“Everything, everywhere, all at once” and the case of theatrical films

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It’s an understatement to say that the movie market has been filled with uncertainty lately. While the runaway success of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” last year made it seem like only great superheroes were surefire bets, next comes “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” which broke the $20 million mark this week. Daniels’ stunning multiverse film is an exciting case for original theatrical films – and the new release “The Northman” aims to keep that conversation going, as another director-led project designed to excite moviegoers on an original concept.

Robert Eggers’ Viking epic takes his meticulous style of filmmaking to a massive scale that few directors can achieve these days. How did he deal with the studio notes? And should other directors have the same opportunity to work at this level at the risk of compromising their visions?

On this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson (back from a two-week vacation) discuss the two films and what makes them so distinctive in today’s market. Inevitably, both films raise questions about their awards campaign prospects later this year. (And no, there’s no discussion this week on The Slap.)

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

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