Kristen Stewart Delights and Arouses
Kristen Stewart has quietly, almost secretly, become one of Hollywood’s most precious actors. She’s beautiful, talented, and doesn’t play by society’s rules. She’s a punk rock actor who doesn’t care what you think. She’s an artist, and she’s more interested in making the best movies she can than in scoring magazine covers, sharing Instagram posts, or making vapid appearances on late night talk shows. Here are some of our favorite K.Stew movies you can stream right now.
Equals (Amazon Prime)
The best way to describe Equals is as an adult take on the young adult sci-fi romance genre. Stewart stars alongside fellow YA heartthrob Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies, Mad Max: Furty Road) in a dystopian future purged of emotions, in which people who regain their emotions are considered sick and in need of curing. Love blooms between its two young leads, which leads to sexy scenes and dramatic consequences. Like many YA stories, the themes of Equals are applicable to a wide range of social issues, while still being entertaining as its own entity. The film was mostly overlooked upon its release in 2016, but it definitely deserves your attention now that it’s on streaming. It’s gorgeous, has a great score, and features two treasured actors at the top of their game.
On The Road (Sundance Now)
Jack Kerouac‘s timeless novel, On the Road, had been waiting nearly fifty years to be adapted to the screen. After decades of development hell, the film finally came to fruition in 2012. Unfortunately, the film was a box office disappointment and failed to break out into the mainstream, which is a shame, since it’s a faithful representation of the original novel and a beautiful slice of Americana in its own right. On the Road boasts an all-star cast, including Garret Hedlund, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi, Terrence Howard, and Elisabeth Moss. Can’t argue with a roster like that!
Personal Shopper (Showtime)
By 2016, there was no doubt that Kristen Stewart could carry a film on her own. In a final move to silence the last remaining haters, she starred in Personal Shopper, in which she gives a breathtaking performance as a woman trying to get her late brother to connect with her from beyond the grave. It’s one of those dramatic films which exists purely to showcase the talent of the lead actor, and Stewart delivers, offering a nuanced, subtle, and career-defining performance. The film competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and director Olivier Assayas won the Best Director Award, though he had to share with Graduation director Cristian Mungiu, because Cannes is silly like that.
Finally, it’s impossible to complete any retrospective of K.Stew‘s long career without mentioning the original YA sensation, The Twilight Saga. An unnecessarily complex romantic story about a 100-year-old vampire (Robert Pattinson) and the 17-year-old object of his obsession (K.Stew), Twilight is chock full of uncomfortable implications and problematic themes, but it’s also a great movie to surrender oneself to and just enjoy the beautiful actors, palpable melodrama, and Taylor Lautner‘s rock-hard abs. Seriously, the boy’s got major gym game.
At Provokr, we shy away from the term “guilty pleasure,” since we refuse to be ashamed in the things that bring us pleasure and joy, but we’ll make an exception for Twilight. We love it, we hate it, and, even after all these years, we can’t help but gleefully reminisce about #TeamEdward versus #TeamJacob.