Jen Cookie asked me what I thought of Brittany Murphy who is currently in Sin City. Rather than leave my response in the comments, I thought I’d share it with the masses (all five of my regular readers).
Let me preface the following comments by saying that I like Brittany Murphy on the whole, but I think this question deserves a timeline since my perception of her has changed along with her appearance:
1995 Clueless: Soft, round the way girl. Up and coming actress who begs keeping an eye on.
1996 Freeway: Soft, road hard and put away girl. The trials of living in Hollywood are taking their toll. My eye begins to wander in another direction.
1999 Drop Dead Gorgeous: Hmmm, something is amiss. She looks like she skipped a few meals. My eye is watering.
1999 Girl, Interrupted: That’s it! She’s a nutter! I’m not sure she’s acting here. Ooops, I’m closing my eyes.
2001 Don’t Say A Word: Yep, she’s crazier than a shithouse rat, but she’s looking good in a kill you in your sleep kind of way. My eye is a slit.
2002 8 Mile: What is she thinking? This movie should have been called 8 minutes, which is the length of time she was on screen and coincidently held my attention. My eye is warily open again.
2003 Uptown Girls: Oh my god, it’s skeletor! She looks like something Mary Kate Olsen would toss up. My eyes are wide shut.
2005 Sin City: Still crazy, but at least she’s gained some weight back. When you could see her ribs, backbone and clavicles, she reminded me of a coat rack. Coat racks are great places to store coats and hats, but very difficult to watch on screen. My eye is open but with reservations.