The Bling Ring Review: ‘Artsy’ Movie About Shallow Teenage Thieves Doesn’t Work

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Sofia Coppola directs a movie about every three years, and each one prior to 2010’s Somewhere, which I didn’t see, was beautifully designed and disconnected in that way that we all are when we step into a crowd.

Sadly, the style Coppola applied in the Oscar-winning Lost in Translation simply doesn’t work in a film about morally corrupt, glamour-obsessed teens.

For months we’ve read about Emma Watson’s imitation of Alexis Neiers, who, with Nick Prugo, Rachel Lee and a few others, was convicted of burglarizing the homes of celebrities like Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom and Lindsay Lohan.

Coppola’s fifth feature film opens with fragmented conversations with Marc (Israel Broussard as Prugo), a nervous young man who doesn’t quite fit in, and continues on to his life at an alternative school in Calabasas where he almost immediately befriends Rebecca (Katie Chang as Lee, the bling ringleader).

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Emma Watson Watched ‘Pretty Wild’ ‘So Many Times’

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As a teenager I was obsessed with Sofia Coppola’s directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides, and then came the Harry Potter movies, and now, as an adult, I find myself voyeuristically fascinated by reality shows.

Obviously The Bling Ring, directed by Coppola, starring Emma Watson and based on Alexis Neiers from one of my favorite “bad” reality shows, Pretty Wild, is my kind of movie.

After reading various interviews with Watson about The Bling Ring, I started feeling like she was skirting the issue of who her character, Nicki, is actually supposed to be.
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Watson FINALLY spoke candidly about Pretty Wild when a 16-year-old Rookie Magazine interviewer mentioned Pretty Wild and asked if she had received any feedback from Neiers.  Continue reading “Emma Watson Watched ‘Pretty Wild’ ‘So Many Times’”

Sofia Coppola And Phoenix Frontman Married

Sofia Coppola, esteemed director (Lost In Translation) and daughter of Frances Ford, married Thomas Mars of indie band Phoenix this weekend.

The couple have been together since early the 2000’s and already have two children, daughters Romy and Cosima.

Elite guests who attended the wedding in Bernalda, Italy included George Lucas and Johnny Depp. Sofia wore a custom made Azzedine Alaïa dress in lavender.

Hopefully these lovebirds will have even more children, and they can all grow up to be filmmakers and musicians. The famous Mars/Coppola family… The Baldwins and Jacksons of the future? But they’re all too low-key to care.