a few nights ago i watched Rumble Fish.
which, during the film i kept thinking 'wow this seems like the Outsiders'. not until after did i find out they were based on books by the same author.
regardless, this movie was also, worthwhile but overall a miss. its so interesting though that when the 80s hit Coppola sort of went 'i'm the future of cinema, at least thats what everyone has told me for the past 10 years, so what the hell do i do now?' and he tried something weird and different with One from the Heart and that didnt work, and went 180 degrees with Rumble Fish and that didnt really work either.
also, this movie had a UGE cast. in the first five minutes there was Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, Nic Cage, Tom Waits, Chris Penn, Lawrence Fishburne, plus the later addition of Dennis Hopper and Mickey Rourke. mickey rourke, i've recently discovered must've been the absolute coolest guy on the planet for about 5 years in the early 80s. i'd only known him from his 'comeback' roles in Spun and OUATIM, and he is completely different (looking sounding everything). Matt Dillon, on the other hand IS and has always been absolutely terrible. i dont know how keanu reeves catches as much flack without any being directed at this guy. he's awful and how he scored lead roles in movies with Gus Van Sant, Cameron Crowe and FF Coppola is just beyond me. and since the movie rests somewhat on his shoulders, i just couldnt love it.
its almost impossible for me to believe that the guy who made 2 Godfathers and Apocalypse Now went ON to make THIS MOVIE! i just cannot believe it. it seems like he was de-evolving because i could've swore i was watching like his student film. which is really exactly what this seemed like. the black and white the moody character driven without really going anywhere, fish symbolism ( and selective color), and the overbearing impressionistic score by police drummer Stewart Copeland! (although i could hear shades of Brions percussive pdl score in there....) it really just seemed like a (really good) film he could've made in college. but like i said it was 180 from OFTH, so i guess he knew he was supposed to do something with cinema, but just didnt have a clue what it was. but again, i was never bored but never completely captivated.
for anyone who hasnt seen either, if only for historical purposes, i RECOMMEND a double feature of One from the Heart and Rumble Fish. it will blow minds.