Hope for Hollywood: Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst

April 30th, 1982

Kirsten Dunst is one of those rare child actors who grow up to be a talented star.

I won’t go into too much detail about her child acting days, but I’ll say that her ability to not annoy me endlessly is a positive.

Kirsten Dunst has proven time and time again that she has the talent to surpass many in the acting field. She can work well in both mainstream and independent productions.   She has versatility and the prowess to be the female lead in any genre.  I really hope she continues to grow in the acting world.

She was the voice actor in the dubbing of 1989’s Kiki’s Delivery Service. A film created by the much beloved Studio Ghibili and Hayao Miyazaki.

(1993) Interview with The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles– With all these big stars in this movie, I feel the young Dunst held her own. She was creepy as could be as the vampire child and also kind of sad. She wasn’t the key character in this film, but I did feel she added something to it all the same.

https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/the-rewind-1990s-interview-with-a-vampire-the-vampire-chronicle-diaries/

Little Women– Has some wonderful talent within it. Not really my kind of film though. Starring Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Christian Bale,

(1994) Jumanji- There was a lot to like about this film when it came out. I wouldn’t say that Dunst shined in comparison to other stars like Robin Williams, but she also didn’t annoy me.  She played a realistic young girl to me. One that I could deal with countless times over when watching this film. She was even nominated for an award for best young actress because of this role.

Greedy– About an aging millionaire and the many people who plan to get their share of his fortune.

1996- Mother Night – Dunst appears in this movie based on the Vonnegut novel of the same name.

1997- She would voice the young Princess Anastasia in Anastasia

Wag the Dog- A film starring Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Anne Heche, Dennis Leary, and Kirsten Dunst. The film is satire about a movie producer working to create a war in order to protect from a presidential sex scandal. Not a bad movie, bu it is a bit dry at times. Ultimately, it is saved by its amazing acting talents.

1998- All I Wanna Do– A group of school girls fight to save their school from joining with the nearby boys school. Dealing with everyday teenage drama along the way. Predictable, but if you are a teenage girl, you can likely relate to their plight.

Small Soldiers– Military technology gets put into toy action figures, they come to life and cause mayhem. (Basically it combined Toy Story and Gremlins into one film and it was creepy.)

1999- The Virgin Suicides– About a group of men who become obsessed with five sisters who live under strict religious rule of their family. Starring Danny DeVito, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, Kathleen Turner, and James Woods. Once again, Dunst would be nominated for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture.

Drop Dead Gorgeous– A comedy about a beauty pageant turn deadly. Starring Dunst, Amy Adams, Denise Richards, Brittany Murphy, Kirstie Alley, Allison Janney, Ellin Barkin, You kinda know how this is going to play out. If you want to have some fun and not think too much, this movie is just fine. A lot of talent on screen, so there is always something worthwhile about it.  .

Dick  A somewhat strange movie about two young women who wander away from a White House tour and end up meeting President Richard Nixon. I know that may sound like a horror movie, but was actually a comedy.

2000- Deeply- A young woman’s unpublished book holds mystical secrets.

2000- Bring it On– The movie has taken some hits lately as it ages. The movie has plenty of fun moments, but follows a certain formula to a flaw. (Despite all of this, it received multiple sequels.) Dunst would be nominated for a Teen’s Choice Award, and a Young Artist Award for her role in this.

2001- Crazy/Beautiful-A cliché romance where a poor man falls for a rich girl. (Almost everyone in the movie business has done a few cliché movies. Part of the dance. )

The Cat’s Meow- a semi-fictional account of a murder which happened on a celebrity’s yacht in 1924.

2002- Spider-Man- A good version of Spider-Man is on-screen. Love him or hate him, Tobey Maguire pulled off a decent job as Peter Parker. For a detailed account of this film please check out my superhero movie post. Dunst would again be nominated for Teen’s Choice Awards Actress and Best Chemistry with Maguire.  She would win an MTV Movie Award among other awards for Best Actress as well.  I would say this was certainly one of her breakout roles.

https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/superhero-movie-post-part-six-spider-man2002/

2003- Levity– An ambitious film which looks at the concept of redemption

Mona Lisa Smile– A free-thinking professor rattles the conservative style of the 1950’s society. Suggesting for young women to question the traditional roles they’ve been forced into.

