A shower of April items

My Blog; Your Guide to What's New

Published: Apr 07 2014, 01:01:am

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
APOCALYPSE NOW — Two reviews — a first and second consideration — of one unique motion picture experience, together with my interview with director Francis Ford Coppola the day after the film's New York premiere. (both posted April 7)

INSATIBLE — From 1980, a film that attempted to blend "elegant erotica" with "porno chic," and my interview with actress Marilyn Chambers, in which she discusses working with David Cronenberg on his 1977 feature, Rabid. (both posted April 3)

THE AVENGERS — In the search for something to like about Joss Whedon's super-successful superhero movie, I discovered Cobie Smulders, a Vancouver-born actress with a connection to the VCON convention. (posted April 3)

(Working title) STAR TREK — The story of a leaked memo, dated April 1, 1977, that detailed studio plans to explore the final frontier in a movie that would include none of the original television show's cast. (posted April 1)

VINCENT & THEO  — Recalled on the anniversary of artist Vincent Van Gogh's birth was director Robert Altman's take on the life and times of the brothers for whom art was their lives, but not much of a living. (posted March 30)

THE GODFATHER — Marlon Brando gave an Oscar-winning performance in director Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 gangster epic, then shocked Hollywood's Academy by refusing their Award. (posted March 28)

STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME —  Though four days younger than his co-star William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy was the first to move into directing features for the popular science-fiction film franchise. (posted March 26)

ROMERO — Gunned down in 1980 for preaching social justice in El Salvador, Archbishop Oscar Romero is remembered in director John Duigan's powerful biopic and honoured in the simple style of the Roman Catholic Church's new Pope Francis. (posted March 24)