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Monday, September 29, 2003  

Lost in Translation
Got to see the new Sophia Coppola film, Lost in Translation which stars Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson. The film centers around two depressed Americans alone in Tokyo who find comfort in each others company. It is simultaneously hysterical and touching, and wonderfully directed by Sophia. She is a seriously talented filmmaker and a gifted writer. The film is full of little perfect moments, both emotional and comical, which reminds me a lot of a Was Anderson film (which is high praise coming from me!) In fact she thanks Wes Anderson in the credits (can anyone tell me the connection between the two?) It was beautifully shot by Lance Acord who often works with Sophia's husband Spike Jonze; the film has a unique visual style that captures both the panorama of Tokyo and the minutiae of the films central hotel location (which serves as the main characters prison-like home) Bill Murray is exceptional as the aging actor unhappy at home in LA, and miserable in his hotel in Tokyo. He is truly a brilliant comedic actor. I highly recommend the film to anyone a little burnt out from all the big action flix of the past few months.

After the movie we went back to my mothers house and talked about movies over a bottle of wine. Movies have always been a important aspect of my relationship with my mom, and tonight highlighted that. I have seen a million movies with my mom and I love to talk film with her over coffee (or wine) afterwards. And tonight I discovered that, apart from "O Brother Where Art Though," my mom hasn't seen a single Coen Brothers movie. I revere the Coens, and they have made some of my all time favorite films. So I immediately made her a list of movies to add to her Netflix que. While we were talking the subject of "Desert Island" movies came up, which are (obviously) the movies you would want if you were stranded on desert island with one of those portable DVD players. I like this quandary much more than the impossible to answer "what are you favorite films" because a favorite film isn't necessarily one that I could watch daily. So, look forward to my list of 5 (or 10 if I can't narrow it down) desert island movies in the near future.

posted by JMV | 9/29/2003 12:20:00 AM
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