Friday, November 19th, 2010
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An Early Look at Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere"

Sofia Coppola's latest film, Somewhere, "a story about an actor dealing with the emptiness of his life thanks to his child," which, LOL, arrives in December, in old-fashioned Oscar season, and mostly what I've heard about it is really positive! I think a lot depends upon your feelings about Stephen Dorff. My feelings about the Dorff are "absolutely." But there are other parties who are not as appreciative: "So Sofia Coppola has now, we can pray, completed her trilogy on the problems of rich people hanging around at luxury hotels with nothing to do (Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette, Somewhere). (Versailles is not technically a hotel, but more or less, it was, so it counts)." Oh, it goes on!

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KarenUhOh (#19)

I will wait for the Todd Solondz Motel 6 Trilogy.

freetzy (#7,018)

Say what you will, but I still love Dorff on Golf.

Gary Barber walks into Roger Birnbaum's office with a wild grin on his face. "Do you know why we're bringing MGM out of bankruptcy? We are doing this thing—we have been put here, on this earth, to do this thing—just so we can remake Grand Hotel, and, by God we're getting Sofia Coppola to do it."

I don't get the "dealing with the emptiness" bit (emptiness caused *by* the child, or dealing with the (previous?) emptiness, thanks to the arrival of his child? No, that doesn't work either.). But I am still going to see the hell out of this movie. And yes, in a theater, you Fuckfaces.

Oh, there's a Fanning in it. Never mind.

freetzy (#7,018)

ACT I, SCENE I
Child: I hate you, Stephen Dorff!
Stephen Dorff: [sulks for two hours in a hotel.]
FIN

hockeymom (#143)

[sulks SHIRTLESS for two hours in a hotel.]

Then, yes.

hockeymom, sulking makes you all sweaty. He will probably have to take a shower at some point and walk around in a towel.

Tuna Surprise (#573)

I think of the trilogy more as "It's tough to be Sophia Coppola – as written and directed by Sophia Coppola."

Lost In Translation: Did I ever tell you about the time that Spike Jonze had something to do in Japan and I had to sit alone in a hotel for a week?

Marie Antionette: Did I tell you about the time I was born into film royalty and as a young woman got cast in a role that I had no choice in and was blamed for the fall of a franchise?

This new movie stumped me until I saw this passage about our poor, poor Sophia:

"When presenting the film, Coppola reminisced that she and her family spent a lot of time growing up in hotels where her father was out on location while filming. As a child she stayed at the Marmont with her father."

LondonLee (#922)

As a child I stayed in the back of my Dad's taxi outside the pub drinking coke and eating crisps while he was inside having a beer.

Grant G Brown (#3,366)

So everyone has a hate on for Sophia Coppola? I still love Lost in Translation, regardless of any autobiographical elements. And I'm 99% sure I'm going to love this.

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

Amen! Jonathan Ames can write books about his supposed sexual exploits and then launch a crappy TV show (aka: Bored to Death) and nobody says boo. Sophia Coppola is talented and creates great work even when it is weak. She’s fine!

egad (#1,355)

My fear is that she is getting worse.

Virgin Suicides was great.
Lost in Translation was good.
Marie Antoinette was fair to middling.
Somewhere…?

pissy elliott (#397)

Ugh, edited to remove cuntiness. It's been a long half-day. But when it comes to producing art about white girl problems, PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF.

erikonymous (#3,231)

I'm not saying that it always makes for great cinema, but rich people being bored and sad with nothing to do is an important thing to show. I'm not saying that Coppola is intentionally a Marxist filmmaker, but that doesn't prevent us from reading her work that way. Money and free time doesn't just magically make people happy, in fact it often ruins them, and it's important to show this accurately and meaningfully. Lest we forget.

mrschem (#1,757)

Fuck this. Im going shopping!

Leon (#6,596)

I kind of want to hate on whiny upper class problems. But L'Avventura / La Notte / L'eclisse are so fundamentally fucking awesome movies exploring (blah blah blah pretentious stuff), and they are pretty much about upper-middle to rich people feeling 'meh'. So maybe it's not her material, it's her I like less and less as time goes by?

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