Released in 1989, New York Stories is an omnibus film, three shorts stitched together by a city. And though two of the directors’ oeuvres are inseparable from the city streets, tenements, and high rises that dot the New York skyline, it is … Continue reading NEW YORK STORIES
“There’s so many more female directors than when I started. That’s encouraging. Maybe it’s because it’s such an all-encompassing job, and if you have a family, it’s harder to do. But there are female surgeons. And there’s plenty of women working in the film business.” –Sofia Coppola Continue reading Born On This Day – May 14, 1971
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.
20 Feet From Stardom – There isn’t that much distance from the band at the front of the stage, and the singers in the back. Only a twenty foot walk, but, as The Boss puts it, “It’s a bit of a walk.” This documentary follows Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill, all back-up singers, all trying to break into careers with some sort of success, some sort of identification, something that isn’t so difficult, so heartbreaking, so discouraging. Not having your dreams come true is difficult, but is the difficulty easier or harder when you … Continue reading Movie Beat – 06.14.13
“I set out to challenge myself with each movie, and having to do a period film was a huge challenge. How to do it in a fresh way, and from the point of view of a strange girl in a strange world? If you attempt something new, it’s always a risk.” –Sofia Coppola Continue reading In Their Words – Sunday, May 12, 2013