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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.
“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,…
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!
Francis Ford Coppola’s epic (and when I say epic, I mean bigger than epic) war film about Vietnam is considered one of the greatest films ever made and after rewatching it for the I-don’t-know-how-many time, I am still blown away by the impact it has on me. The film has a storied production, it took 16 months to film and many years to edit, but the film has also influenced pop culture in a way that no other film before or since has done so. The main theme at play is the insanity of war and how that insanity affects the soldiers who fight.
Captain Ben Willard (Martin Sheen) is sent on a mission up the Nung River, where he…
Vibrant, shadowy, methodical, and brilliantly insane; Apocalypse Now might just be the finest film from Francis Ford Coppola's filmography. It is a cinematic experience like none other; a journey into the heart of the human soul, with darkness and depravity lurking in every pitch-black corner.
The direction by Francis Ford Coppola is genius. With a variety of textured close-ups, wide and grand battle shots, and stunning moments of beauty; Coppola crafts a slow and subtle film that is easy to get lost in.
The cinematography by Vittorio Storaro is the finest ever committed to film. No exaggeration, no hyperbole; there is no finer accomplishment in the history of film when it comes to cinematography. The lush green and orange hues,…
It is well known that the process of creating the masterpiece that is Apocalypse Now was plagued with difficulties. This is only suitable for a film that depicts the descent into insanity so well as it does, only accommodating for a film that captures the confusion of war and battle so well as it does.
The film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, follows Captain Willard, a mentally unstable, but generally capable captain entrusted with the mission of killing a renegade colonel who has entrenched himself deep in the jungles of Vietnam, commanding an army of locals to which he is God. This mission, this prerogative takes him through the luscious green jungles of the enemy and forces the Captain and…
... The horror...
Everything that needs to be said about the brilliance of this film has been said before. The film captures the intensity of Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness in all its glory, adapting it brilliantly to comment on the war in Vietnam. Here comes the but, the reason why this classic has been docked its star: Marlon Brando.
He isn't Kurtz. He hasn't been living in the jungle for years, he hasn't had an insight into the human soul. He hasn't even witnessed the horror. I do not believe his performance and cannot see passed the overweight and self absorbed blob on the screen. The only way to bend his performance is if Brando himself embodies the fatal flaws of westernised culture, though that Brando could hold himself up as an example to anyone is beyond the stretch of my imagination.
"The man is clear in his mind, but his soul is mad."
When I was a kid, like many children my age my first, real palpable fear was of a monster under my bed. I think most people can identify with this. When I got tucked in for the night and the lights were shut off, my mind ran wild. In the pitch black nothingness, danger lurked, or so I was convinced. Different manifestations of "the monster" assaulted my imagination, everything from the look of the beast to its voice, its smell, its size, its demeanor, its intentions. Was it there to scare me? Eat me? Kill me? Of course, I called for…
What can I say; this film is epic. Having watched the Hearts of darkness film about the making of Apocalypse Now, and Apocalypse Now, and much commentary on Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Francis Coppola, and John milius, the screenwriter, I think i have developed a profound affection for this film. It encompasses everything about a film that makes a film great.
As film director Francis Coppola stated, " This film is not about Vietnam, it is Vietnam". I think that statement kind of sums up the whole attitude of this film.
I used to think if I died in an evil place, then my soul wouldn't be able to make it to heaven. But now? Fuck! I mean, I don't care where it goes, as long as it ain't here.
The shadows - and the light.
The horror...the horror...
Pure Victory. That is how you describe this film, and how Francis Ford Coppola succeeded despite the immense, overwhelming pressure he had making it. A true classic, that captures the essence of war, violence and the human condition perfectly.
Finally watched this classic! Such a powerful film that is definitely up there with the like of other classics such as the Shawshank Redemption and The Godfather. The acting, the setting, the music, the mood/atmosphere and directing of this film was absolutely stunning. Right from Captain Willard's hallucinations in his room in Saigon up to the terrifying compound of Kurtz, i was gripped in the tight lock of the powerful story. Never will i forget those last words "the horror... the horror". First off Martin Sheen was superb as the determined and deteriorating Captain Willard. Marlon Brando's small amount of screen time was necessary to provide that shock value when we eventually met him and then force the audience into…
It's really difficult for me to formulate my thoughts about this movie right now. I just witnessed madness. That much is for sure. I was hooked absolutely the entire time throughout the entire 2.5ish hour run time. This journey truly was a trip (no pun intended) and the world it put me in was extremely mystique. I have never seen anything quite like it, and I honestly would like to see it again at some point for the sake of further analysis. This movie felt like it had a lot to say, and i wasn't able to take it all in on one viewing.
Overall, i definitely was mortified by but still enjoyed this movie immensely. The end of this…
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…