'The Bling Ring' & after party @komedia

The Bling Ring [15]

Duration:90 mins
Director: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Emma Watson
Synopsis
In 2008–09, a gang of fame-obsessed teenagers stole jewellery and clothes from celebrity homes around Los Angeles, including those of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. A Vanity Fair article about the perpetrators, which “revealed so much about them and their goals and our culture”, so intrigued director Coppola that she set about writing a script chronicling their increasingly audacious robberies.
Stretching far beyond the familiar world of Harry Potter, Watson stands out as ringleader Nicki, and alongside Mann (THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN), another young veteran, she heads a gaggle of up-and-comers in this rousing crime caper.
THE BLING RING nevertheless offers a serious reflection on youthful immorality, online narcissism and unfettered materialism, and is arguably Coppola’s most affecting work since LOST IN TRANSLATION.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, guess its interesting to read and value everyone`s different perspective, with no right or wrong. Take it easy in this glorious weather, see you next, Rebecca.

    July 9, 2013

  • Stella K.

    Excuse the late comment but tennis (amazing) and beach got in the way.. Lovely as ever to see everybody and shame the after party didn't turn out to be exactly that (I think I was 3 decades too old for the dry ice and thumping bass).
    To the film.. initially I felt a bit numb about it and felt it was a vignette or told in a short story format. I know it was based on an article and Coppola didn't seem to want to explore it further or deeper. But I think she summed up the banality of their lives and the repetition of scenes reinforced this even further. It reminded me of her last film 'Somewhere' set in Chateau Marmont in LA and also to some degree the displacement felt in 'Lost in Translation'. I think she captures that feeling of 'Transience' in modern life really well. I thought the car journeys with thumping tunes were a darker 'Waynes World' of lost teens in LA. It was just a small modern snapshot of bored lives....

    2 · July 8, 2013

    • Stella K.

      Ah glad you are back in a 'happy place' .. yes Andy the new champion, bloody brilliant for all those negative bastards damning him through the years. As to Coppola and your opinion of her background and style, i think you are right to some degree but I think she empathises with displaced characters who wander though life and that probably tells you a lot about her upbringing and her fascination with this mindset.

      July 8, 2013

    • Mike

      Stella, you are as wise and insightful as ever. How hard must it be to make sense of the world around you when "normal" in your formative years probably involved whizzing around exotic places with your Dad in Wagner-fuelled helicopters?!? The strangeness of this life cannot be measured :-0

      July 9, 2013

  • Chris D.

    Thanks Stella for organizing what, despite the (lack of) the after party, was a reat night in good company. I think the shallowness of the film was the whole point - peverse celeb worship that drove these dysfunctional valueless teens to have a piece of it and become better-known and 'celebs' in their own right. I enjoyed the film and the fact that Copolla managed to persuade Paris Hilton to allow the burglary scenes to be filmed in her gaff in LA! I also thought Emma Watson gave a surprisingly good performance.

    1 · July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Mike, nice to meet you again and everyone else, very friendly group. I enjoyed the film, guess I didn't internalise, probably at the time, a bit shocked. Reflected on and worked the film out in the morning. The saddest part for me was watching the drug taking....
    I like to live in the real world which this film portrayed, the film was partly reminiscent of my own adolescents, making for tough spunky leaders. I hope the film will enable the kids to take the right path from stardom to corporation.

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Lou L.

    Sounds like a lucky escape for me that I turned up an hour too early! Hope to see you next time

    July 7, 2013

  • Mike

    It was lovely to see you all, and thanks for putting this on, Stella - it certainly inspired a strong visceral reaction here, and I wondered what the rest of you made of it? For me, the most thoroughly depressing film I've seen in a long time, a real-life zombie mockumentary in which the vapid feed off the vapid, and in the process become even more vapid. The Director's mirror felt equally shallow - it was so lazily repetitive that I began to wonder if Sofia Copolla was as soulless and culpable as the entire culture she was portraying. By the end, it felt like walking out of an emotional vacuum cleaner, and I just wanted to disappear back into the Scottish Highlands and scream. A lot.

    2 · July 7, 2013

    • Linda

      I agree with your sentiments Mike. It was like the sense of disatisfaction of life and the spoilt brats which I hope is not the norm...

      July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    WOW, looks like its going to be a fairly girly night out. Went and got my ticket today and was told dressing up is a good idea, for the after party re; hush hush dj and other treats. So although may be the only one, cant really do a Paris Hilton lookie likey, but will wear kitten heels and a apt revealing dress, (not my usual attire) just for the occasion!.. As they say in show bizz "it al be fun", see you there Becs.

    July 5, 2013

  • Lou L.

    Fab, see you there! :)

    July 5, 2013

  • Stella K.

    Hi Lou, yes it's the 9.15pm showing. I plan to get to the upstairs bar by the cinemas at 8.45 for a drink before the film starts at 9.15pm. Cheers Stella

    July 5, 2013

  • Lou L.

    Is it the 9.15 performance? There are seats left Bea by the way. Please confirm that that's the performance and I'll book a seat :)

    July 5, 2013

  • Stella K.

    Shame Colin, we would have liked to see how you worked a 'bling' look!!

    July 5, 2013

  • colin p.

    Sorry guys, am still in exam marking Hell so will be bent over a PC tomorrow night. Have fun!

    July 5, 2013

  • Bea M.

    would have loved to but there are no more seats left :(

    July 5, 2013

  • Linda

    got my ticket and its H9!! looking forward to this evening!

    July 2, 2013

  • Stella K.

    Good point Andy, we should ask the more technical amongst us to check this out. Are the numbers accessible if privately sent?

    July 1, 2013

    • Andy W.

      I don't know but they are definitely visible on here

      July 2, 2013

    • Mike

      If you use the 'tools' feature Stel (drop-down menu below the 'RSVP' button on topright of screen), you can 'privately' e-mail any subset of the membership - I regularly use this to contact folk who have signed up for a specific event. Saves blasting your personal data out to the world! Will join you for this film if I can x

      July 2, 2013

  • Mariah H.

    AH, I really want to see this but its my friend's birthday so will have to catch it another time.

    July 2, 2013

  • Andy W.

    Put me down as a definite maybe on this It all depends on whether I get back to Brighton in time
    ps Should people be putting their phone numbers up on here?
    I can read them and the owners don't know me from Adam
    This site isn't very secure

    July 1, 2013

  • Stella K.

    By the way, my ticket is H8!

    July 1, 2013

  • Stella K.

    No excuse, it's not a school night.. enjoy the party afterwards at the Komedia...

    July 1, 2013

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  • Mike
    Assistant Organizer
  • Linda
    Assistant Organizer
  • Chris D.
    Assistant Organizer
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  • A former member
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