Screen Junkies » Kirsten Dunst http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:07:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The Film Cult Presents: Elizabethtown http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-elizabethtown/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-elizabethtown/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:10:50 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263157 Warning! Spoilers Ahead! Five movies after the last of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in which he played eternally-fare, arrow-wielding Legolas, Orlando Bloom teamed up with Cameron Crowe to...

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Five movies after the last of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in which he played eternally-fare, arrow-wielding Legolas, Orlando Bloom teamed up with Cameron Crowe to make a movie steeped in sentimentality, forced “moments”, and a pretentious soundtrack. Kristen Dunst looks like she’s competing for hipster of the decade, and I am not even really sure why Paula Deen is among the cast. That said, Orlando’s American accent not withstanding, Elizabethtown is one of those movies that never got a fair chance. Yes, everything I said is true, but Elizabethtown is one of those movies I can’t shake, and ever time I bring it up to someone who has seen it, they can’t help but gush about how much they love it. How can a movie so obviously flawed be so good?

The plot of the movie is pretty straightforward. Orlando plays Drew Baylor, a business and marketing genius about to launch a shoe that will change the world of covered feet. On the release of his grand invention, he discovers the product is a dismal failure which will lose his company over 900 million dollars. Later that night, his girlfriend dumps him, and just as he’s about to commit suicide, he gets a phone call from his sister telling him his father has died. He’s then asked to take his father’s favorite blue shirt to Elizabethtown, Kentucky for the funeral.

We never meet Drew’s father. We never see them together, and when the father appears in flashbacks or family photos, he’s so unfamiliar that one doesn’t really feel anything for him. A movie maker of Cameron Crowe’s caliber knows what he’s doing, however. The emotional thread of the film is that Drew, because of the flop of his multi-million-dollar shoe, can’t process his father’s death. He’s numb and can’t cry over the fact that his father has died. In this, Drew’s numbness mirrors the viewer’s apathy toward to the father character. I’m not sure that once Drew releases his emotions during the road trip that punctuates the film’s end is enough for us to have the same reaction, but I definitely shed a tear every time I see that moment, which we’ll get to in second.

On his way to Kentucky, Drew meets Claire Colburn, played by Kristen Dunst. Her over-familiar, bubbly hipster schtick is overwrought and borders on tedious throughout the whole film. In fact, I credit her strange character, and the subsequent relationship she has with Drew, with overshadowing the rest of the film as bad. Herein is the movie’s largest flaw. It’s marketed as a romantic comedy, when really it’s about acceptance and grief. Ignoring the banal relationship these two troubled, yet beautiful, people undergo is the best way to watch Elizabethtown. The relationship aside, there are some truly poignant moments in the film.

In Elizabethtown, Drew is reunited with the Southern family he’s never known. These are the first of the more poignant moments the film offers. There’s nothing quite as special as being welcomed by a group of people who love you and are related to you for no other reason than you are family. The montage of him being introduced to his family and friends in that big southern house reminds one of being a child, surrounded by all the adults I naturally took for granted but were gone too soon. You can almost smell the food and hear the gossip and television in the background.

The other poignant moment is the one I mentioned earlier, when Drew finally succumbs to the emotions of his father’s death while on the road trip Claire has constructed for his return to the west coast. With his father’s ashes seat-belted beside him, Drew takes his father on the road trip they never had, scattering his ashes at some of the country’s most important landmarks. The moments at the landmarks are cheesy, but the solo car moments are beautiful. It’s those moments in the car, those deep revelations only found on long car trips with oneself that bring Drew, and me, to tears. You can see Drew’s mind working through the past, letting things go, and yet despite the shoe debacle, the new girl with whom he’s about to reunite, and the huge family he just rediscovered, it’s when he’s by himself that he remembers a single moment playing with his father as a child. We see a young drew pumping his hand up and down, his father doing the same, and then we cut to adult Drew in the car, finally facing responsibility, doing the same gesture, crying his heart out.

