A Perfect Shot: Vittorio Storaro on a warrior reborn in 'Apocalypse Now'

Posted by · 2:14 pm · June 17th, 2015

Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro recalls one of the most iconic and defining images of the 1979 masterwork “Apocalypse Now.”

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Guardian does the ‘all-time greatest’ meme

Posted by · 6:05 pm · October 21st, 2010

Ah, lists. The gift that keeps giving — particularly in the world of film blogging, where they provide snappy short-form content, invite numerous comments and generate multiple hits when spread across a zillion pages. Last year’s flood of end-of-decade countdowns surely satisfied even the most ardent list fanatic for a good few months, but with […]

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When one decade isn’t enough

Posted by · 4:24 pm · December 4th, 2009

Amid the plethora of “best of the 2000s” lists doing the rounds, the London Film Critics’ Circle has decided to go one (or two, rather) better. Since the end of this decade coincides with the organization’s 30th anniversary, they’ve rather oddly elected five standout films of the last three decades. Take note that it’s not […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 Robert Duvall performances

Posted by · 8:06 am · September 29th, 2009

With “Get Low” bringing actor Robert Duvall back to the spotlight, and Sony’s purchase of the film no doubt landing him in the Oscar race for Best Actor (whether released this year or next), I thought perhaps a look back at the legend’s substantial carer and best performances might be fun. Since his first brilliant […]

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INTERVIEW: Robert Duvall

Posted by · 4:27 pm · September 15th, 2009

Toronto Film Festival Sitting down with Robert Duvall is more than a little intimidating. The man does not suffer fools, nor does he have a lot of time for small talk or stupid questions. He likes to talk, but he also likes an informed conversation.  As he nears 80, he is still a force of […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Closing Cannes and opening ‘Up’

Posted by · 2:36 am · May 30th, 2009

• The Cannes Film Festival wrapped up, with Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” taking the gold, and “Antichrist” nabbing honors too. (The Ecumenical Jury was less impressed.) • In the wake of the festival, we offered an updated survey of the Oscar landscape ahead. • With “Up” finally hitting our screens this week, we chatted […]

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‘Apocalypse Now’ — 30 years later

Posted by · 9:30 am · May 29th, 2009

It was 30 years ago this summer I stumbled out of the old University Theater on Bloor Street in Toronto in shock, too dazed to speak, to stunned to make human contact. Finding a bench on the street I sat down and tried to collect my thoughts. I was 20 years old, an acting student […]

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POLL: The most influential films of all time, round one, part two

Posted by · 2:07 pm · April 22nd, 2009

And with that, part one of the first round of voting comes to a close.  Go here for the background on our survey. Today, we have 10 fresh titles in the left sidebar for you to rifle through on the way to choosing THREE worthy of moving forward to the next round.  Each poll throughout […]

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Coming in June: Coppola’s ‘Tetro.’ Will it bring him back?

Posted by · 3:39 pm · March 13th, 2009

No other director in the history of the cinema dominated a 10-year span as Francis Ford Coppola did the 1970s. Beyond directing four of the decade’s greatest films — “The Godfather”, “The Godfather, Part II”, “The Conversation” and “Apocalypse Now” — his name was on “Patton” and “The Great Gatsby” as screenwriter and “American Graffiti” […]

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Why (and how) I became a film critic

Posted by · 6:11 am · December 24th, 2008

I think this is important to state right now.  Why do Kris, Guy, Gerard, Blake, Brian and I do what we do? How did we get on this path?  Obviously, I cannot speak for them, but here’s my story and some insight into why I love film, and how deeply that love goes. Though my […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 films of the 1970s

Posted by · 11:42 am · November 18th, 2008

When critics and historians of the cinema sit down to discuss uh, cinema, the conversation almost always turns to the great decades in movie history. And n nearly conversation I’ve been a part of, the 1970s reigns supreme as the single decade of brilliance. It was a time of enormous artistic growth for film, as […]

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INTERVIEW: Dennis Hopper

Posted by · 10:39 am · November 6th, 2008

The voice on other end of the line sounds nothing like the many wild and somewhat insane characters Dennis Hopper has portrayed throughout his career, which now spans more than 50 years. This is a man who has walked with James Dean (his mentor), John Wayne (who affectionately labeled him a “pinko”) and Francis Ford […]

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Some suggestions for Special Edition DVDs

Posted by · 6:51 am · September 23rd, 2008

Every week, much to the delight of my children, several packages arrive at my door containing DVDs, movies that are not yet released in the home market that I am expected to review. Tough work, ain’t it? Seriously, I would do what I do just for the free movies. That said, I have followed the […]

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Walking away with it

Posted by · 10:40 am · August 30th, 2008

I remember slipping into a small theater in 1987 to see something called “Street Smart,” the new Christopher Reeve film that I had no particular interest in, to be quite honest. Two hours later I emerged knowing two things: Morgan Freeman was a brilliant actor, and he would be nominated for an Academy Award. In […]

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Robert Duvall: the screen’s greatest, ignored too often

Posted by · 5:18 pm · July 27th, 2008

“There are two greats in America right now.  The first is Brando, whose best work is behind him, and the other is Robert Duvall.” Legendary acting guru Sanford Meisner said those words in the 1960s.  He trained Robert Duvall at the Nieghborhood Playhouse in the late 1950s and early 1960s before the actor’s screen debut […]

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Cimino and Oscar

Posted by · 1:27 pm · June 3rd, 2008

Lots of talk about deserving (and undeserving) directors in the Oscar chatting this week. Let’s take it to specifics with one race that stood out to a few commenters. It seemed in the spring of 1979, following the Oscar ceremony, there was a sense in the industry that if the Academy could have taken back […]

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Great Oscarless directors

Posted by · 3:50 am · June 1st, 2008

Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick, Preston Sturges, Ernest Lubitsch, Hal Ashby, Alan J. Pakula, Sidney Lumet, Spike Lee, Paul Thomas Anderson. Collectively they represent some of the greatest directors in the history of the cinema, and together they share one rather unbelievable fact…not one of them is a Academy Award winner for […]

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Will Francis Ford Coppola ever see an Oscar again?

Posted by · 5:03 pm · May 13th, 2008

The first time I saw “Apocalypse Now” I staggered out of the theater stunned by what I had seen on screen. I remember sitting on Bloor Street with this burning need to tell people what I just witnessed, what I had seen and how profoundly it had galvanized my soul. At that moment I began […]

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