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    So of course she’s had great films like Black Swan, Jackie, Closer, Annihilation, Leon, and V for Vendetta. But what is it with most of her other movies? It’s so odd to me. Lately she’s had Lucy in the Sky, Planetarium, Vox Lux, Song to Song, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, all of which bombed critically and commercially, and in the past she’s had many mediocre to okay films like Star Wars. Can anyone explain this or conjecture?

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    Annihilation is garbage. It’s aSy Fy movie of the week quality with a twist that you could see from the start. No wonder it flopped. Also, Poo Dumberon was God-awful in it. Phoned in paycheck colleting performance.

    her ratio of good/bad is pretty good. All actors are hit and miss. Her resume is far from worst because those bad movies just turned out bad, they weren’t trash to begin with. Honorable failures. It isn’t like she signed up for Norbit, any of Adam sandler paycheckers, other lowest common denominator.

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    But why is her filmography hit-and-miss? That’s my question.

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    Almost every project she picks is interesting; sometimes audiences and critics don’t like interesting, though. Death and Life is not good, but it’s also challenging; Planetarium and Vox Lux are actually solid flicks; and Song to Song and the Star Wars prequels are all masterpieces.

    As for general consensus, what can you say? Some people don’t enjoy out-of-the-box fare.

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    She makes bold choices because she wants to work with auteurs. Kidman had some periods like that too.

    Pantheon of acting: Uta / Elizabeth / Richard / Sandy (Virginia Woolf), Bibi / Liv (Persona), Sandrine (La Ceremonie), Brie (Short Term 12), Jodie (Silence of the Lambs), Jodie (Killing Eve), Eva (Penny Dreadful), Timothée (CMBYN), Lupita (Us)

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    Because she takes risks. Not every mainstream actress can relate!

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    it’s not her fault that her taste in projects is more challenging than the average audience and critics can handle

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    I like her in Vox Lux, Planetarium, Annihilation even Lucy in the Sky for wich she received great reviews for those performances unlike annihilation the orhers flopped She’s someone who likes to take risks she thinks outside of the box and the projects she choose to work on reflect just that wich I like that about her she challenges herself…

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       the Star Wars prequels are all masterpieces.

    Preach!

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    Star Wars prequels are all masterpieces.

    Shitty memes don’t make films masterpieces.

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    But why is her filmography hit-and-miss? That’s my question.

    Tackling provocative and challenging material will have more misses than hits. See Nicole Kidman as another example of someone taking the road with the steepest drops in critical acclaim and audience approval for the sake of art.

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    Shitty memes don’t make films masterpieces.

    Oh ok. Opinion changed.

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    Oh ok. Opinion changed.

    Whatever. If you can explain how films containing excessive cgi, boring politics, Jar Jar Binks, and one of the worst written cinematic love stories are masterpieces, I’d love to hear your reasoning behind why those elements are apparently so great. I’m not even a big prequel hater, but they are, at the very least, extremely flawed.

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    I kinda love how she does so many different kinds of roles since you never can guess what’s next.

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    Whatever. If you can explain how films containing excessive cgi, boring politics, Jar Jar Binks, and one of the worst written cinematic love stories are masterpieces, I’d love to hear your reasoning behind why those elements are apparently so great. I’m not even a big prequel hater, but they are, at the very least, extremely flawed.

    The prequels sounded extremely good on paper. If someone had read to me a summary of the script, I’d have jumped right in. I mean, it sounds like a critically acclaimed space opera with political themes. It’s just that the result was what it was.

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    Pantheon of acting: Uta / Elizabeth / Richard / Sandy (Virginia Woolf), Bibi / Liv (Persona), Sandrine (La Ceremonie), Brie (Short Term 12), Jodie (Silence of the Lambs), Jodie (Killing Eve), Eva (Penny Dreadful), Timothée (CMBYN), Lupita (Us)

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