All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
This is the end...
At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.
Spellbinding, haunting, unsettling, harrowing, visionary, hypnotic, artistic, hallucinatory & completely bizarre, Apocalypse Now is a unique cinema which, in its pursuit of portraying the dark nature of human psyche, ventured so deep into the abyss that it itself transformed into possibly the most insane piece of cinematic art there ever has been in motion picture history. Notable for its well-documented troubled production, the traumatic experience of which evidently seeped into the final product, and also succeeding as the most potent & powerful inspection of the horrors of war captured on-screen, each & every frame of Apocalypse Now has madness written all over it and yet there is no denying that it is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the greatest films…
“Someday this war’s gonna end.”
Chills. When that serene green landscape with those beautiful palm trees and the curling yellow fumes bursts into flame, when the beat drops and that voice begins to sing this is the end, I felt chills run up and down my spine. This was going to be something great. I could feel it in my bones.
What do you get when you give a brilliant, hubristic mind the freedom to make whatever the fuck he likes, however he likes? What do you get after two of the most beautiful films ever made, two films that managed to marry art and commercial success in a way that so few had managed to achieve on such a…
This an example of film making at its finest. Honestly, I don't know a whole lot about the infamous production of Apocalypse Now, other than the fact that it was awful; and yet, the way the film is crafted and put together is so incredible. The troubled production probably increased the hysteria and darkness that the film conveys as it journeys into the dark hearts of men and their desires.
The film has a simple premise, US Army Captain Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen) is ordered on a covert mission into Cambodia to assassinate a Green Beret, Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has gone insane and set himself up as a god among the local native tribe. It's an accessible premise,…
The rain patters deliberately. It's trying. It's trying real hard to cool off the world, but to no avail. The endless sweat parading down the faces of the losing minds and the tired souls only enhances the fever dreams and the sights of the figures within the shadows. The greatest cinematographic achievement of all time.
Art imitates life, so the saying goes, yet in the case of Apocalypse Now with its tortured and maddening production, life imitated art. The film’s problematic production is almost as legendary as the film itself yet this difficult development seeps into every frame. It is hard to imagine that the film would have so brilliantly captured the feverish descent into darkness if the making of the film had been such an effortless experience. It brilliantly depicts the hallucinatory hell of war because it was hell for those involved in its creation.
It is hard to imagine a film like this was made in the first place. A big budget movie with an impressive star cast that is more dreamy and…
Between the stunning visuals, the pyro gone unabashedly wild, the characters like Kilgore who deliver epic lines like "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" to the tune of Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries! I found I was completely overcome by the relentless onslaught of Francis Ford Coppola's vision to the point of curling up in the fetal position due to a severe case of sensory overload!
One of the greatest films ever made.
This is daunting. I feel like nothing I say will do it justice. If love War movies, watch it. If you are a lover of film, watch it. If you've already seen it, watch it again. That's all that I can really say.
This is war at its most visceral.
Redux, at Tiff.
I first saw Apocalypse Now when I was 16. It was close to midnight, and being a dumb kid I decided to put on the DVD, thinking I'd fall asleep. Surely the 200 minute film would have to be watched in parts. I did not fall asleep, though. Instead I sat there, watching on my computer screen, completely in awe. Stunned. Here was a film like nothing I'd ever seen before. That holds true to today. I have never seen a film I'd call better than Apocalypse Now. One may exist, but I haven't encountered it. Seeing it on the big screen was the culmination of a decade's worth of cinephilia, and I could not be more ecstatic about it.
Was blessed to witness the Redux version on the big screen; clearly the best version by a far margin. 202 minutes of being drunk on the most high-achieving cinema ever made.
Darkness revealed through a master of light, pace of film, and unbiassed sentiments. Ford operates in a dreamlike world that holds reality at such a close glance that it seems abstract. It is a masterpiece of cinema that has no roof to stop viewers from coming back.
War is a nightmare. No film has delved into that nightmare as effectively and profoundly as Apocalypse now.
The river goes straight through the madness, and brings us and Willard to its core, Kurtz. On the way there it slowly morphs into insanity, the fog and multi colored flares begin to create a dreamlike haze. The river takes them on a journey, stopping off at new encounters each more bizarre then the last. As they get closer to him, they start to become more serious and more disturbing, as they go deeper into the nightmare. The slaughter becomes more personal, and can't be shaken off with a promise of waves to surf or whatever gets them through. Willard knows what…
Captain Willard, is sent on a secret mission to terminate a renegade colonel in the cambodian jungle, who now declares himself as a god among the tribe that follows him.
I finally got around to watching this film and what I walk away with after viewing it is Wow! is what I think while watching this film just wow. Apocalypse Now was released in 1979, before digital effects, before the advanced technology we have today. However while watching this film, I felt like one of the realest films I've ever seen, Martin Sheen plays captain Willard, the weathered protagonist of the film, at least the closest the film has to one, Martin sheen plays the role near to perfection, showing…
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…