A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
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.
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,…
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…
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…
Cannot write cohesive thoughts at this time.
I'll leave you with this:
W O W!!!
"It was a like a surrealist nightmarish hellhole; it's beautiful but watching it makes me feel like I'm suffocating in a humid junglish circus."
It’s an interesting movie, and it has beautiful cinematography, but it’s really dark and heavy. I expected it to be like that, but it was still overwhelming. After endless hours of people dying and losing their minds, I was just like, "show me Brando already," hoping that maybe his appearance would mark the end of all the dark, heavy bullshit. But of course, Brando’s appearance really just furthered that darkness and heaviness.
I was also aware of how these dark themes were quite similar to those of Heart of Darkness, which I didn’t read, but I know the plot of. Besides the having similar themes, both stories shared the element of treating the native people in the story like props.
Otherwise, the movie was really fascinating.
"I've seen horrors... horrors that you've seen. But you have no right to call me a murderer. You have a right to kill me. You have a right to do that... but you have no right to judge me. It's impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means. Horror... Horror has a face... and you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not, then they are enemies to be feared. They are truly enemies! I remember when I was with Special Forces... seems a thousand centuries ago. We went into a camp to inoculate some children. We left the camp after we…
"Charlie non fa surf"
La cosa incredibile di questo film è che ti fa capire che Charlie, probabilmente, il surf lo fa.
Non servono parole, capolavoro, e caposaldo storico del genere, di fianco ad altri mostri come Full Metal Jacket, La Sottile Linea Rossa o Platoon. //
"CHarlie don't surf"
The amazing thing about this film is that it's telling you that Charlie, probably, do surf.
No words needed, absolute masterpiece and cornerstone of its genre, alongside other legends like Full Metal Jacket, The Thin Red Line or Platoon.
Perhaps the greatest war film ever made, Apocalypse Now has an interesting premise which serves as an excuse to send our main characters through various locales in the jungles of Vietnam. Martin Sheen's performance is brilliantly complex, and when the mysterious Kurtz is finally introduced, Brando absolutely steals the show. Great film.
This movie was one of the most action packed movies Ive ever seen; just the opening picture to the movie lets you know its going to be intense. This movie I found also highlighted the struggle for survival in the Vietnam war and how violent and ruthless war can actually be as well as mostly detailing the disastrous US involvement. The stories plot as well as characters are also well thought out with the mysterious Kurtz who wages his own wars who is the main focus or objection of the main character Marlow who comes to realize that Kurtz is a subsequent aspect of his own self. Even though most of the story happens on the small military boat on…
The sound design MAKES this thing, also BREAKS me. Cannot understand enough how heavily Apocalypse is crafted through its synth-ish trills of nightmare song and distorting dissolves.
Eglītis @ FHM:
"Gribās episku kariņu? Te būs! Aizmirsti padomju bērnību, kad katru vakaru rādīja kaut kādu patosainu propogandas kara filmu, aizmirsti bērnību 90os, kad videomaģī ik vakaru griezās Stallones un Švarca kariņi. Šī ir lieta kas uz visiem laikiem mainīja kara filmu standartus, vienalga ko tu skaties:"Glābjot ierindnieku Raienu", "Rambo" vai "Full Metal Jacket", vai "Forestu Gampu" Vjietnamas epizodes, vai "Pludmale" epizodes kur Di Kaprio spēlē kariņu savās iedomās, tas viss nebūtu iespējams bez šīs filmas.
OK, Rambo stila džekiem šis vairāk kā 3h darbs būs par nogurdinošu, par filozofisku, par moralizējošu utt, bet ne jau visi tici pasaku tēlam Džonam Rambo. Ņemot vērā, ka Kopola šo filmēja 16 mēnēšus, kopā uzņēmot vairāk kā 200 stundu materiāla, tad gala…
the rare film that bathes in its own brilliance and actually deserves to. truly horrifying and relentlessly cynical, coppola's epic ought to be considered the most influential and truthful war film of all time. it sticks in your mind and makes the rest of the day feel hazy, ominous and bleak.
When it comes to people going crazy in the jungle, I'll stick with Aguirre thank you very much.
inspired by Jack Bower's most recent list, I decided to do an interactive list where you just comment your favorite…
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