Some American few tropes that are universal. Among these are the cowboy and the gangster. With the former goes the lawman, referencing the great combat between lawmakers and lawbreakers. The popularity of The Godfather, the remake Scarface, Goodfellas and Boardwalk Empire are latter day reincarnations of classic genres of gangster fare like Public Enemy or The Roaring Twenties. These sagas both are inspired by and inspire emulation in which life endlessly imitates art.
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Maps To The Stars is a very strange film. It’s filled with subjects and situations that most of us don’t talk about, at least in public. It’s described as a comedy, and indeed, there are laughs. But the humor is almost unrelentingly dark. If I had to describe it in a sentence, I’d say the movie is a vicious satire on the self-obsession that sometimes accompanies fame. Unsurprisingly, it’s set in Hollywood?