Somewhere is excruciatingly slow and that’s coming from someone who is not a fan of frenzied, quick cuts and shaky cameras but this falls into the opposite extreme. Sofia Coppola, who does have a talent for casting and getting natural performances from actors, directs in an exceedingly languorous style and holds shots for so long that your mind wanders to the point you start composing your grocery list. I understand the point is to show how devoid of intimacy and rudderless the life of movie star, Johnny Marco played by Stephen Dorff has become. But, this is a movie and I need a story. What I get is a series of scenes, some of which I enjoy, make me laugh, and even draw me in. The problem is that they never fully take hold to become a cohesive whole. Somewhere feels like a film unfinished. Continue reading »

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