Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Heinrich Himmler's Beliefs: As American As Apple Pie,...



Another movie with a NewAge theme (I've lost count of how many this is now) but in the case of The Bling Ring, the subject is it's effect on teens - and it sounds like Sophia Coppola got it right:
Though on the surface “The Bling Ring” is slight of aim and repetitive of structure, it is actually a slam-dunk conservative critique of American culture: As if with a checklist at hand, Coppola hits the collapse in Judeo-Christian teaching, decaying educational standards, loose ethics, broken families, drugs, Hollywood and a permissive criminal justice system. (Sex is missing — the only boy in the group seems to be gay, or at least more interested in trying on women’s pumps than getting in their pants. But these girls are so in love with themselves it’s tough to imagine anyone else meeting their standards.)

NOW we're getting somewhere, huh? C'mon, this could've been a TMR production. But get this:

It's a based on a true story!

Of course it is - I've been saying it's the real world for years. And not only that, but while this movie could've been told from almost any point of view, Coppola even chose mine, in a blender:
...Watson, who is amusingly convincing as the vapid Nicki and does a flawless American accent, plays a kid who is being home-schooled by her airhead mom (Leslie Mann). Nicki has a foster sister, Sam (Taissa Farmiga) who is living in the house because her mother washed away on a tide of booze and drugs. 
The mother is teaching the girls a goofball religion based on “The Secret” — prayer as catalog shopping,..
I am so there.



I finally caught Kumaré: A True Film About a False Prophet, and it was a little too cute for my taste. That's not to say I didn't like it, or can't recommend it (I did and can) but disliked director/star Vikram Gandhi's clever scheme to avoid the resolution he builds towards. Sorry, I can't say more without giving it away:

 Get it, watch it, enjoy it, and then marvel we're here at all,...