My 100 favorite films. Entry #28: Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now (1979)
directed by Francis Ford Coppola
written by John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola
starring Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Frederic Forrest, Dennis Hopper and Marlon Brando
country: usa
genre: war

Visuals: 10
Writing: 8
Everyday watchability: 4

Quite possibly the most gorgeous film ever on the subject of war (other contenders being The Thin Red Line and Lawrence of Arabia), Apocalypse Now is one glorious mindfuck of a movie. It may not sound it, but this is extremely high praise. Whereas other Vietnam war films may co-mingle the beauty of Vietnam with the horror of war, Apocalypse Now practically makes war itself beautiful. The opening scene shows napalm drops on jungle coastlines to the strains of The End by The Doors. Another scene depicts tracer bullets racing through the air like streamers. Yet another runs like a horrific carnival of sound and vision as a battle wages on at night, but it's hard to even tell who's fighting whom, while strands of lights dangle down like Christmas tree lights. To find such things beautiful causes the viewer mental pain, which just may be the whole point of the film.


If high-priced Christmas wishlist.

Yeah I don't really have the money to give anybody a serious gift, so instead I'm giving people thoughtful, personalized handmade gifts. What a cheapskate I am right? Also, I know I shouldn't want material possessions, but I do because they're rad. I do however much prefer utility to beauty in terms of my possessions. Here, mostly for fun, is a list of things I'd love to have.

A Centurion 12-speed touring bike in silver.
estimated price $375
I found this one on Craigslist but couldn't afford it at the time since I was moving. But dear Ford is it gorgeous. The bike's twenty years old, but it's been in a box so it's never been used. This one's also a tall frame, so it would fit me perfectly.

An Olympus E-3 digital SLR with off-camera flash and a 32mm, 50mm and 100mm lenses.
estimated price: camera $1300 + lenses
In my book, nothing beats a film camera, but if I have a digital camera, I might as well have the best and all the shit that goes with it, including a standard, wide angle and portrait lens.

A Yamaha DX7.
The DX7 is a music classic. It's such a quality piece of equipment that it has its own Wikipedia page and it's been used by everyone from Genesis to Pet Shop Boys to Underworld. That's versatile sound.

Macbook Pro with Adobe Creative Suite 4.
$1800 + $400 = $2200
I'll be getting myself this for school anyway so forget it. Like anybody would or could anyway.

FLStudio 8.
estimated price: $200
Because I really like making music. I have version 4 of this program and they've made so many changes I'm practically living in the dark ages.


Single letter project.

I realize that I haven't posted the final versions of my sigle letter project, so here they are. I'm going to bed now. Good night.