Monday, April 18, 2011

385) Somewhere (2010)

385) Somewhere (2010) Dir: Sofia Coppola Date Released: December 2010 Date Seen: November 25, 2010 Rating: 3.75/5

To borrow a turn of phrase from my friend Matt Zoller Seitz, I appreciate and really enjoyed the stillness of this film. The duration of scenes creates crevices in otherwise long, blocky takes. For instance, I loved that the irony inherent in Coppola's use of "My Hero" during the twins' strip tease dissipates a minute or so into their routine. Given time, the song turns the girls' routine into something genuinely unsettling and even fascinating to watch. Coppola still knows what she's doing and she sure as shit doesn't deserve the pat "It's just like Lost in Translation but Stephen Dorff is no Bill Murray, da-hoik!" pseudo-observations that many of my colleagues made when this came out. It's a slow and effective formal experiment and it mostly works. Also: love love love that Maurizio Nichetti cameo. 

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