Saturday, January 31, 2004

I was a fan of her 1999 directorial debut, "The Virgin Suicides" (but admittably, was a bigger fan of the soundtrack by Air), so I decided to check out Lost In Translation. Great movie. Soothing, humble, crazy, funny. Calling it charming is a quiet understatement. No wham-bam-thank-you-ma'ams. Just a tight character study of strangers meeting and understanding each other more than those they know, who react to them indifferently, on autopilot, as they are seen as being in the way. Aren't we all? Glad it's been getting recognized by the American film academy.

Wow. The Coppolas have become the number one entertainment powerhouse in recent years. Francis Ford. Nicholas Cage. Now Sofia. Not to mention the Schwarzman brothers' recent notoriety. It's like they've been touched by the hands of DeMille, Thalberg and Mayer. I wonder who else is related to them?

Speaking of. Did you know MGM stands for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, but the Goldwyn is actually a combination of two names? Samuel Goldfish created Goldwyn Pictures in 1916 with Edgar Selwyn. It is a mix of their last names, but Selfish just didn't sound right. I thought that was funny. Okay, so I'm a PBS documentary junkie, guilty as charged.

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