Kaena: The Prophecy– Voice Actor for English Version foreign animated film that saw limited English release. Starring the voices of Angelica Huston, Dunst, and Richard Harris

2004- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Here is probably Jim Carrey’s best movie on a critical level. It shows that he has the capability of working with good stuff. A though-provoking film about love, loss, and pain, and what they mean to the human experience.

2004- Spider-Man 2 – Among the better superhero films ever created. A bit darker than the original. https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/spiderman-2-and-more/

Wimbledon– A young female tennis players helps to revive an older male athlete’s career.

2005- Elizabethtown– During a funeral for a southern patriarch, an unexpected romance blossoms.

2006- Marie Antoinette– The story of the famous (to some infamous) French-Austrian aristocrat. Dunst would win a ShowWest Convention Award for Female Star of the Year

2007- Spider-Man 3 – Certainly the worst of the three original Spider-Man movies. This was not really Dunst fault at all, but rather too many villains, a very strange take on Venom, and emo Peter Parker.

2008 How to Lose Friends and Alienate People– About a British writer who struggles to adapt to life and business at a big time New York City magazine.

2010- All Good Things– The story a man who was suspected of murdering his wife, The truth only comes out years later of what truly happened.

2011- Melancholia – This movie kinda pisses me off, but I won’t say why. Watch it and find out for yourself. This movie does depict how we make little issues into something so much greater. That if we looked at the big picture a bit more often, we may act differently, sometimes for the better, sometimes not.There is a lot of complex themes and disturbing imagery scattered throughout the film. It’s quite heavy. I won’t say more, it’s one you just need to watch and make a judgement call for yourself.

This may be Dunst’s finest performance to date. She would win a Saturn, Cannes Film Festival, Kansas City Film Critics Circle, National Society of Film Critics, Ole, Sant Jordi awards for Best Actress/Best Foreign Actress.

2012- On the Road – Not the best interpretation of Jack Kerouac, the famed beat writer’s novel by the same name. It’s not all bad, but could have been so much better.

Upside Down– A rather strange fantasy film. It’s not awful, but I wouldn’t call it great. About Adam and Eve, two people who love each-other despite living on different worlds that naturally push away from one another….I’m just going to stop here. If you find all that interesting, by all means, go, watch, and enjoy.

2013- Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues– Cameo

2014- The Two Faces of January – About an eccentric group of people who get caught up in the death of a private detective.

2014-2015- Fargo television series- This show had a stellar season. Normally, I wouldn’t talk about television series since I primarily stick to movies. However, as many know, Fargo was a movie in 1996, created by the Coen Brothers. This show was inspired by that same world which this season took place.

Future Projects

2016

Midnight Special

March 2016

Director: Jeff Nichols (Mud)

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Michael Shannon Sam Shepard

Father and son go on the run from authorities after the father learns that his boy has special powers.

2016 Woodshock-Nothing is really known about this movie yet except that Dunst is in it and it is coming out sometime in 2016.

Clunkers

Even with very talented actors, not everything they do is great. I still feel women get pushed into several cliché roles and that means they tend to wind up in some pretty bad movies at times.

1990-Bonfire of the Vanities- Light this movie up and let it burn.

1997- True Heart- The less said, the better

2000- The Crow: Salvation– I’d advise any movie with the world salvation in the title to rename the film.

2000- Luckytown- You weren’t lucky if you went to see this film.

2001- Get Over It – You watched the movie, it was so very bad, get over it is right.

Lover’s Prayer – About the only prayer that may have been answered in this film/

2012- Bachelorette- Go to a Bachelorette party instead of watching this film. (Of course, I mean that largely if you are women go to one.) This movie just doesn’t need to be.

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