Posts Tagged: Sofia Coppola

Hollywood, Stop Botching Your Third Movies

Ewoks. Tina Turner. Religious space prisoners. Sofia Coppola. Here is where we sit for a moment and gravely reflect on all the horrific things that can go wrong when an otherwise amazing trilogy hits its third installment.

I'm not the first to notice that Hollywood has trouble with third acts—although I refuse to believe Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome clocks in at 81% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer. Return of the Jedi brings up the rear of the Star Wars trilogy with a startling 79% (A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back easily top 90%, I think we can all agree that it's Empire or GTFO). The Godfather [...]


When Did Indie Movies Get So Expensively Costumed?

"At the dawn of independent film, growing out of avant-garde culture, the movies reveled in their outsider status, portraying edgy misfits living on the cusps of society, in films like Stranger Than Paradise. Somewhere along the way, however, America’s self-styled outsider arts, the 'indie' movement in all its manifestations across film, music and fashion, not only made their peace with the capitalist hierarchy, but began to celebrate it. Across culture, the 'indie' world filed for emancipation from its downtrodden, protest-heavy forbears, and became something cloying, cutesy and simpering. Once upon a time, the sight of a man walking across the screen of an independent film in a $500 silk [...]


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 [...]