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Reel Reviews – Cinephile Series #3

Apocalypse Now

Reel Review #23: “Everyone gets everything he wants, I wanted a mission and for my sins they gave me one.” For the third edition of the Cinephile Series we examine Apocalypse Now. (Please remember, unlike the standard Reel Reviews, the Cinephile Series works on the assumption you have seen the film. Spoilers abound.) Easily one of the greatest films ever made, Apocalypse Now has rightfully maintained its popularity with new movie going audiences over the years. Simply put – a must see film. . (For the observant, you’ll notice I mispronounce Joseph Conrad’s novella as Hearts of Darkness. Sorry about that.) Take a trip up the river with us and journey back into the insanity. The horror, the horror…

Direct download: Apocalypse Now (35:39min 17.1MB)
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8 Responses to “Reel Reviews – Cinephile Series #3”


  1. Gravatar Icon 1 Mike Feb 1st, 2005 at 11:09 am

    I enjoyed your comments on apocalypse now. I echo your thoughts on Redux being basically a technically interesting thing for apocalypsephiles.

    One thing that I always found strange on Redux was that in hearts of darkness, I remember Coppola absolutely hating the French plantation scene. (I can remember him saying something like “cut! cut!, this never happened!). It struck me as ironic seeing it turn up in Redux, I actually felt kind of disappointed, as if Coppola was selling out by including a scene that he hated for a little financial gain.

    Mike in NM

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Tim Feb 2nd, 2005 at 7:04 pm

    Hello Michael,

    I am a fan of your show; I have to thank Michael Butler for pointing me to your show.
    I am a huge fan of The rock and roll geek show as well. I have been listening to your shows and they are fantastic. I am from Melbourne, Australia, so it was cool to hear you review Chopper.

    After listening to Apocalypse Now I was blown away. I have seen the movie many times and redux. But that show was a masterpiece, I really mean that. It was the best 36 minutes or so of radio I have heard in ages. The show flowed so well and the facts you rolled out and the small details that form a Great show. Is it true Martin Sheen was paid in coke during shooting? He had a heart attack during filming. There are so many stories from the making of that movie, it makes interesting listening.

    I will put your Apocalypse Now show on a cd and play it at a friends house, he will love the show. He is a huge movie fan also.

    Well done Michael, keep up the good work.

    Regards,
    Tim

    Melbourne, Australia

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Floyd Tiny Feb 8th, 2005 at 6:53 pm

    I feel the need to point out that Apocalypse Now! was inspired by Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” , not “Hearts of Darkness”.
    Also, Francis Ford Coppola went to UCLA, not USC. George Lucas went to USC.

    You want to be an authority, and speak with an air of authority, but when you miss important and even obvious facts such as these it makes one deliberate whether or not you are worth listening to.
    Step it up.

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 Ken Feb 16th, 2005 at 11:03 am

    Floyd, he has had a disclaimer about the Heart(s) of Darkness thing since day one. As for USC, I never heard him say Coppola went to USC. He talked about people at USC Film School and then about Coppola having them over to his offices.

    Don

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Floyd Tiny Feb 18th, 2005 at 11:09 am

    I’m reely sorry Michael, for thar really pissy post. You did disclaim your mistake with the title of Conrad’s novel.
    I must have been tired/ and /or in a bad mood when I wrote that.
    Again, sorry- and keep on keeping on.
    Nobody else is doing what you’re doing.
    Have you thought about doing any reviews of documentaries, or have I missed them?

    Floyd

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 Michael Feb 18th, 2005 at 9:03 pm

    Floyd,

    I appreciate your last comment. I have done a couple of documentaries so far:

    The Filth And The Fury
    Riding Giants
    Mayor Of The Sunset Strip
    The Kid Stays In The Picture

    Michael

  7. Gravatar Icon 7 Charlie Mar 18th, 2005 at 9:33 am

    What is the feed URL to get the Cinephile podcasts. I have the Reel podcasts but cant find the Cinephile podcasts. Can someone help me?

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