Projector: Focus (2015) / Maps to the Stars

Film Brain plays it cool as Will Smith’s con man plays a game of Focus, while David Cronenberg scrutinizes Hollywood’s seedy underbelly.

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"Bad Movie Beatdown" takes a look at the very worst that Hollywood has to offer with commentary and analysis. "Projector" is reviews of current UK releases that have yet to open in the US. There may also be some commentaries and other material.


  1. Moviemantweeter1999

    Focus looks like a real good movie…but based on what you said in this video I I’ll just rent it when it comes to Netflix. Espically with its main advertising being that game of poker not being all that interesting to you because they didn’t build it up too much. Also I hope people don’t patronize me for this but I haven’t seen maps to the stars but your opinion sounds way similar to the one Stefan Ellison(aka mister coat) has and you guys will probably good conversation about the movie.

  2. I just can’t get excited about Focus. Doesn’t look like my kind of thing.

    Maps to the Stars, on the other hand….

  3. That M&M thing is actually a trick invented by a manager as a way of figuring out if venues have read the contracts they signed before a show goes on. It’s supposed to serve as a kind of red flag, see the wrong kind of M&Ms or no candies at all and check and you’ll find problems with the venue’s set up. I feel inclined to point this out because I actually hadn’t heard anything at all about Map to the Stars until this video.

    • Just adding to what you said there DeDreamer the M&M’s thing was part of a safety check by the stars and management, usually employed by musical acts who will have elaborate stage shows that need to be precise in their design to be safe. If the venue can’t get something small like sorting out lollies like that then you have to question all of the big stuff.

  4. Focus was kind of a surprise for me. It plays to all of Will Smith’s strengths and as pointed out is great recovery from After Earth on his part. There’s great chemistry between him and Margot Robbie and even though it’s somewhat of a unexpected romantic pairing, it really, really works. I’m looking forward to seeing them team up again in Suicide Squad. Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart were attached at one point and that just sounds so, so much worse.

  5. I watched Maps to the Stars in a film festival in Christchurch and found it pretty good, really loved the woman who portrayed Agatha.

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