Tag Archives: Francis Ford Coppola

March 2022 Viewing Diary

I’m going along my own viewing way, and then I get a gig, and everything changes. You can tell when it happens. Not announcing this gig yet, and will not be confirming or denying anything. The viewing diary is what … Continue reading

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This moment

Instantly recognizable at a glance. Oh, Fredo. Why.

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October 2019 Viewing Diary

Semper Fi (2019; d. Henry-Alex Rubin) Reviewed for Ebert. Metropolitan (1990; d. Whit Stillman) God, I love this movie. It’s so so strange. It weaves a spell. I love Whit Stillman. He’s a modern-day drawing-room-comedy guy, and it’s the 21st … Continue reading

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Present Tense: Death Scenes

William Holden, “Sunset Boulevard” For my next “Present Tense” column at Film Comment, I wrote about a long-time obsession – which I have covered from time to time here on my site: Actors performing death scenes. And a tribute to … Continue reading

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March 2019 Viewing Diary

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017; d. Catherine Bainbridge) Mum came and visited me and we watched this amazing documentary about the contributions Native Americans have made to music. It starts with Link Wray. I loved this documentary … Continue reading

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July 2017 Viewing Diary

Six Figures Getting Sick (1966; d. David Lynch) Natalie reminded me of this short film from David Lynch when we were discussing all of the vomit on Twin Peaks: The Return. I went back and watched it – it’s on … Continue reading

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Francis Ford Coppola on Cinema: “I feel like there’s a wonderful cinema in the future.”

My friend Miriam Bale reports back from the Marrakech International Film Festival, where Francis Ford Coppola gave what sounds like a hell of a talk to a group of journalists about the history of film and the future of cinema. … Continue reading

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“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

My second piece for Epicurious on food and film, this one on The Godfather.

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Sergio Leone presents:

Professor Serverus Snape’s Sorcerer-Tastic, Muggalicious Mid-Summer Movie Quiz. Long anticipated. Questions are awesome, thought-provoking (your SECOND favorite Francis Ford Coppola movie? Love it!) – and the answers are even better. I was unable to participate in the last two quizzes … Continue reading

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Through the Fishtank: Mickey Rourke in The Rainmaker

Francis Ford Coppola directed Mickey Rourke in Rumblefish in 1983. In 1997, Coppola put the by-then-fallen Mickey Rourke in The Rainmaker, where he played the sleazy lawyer Bruiser Stone. There is something about Mickey Rourke’s career that loops back in … Continue reading

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