apocalypse not now

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…actually, it’s nightcrawler, but my real name is kurt wagner.

10 movies you have to watch before you die (part 1)

The Matrix, Lana and Lilly Wachowski (1999)

A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick (1971)

The Big Lebowski, Joel and Ethan Cohen (1998)

Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola (1979)

Citizen Kane, Orson Welles (1941)

Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton (1990)

Taxi Driver, Martin Scorcese (1976)

Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino (1994)

2001 : A Space Oddyssey, Stanley Kubrick (1968)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, John Hughes (1986)

So @quantum-oddity and I have been talking about a kinda Supernatural AU where Alex and Eliza are both hunters, and meet on a hunt where Eliza saves Alex’s reckless ass from becoming monster chow.

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I wanted a mission, and for my sins, they gave me one. Brought it up to me like room service. It was a real choice mission, and when it was over, I never wanted another.”

Apocalypse Now (1979)
dir. Francis Ford Coppola

If there’s anyone to keep an eye on, it might be Hiddleston, who went slightly Benjamin L. Willard at the start of the shoot, sequestering himself away in his hotel room to transcribe quotes from a DVD of Apocalypse Now. “I wanted all that amazing John Milius dialogue,” he says of his preparation for playing SAS tracker James Conrad. “I now have it on my laptop, so I can stew in the juices of that material.”
—  “Jungle Boogie”, Empire Magazine, March 2017.

It’s hard to imagine George Lucas having any secret agenda for Star Wars, unless the whole thing was secretly a piece of performance art to teach us a lesson about stopping while you’re ahead. What many people don’t realize, however, is that Lucas actually has some pretty strong political opinions, and he wanted them reflected in his films. For example, the classic anti-war film Apocalypse Now was originally his idea, and he wanted to film it during the actual Vietnam War. As in, with real bullets flying at his real, bearded face.

No studio wanted to be responsible for Lucas’ headless cadaver, so the film ended up with Francis Ford Coppola while Lucas went to direct another, almost as politically charged film … called Star Wars.

Unwilling to give up fully on his anti-Vietnam sentiment just because he was doing a movie about spacemen fighting with laser swords, Lucas modeled Star Wars’ central conflict around what he saw as the realities of Vietnam – namely, “a large technological empire going after a small group of freedom fighters.” Yep, he basically saw the Empire as a stand-in for America, while the rebellion was just the inevitable result of the overextension of its powers. So Princess Leia was … Ho Chi Minh, we guess?

All of this subversive anti-Vietnam sentiment culminated in what’s considered the most childish movie of the original trilogy, Return Of The Jedi. The film features a small group of technologically inferior, vegetation-dwelling guerrilla fighters who manage to defeat an empire against the odds. Yes, the Ewoks are a stand-in for the Viet Cong.

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