Francis Ford Coppola’s “Twixt” trailer bites in the best way possible

Francis Ford Coppola’s “Twixt” trailer bites in the best way possible (photo)

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This looks flat-out fantastic.

Here is the trailer for Francis Ford Coppola‘s “Twixt.” So far, I like everything about this movie. I dug the funky photos. I’m totally intrigued by Coppola’s ambitious plan to remix the movie live in theaters as part of a special roadshow tour. And now I really like this trailer, which invites us into the world Val Kilmer’s hack horror writer Hall Baltimore (true story: I was in a band in high school called Hall Baltimore*) as he investigates the vampire-related death of a young girl, played by Elle Fanning.

What particularly intrigues me about this movie is the nakedly autobiographical elements of Baltimore’s plight. When Kilmer looks into the camera and says “I want to write something personal, something for me…” and “I write because of the incessant financial burdens than hound me,” that sounds to me like Coppola speaking through Baltimore. Even though he directed one of the most successful franchises in history (that would be “The Godfather,” for the none of you that haven’t seen it), Coppola was always scrambling for money throughout his career. He only made “The Godfather” in the first place to ease the mountains of debt his company, American Zoetrope, had piled up in the late 1960s after Warner Brothers killed a distribution deal with the fledgling indie studio following the flop of its first release, a weird sci-fi movie called “THX 1138” by some dude named George Lucas. After his own “One From the Heart” crashed and burned at the box office in 1982, Coppola started taking gigs as a work-for-hire director to make ends meet. So when Kilmer talks about being an artist desperate to make something he cares about while scrambling to pay the bills, that’s something Coppola can relate to on a deeply personal level. All those local weirdos (Bruce Dern!) asking Baltimore to co-write with them also suggests the film will have plenty more to say about authorship and collaboration. Since Coppola will be remixing the movie live at special screenings, that theme’s only going to get amplified even further.

I haven’t loved Coppola’s recent movies, but I have dug the fact that his wine business seems to have given him back the creative freedom he lost decades ago. Coppola working without “incessant financial burdens” is always a sight to behold. I really hope I get to see this movie when it premieres at the Toronto Film Festival next month.

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*This may not actually be a true story.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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