Sunday, 22 March 2015

Apocalypse Now (1979) The horror...the horror



Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
153 Minutes (Theatrical) 200 Minutes (Redux)
War
USA
I think at this point this film has been analysed, critiqued and reviewed fully. However, these are my thoughts and I wish to express them. I had watched this about 3 years ago, in the Redux version, and even the harrowing final moments didn’t seem to stick with me as they did when watching the theatrical cut second time round. On that first viewing, I wasn't big on the film and it took me so long to watch it again. I am glad I did. I now realise that it is possible the greatest war film ever made, and one that not only explores the insanity of war, but insight to the human psyche. Francis Ford Coppola had a great run of films in the 70s, which seem to shadow the rest of his career. This film is a nightmare of hellish violence. Note: Before I continue, there will be several spoilers, as I will go in-depth about scenes in the film.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Collection Update 8# Youtube Video



Latest video is now up, looking at some recent Blu ray and DVD purchases. Be sure to check out the channel for many other videos!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

American Beauty (1999) Suburban Nightmares

Directed by: Sam Mendes
119 Minutes 
Drama, Comedy
USA
Everything is in crisis. Masculinity. The American Dream. The family. Sexuality. Individuality. Purpose. America. Beauty. This is American Beauty. 16 years on this film still feels fresh, relevant and highly entertaining. Having now seen it three times, I enjoyed soaking up the information on screen, and you get a real sense of what the film communicates and stands for. The writing from Alan Ball, direction from Sam Mendes and performance by Kevin Spacey are just a few things I love about this movie. This review has a good few spoilers so don’t read beyond the third paragraph!

 
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