The Conversation Gene Hackman

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: The Conversation

Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime Video

The Pitch: Gene Hackman plays a surveillance expert who realizes that one of the recordings he was hired to make contains information which may get people killed.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Conversation is one of the greatest paranoia thrillers of all time, and one of the very best movies of the entire 1970s. It may not be as influential as Coppola’s The Godfather or nearly as legendary as The Godfather Part II, but it certainly holds its own against those films, and for some, myself included, it may be the outright best thing he ever directed. Read More »

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History

The holy grail for most movie geeks is J. W. Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars and Indiana Jones books, which offer in-depth looks at the making of some of the greatest films of all time. But it’s rare for films to get this kind of treatment, which is why it’s so great to see that Michael Klastorin‘s Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History does just that.

If you are a Back to the Future fan, this book will blow you away. I’m a hardcore obsessive who thought I knew and saw everything having to do with the film, but almost every other page of this book had a quote or an image that I had never seen before. To help promote the book’s release this week, I thought I’d take a look at the 11 coolest things I found in this book. Hit the jump to go 88mph and see some never-before-seen photos from behind the scenes of Back to the Future. And by the way, you can order the book now on Amazon.
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