Excerpt: Fratello ideale di Spring Breakers, il nuovo film di Sofia Coppola è un’altra terribile ricognizione nei sogni disperati della gioventù. Il suo cinema si muove da sempre lungo due direzioni: il meccanismo della notorietà, l’incubo warholiano tramutato in modo di vivere, accanto al disperato desiderio di affermazione di una gioventù sempre più confusa e dispersa.
Excerpt: The members of the Bling Ring don’t rob for the pulse-quickening thrill of petty crime. They rob out of a sense of wealthy entitlement: go where you want, grab what you want, take and post a picture of yourself doing or wearing or waving it.
Excerpt: It seems like a story worth telling and one that Coppola tells well, but a film that can’t make up its mind on whether it’s a cautionary true crime drama meant to prompt head-shaking (like a 2011 Lifetime original movie of the same name and subject) or a tongue-in-cheek Sugar & Spice-type comedy meant to tickle your funny bone regarding the follies of youth.
Excerpt: A sharp-edged portrait of a band of amoral teenage thieves in Southern California who have a passion for fashion, a yearning to have more, and a desire to experience the cheap thrills of danger.
Excerpt: Coppola captured lightning in a bottle with this one, offering the audience a nice way to watch the stupidity of those in the celebrity worship culture without feeling the skank and grime of too much TMZ.
Excerpt: Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring throws its mind and mood back to around 2008-9, when the bogus rhetoric of “aspiration” as justification for incredible greed and new forms of social exclusion was both at its height and about to meet the cold reality of boom-bust cycles, which here comes in the form an even more immediate, pitiless wake-up call.
Excerpt: The Bling Ring gives you the feeling that you can reach out and slap these zombified teens out of their apathy – unfortunately you’re restricted to your seat and to your judgement – Coppola makes you work.
Excerpt: A slyly penetrating, alarming, and acerbic ripped-from-the-headlines docudrama of the unsettling obsession with fame, America’s famous-for-being-famous celebrity-tabloid culture and emphasis on materialism and its influence on the millennial generation.
Excerpt: This is a fascinating story, not least of all because of the particular people involved: due to the portrayal of Hilton, Lohan, Fox, et al. in the media, none them exactly hold our sympathies to begin with.
Excerpt: Naturally, as with all such scheming, there is only a brick wall at the end of the tunnel, though Coppola is less concerned with the legal ramifications of the crimes than the criminals themselves. She and her camera, helmed by master cinematographer Harris Savides just before his death last year, stalk through their lives, examining the empty existence that prompts the teens to make the choices they do.
Excerpt: Although The Bling Ring is the filmmaker’s most straightforward and emotionally indifferent feature to date, Coppola conveys an apposite sense of gaping horror at her characters without sliding into smugness or contemptuousness.