Francis Ford Coppola will never make another film like “The Godfather”, everyone is gradually realising this. ‘Tetro’, Coppola’s latest cinematic creation should be given it’s chance to breathe, rather than being viewed in constant comparison to Coppola’s past masterpieces. The trailer reveals a beautiful looking film, (shot mostly on digital) set in...
Making a film is simple; it’s as simple as picking up a camera. But...– Ramin Bahrani. The most important director working in America today.
Why the Lord of the Rings is not great.
Back in July I posted a short article entitled “Why Avatar Should Win Best Picture”. This article shares a similar unimaginative title and perhaps an even more disputable sentiment. After finishing University for the year I have had a criminal amount of free time. I have always thought about and heard about people indulging in glorious geek-marathons, watching the “Lord of the...
Noah Baumbach can do ineptitude and light misanthropy. Ben Stiller can do neurosis and cynicism. In retrospect, this film could hardly have been more suited to the director and lead actors’ sensibilities. Stiller plays Roger Greenberg, who, as with the case with every fortysomething bachelor who lives in a cycle of depression and isolation, is wallowing in his past failures, in this case a band...
‘My approach normally is to start from a point of color, meaning do I hear woodwind sounds or do I hear plucking sounds or bell sounds, and I try to build up. I normally start from a point of color as opposed to a point of melody, and that’s probably because I figure at some point I’ll have to write melody anyway, so it’s kind of a given, whereas color is just fun to...
‘Editing is visual music, and all of the sensitivity to rhythm and pace...– Walter Murch, editor in Apocalypse Now
Valery Todorovsky's 'Hipsters'
‘It’s not often that a film festival offers free swing-dance lessons and a performance by a jazz-swing orchestra to celebrate a screening, but then Russian director Valery Todorovsky’s toe-tapping take on the jazz counterculture of the 1950s Soviet Union, Hipsters, is quite unlike any other Russian film made recently. The first Russian musical produced since long before the...
ESSAY: Sunset Boulevard
Billy Wilder was one of the pioneering auteurs of the aesthetic that in later years came to be known as ‘film noir’. 1944’s Double Indemnity proved to be a noir touchstone, acerbic and cynical, highlighting capitalist greed and postwar anxiety and serving as a wake up call to Hollywood with what Douglas Pratt describes as essentially a ‘collision of evil and the mundane’. Wilder’s 1950...
Francis Ford Coppola on why he loves movies
‘I often think that there’s only been a hundred years of finema and yet the amount of masterpieces that have been done are amazing. I can only conclude that the human race was waiting for cinema so they could pour this out because how else could there have been so many great films even in the first 30 years?’
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Regarding 2007’s The Ex: The film has recently attained a cult following similar to that of the movie The Room for its abysmal quality, although midnight screenings lampooning the film have yet to be planned.