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Talia Shire, Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola , Roman Coppola - TCM Honors Academy Award Winning Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola With Hand/Footprint Ceremony At TCL Chinese at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 29th April 2016

Talia Shire, Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola and Roman Coppola
Talia Shire, Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola and Roman Coppola
Talia Shire, Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola and Roman Coppola
Talia Shire, Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola, Roman Coppola and Gia Coppola
Talia Shire, Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola, Roman Coppola and Gia Coppola
Talia Shire, Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola, Roman Coppola and Gia Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola, Talia Shire , Roman Coppola - Hand And Footprint Ceremony of Francis Ford Coppola - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 29th April 2016

Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola, Talia Shire and Roman Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola and Roman Coppola
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Francis Ford Coppola

Talia Shire, Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola , Roman Coppola - Celebrities attend TCM honoring Francis Ford Coppola at Hand and Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® in Hollywood at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® in Hollywood - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 29th April 2016

Talia Shire, Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola and Roman Coppola
Talia Shire, Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola and Roman Coppola
Talia Shire, Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola and Roman Coppola
Talia Shire, Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola and Roman Coppola
Talia Shire, Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola, Roman Coppola and Gia Coppola
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Rocky Review


Excellent
With Rocky, cinematographer Jimmy Crabe worked with director John G. Avildsen to rethink the look of the city of Philadelphia. Consisting of a scant few shots of the familiar monuments and parks, Crabe, who was later diagnosed with and succumbed to AIDS in 1989, turned the city into miles of sleet-swept streets, soiled corner stores and nausea-green gymnasiums where wannabe athletes spend their time until they make their way to any of the dozen cheap basement bars scattered throughout the terrain. If the star of Rocky is Sylvester Stallone, his co-star is the atmosphere of cold and piteous hope that cultivates around the titular amateur boxer.

In hindsight, the first chapter of the rigorous franchise has a healthy leg-up on the rest of the films and feels uniquely homegrown in tone. It's almost basic mythology at this point: Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone at the peak of his durability) works for a two-bit loan shark as freelance muscle while he trains to become a boxer and does amateur bouts for 40 bucks a pop. It's his nickname, The Italian Stallion, which catches the eye of heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) when the champ is looking for a gimmick. Creed is more of an entrepreneur than an athlete: When someone calls the gimmick "American," he quips back, "No, it's smart."

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Robert Schwartzman and Talia Shire - Robert Schwartzman and Talia Shire Beverly Hills, California - "The Darjeeling Limited" Premiere - Arrivals held at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Thursday 4th October 2007

Robert Schwartzman and Talia Shire
Robert Schwartzman and Talia Shire

Talia Shire and AFI - Wednesday 3rd October 2007 at Arclight Theater Los Angeles, California

Talia Shire and Afi
Talia Shire and Afi
Talia Shire and Afi

The Godfather: Part II Review


Extraordinary
The inimitable Godfather story continues in The Godfather Part II.

Unlike many critics, I don't feel the sequel has the weight of the original -- many feel it to be better than the first film -- but it certainly is a necessary and extremely good follow-up, adding a wealth of information about "the family" that only serves to enhance the experience of the original movie. The problem, of course, is how could you measure up to The Godfather? The truly memorable scenes from the series -- the spilling cart of oranges, the horse's head, Michael's vengeance in the Italian restaurant, "an offer he couldn't refuse" -- are all found in the original, not here (or at best, they are simply repeated in the sequel). Godfather 2's most memorable moments -- the Senator's private meeting with Michael ("My offer is this: Nothing."), the denouement of Fredo -- pale in comparison. Well, not exactly pale, but you can't say that Godfather 2 is as good as Numero Uno.

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The Godfather: Part III Review


Good
Why make another Godfather? While he gives it the old college try, Francis Ford Coppola fails to answer the question in The Godfather Part III, which picks up the saga of the Corleones decades later -- which finds Michael (Al Pacino) still unable to go legit. By 1990, he's near death (having heart attacks and whatnot), and he figures the Catholic Church is his best route to legitimacy. And wouldn't you know it, they're corrupt too. Well, you know, just when he thought he was out, they pull him back in...

While the film is well-acted (with the surprising exception of Diane Keaton reprising a role that wasn't all that interesting to begin with), masterfully lighted, and gorgeously photographed -- most notably the various shootout scenes -- it ultimately treads over old ground: material from the first two movies as well as repeating itself. This is most telling in the aforementioned shootouts -- the Atlantic City shoot-'em-up (courtesy of a helicopter outside) is horrifyingly grotesque (in a good way), but it seems more fitting for the histrionics of Scarface than the subtle and jaw-dropping one-two punch of Michael Corleone's assassination work at Louis' Italian-American Restaurant in The Godfather. Ultimately, the movie is simply one assassination after another -- and in Coppola's commentary track, he acknowledges this, placing much of the blame at the foot of the studio. It's also a testament to the amount of power that Coppola lost in the intervening decades -- again, something he acknowledges in the commentary.

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The Godfather Review


Essential
I remember the first time I viewed The Godfather. It was 25 years to the day after its initial theatre release, and it was being re-realased, as many films were at the time, for their anniversary. So, trotting to the Mercer Mall General Cinemas on Route one (I literally trotted, I was without car and always looking over my shoulder for fear of getting run over by one of those infamous New Jersey drivers (of which I am a member)), I bought my ticket and proceeded to get the seat, front and center, as normal, in one of the smaller screens in the theatre. As I recall, the last movie I had watched in there was Night Falls on Manhattan with Richard Dreyfuss, Ian Holm, and Andy Garcia. I had seen the famous first moments before, knew the parodies of it back and front, but had never seen the film itself.

In Italian: Molto bene.

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Kiss The Bride Review


Weak
Industry-wise, egomania is probably at its worst in Hollywood, where seemingly anyone with a connection can grab a camera and a few hundred thousand bucks, dust off a crappy screenplay they've written, and make an honest to God movie.

Kiss the Bride is the kind of vanity project that every Hollywood actor dreams of making, and when it's all said and done they wonder why it never got theatrical distribution.

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The Visit Review


Weak
Earnest, heartfelt, and soul-searching. These are qualities that are great to see in a film. It's too bad that those qualities don't necessarily mean the film will be any good.

The Visit is a prime example of a movie that has clearly been agonized over and loved, but to virtually no ultimate effect; writer/director/producer Jordan Walker Pearlman is so obviously enamored with the material he can't see the forest for the trees. Adapted from a play, The Visit still has that boxed-in feeling, with virtually all of the action taking place in the visiting room of the prison where Alex (Hill Harper) is incarcerated. Wrongly so, we are led to believe.

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