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Thursday, August 4 2011

The 100 Essential Directors Part 2: Robert Bresson to David Cronenberg

Our second day of "100 Essential Directors" could loosely be described as one that defines "influential." Each of the auteurs sandwiched in between Robert Bresson and David Cronenberg has left a lasting mark on cinema, each employing a signature style that is unmistakable.


Wednesday, June 22 2011

Obsession As the Driver Behind the Road Movie

Since Jack Kerouac's On the Road, the notion of hitting the road to "anywhere but here" speaks to us not of grand rolling landscapes, but of an emergence into a truer, freer, state of being than our everyday routines allow.


Sunday, October 10 2010

A Giant Shadow: The Continuing Influence of Akira Kurosawa on World Cinema

Today it is impossible to imagine a world without the films of Akira Kurosawa. He is easily regarded as one of the very greatest directors in the history of film, having made a host of first tier masterpieces.


Columns

Monday, January 14 2013

More Than Any Other New American Director, Francis Ford Coppola Reminds Me of Orson Welles

Lifted from over a 40-year period, the Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection showcases the director's flexibility under circumstances dire and ideal. It also confirms his auteurist consistency.


Thursday, December 9 2010

Sex & Death & Rock 'n' Roll or, The Kids Weren't Alright

Three turn-of-the-'70s movies, freshly available through Warner Archives, give us distorted reflections of a moment when peace, love and the "youth movement" became linked with murder in the popular imagination.


Reviews

Friday, June 21 2013

'Twixt' Is Francis Ford Coppola's Story of Artistic Reinvention

Some directors mellow in their late careers while others amp up their eccentricities; Francis Ford Coppola seems to have done both. Twixt is a bizarre assemblage of techniques that’s at once amateurish and brilliant, lackadaisical and carefully controlled.


Tuesday, May 11 2010

Gorgeous Black-and-White Images Give Tetro a Classic, Timeless Look

Aside from the beauty of the black-and-white images, the greatest appeal of Tetro is the way director Francis Ford Coppola plays with his storytelling, incorporating a love for all forms of art.


Wednesday, June 4 2008

Youth Without Youth

"You learn more quickly, more profoundly in dreams" -- the audience becomes a part of the hallucinations.


Tuesday, December 18 2007

Youth Without Youth

Based on the writings of Mircea Eliade, Francis Ford Coppola's first movie in 10 years is goofy, contrived, and self-absorbed.


Thursday, October 4 2007

Bram Stokers Dracula

Coppola's take on Bram Stoker's masterpiece is a visual stunning feast worth revisiting in a Collector's Edition that is more than just a time capsule.


Blogs

Friday, August 12 2011

100 Essential Directors - Francis Ford Coppola

100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.


Tuesday, September 7 2010

Coppola's 'The Conversation': A Love Letter to the Process of Making Art

The Conversation is a tour de force, but it’s a quiet tour de force. In fact, it is just about impossible to imagine a movie like this being made today.


News

Monday, May 21 2012

The curse of ‘The Godfather, Part III’ — fuhgeddaboutit

Francis Ford Coppola is off the hook. After 22 years, the visionary director can hold his head high again. The world has forgiven him for “The


Thursday, June 18 2009

Francis Ford Coppola gets personal with his new film

SEATTLE — Francis Ford Coppola, at 70, is back where he started. The legendary filmmaker has watched his career rise and fall over the past four decades,


Thursday, January 24 2008

Still larger than life, Francis Ford Coppola now thinks smaller

It's been 10 years since the great Francis Ford Coppola made a movie, 10 years since we've read stories about him battling the elements, the studios, the


Wednesday, December 19 2007

Lightning strikes Francis Ford Coppola again

Francis Ford Coppola, director of classics, blockbusters, oddities and misfires, has returned to the screen with a metaphysical mystery. Weary of the cumbersome machinery of


Sunday, February 25 2007

Francis Ford Coppola returns to directing movies

Francis Ford Coppola While Martin Scorsese is finally poised to win the directing Oscar for an entertainingly efficient piece of genre work ("The Departed"), an


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