Film Screening 21st September, 2002

Poster for Apocalypse Now Redux

Apocalypse Now Redux 

8:00 PM, 21st September, 2002
No Guests

  • R
  • 202 mins
  • 1979
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Herr
  • Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando

Vietnam. The final years of the war. Captain Willard (Sheen) of Army Intelligence is sent up the river into Cambodia to track down and 'terminate with extreme prejudice' Colonel Kurtz (Brando), a decorated war hero who has gone insane. Along the way he finds evidence that maybe there's no such thing as a sane war, in between the surf-crazed Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore, Playboy bunnies and nightmare ampments.
Based on Joseph Conrad's novella, Heart of Darkness, Francis Ford Coppola's epic is probably the last great film he'll ever make, and in this revised and extended version, becomes (mostly) even better. It's always been a great nightmare of war, full of great sequences, from Sheen's hotel-room-freak out to Kilgore's beach invasion, but the revision seems to make the film far more fluid. One key addition - the much talked-about French Plantation scene - is perhaps a little high on the philosophical gibberish and a bit low on the 'move the plot forward-ness', but all in all, this is the definitive way Apocalypse Now should be seen (and, in any case, its the only print we can get, since the original version's unavailable). See it for the experience. See it to see the last good movie the guy who made The Godfather made. Just plain see it.

Simon Tolhurst

Poster for Porklips Now

Porklips Now 

10:00 PM, 21st September, 2002

  • PG
  • 22 mins
  • 1980

William Gray is Dullard (a Martin Sheen lookalike) who is sent to deal with a renegade butcher whose low, low prices threaten the profits of the Meatcutters Protective Association. Pork Lips Now is a relentless parody of Apocalypse Now. With lines like 'I love the smell of carbon monoxide in the morning', how can one resist?