Tag Archives: Kirsten Dunst

Midnight Special

HE’S NOT LIKE US.  Roy Tomlin (Michael Shannon) are on the run together with his friend (Joel Edgerton) and eight-year-old boy (Jaeden Lieberher) who has special, awesome powers… which is also a reason why a cult and government agencies are after them. Jeff Nichols continues to impress with a sci-fi thriller echoing Close Encounters of … Continue reading Midnight Special

Hidden Figures

MEET THE WOMEN YOU DON’T KNOW, BEHIND THE MISSION YOU DO.  In 1961, while the Americans try to catch up with the Russians in the space race, three black women (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe) make great strides at segregated NASA. Indie filmmaker Theodor Melfi, who made St. Vincent (2014), delivered something decidedly … Continue reading Hidden Figures

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL. After getting kicked out of a prestigious news job in NYC, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is offered to join the world’s first 24-hour news channel, and gets the old gang back together. Getting this sequel off the ground took its sweet time, and once again it seems impossible to … Continue reading Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

The Bling Ring

LIVING THE DREAM, ONE HEIST AT A TIME. Following themes from her earlier films Marie Antoinette (2006) and Somewhere (2010), director Sofia Coppola was inspired by the 2008-2009 “Bling Ring” burglaries where Hollywood homes of the rich and famous, including Paris Hilton, were targeted by starstruck teenagers. While just as shallow in its depiction of … Continue reading The Bling Ring

Melancholia

As a giant planet called Melancholia may or may not collide with Earth, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) is about to get married but is overcome with depression. In Lars von Trier’s perhaps most obvious attempt to tackle his personal experiences of depression onscreen, he does it in the shape of a moody disaster movie. Divided into two … Continue reading Melancholia

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

HE’S ACROSS THE POND, AND OUT OF HIS DEPTH. British reporter Sidney Young (Simon Pegg) is hired by a NYC celebrity magazine, but he realizes that nothing will come to him cheaply and that he must learn how to play the game. Loosely based on Toby Young’s hit memoir of his experiences in the publishing … Continue reading How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

Eternal Sunshine: Thanks for the Memories

YOU CAN ERASE SOMEONE FROM YOUR MIND. GETTING THEM OUT OF YOUR HEART IS ANOTHER STORY.   Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman must have been pretty happy with his work after the success of Being John Malkovich (1999) and Adaptation. (2002). His friend Pierre Bismuth, a performance artist, had also given him an idea for another screenplay that would play around … Continue reading Eternal Sunshine: Thanks for the Memories

Mona Lisa Smile

IN A WORLD THAT TOLD THEM HOW TO THINK, SHE SHOWED THEM HOW TO LIVE. In 1953, new arts history teacher Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) arrives at the prestigious Wellesley College in Massachusetts and tries to make her female students consider a career, not just marriage. A movie in the vein of Dead Poets Society (1989), … Continue reading Mona Lisa Smile

Elizabethtown

IT’S A HECK OF A PLACE TO FIND YOURSELF. Terminated shoe designer Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) goes to Kentucky to bury his father; in this time of crisis, he stays in touch with a perky flight attendant (Kirsten Dunst). It’s obvious that director Cameron Crowe is emotionally invested in this story, but somehow he doesn’t get … Continue reading Elizabethtown

Spider-Man 3

HOW LONG CAN ANY MAN FIGHT THE DARKNESS… BEFORE HE FINDS IT IN HIMSELF? Life is sweet for Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), but there’s clouds on the horizon in the shape of heartbreak, a strange force from outer space, and new villains. Spidey has a lot on his plate in this film and it tends … Continue reading Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 2: Doc Ock Rocks

SACRIFICE. DESTINY. CHOICE. There are so many things to admire about the sequel to Spider-Man (2002), but I can’t help being fascinated by who wrote it. It’s none other than Alvin Sargent, 73 at the time, one of Hollywood’s finest screenwriters and a two-time Oscar winner. He allegedly polished the script for the first movie as a … Continue reading Spider-Man 2: Doc Ock Rocks

Spider-Man: Honing the Craft

WITH GREAT POWERS COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITIES. For many years, “Spider-Man” was a dream that many wanted to turn into reality. Several independent studios were interested in the project, but the only thing it led to was financial ruin. Big names were attached, but it always fell through. Eventually, the rights were secured by Columbia and … Continue reading Spider-Man: Honing the Craft