Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of Stoker’s vampire fantasy is a phantasmagoric, fever dream of a movie

Bram Stoker's Dracula(1992), directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and starring Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves and Anthony Hopkins, with Gary Oldman reprising the iconic vampire, is a visually stunning exercise in old-fashioned movie magic that takes the viewer into an enchanting and terrifying dream world. Orson Welles, who directed an adaptation of “Dracula” for his radio … Continue reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of Stoker’s vampire fantasy is a phantasmagoric, fever dream of a movie

The Godfather Part II: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro redefines screen acting with their astounding performances in Francis Ford Coppola’s ultimate American epic

Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part II(1974), starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and Lee Strasberg, is an extraordinary continuation to the director's magnum opus, The Godfather(1972). In many ways, the film is even better than its predecessor, and marks the height of auteur-driven  New-Hollywood cinema of the 1970s. The Godfather … Continue reading The Godfather Part II: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro redefines screen acting with their astounding performances in Francis Ford Coppola’s ultimate American epic

The Godfather Part III\Coda: Coppola’s tweaks to his flawed yet fascinating epilogue to the classic Godfather duology is trivial, self-serving and unnecessary

Francis Ford Coppola's recut version of The Godfather Part III(1990) has an overlong title, Mario Puzo's The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, but his ambitions are limited to that of a petulant child (or a parent), who wants to foist his originally conceived title on the film and to enhance his daughter's performance. … Continue reading The Godfather Part III\Coda: Coppola’s tweaks to his flawed yet fascinating epilogue to the classic Godfather duology is trivial, self-serving and unnecessary

Apocalypse Now: Francis Ford Coppola’s surrealistic, psychedelic, metaphysical Odyssey into heart of darkness is as hypnotic as ever

It was about forty-two years ago that Francis Ford Coppola premiered his long delayed, troubled production, Apocalypse Now, in Cannes. The film was not yet finished and it was shown as a work in progress. But still it won the Palme D'or. Looks like the film is still a work in progress for Coppola. He … Continue reading Apocalypse Now: Francis Ford Coppola’s surrealistic, psychedelic, metaphysical Odyssey into heart of darkness is as hypnotic as ever