Glenn Heath JR.
GLENN HEATH JR. is the film critic for the alternative weekly San Diego CityBeat and managing director of the San Diego Asian Film Festival. He is also contributes to Slant Magazine, Fandor, Little White Lies, MUBI's Notebook, and The L Magazine.
Attend a major film festival as a member of the press and youll bear witness to an array of small selfish acts. After leaving loved ones behind, seemingly reasonable adults act like starved elementary school students attending their last supper; cutting in line becomes second nature, and to those with the most perfectly placed friends go the spoils.
Elegiac passages from Paul Éluards Liberté haunt David Cronenbergs nutty Maps to the Stars, as if the Surrealist writers transformative prose was another of the films many ghostly manifestations. In a film that deftly normalizes the toxic repetition of pop culture references and celebrity name-dropping, Éluards dreamy influence feels alien, like an extraterrestrial marking imprinted upon an earthly idol.