Apocalypse Now (#108)(#206)
Holy. Shit. This may be one of the most overwhelming and well-done films I’ve ever seen (and despite the superlatives, I don’t say that lightly). I know the hell that went into making it, but the final product is close to flawless. Vittorio Storaro’s photography is gorgeous, and the natural beauty of every shot makes the brutal content even more disturbing. Martin Sheen’s terrific, as are Robert Duvall and Frederic Forrest, but Marlon Brando was the film’s weakness from my perspective. Though the lighting utilized to show him is magnificent, he plays the character like a weird, hulking lizard. Francis Ford Coppola’s direction is amazing, though - especially in being able to pull any of this off with such a flawed shoot - and, despite the war, I absolutely loved this. I’d love to see a big screen print in a crowded theater if I could.