

Post by Alex J » Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:02 pm

A superb little shocker that reminded me of classic Argento at times - surprisingly he wasn't quoted as one of the influences. A film that stays with you. A classic Faustian tale set in Hollywood with sufficient mystery remaining at the end to allow for a sequel. The lead was good value, the plot was intriguing and there were plenty of memorable visuals. 9 / 10
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Re: Starry Eyes

Post by mamawaldi » Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:17 am

Mulholland Drive meets Rosemary's Baby. Well acted and paced with some nice icky moments towards the end. A solid effort if not one that will live long in the memory.

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Post by HeadOnAStick » Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:16 am

For me it was one of the hits of the festival. In a year when a lot of my favourites turned out to be satirical, darkly funny or just outright splatire this one was a proper dark horror tale which built tension a little unevenly but finally delivered a proper finale. Stunning lead performance and, exposing my hidden shallows, she's also gorgeous.

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Re: Starry Eyes

Post by TheDukeAbides » Sun Aug 31, 2014 1:22 pm

This film just ambled along.

The film was all about Alex Essoe and she carried the film very well.

Well made, shot and plotted even if it was unoriginal and very linear.

The effects and make-up were stunning for what I believe was a small budget, so in the end, compared to other films of the weekend it was something that passed the time in an entertaining way.

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