the godfather coda review

When it comes to Francis Ford Coppola‘s Godfather trilogy, everyone seems to be in agreement: the first two movies are full-blown masterpieces, and the less said about the third film the better. We shouldn’t cry too hard for The Godfather Part III – despite its modern-day reputation of being a dud, it was actually well-received at the box office and even netted itself seven Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture!). But over the years, Coppola’s swan song for the Corleone family has become the red-headed stepchild of the trilogy.

Now, in the spirit of his multiple cuts of Apocalypse Now and the more recent Cotton Club Encore, Coppola has gone back and reworked the film into the awkwardly-titled The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael CorleoneThis is what he and Godfather creator Mario Puzo wanted audiences to experience – not the third entry in a trilogy, but rather an epilogue to what came before. But is this new version really all that different?

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on the rocks review

Bill Murray has become a kind of celebrity urban legend. He’s been known to crash weddings, join strangers’ karaoke sessions, or spontaneously begin bartending — building up a reputation as a sort of impish fairy man who will suddenly appear to give life-changing advice before flitting off to inject a little magic into the life of the next lost soul. It’s one of those fun Hollywood myths that might ring a little true, and it’s a persona that director Sofia Coppola taps into in her reunion with her Lost in Translation star with On the Rocks, a frothy father-daughter caper in which Murray plays an only slightly exaggerated version of himself.

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on the rocks trailer

It’s been 17 years since Bill Murray whispered in Scarlett Johansson’s ear, but the power of a Sofia Coppola-Bill Murray collaboration has not diminished. The Lost in Translation filmmaker and her star briefly reunited for the Netflix holiday special A Very Murray Christmas, but the upcoming Apple TV+ original film On the Rocks marks their first feature film in nearly two decades. And with A24 backing the film and Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans making up the supporting cast, it looks like it could be smooth sailing for On the Rocks, which premieres this fall.

Apple TV+ has released the first official On the Rocks trailer, which you can watch below.

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on the rocks movie

On the Rocks is the long-awaited feature reunion between Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray. With Coppola’s Lost in Translation, Murray seemed to reach a turning point in his career. After years of appearing in one comedy flop after another, he proved he had some serious dramatic chops under Coppola’s direction. And while the two got together again for the Netflix holiday special A Very Murray ChristmasOn the Rocks is their first feature film together in 17 years.

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Custom of the Country

Sofia Coppola is sticking with Apple. The Lost in Translation filmmaker already has her Bill Murray reunion movie On the Rocks set up at A24 and Apple, and now she’s moving into episodic TV at Apple TV+ with Custom of the Country. The series will adapt the Edith Wharton novel of the same name, following a Midwestern girl who attempts to rise through the ranks of New York City society.

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on the rocks

Sixteen years have passed since Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray got lost in the neon-lit streets of Tokyo, but now the director and her Lost in Translation star are reuniting for Apple’s first original film. Coppola will be directing Murray and Rashida Jones in On the Rocks, a father-daughter drama that will mark the first project under the pact between indie studio A24 and Apple.

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Best Movies Streaming Ghost Story

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

How’s 2018 going for everyone? We’re not even a full month into this new year yet, but personally, I’m already exhausted. Thank heavens for movies, that’s all I can say. Movies can be a great balm for the soul – a reminder that even when everything is a terrible mess, there are still folks out there making great art, and trying like hell to make that art connect with an audience.

Which brings us to this edition of Now Stream This. As always, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best movies streaming right now. There’s something for everyone here: drama, horror, comedy, documentary. I’m not going to say you will personally love every movie on this list, but I sure as heck hope you’ll try to love every movie on this list. This installment features a ghost story unlike any other captured on film before, an hilarious movie with puppets, a documentary about a shocking moment in sports history, a long-delayed horror movie, a one-man-show, a quirky comedy, an existential crime thriller, a cerebral nightmare, and a doc about a Stephen King adaptation. It’s time for the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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the beguiled trailer

With The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola has made her first adaptation and remake. The filmmaker’s retelling has little in common with Don Siegel’s 1971 film, though. Coppola was more interested in adapting Thomas P. Cullinan‘s A Painted Veil than remaking Siegel’s movie, which features a drastically different depiction of the all-girls school, led by Miss Martha (Nicole Kidman), and their guest, the soldier (Colin Farrell).

Coppola’s compassion as a filmmaker brings out different themes and ideas from Cullinan’s story. The characters feel more real, which makes the few sinister turns in The Beguiled more visceral. There’s the beauty we expect from Coppola, but she also brings fear and terror. The filmmaker behind The Virgin SuicidesLost in Translation, and The Bling Ring recently told us about crafting her southern gothic film during a brief conversation.

Below, check out our Sofia Coppola interview.

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Sofia Coppola directing The Bling Ring

Nobody wants to see a Sofia Coppola movie influenced by a committee, including Sofia Coppola. The filmmaker behind Lost in Translation and this week’s The Beguiled was going to make her biggest movie yet with The Little Mermaid, but she exited the project once she realized her vision wasn’t going to go untouched by Universal. “We didn’t agree creatively about how to do it, so I didn’t want to continue,” she said back in 2015.

While promoting her new (and very good) film, Coppola shared a few new details about the experience and what she had in mind for the project. Below, learn more about Sofia Coppola’s The Little Mermaid vision.

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Beguiled trailer

Sofia Coppola‘s The Beguiled is a change of pace for the filmmaker. Her remake of Don Siegel‘s 1971 film, or re-adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan‘s “A Painted Devil,” is a gothic thriller with a life on the line, not the sparse character piece we’re accustomed to seeing from Coppola. Naturally, we’re excited to how the writer-director behind Lost in Translation and The Virgin Suicides works with a story dripping with tension.

Below, watch The Beguiled trailer.

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