Of all the new generation auteurs that have their legions of fans, Sophia Coppola may be my favorite. She's at least, in my eyes, the most consistent. Her four previous films have all garnered some sort of love from the Fisti's, even netting a few wins (and she's been nominated twice for Best Director from me) and having just witnessed 'The Bling Ring' yesterday I can say that I'm anticipating quite the showing in the 2013 Fisti Awards for sure. But one amendment I'd like to make, or at least one giant misstep I'd like to address, is that I've never given her films the due they deserve in the cinematography category. Yes, I nominated 'Marie Antoinette' (it was my runner-up) but 'The Virgin Suicides' and 'Somewhere' didn't even make my top twelve, which is really shocking to me. How did I miss those? Honestly, after a rewatch I may even consider 'The Virgin Suicides' for the WIN in 2000!
UGH, we can't get them all right all the time.
Still, this series is dedicated to using the visual to flesh out the core of an auteurs filmography. I select directors who have a knack for visual style and whose resumes I've seen entirely. You can see the previous entries here.
Coppola's films are a visual bounty, but not only that, I kind of love all these films. I consider 'Lost in Translation' and 'The Bling Ring' masterpieces (yes, I know it's an early call on 'The Bling Ring', but I just can't shake it) and feel that 'Marie Antoinette' and 'The Virgin Suicides' are outstanding pieces of modern filmmaking. 'Somewhere' is the only film I'm less that ecstatic about, and even at that it is a staple piece of Coppola's art that one should savor regardless.
So, without further ado; the reviews:
The Virgin Suicides (2000) *****/*****
|Ethereal (stolen from Josh)|
|Romanticized depiction of obsession...|
Lost in Translation (2003) *****/*****
|Pure in its intimacy...|
|Mesmerizing (stolen from Josh)|
|Naturally awkward and charming...|
|Has so much to say...|
Marie Antoinette (2006) *****/*****
|Bold depictions of loss of self...|
|Lush (stolen from Josh)|
|Articulate and mannered...|
Somewhere (2010) ****/*****
|Searching for something more...|
|Playful and charming...|
|Slightly redundant in themes...|
|Restrained (stolen from Josh)|
|An admirable effort...|
The Bling Ring (2013) *****/*****
|Playful (stolen from Josh)|
|Like lipstick on a pig...|