All posts tagged "francis ford coppola"

  • Entertainment
    Blu-ray Roundup: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, WEEKEND, FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA: FIVE-FILM COLLECTION, and DICK TRACY

      In many ways, Benh Zeitlin\’s debut feature Beasts of the Southern Wild is the best film of 2012.  No other film this year (that I\’ve seen, anyways) has conjured up such a tactile sense of place and time.  As we follow six-year-old Hushpuppy (newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis) through the storm-devastated remains of...

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    Movie Review: The Strange, Sublime Charms of PATTON

    Having never seen the 1970 war epic Patton, I assumed that it would be the kind of rah-rah hagiography that brings out the worst in the war movie.  I mean, it was the big winner at the 1971 Academy Awards Ceremony (it garnered seven Oscars, including ones for Best Actor, Best Director,...

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    CultureMob Giveaway: Win Jo Nesbø’s HEADHUNTERS in Paperback

    If you fancy yourself a pulp fiction fan, do yourself a favor and check out the novels of Jo Nesbø.  Many have compared the Norwegian author’s crime thrillers to Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy,” but for my money, Nesbø has Larsson beat.  While both share an affinity for grisly doings in the frozen European North (Norway for...

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    Movie Review: LONDON BOULEVARD May Be a Mess, But It’s a Glorious Mess

    With his directorial debut, London Boulevard, Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan (of The Departed fame) has created a one-of-a-kind failure, and I can\’t recommend it highly enough.  This isn\’t just a bad movie; anyone can make a bad movie.  This is a fiasco, where moments of wonderful characterization and creative invention exist...

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    The Best of 2011: Top Ten Blu-rays Edition

    2011 was the year of the catalog release: industry analysts observed the trends, crunched the data, and determined that Blu-ray is here to stay, at least until we humans get mini-entertainment processors installed in our brains.  You could sense the movie studios relaxing, safe in the knowledge that administering HD upgrades to...

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    Blu-ray Roundup: The Criterion Collection’s BLOW OUT

    To hear cast and crew tell it, the eventual box office failure of Blow Out was inevitable.  In an hour-long interview on The Criterion Collection\’s new Blu-ray, writer/director Noah Baumbach grills Blow Out director Brian De Palma on the commercial reception of the film, and De Palma cites the film\’s primary influences...