The Bling Ring

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“Because we are all the Bling Ring. We are Alexis Neiers, as scary as that is, we are.”

Nancy Jo Sales, writer and journalist, whose article in Vanity Fair, The Suspect Wore Louboutins was the basis of director Sofia Coppola’s new movie, The Bling Ring. 

The movie is based upon real life events, two teens, namely Rachel Lee and Nick Prugo, robbed Paris Hilton, Audrina Patridge, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom and Lindsay Lohan’s houses, in October 2008. “The Bling Ring” as the group of rich young teens would soon be coined by the media, reportedly stole over $3 million in cash and cars over the course of a year.

Coppola’s movie goes behind the facts and figures and sucks you in to the tiny bubble world, that is Hollywood. She has changed the names, but the story remains the same. The movie is full of common slangs which we are so used to today, “We’re in L.A. Don’t be such a little bitch!”, coupled with that, there is also a laziness to the Ring, the rich teen drawl is en pointe, and realistic, but can unfortunately become a little tiresome after ninety-five minutes.

Emma Watson stars as Nicki Moore, in her third role since the Potter Series ended in 2011. Nicki is insufferable, spoilt, unfeeling and gun toting. Watson proves she is no goody two shoes.

But, it is Katie Chang who plays Rebecca Ahn who steals the movie, quite literally. Her lack of response, lack of feeling and her friendship with Marc Hall (Israel Broussard) which takes this film from a cautionary tale about Capitalism, Celebrity and Temptation, in to a story of two very confused teenagers. Chang, lonely and bored, is drawn to stealing, at first just by checking her rich neighbours cars for money and jewellery, but which soon escaltes in to full on robbery. And Broussard, the new kid, who sees himself as ugly and who was never one of the “cool kids”. For me, it is their friendship which carries the film.

After a while, the movie becomes a challenge cinematically for Coppola, how many times can you show the same characters robbing Celebrities houses? She answers this question creatively and brilliantly, aerial shots, CCTV shots, long scenes where the characters argue over who gets the Louboutins. Reiterating the characters shallow values.  But with a weak ending to a generally informative and enjoyable film, Coppola certainly lives up to her family’s film credentials.

It is hard with true events to determine whether making a movie about it, or writing a book is supporting it, or warning us against it. The same can be said of The Bling Ring, is Coppola warning America that it’s Capitalist and Celebrity Dreams are nothing more than a Nightmare?

That’s for you to decide, biatch.

Naomi Jeffreys, The Rabbit and Reel.

The Bling Ring is out in the UK on Friday 5th July.

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The Bling Ring Official Trailer #2

The new trailer for Sofia Coppola’s highly anticipated film, ‘The Bling Ring’ has released a new trailer today, which shows Emma Watson donning an American accent and stealing celebrities stuff.

The film is set to open the Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

The film is set to be released on 14th June 2013.

Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor

Are Women Unfairly Represented in 21st Century Cinema?

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Words by Naomi Jeffreys

How many times have to watch a trailer for a film, and you see a strong man, the protagonist, taking centre stage. And the woman is simply unfairly represented? She is merely a ‘damsel in distress’? The person who is nice to look at, but has no real substance? Has this happened to you?

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It has to me, one such example, is in the portrayal of Hermione Granger in the ‘Harry Potter Series’. If you’ve ever read the novels, then you know that Hermione Granger is clever, a little unhinged and a loyal friend. She has an interesting storyline, fighting for house elves everywhere – S.P.E.W. – Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare.

Clearly women in novels are something entirely different than when they are portrayed on film.

Yet, somehow, this strong woman got lost in translation in the films. Often she is overshadowed by her male counterparts, Harry and Ron. In fact, one such example, is in the final film, where Ron and Hermione must kill the last Horcrux with a basilisk fang and she mumbles to Ron; “I can’t”

I can’t? I can’t? How many times has a woman said that in any film you have watched? Emma Watson’s portrayal of Hermione Granger is only one example. If you look at any film, Hollywood and British cinema, women are sketchy figures, half drawn, half acted. They simply don’t seem to match their male counterparts.

Evidently, something needs to change. We are no longer producing silent films, or black and white films where the woman is the ‘damsel in distress’, it isn’t often that women have a real meaty part to get in to. Hollywood simply seems unable to reach a balance in their portrayal of women. They are either weak and feeble or hard arsed.

Something must change, Or I fear cinema may be stuck for any new, fresh films, with a real woman at its heart, at its centre  for audiences to enjoy.

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