When I first saw the movie Lost In Translation I loved it. Sophia Coppela once again redeemed herself for her bad acting in the Godfather III. Then again, she got shot in that so that's punishment in itself. Virgin Suicide was also really good and highlighted Kristen Dunst actually looking really good.
Back to Lost In Translation, I later picked up the DVD of it and watched it again and I have to say I didn't like it as much. Something was indeed lost in translation between the movie theater and the dvd release. The scale and scope of the film. On the big screen you were lost in this sea of colors. The Japanese background and the hotel acted as a character in themselves.
These two characters were surrounded by massive amounts of people and yet were still alone together. Isolated and discovering this new place together. That's one of the best things about the film. So when I hear that Sophia Coppela is going to make a movie about LA based on the Chatea Marmont Hotel my interest was peaked.
This is the place that all the big listers partied at and OD on whatever they are taking. The fame last location where John Belushi stayed. I hear you can still hear him call up for Dan Akroyd so that they can make that Blues Brothers sequel. Either that or he's haunting the place because he did see the Blues Brothers sequel.
The writer-director who shot her "Lost in Translation" at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, practically making a character out of the antiseptic structure, will set her next film at the iconic Chateau Marmont in Hollywood.
Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning will star in the Focus Features dramedy "Somewhere," which Coppola penned.
Story centers on a bad-boy actor stumbling through a life of excess at the Chateau Marmont. With an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter, he is forced to reexamine his life.
The place is nice. I have to admit that I've come here on a couple of instances just to look at the place. Never actually stayed there. Then again, I often avoid the sunset strip. It's not that it's a bad place, it's just not my scene. I'm not Rodney on the Roq or anything. The streets get way too crowded on most nights and it's just a nightmare to navigate. Not to mention the general over pricing of just about anything there. No thank you.
I can't remember what hidden character the virgin suicides had. Who cares, it had a really hot Kristen Dunst. Nuff said, right? Add in that it had an amazing soundtrack by Air and you have yourself a winner in my book.
Even though I have very little love for the sunset strip, I'm still looking forward to it. Maybe then I could wash away the bad taste I have for it with Mayor of the Sunset strip. God, Rodney on the Roq thinks he's god's gift to music fans or something. F' that dude and his Sunday relic of a show.
But more than that, I think I like Sophia more than I give her credit for. I think it's a love/hate relationship without all that much hate. Maybe I'm just siding with her since her marriage with Spike Jonze went south. I mean, as much as I love the man, Where the Wild Things Are just seems like something I can't understand how you can make a movie out of.
So here's for me getting lost in the translation of my own blog.