Along with a few moments of pure comedy—Susan Sarandon’s eulogy and tap dance routine, the other guests at Drew’s hotel, and Alec Baldwin’s cameo—these aforementioned poignant moments make this movie a personal favorite and an un-heralded cult film. If you’ve never taken a road trip with your dad, if you’ve never allowed yourself to be swallowed by your family, you should watch this movie. And if none of those things sound appealing to you, you should watch it merely for the fact that Orlando Bloom is so beautiful in regular, non-elf clothing, that it’s almost uncomfortable to behold. Almost.

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Kirsten Dunst And Jim Sturgess Dance On The Ceiling In ‘Upside Down’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/kirsten-dunst-and-jim-sturgess-dance-on-the-ceiling-in-upside-down-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/kirsten-dunst-and-jim-sturgess-dance-on-the-ceiling-in-upside-down-trailer/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2012 14:00:32 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=241203 Lionel Richie should sue.

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We’ve seen the Romeo and Juliet told several different ways. Set in modern times or at a high school or with DMX. Those are just a few examples. However, we’ve never seen a version where Juliet hails from an inverted, upside down world. Until now.

Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess star in Upside Down as two young people who fall in love. However they must be kept apart because he’s ordinary and not upside down. Poor fella. The heart wants what the heart wants. Guess you can say that he’s head over heels in love.

Question: When it rains in the inverted world and the ground gets really wet, do the corpses fall out of their graves and rain on the right side up world? Because that’s gross.

 

 

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‘Melancholia’ Actress Kirsten Dunst http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/%e2%80%98melancholia%e2%80%99-actress-kirsten-dunst/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/%e2%80%98melancholia%e2%80%99-actress-kirsten-dunst/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2011 18:39:16 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=235705 She makes a great sad face.

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Kirsten Dunst descends into sadness alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg and Alexander Skarsgard in Melancholia. Dunst hasn’t been too visible lately, laying low ever since Spider-Man 3. That seems poised to change in the coming months as she takes roles in such notable upcoming films as On the Road.

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Melancholia http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/melancholia/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/melancholia/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2011 01:25:39 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=235273 Director: Lars von Trier Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland Synopsis: Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide into the Earth. Release Date:...

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Director: Lars von Trier

Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland

Synopsis: Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide into the Earth.

Release Date: May 26, 2011

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New ‘Melancholia’ Trailer Will Fill You With, Uh…? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-melancholia-trailer-will-fill-you-with-uh/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-melancholia-trailer-will-fill-you-with-uh/#comments Sat, 03 Sep 2011 19:51:59 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=227076 What's another word for 'depression'?

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It's The End Of The World As We Know It In 'Melancholia' Trailer

Lars Von Trier is famous for making movies that are impeccably shot, memorably acted, and depressing as hell. And so it appears to be in this new trailer for Melancholia, his new disaster/depression movie starring Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, and others.

Even more than the last trailer, this one shows the movie’s gorgeous cinematography and allows you to see a little more of the celestial action in the movie, about a second planet (named “Melancholia“) crashing into our planet (named “Earth“). It also begins with the inspiring words “we are alone, there is only life on Earth.” A happy thought to kick off your long weekend with!

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Summer Movies Like “American Pie” http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/comedies/summer-movies-like-american-pie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/comedies/summer-movies-like-american-pie/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2011 17:48:22 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219501 If you look hard enough, you can find few summer movies that will appease your need to laugh at the misfortunes of teenagers.

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Summer movies like American Pie are not terribly easy to come by. This is probably because raunchy teen comedies aren’t usually commercially successful enough to qualify as summer blockbusters like American Pie did. But that doesn’t stop the studios from trying, which means that if you look hard enough, you can find few that will appease your need to laugh at the misfortunes of teenagers. We all need to beat the heat somehow right?

 

The American Pie sequels

It may seem obvious, but the best way to get your fix of summer movies like American Pie is to go straight to the source. That is, check out the sequels. Both of the sequels in the “official series,” American Pie 2 and American Wedding, have the same sensibility as the first American Pie movie (duh), and they were released in the summer too. Why settle for an imitation when you can get authentic-Jason-Biggs-sexually-humiliating-himself action?

