The Daily Stream: Without Heaven Knows What We Wouldn't Have Uncut Gems

(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they've been watching, why it's worth checking out, and where you can stream it.) The Movie: Heaven Knows What Where You Can Stream It: Shudder The Pitch: Before the Safdie brothers convinced Adam Sandler to fight The Weeknd in a club bathroom or made Robert Pattinson dye his hair bleach blond, they directed "Heaven Knows What." This beautiful bummer of a roller coaster ride follows a group of unhoused heroin addicts as they fight, fall in love, and score on the streets of New York. The film's emotional center is Harley, a... The post The Daily Stream: Without Heaven Knows What We Wouldn't Have Uncut Gems appeared first on /Film.

The Daily Stream: Without Heaven Knows What We Wouldn't Have Uncut Gems

(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they've been watching, why it's worth checking out, and where you can stream it.)

The Movie: Heaven Knows What

Where You Can Stream It: Shudder

The Pitch: Before the Safdie brothers convinced Adam Sandler to fight The Weeknd in a club bathroom or made Robert Pattinson dye his hair bleach blond, they directed "Heaven Knows What." This beautiful bummer of a roller coaster ride follows a group of unhoused heroin addicts as they fight, fall in love, and score on the streets of New York. The film's emotional center is Harley, a young woman who will do anything to reconcile with her boyfriend, Ilya. If you've seen any of the Safdie brothers' other films, you know exactly what kind of exhilarating highs and dark lows you're getting yourself into.

Why It's Essential Viewing

"Heaven Knows What" is the type of movie that pulls you into a very specific world and doesn't let you go until you almost feel like you've lived through it yourself. It has big "Toad Road" energy, big "Kids" energy, and it definitely shares a foundation with that classic Smashing Pumpkins video, "Try, Try, Try." 

This is to say, if you're emotionally prepared to be emotionally wrecked, then you're ready to watch this movie! The story goes that the Safdie brothers discovered lead actress Arielle Holmes when she herself was an unhoused heroin addict. They persuaded her to write a book about her life experiences, titled "Mad Love in New York City," which heavily inspired "Heaven Knows What."

While this might be Holmes' first acting gig, she is a kinetic force of energy. You can't help but be drawn to her even as she makes questionable decision after questionable decision. Even when you want to look away, her performance is pure pathos. You might be able to divert your eyes, but you're going to feel every single thing she's feeling, whether you want to or not. 

Mad Love In New York City

It doesn't hurt that "Heaven Knows What" is filled with moments that capture Holmes in quiet, intimate settings. You spend plenty of time with her while she sleeps on a bus, gets lost in a crowd, and nods off in an apartment. Actually, now that I think about it, there are a ton of sleeping scenes, but don't mistake that for a slow burn -- in this film, there's always something going on behind the scenes.

The camerawork doubles up on those feelings of intimacy by keeping the frame tight. You're always in cramped rooms and corners, watching Harley and her group of friends interact up close. In the same way Larry Clark's "Kids" made you feel like a hyperactive city kid bouncing from different neighborhoods to different clubs to different parties, "Heaven Knows What" keeps things so stifled and muted with it's grey-ish neutral color palette and tight camera work, that you really do feel stuck in the bubble of the film. It forecasted the Safdie brothers' interests in rough, focused narratives ... And all your indie film friends will be so impressed that you've seen it.

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Get ready to sacrifice a goat in celebration, because Netflix has unveiled a first-look teaser for the upcoming "Vikings" spin-off, "Vikings: Valhalla." Set roughly a century after the events of the History channel series -- which released its final set of episodes on Amazon Prime in December 2020 -- "Vikings: Valhalla" will feature legendary Norse figures like Harald Hardrada, Leif Erikson, and Freydis Eriksdotter.

A few "Vikings: Valhalla" cast members showed up during Netflix's TUDUM event to present a tantalizing first look at the upcoming series. Check it out below.

Vikings: Valhalla Teaser

"Vikings" ran for six seasons that spanned roughly three decades of history, focusing on the legendary Norse warrior Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons as they each tried to create their own legacy (usually involving some form of violence). In the final season, Ragnar's son Ubbe made the epic journey all the way over to North America -- but according to Norse legend it was actually Leif Erikson (played by Sam Corlett in "Vikings: Valhalla") who became the first Norseman to successfully cross the Atlantic and enjoy the splendors of Newfoundland.

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"Vikings: Valhalla" will premiere on Netflix in 2022.

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