Kirsten Dunst is so much more than Mary Jane Watson. Yes, Spider-Man’s muse is her most famous role, but Dunst gives terrific performances in several other lesser-known films. She uses her expressive facial features to convey unbearable sadness as well as inescapable joy. Though her career is thought to have ended when the Spider-Man franchise went up in flames after the third installment, she’s been doing some of the best work of her career since then.
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Written by: Sofia Coppola (screenplay)
Starring: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius, and Michelle Monaghan
The Coppola pop cultural dynasty is an interesting and often overlooked member of the pop culture framework. It has produced the immortal in Francis Ford Coppola, who directed masterpieces both well-known (The Godfather Trilogy, Apocalypse Now) and forgotten (The Conversation, Tetro). Other members include Nicolas Cage, who changed his name to forge an identity away from the family name, and Sophia Coppola, who is the most interesting by far.
This Coppola is also a director, though she tried acting to universal disgust in The Godfather Part III. Behind the camera, though, she is somewhat of a master. Her latest, vaguely titled Somewhere, is the kind of film nobody really knows what to do with. It stars nobody in particular and is about nothing in particular. She is the only selling point because of the critical triumph of her 2003 feature Lost in Translation.