Director: Sofia Coppola
Runtime: 90 minutes
Sofia Coppola brings us The Bling Ring, a movie based on true events from 2008-2010. Better known for movies such as Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette, The Bling Ring is another movie that Coppola can add to her list of good movies.
In The Bling Ring, a group of fame obsessed teenagers take on the task of breaking into celebrities’ homes and stealing their belongings, namely clothes and accessories. They use the internet to track the celebrity’s whereabouts, making sure they would not be at home.
Katie Chang plays Rebecca, who along with Marc (Israel Broussard), are the first two to start the ball rolling. The ringleaders if you will. They are soon joined by Emma Watson (who shot to stardom as Hermione from Harry Potter) as Nicki and Taissa Farmiga (better known to most from the first and third seasons of American Horror Story) as Sam. Shortly after they had started the burglaries, the four are joined by Chloe (Claire Julien) and Emily (Georgia Rock) making their band of merry men (or terrible teenagers) complete.
I love a crime movie, or a heist movie. They hold even higher standings with me if they are 1) based on a true story, and 2) really well made. I thought that Coppola did an amazing job with The Bling Ring. It was everything I expected it to be and more. I found the story interesting, and the acting was superb. Considering a relatively young cast, they all did a really good job.
The best performances came from Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga as far as I was concerned. They both managed to steal the screen every time they were on, and the two of them were only members of the group, they weren’t the movies protagonists.
I know the story was true, but I would still feel the same about this movie even if it wasn’t. I actually enjoyed the story; I found it to be fun and interesting. There was enough going on to keep me going throughout its entire length.
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"We're goin' about this all wrong! We're killing ourselves trying to find good acts. We just book bad ones and kill them! We kill 'em before they're through, as soon as it gets unbearable, we kill them. Dead."
Director: George Clooney
Runtime: 113 minutes
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is taken from the memoirs of Chuck Barris. Barris was a revolutionary game show host and creator. In his memoirs, he claimed to have been recruited by the CIA as a Hitman. Reported to have been carrying out hits whilst escorting competition winners on their prize holidays.
So, first up, nobody actually knows if the information contained within his memoirs is true or not. He wrote that he was recruited by the CIA, but from what I could find on the Internet, nobody managed to find anything to prove these facts. Also, on a personal note, I had never heard of him before watching this film.
As far as the film went, it was excellent. I really enjoyed it watching it. It definitely fell into a number of different genres, there was no one specific genre throughout the movie. The film had comedy, crime, romance and thriller aspects to it throughout. Whilst following the story, it flicked backwards and forwards through different locations and settings.
Not being a big fan of Rockwell, I was expecting to not like this film, but I felt that Sam did an excellent job of portraying the crazy character.
Also starring Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Drew Barrymore - who I felt did a fantastic job in this film. They all helped to carry Rockwell.