Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse (1991) – A Quick Capsule Review

Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse (1991) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse is a fascinating look behind the scenes of the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s groundbreaking Apocalypse Now, with footage shot by his wife Eleanor. It’s tells the story of a production plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems–nearly destroying the life and career of the director and a few of the cast.  It’s essential viewing for anyone with more than just a passing interest in film and the art of filmmaking.

Best Bit: Brando

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Lost In LaMancha, Full Tilt Boogie, American Movie

 


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The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys (1996) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys (1996) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys is a brutally honest look at the making of a Terry Gilliam film.  The madness, the arguments, the tears and the tantrums – it’s all laid bare on screen.  It’s a must for filmmakers or those with more than a passing interest in the craft as the film delves deep into what happens when Gilliam is paired with Hollywood and, as usual, not quiet enough money! Essential.

Best Bit: How the title came about

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Lost In LaMancha, Full Tilt Bookie, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

 


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The Shark is Still Working (2007) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Shark is Still Working (2007) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Shark is Still Working is a fascinating look at the making and impact of Spielberg’s classic horror film Jaws. From it’s never before highlighted behind the scenes footage to interviews with cast and crew to the director himself, you get an honest overview of what was a very tricky production process.  Watching this 12 years on from its original release (and 43 years on from the film itself being made) it’s still amazing to see just how well the original film, its impact and influence still holds up.  If you have any interest in filmmaking or Jaws this is a must.

Best Bit: Behind the scenes footage

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Jaws, The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys, Full Tilt Boogie, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

 


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American Movie – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

American Movie – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
American Movie feels like the Spinal Tap of movie making.  Amazingly it’s not.  It’s real.  And it’s fabulous.  Honestly as a former filmmaker I watched American Movie partly with my head in my hands in amazing, partly with my head in my hands in embarrassment having realised that I too was Mark Borchardt on more than one occasion.  This is filmmaking displayed as Darwinism, an amazing look at the lower ranks of filmmaking where talent is less important than persistence.  A must watch for ANYONE into film…

Best Bit: All of it

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Side By Side, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, Best Worst Movie

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Author: Phil Hobden