Sofia Coppola Films, Ranked
I wrote a term paper in college on Sofia Coppola as an auteur. Call nepotism all you want, but girl has directed some seriously quality films (and she's one of four women nominated for Best Director ever, give her some credit). If you haven't you should watch all of these... Except maybe Bling Ring, that's optional viewing.
- 6.The Bling RingUgh. The only thing saving this was good acting. Otherwise this was a mess. Come on, Sofia, you're better than this.
- 5.Marie AntoinetteJust 20 minutes too long, but a seriously beautiful movie. If Sofia only directed music videos she would be the best in the business.
- 4.The Virgin SuicidesI love this movie, but I don't think it helps Coppola stand out from the rest of Hollywood. Great performances and plot structure, and the soundtrack is stellar (as it is in all her films).
- 3.The BeguiledI loved so much about this movie. Every character is fleshed out with clear motivations, the clear dichotomy between the domestic interior with the wild outdoors, each shot is so beautifully crafted... and THAT ENDING! Felt VERY Sofia but also showed evolution as a storyteller.
- 2.SomewhereTorn with putting this ahead of The Virgin Suicides. But I think this is Coppola's true aesthetic, more so than the former film (also her first film). Love the take on celebrity culture and parental relationships, as well as the overall playfulness.
- 1.Lost in TranslationYou know this had to be first, right? The sparseness here is intoxicating, the acting sublime, and although I don't love most of the jokes as Asian culture's expense, the alienation of being in a different culture is relatable. This is a beautiful film.