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.
“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!
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,…
The term "apocalypse" has somehow come to define Armageddon, doomsday, or the so-called End Times. The original Greek word Apokalypsis means "revelation" or "change." That being said, Francis Ford Coppola's take on the Vietnam War is aptly named. Taken in modern context, ironically, the film suffered an, ahem, apocalyptic, production. Originally scheduled to be shot over six weeks, Apocalypse Now ended up taking 16 months.
Apocalypse Now almost seems like a product of David Lynch. It certainly feels nightmarish. The music, which sounds like something from Blade Runner, adds to an overall sense of surrealism. This does not feel like Francis Ford Coppola. Coming from the straightforwardness of The Godfather films, something like Apocalypse Now seems to come out of…
This is the end, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Ride of the Valkyries, I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
Rewatched this film again after fifteen years, and I must have changed significantly in this time, because where I once saw a bloated, meandering bit of excess, I now find a masterfully shot and acted piece of extremest cinema. Up there with The Godfathers.
Apocalypse Now is just a huge film, in all possible ways. An exploration into the horrors and destruction of war, the film explores it's effect on the human psyche, and does so to perfection. Narrative, concept, score and visual wise this film is undoubtedly a masterpiece. Every shot is completed to perfection. Colours are vibrant, evocative and tantalising. The acting is sublime. Altogether making an overwhelming, unforgettable and completely involving film.
An absolutely fantastic movie about how the horror and destruction of war dements and disturbs the human psyche. Absolutely astounding.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…