AWFJ Women On Film – Sofia Coppola Checkes into the Movie Hotel – Carrie Rickey Comments

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Sofia Coppola, who won a screenwriting Oscar for “Lost in Translation,” her portrait of Americans adrift at Tokyo’s Park Hyatt, took top honors last week at the Venice Film Festival for “Somewhere,” her portrait of an estranged father and daughter who reunite at Hollywood’s storied Chateau Marmont. Coppola’s sense of the hotel as a scene of personal transformation is the opposite of that in William Wyler’s “Dodworth,” which suggests that people stay the same despite the change of scene. Read more>>

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Carrie Rickey

Carrie Rickey has been The Philadelphia Inquirer's film critic for 21 years and writes the newspaper's Flickgrrl blog. She has reviewed films as diverse as "Water" and "The Waterboy," profiled celebrities from Lillian Gish to Will Smith, and reported on technological beakthroughs from the video revolution to the rise of movies on demand. Her reviews are syndicated nationwide and she is a regular contributor to Entertainment Weekly, MSNBC and NPR. Rickey's essays appear in numerous anthologies, including "The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll," "The American Century," and the Library of America's "American Movie Critics."