THE 100 GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME – 12: JAWS

by Laurent Kelly

Jaws (1975)  –  Director: Steven Spielberg  Adapted Screenplay: Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb  Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss  OSCAR COUNT (3) – Best film editing, Best original score, Best sound. 

Jaws represents Spielberg at his finest, blending warm characters with exhilerating set pieces that make an art form of all the technical aspects of filmmaking. Evidence that Spielberg was born to make such high concept blockbusters can be seen in his mostly futile attempts at serious minded filmmaking which nearly all feel artificial in their attempts at conveying emotion and overly sentimental when trying to establish the grim subject matter. Continue reading

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THE 100 GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME – 13: APOCALYPSE NOW

by Dan Suddes 

Apocalypse Now (1979) Produced and Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola Written by: Coppola, John Milius and Michael Herr Based on the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad  Starring: Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Lawrence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, and Marlon Brando. Oscar Count: 2 (Best Sound, Best Cinematography. Also Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Duvall),Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Picture, and Best Adapted Screenplay)

Apocalypse Now, for all intents and purposes, should have been an outright disaster a la Heaven’s Gate. Indeed, that famous bomb’s shoot tried to emulate Now as much as possible. But Cimino’s flop turned into one of the most incomprehensible films ever made; a film that so recklessly tried to be the definitive statement of a shameful time in America that ended up feeling like a drugged teenager’s graffiti mural painted on the side of the National Museum of The American Indian. Continue reading