Francis Ford Coppola

Dementia 13

You’re a Big Boy Now

Finian’s Rainbow

The Rain People

The Godfather 100
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The Conversation 82
[ Surveillance, obsession, paranoia… This low-key thriller starring Gene Hackman is clearly a precursor to “Blow Out”, but I gotta say: ultimately, I prefer De Palma’s film to Coppola’s. ]

The Godfather Part II 95
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Apocalypse Now 100
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One from the Heart 57
[ Coppola’s follow-up to his masterpiece “Apocalypse Now” was a spectacular box-office and critical failure, and you can kinda see why. “One from the Heart” is uneven and oddly stylized, like some sort of highly theatrical live television drama, Frederic Forrest and Teri Garr aren’t very exciting in the leads and the characters they play are hard to follow and care about as they fall in and out of love over and over. On the other hand, the movie does have delightful supporting turns by Raul Julia and Nastassja Kinski, a great Tom Waits song score and brilliantly colourful and inventive cinematography. It’s a failure alright, but a darn interesting one. ]

The Outsiders

Rumble Fish

The Cotton Club

Peggy Sue Got Married 79
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Gardens of Stone

Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Life Without Zoe 12
[ Coppola’s contribution to New York Stories is an absolutely annoying short about a snotty rich girl involved, her touting musician father and model mother, a stolen diamond and a rich boy. It’s all corny and boring, it’s badly written and directed and the acting is awful, not to mention the suck-ass music. If you know what’s good for you, fast-forward through this dud. ]

The Godfather Part III 70
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Bram Stoker’s Dracula


The Rainmaker

Youth Without Youth 39
[ Scorsese finally won the Oscar, Spielberg and Lucas just did a new “Indiana Jones. Coppola? After 10 years away, he comes back with what he says is a particularly personal film, but between us, it’s actually mostly a dull mess. Starring Tim Roth as a 70-something professor who miraculously finds himself young again after being struck by lighting, this incoherent tale also involves a Nazi scientist, the American secret services, a doppelgänger of Roth’s character, and a young woman who seems to be the reincarnation of his dead wife AND to be possessed by a mystical Indian figure. “Youth Without Youth” is an ambitious picture and there are some interesting ideas here and there about the nature of time and memory, but the screenplay is all over the place, alternately didactic and obtuse, and entirely devoid of a compelling narrative drive. It’s at its best when it embraces how melodramatic, absurd and pulpy this material is. Alas, more often than not, Coppola takes himself way too seriously and this David Lynch knockoff is ultimately a spectacular failure. ]