On this dubious Spring day—where foolhardy pranks take center stage—I've set aside any shroud of reluctance, and instead, I've decided to partake in the fantastic A to Z Challenge. My initial hesitance is owed to the fact that I do not consider myself a "daily blogger," nor do I possess the shrewd discipline, to contribute a meaningful blog post every day. But alas, I'm willing to test myself. Above all else, I am hoping, however naively, that I will gain many new followers. Thus, my primary objective in this undertaking is the prospect of engaging a broader audience.
With this daunting challenge in full-bloom, some of my "expected" content may take a back seat. But this dilemma will persist only through the contest. By then, hopefully, I will have a larger audience to present my cinematic ramblings. And consequently, more blogging interactions!
Given the inherent tardiness of my decision (I've decided on this inaugural Challenge Day to sign-up), I've decided that my "theme" will embody a novelty commensurate with my interests—well film, of course. In fact, I will title it, "FilmMattic's Great Alphabet of Films."
My objective is quite simple. I will highlight a different and uniquely compelling film, spanning each letter of the alphabet, for every day of the Challenge. My debut film is Apocalypse Now.
Renowned auteur, Francis Ford Coppola, undertook a meteoric challenge himself, in a calculable effort to capture the tragedy of war. His immense military epic, detailing the pervasive horrors of the largely misunderstood Vietnam War, is a tremendous work of art. It is as rhythmically touching, as it is viscerally terrorizing. Coppola's taut command of his tremendous cast—featuring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, and a young Laurence Fishburne, among many others—is unrivaled.
His film masterfully explores the bleak and harrowing costs of the Vietnam war while simultaneously retaining a faithful adherence to famed author, Joseph Conrad's stunning literature, Heart of Darkness. The unwieldy tone that permeates Conrad's novella—a mesmerizing contrast of darkness and heroism—is beautifully visualized in Coppola's adaptation. I can laud this film for another 1500 words, but I suspect, no one wants to invest that much time. So, I'll simply conclude by reverberating the sentiment that this film is an absolute must watch.
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*The original, extended Apocalypse Now trailer.