If the characters from Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis, weren't rich and grew up in the San Fernando Valley, they might have been the characters in The Bling Ring, the new film directed by Sofia Coppola.
Two new films comment on issues of youth, identity and a mythological Los Angeles, where hopes and dreams are sorted, destroyed, or sometimes ironically realized by those who are infamous, photogenic, and troubled.
"The Bling Ring," also known as the "Hollywood Hills Burglars," was a group of mostly of teenagers who burglarized the homes of celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Megan Fox, Lindsey Lohen, and others.
It'll be interesting to see how Sofia Coppola's new film, The Bling Ring, is viewed in a decade. The true events of the film -- a group of teens easily trespassing and stealing from celebrities that took place over a ten-month period in 2009 to 2010 -- already feels a little dated.