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Pieces (1982) Directed by Juan Piquer Simón This Massachusetts Chainsaw Massacre is set on the campus of an unnamed college, where a killer’s chopping chunks off of coeds: a head here, a torso there. A really, really odd and deeply individual use of the basic gore-film template, the movie mostly ignores its psychosexual dimensions—and its woodier-than-wooden acting, and clumsy overdubbing—to move adeptly from murder to murder, each setpiece outdoing the last in inventiveness, artfulness and bloodsplatter....
Maps to the Stars, directed by David Cronenberg, screens this Saturday and Sunday at the 52nd New York Film Festival. Focus Features will release the film theatrically next year. From its previous festival screenings, I'd heard David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars described as a "Hollywood satire," which may explain some of the puzzled reactions to it. The movie is certainly set in Hollywood (some of it was shot in Cronenberg's native Canada, but other...