Gardens of Stone (guest)

January 13, 2010 at 12:20 am Leave a comment

MOVIE: Gardens of Stone

GUEST: Lisa from Zuma

NUTSHELL: In this, Francis Ford Coppola’s best war film, stunning performances depict the Vietnam-era American home front (specifically Arlington National Cemetery) and the struggle and uncertainty of the young and old guard. Infinitely more moving than “Apocalypse Now” or anything by that other guy.

GOOD THINGS: James Earl Fucking Jones, dude. I don’t believe in gods, but if I did, they’d resemble James Earl Jones. Wardrobe department totally nailed the clothes, making “Gardens of Stone” one of the few military films ever photographed whose costumes were appropriate.

BAD THINGS: Body bags.

FEATURES: D.B. Sweeney, Anjelica Huston, James Caan, Mary Stuart Masterson, Laurence Fishburne, Dean Stockwell, US Army Old Guard.

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS: Guy in theater sobbing: “Jesse! Jesse!”

NOTABLE: After watching this, try “In Country” with Bruce Willis. I dare you not to walk in front of a train.

BEST PART: The dinner. Nobody does dinner better than Coppola. Just look at him. Francis likes the food.

BEST LINE: Here’s to us, and those like us.

CROWNS: 5 out of 5 wreaths

Entry filed under: Guest Review, Lisa from Zuma.

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