"The Horror. The Horror."
When I first read Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, I wondered how it could be portrayed on film... Let's just say I'm a dumbass, it was already done--Coppola already did it (the madman!!!). And did it, he did. Equal parts disturbing, ambiguous and mystifying (just like its source material), Apocalypse Now is an immersive experience; this film is disguised as a war movie when it's so so so much more than that. The technique, the tightness of editing, the score, soundtrack... Coppola really did achieve something here, didn't he? I can't believe I put off watching this for so long. It's obvious to me now how this is part of film canon.
EDIT: Wish I had watched this before I read Heart of Darkness, I probably wouldn't have been so lost.