I've always dreamed of classic cars and movie screens
Couldn't have been worse than yesterday's entry in my "I miss Brittany Murphy" pivot. Hard to believe she was gone only six years after this. Even though the romcoms she was making suck, she really has that combination of striking beauty, loose-limbed goofiness and Irish-Italian girl next door accent that it's hard to imagine ever getting tired of.
Fun fact: This was shot by Michael Balhaus, cinematographer of Goodfellas and AfterHours among others. It doesn't have quite the same NYC grit. Go figure.
Still early, but this feels like the one to beat for 2022. A lot of ink has been spilled about how rare it is for a studio to spend $90m on something this idiosyncratic and alienating. I mean, compared to Eggers' first two features, a Viking revenge saga is an outright crowdpleaser, but the film still feels challenging and thoughtful while also aiming for spectacle and some semblance of popcorn entertainment.
I'm sure dissertations will be written about Eggers filmography,…