Here at The Dishmaster, I admittedly play favorites. After all, connections make the world go round, right? So my general blogging rule is that if someone I know and like, stars in a movie, and the movie is shit, I will leave it off the blog. What I won’t do is lie in my post. So when I found out that Stephen Dorff, a close family friend, was starring in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, I thought to myself: wow, this better be good. Because there’s nothing worse than a family friend noticing their suspicious absence from your blog. Lucky for me, and for anyone out there that still values quality movies, Somewhere is a hit at the Venice Film Festival, and it’s looking like an Oscar contender. In fact, Movieline (my favorite entertainment news website), had this to say about Stephen’s performance:
Dorff is an underappreciated and underused actor; he was marvelous as Stu Sutcliffe in Iain Softley’s 1994 Backbeat . . . but he hasn’t had many roles worthy of him in the years since. He’s superb here: As a guy whose days as a young hunk are on the wane, Johnny is grabbing at everything and grasping nothing, and Dorff captures his flailing ambivalence perfectly.
I would like to extend a big congratulations to Sofia Coppola and Stephen Dorff. Watch the trailer for the film below.
*UPDATE: Somewhere was just awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, which is considered the highest honor.