 

Clueless

Alicia Silverstone getting mugged in Clueless

While it may not have the same level of raunchiness as American Pie, Clueless qualifies due to their similarly comedic approaches to life as an American teenager. If you’re looking for scenes of apple pies getting penetrated, look elsewhere. But if you just want to laugh at teenagers in a sunny outdoor milieu—i.e. teenagers being stupid in Southern California—you’ve come to the right place!

 

Bring It On

Kirsten Dunst's "naked" dream in Bring It On

Hey, not all summer movies like American Pie are masterpieces. But Bring It On is high school movie that came out in the summer—what else do you want? Bring It On is a little more by-the-book than American Pie, focusing on a climactic cheer leading competition and all, but it still shares a certain sensibility with it—which is again, laughing at teenagers as they struggle with their “problems”. It also follows in the grand American Pie tradition of having a ton of direct-to-video sequels that have almost nothing to do with the original. Not to mention, it features Hottie McHotkins (AKA Eliza Dusku) and Kirsten Dunst back when she was still cute.

 

Superbad

McLovin' dancing in Superbad

Finally, a summer movie like American Pie that actually comes close to matching its raunchiness factor. In the language-and-crudely-drawn-penises department, anyway. Its plot, involving two teenagers on a mad quest to get laid makes it similar to American Pie, and as an added bonus, most would agree that Superbad is a funnier, better, and more authentic depiction of teenage life than American Pie. So what we’re really trying to say is that what you should be looking for is “summer movies like Superbad.”

 

The House Bunny

Girls post makeover in House Bunny

If this list is any indication, a good chunk of summer movies like American Pie are targeted at the fairer sex. The House Bunny is no different, featuring Anna Farris as a former Playboy bunny who becomes a sorority house mother. And unlike a lot of teen  comedies, it actually got a fair amount of critical praise, albeit praise that singled out Anna Farris’ performance as being somewhat too good for the material. Still, it counts.

 

Your search for summer movies like American Pie might last until your dying breath, but this list should make your quest a little easier. If nothing else, the movies on this list will make remembering YOUR awkward teenage years that much easier/funnier. And if you’re still in your teenage years now, uh, sorry?

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Lars Von Trier Apologizes For Being A Nazi http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lars-von-trier-apologizes-for-being-a-nazi/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lars-von-trier-apologizes-for-being-a-nazi/#comments Wed, 18 May 2011 18:07:07 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212657 Von Trier does his best Mel Gibson impersonation.

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Lars Von Trier has a lot to apologize for. His movies are provocative, politically incorrect, and other euphemisms for “offensive.” His latest Melancholia, recently premiered at Cannes to mostly good reviews – a chunk of good he wasted no time in plowing through when during a press conference he referred to himself as a “Nazi.” Here’s a quote from the press conference, in which Von Trier does his best Mel Gibson impersonation:

“For a long time I was a Jew and I was happy to be a Jew, then I met Susanne Bier [fellow Danish director and this year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film] and I wasn’t so happy. But then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family was German. That also gave me pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler. I sympathize with him a bit. I don’t mean I’m in favor of World War II and I’m not against Jews, not even Susanne Bier. In fact I’m very much in favor of them. All Jews. Well, Israel is a pain in the ass [pause] … How can I get out of this sentence? OK, I’m a Nazi.”

This caused the predictable uproar, with the heads of the Cannes Film Festival demanding an explanation. So, in probably the most surprising development of this story, Von Trier has actually apologized:

“If I have hurt someone this morning by the words I said at the press conference, I sincerely apologize. I am not anti-semitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi.”

Von Trier was then quoted as saying “don’t have a cow, man!” before speeding off on his skateboard. (Deadline)

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It’s The End Of The World As We Know It In ‘Melancholia’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/its-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it-in-melancholia-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/its-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it-in-melancholia-trailer/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2011 12:27:51 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=206102 This may be your last chance to tell Kiefer Sutherland how you really feel about him.

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The good news is that Kirsten Dunst is about to be hit by another planet. The bad news is that so are we. Fair trade though, right?

Lars Von Trier‘s Antichrist follow-up, Melancholia, looks like it won’t leave you any less bummed out but it does seem like it won’t make theater-goers vomit. Which is usually a plus. The film stars Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg as sisters who rub one another the wrong way while a newly revealed planet barrels toward Earth on a collision course. Will this dysfunctional family collide with one another in the face of this threat? Or will they shatter to pieces?? This may be your last chance to tell Kiefer Sutherland how you really feel about him.

