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I think the look that Sophia was going for was an improved movie, wherein the characters' reactions are improved and completely natural and in the spur of the moment. I think this movie had a script though. For whatever reason, this movie had no spontaneity and the thing that was supposed to be the payoff just wash't there. Is Stephen Dorff interesting and good enough to carry this movie? Unfortunately, not really. His reactions aren't big enough or animated enough. When it is time to deliver, it just seems like Stephen Dorff is kind of a lightweight. I want to like him, but he lacks gravity. Dorff came up in that late '80s trend with other brooding bad boys like River Phoenix, Christian Slater, and Keanu Reeves. They were supposed to be good looking, and dangerous bad boys that the troubled chicks could hang a poster of on their walls. The only thing is that these guys were more looks and moody atmosphere than they were talent. Dorff fits perfectly into that jig saw puzzle. Like I said, I want to like this guy, but there is usually just kind of a blank look on his face. He was supposed to get by on his bad boy image and dark atmosphere, but his talent comes up a little bit short.Read more ›
There's beauty in the way Sofia Coppola's Somewhere unfolds. Its performances are brilliantly understated yet nuanced, its dialogue is natural and witty and Coppola's patient direction always seems to make the right choices. The film is mostly subdued as its cadence is relaxing and never rushed. This is wonderfully illustrated in a scene in which the film's main subject Hollywood star Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) sits, calmly breathes through his nose and waits for a special effects mold covering his entire face to dry. It's incredibly serene as it's such a departure from Johnny's life.
Coppola's first great move was the casting of Dorff as Johnny, the 30-something, black Ferrari-driving movie star who lives at the Chateau Marmont in his own La Dolce Vita--a life of booze, pills and readily available floozies (not the only subconscious homage to Fellini's film). This is key as we don't already attribute this lifestyle to Dorff, because frankly we're not familiar with his career and he doesn't seem to be in the tabloids much. Casting an A-list star would've resulted in a much different tone and possibly made the Johnny Marco character a caricature of another famous celebrity. This makes him more believable.
Johnny merely seems to be going through the motions of this rock star lifestyle and often looks bored (He falls asleep to the Shannon twins pole dancing in his hotel room!) and without a purpose. His drinking is frequent and his relationships with women are hollow and vapid--in fact, the only woman he can confide in is his ex-wife. Despite this we feel for Johnny because he is easy-going, likeable and generally good to people. Moreover, he's chivalrous around his ex-wife and a decent father when he is around his daughter.Read more ›
i found it very funny but you might miss the satire it is so low key. johnny, played by stephen dorf, is like an unmade bed walking around. he can barely be bothered to comb his hair, change his clothes or do much but passively participate. he hires twin pole dancers and falls asleep during their act. he falls asleep during sex. his costar finds him a big nothing. women text him complaining about his behavior which is mainly that he isn't following through with them. he can sit in a makeup chair for hours with everything but his nostrils covered, completely cut off from stimulation, and be fine with it. he also likes hot tubs, massages, tv shows like FRIENDS reruns and video games. when he's asked about the meaning of a movie he's been in, he draws a complete blank. when he stands next to the movie poster of himself, you would never know it is the same guy. he likes driving but most of the time he's not even going anywhere. the movie opens with him aimlessly driving back and forth in the desert. he's asked at a party if he ever studied with anyone, perhaps the method school of acting, but he says no. he just does it.Read more ›
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I like Coppola's minimalistic style. Beautiful cinematography. The mundane intrigued me. Tender moments between Chloe and dad were touching. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard Moreno
I watched this because I love the chateau maramont in Hollywood. It's a little slow but it was perfect for a movie early in the morning slightly hungover. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rachel Mullen
If you liked Lost in Translation, you will enjoy this. It is essential in the study of Ms. Coppola's filmsPublished 9 months ago by thedancenut
It was like watching paint dry... Independent shouldn't mean boring.Published 12 months ago by EXFAN
Awesome under the radar movie. A must see for any single father.Published 17 months ago by Rekords-R-Kool
Not my cup of tea. I can see where it would appeal to a lot of people. It's just no my thing. But it was a nicely drawn exploration of the relationship between a dad and his... Read morePublished 21 months ago by D. L. Yuen