From the opening guitar riff of Sleigh Bells’ “Crown on the Ground” The Bling Ring announces exactly what kind of movie it is going to deliver: loud music (that will no doubt comment on the action), characters walking in slow motion to accentuate their “cool”, and a whole lot of glamour. In a lot of movies, this is trite and unnecessary, but in The Bling Ring it fits perfectly. Here are a group of kids who probably think that their life is worthy of a movie, as long as they are the stars. If they were to walk past a mirror, they would be incapable of not checking themselves out in it. They are byproduct of a celebrity culture gone haywire. Anyone can be famous or they at least can be close to someone who is famous. Twitter connects strangers directly into their hero’s thoughts and Instagram takes those beautiful people down from the larger than life screens and places them in tiny little pictures in our phones. Their pictures there, right next to your photo from last nights dinner and that bottle of wine with the label you couldn’t pronounce. They are practically our friends, and we are practically celebrities, all we need is for TMZ to show up and take our picture. That is validation enough.
Caesar Must Die – William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is one of the most infamous and greatest pieces of theater. It has been performed a countless number of times in virtually every language. One would think that we would reach a saturation point for this particular play, but we never will, and we can thank Paolo and Vittorio Taviani and those of like mind for such inventiveness. Their staging of Julius Caesar is part documentary, part staging. The performers, harden criminals, some with no hope of parole. “Et tu, Brute?” takes on a completely different meaning to one who might have … Continue reading Movie Beat – 02.08.13
2012 was a magnificent year for the movies. They are more diverse, more personal, and more magical than ever. Yes, there was the onslaught of the usual blockbuster fare, sequels left and right, and the mighty flops that were John Carter and Battleship, but there was so much more to discover in theaters this year. It is quite possible that 2012 was one of the best years for the cinema, maybe not on par with 1939 or 1960, but time will tell which of these stories permeate the collective consciousness and hang around and continue to inform our experiences. 2012 also saw a great amount of cinema history as … Continue reading 2012: A Year At The Movies