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Lars Von Trier Has ‘Melancholia’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lars-von-trier-has-melancholia/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lars-von-trier-has-melancholia/#comments Sun, 13 Feb 2011 18:34:38 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26629 Lars Von Trier now has a way to bring his latest depressive episode to you.

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Director Lars Von Trier in the master of making bleak, depressing movies that make you question the value of his art as entertainment. So it follows that his movies would be hot properties at any movie studio. And now, one of those studios, Magnolia, has picked up Von Trier’s latest film, entitled Melancholia. The movie is about the end of the world, with a flashback structure showing how it happened after an opening depicting the actual end. Bad marketing, Von Trier — everyone knows you put the Apocalypse at the END of the movie, so the rubes will stay until the end to see it. This way you’re shooting your bloody load right at the beginning. I like you, Lars, but you need to learn how to give the people what they want, like you did with Dogville. The movie stars Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgård and Udo Kier. (via The Playlist)

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Review: All Good Things http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-all-good-things/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-all-good-things/#comments Fri, 03 Dec 2010 23:27:10 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=10946 For a story about a crime so full of weird details, there is absolutely nothing interesting about All Good Things. It’s just an episode of Unsolved Mysteries only they tricked some really good actors into being in it with the promise of Oscar, but Oscar will not be one of all good things that All Good Things might receive.

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For a story about a crime so full of weird details, there is absolutely nothing interesting about All Good Things. It’s just an episode of Unsolved Mysteries only they tricked some really good actors into being in it with the promise of Oscar, but Oscar will not be one of all good things that All Good Things might receive.

David Marks (Ryan Gosling) starts out as a hopeful young lad rebelling against his father, Sanford (Frank Langella). It’s one of those rich business families where the thing to do is be the same as everyone else, and David sees a better future with Katie (Kirsten Dunst). After they’re married, David returns to the family business after all and basically becomes his dad. Katie tries to get out but then disappears and no one’s been able to prove David did it.

There’s actually some good old age makeup on Gosling. I’ll give the, that. Gosling is so method he probably just aged 20 years for the role. The story he’s telling via flashback is still weak.

The Marks family story is just a middling collection of stifled ambitions. There are a lot of appalling events, but none are given any impact. It’s just a collection of detached moments. The young Marks’s are struggling, there’s family pressure, David starts living by other people’s rules, they do drugs in the ‘70s, there’s abortion and suicide. There’s no drama about it though.

These are the signature cues of abuse that are supposed to automatically generate sympathy, but it’s cheap. Especially cheap since some poor woman actually went through this. I hate movies about joyless people middling through mediocrity. At least most abusers revel in it so there’s some drama.

The crime is barely established. The Marks business seems to involve shady real estate but it doesn’t seem really significant. They make real estate deals, they pressure tenants for money but the Marks family doesn’t make any impression outside of this small world.

The film sets up as much fake suspense as it can too. Katie bends down to reveal David is standing behind her, but this isn’t the scene where he kills her so that’s not scary. She’s not even at risk in this scene, they’re just pretending she is.

David goes way off the rails about 20 minutes from the end, but even then the film generates no drama from his extreme behavior. He’s just moping through scenes with a slightly more extreme affect, but it seems more like an exercise than a character departure. Supporting characters like Deborah Lehrman (Lily Rabe) pop in to act outrageous by saying motherf*cker and exaggerating their conversation. That is also weak.

It’s just so surprising that all these elements make a weak film. The story seems meaty. The roles seem meaty. They talent involved sure have the chops. It’s got to be the writing (Marcus Hinchey and Marc Smerling) and directing (Andrew Jarecki) then, right? I guess it takes more than a good story to tell a good story.

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Spider-Man 4 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/spider-man-4/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/spider-man-4/#comments Fri, 23 Oct 2009 00:06:01 +0000 Reza F. Director: Sam RaimiCast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Dylan Baker, Bruce CampbellSynopsis: TBD

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Director: Sam Raimi

Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Dylan Baker, Bruce Campbell

Synopsis: TBD

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