Director: Sofia Coppola
Writers: Sofia Coppola, Nancy Jo Sales (based on the Vanity Fair article “The Suspect Wore Louboutins” by)
Stars: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson
Based on a true story about a group of truly clueless CA girls and their gay bestie, who are obsessed with fashion, money and fame. They get their fix and kicks by robbing the homes of celebs (yes, they actually shot in Paris HIlton’s real home). The thin plot revolves around them hanging out, trying on clothes, doing drugs and “shopping” in the famous homes. The cast is believable with Emma Watson perfectly capturing their superficial ignorance. The film is dominated by superficial chatter, cool music and flash. Appropriately, writer/director Sophia Coppola chose no depth to the character development or subject matter, just a showy episodic montage.
GAY ANGLE: A healthfully depicted gay lead character, plus all that designer stuff.
Director: Zal Batmanglij
Writers: Zal Batmanglij (screenplay), Brit Marling (screenplay)
Stars: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page
Security specialist Brit Marling infiltrates an eco-terrorist group (headed by Alexander Skarsgard & Ellen Page) only to find herself seduced by their principles. Like many obvious plots, it’s the telling that determines whether it’s effective. And this one is. It develops with an unhurried, yet assured pace. Not nail-biting or dazzling, but solidly compelling and cinemagraphic.
GAY ANGLE: Everybody’s favorite Viking vampire (Skarsgard) gets naked and kisses a boy!
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.