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No amount of bad "buzz" should ever keep you from avoiding a movie you want to see, especially when it's a film that comes from someone like Francis Ford Coppola. Not to overstate the obvious, but the director of The Godfather, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, and (the excellent) Tucker: The Man and His Dream has more than earned the benefit of the doubt, plus it's no secret that Mr. Coppola has a clear admiration for horror cinema; some of his other films include The Terror (1963), Dementia 13 (also 1963), and a fairly impressive 1992 rendition of Dracula.
Having said all of that, the filmmaker's latest -- a bizarre and languid horror mash-up known as Twixt -- is an appealing mess (if I'm being kind) and an eye-tickling analysis of how a writer finds his muse (if I'm being smart), but it's recommended only to A) Coppola completists, B) Val Kilmer fans, and C) Edgar Allen Poe fanatics. »
- Scott Weinberg
In 1983, Francis Ford Coppola had plenty of greatness under his belt from The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather: Part II and Apocalypse Now, but some may say 1982's One from the Heart was the beginning of the end... at least the end of the Coppola we came to know in the '70s. Sure, The Godfather: Part III saw seven Oscar nominations, but ask anyone and they're sure to point it out as the weakest of the trilogy by a mile. Films such as Peggy Sue Got Married, Dracula and even The Rainmaker aren't half-bad and I'll happily admit to loving 90% of Tetro, but the Coppola star doesn't shine as it once did. Such a situation can result in films being forgotten, overlooked and never revisited again. The lack of appreciation for the last 30 years of Coppola's directorial career has allowed me to easily avoid -- wrongly or not -- »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – One of director Tim Burton’s great actor collaborators is the veteran performer Martin Landau. Landau voices Mr. Rsykruski, a science teacher who inspires young Victor Frankenstein in “Frankenweenie,” released on Blu-Ray on January 8th. This is part of Laudau’s magnificent 60 year career in film, television, stage and acting instruction.
It’s difficult to sum up Landau’s career because of it’s depth and breadth. The 84 year old actor was born in Brooklyn, New York, and had an early interest in cartooning for newspapers. He worked as an illustrator for the New York Daily News for five years, before the acting bug bit him. He was in an exceptional era and place for the craft, as Lee Strasberg’s Actor’s Studio was being formulated, and out of the 2000 applicants for 1955 only two were selected – Martin Landau and Steve McQueen. From there he began a stage career in Manhattan, »
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3 items from 2013
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