Apocalypse Now

I awoke yesterday morning to see Rebecca Jarvis talking about migraine headaches on the CBS This Morning Show.  They also had segments on aquariums and summer movies.  Erica Hill gave us a preview of Monday’s show.  She was wearing one of her famous necklaces.  The chef who came in for the show was Alex Guarnaschelli.  Her recipes were a Whole Roasted Chicken with Bacon, Battered Shrimp, Stuffed Artichokes, Crispy Potatoes with Shallots, and Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Frosting and Brandied Cherries.  It seemed that Jeff Glor wanted the cake all to himself.  I did my laundry, and then I checked the Internet for the Top 10 songs of April 28, 1979: “In the Navy,” “Goodnight Tonight,” “I Want Your Love,” “What a Fool Believes,” “Stumblin’ In,” “I Will Survive,” “Music Box Dancer,” “Knock On Wood,” “Reunited,” and “Heart of Glass.”  I listened to an album by The Meters, and I took a walk over to the flea market.  I would have bought an old boom box if it was for a reasonable price, and I could hook up a record player to it.  I looked for A’s and Raiders jackets, but didn’t like anything, so I came away empty-handed.  I got hungry as I walked home slowly.  I watched a bit of television, but I couldn’t stand watching “The Rifleman.”  I watched “Apocalypse Now” on Blu-ray.  Like Roger Ebert, I think it’s one of the greatest movies of all time.  The film looked excellent on Blu-ray.  There were a few brief moments when I saw flaws like white specks, but I thought that this was the best Blu-ray disc I’ve seen.  The images were so sharp, and the color was so impressive.  One thought I had while watching was how Lance seemed unaffected by the forces of the war.  Other people are injured or killed, or they go through trauma, but he stays the same.  I also noticed how calm Willard is in witnessing all kinds of crazy and unusual events and behavior.  I have seen “Apocalypse Now Redux” before, but I like this cut better.  It has more intensity and focus on the dark aspects of the events.  I don’t want to see humor or Willard having a relationship with a woman.  The helicopter attack on the village is still impressive even after all these years because we see real helicopters and real explosions.  The view from the helicopters is real, and it really looks dangerous for the actors and crew.  The technology of war has increased so much that it feels that humans aren’t connected to the death, and it’s like a movie or a video game.  The Playboy Playmate sequence was so bizarre that I always liked it.  I don’t know why Bill Graham didn’t tell the women not to make gestures inviting the men to come onto the stage.  It seemed that he didn’t have much of a production with the show.  I expected more out of him.  I liked the way the movie alternated between scenes of noise and scenes of quiet.  The man who stares at Willard during the roast beef lunch looked like he could have stepped out of a Fellini film.  I thought I saw slight traces of “Fellini Satyricon” towards the end.  I think it’s funnier than ever to see Laurence Fishburne on the boat, dancing to the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction.”  It’s kind of distracting to see Harrison Ford in the early scene where Willard gets his mission.  I’ve come to think of him so much as Indiana Jones.  Besides, he looks so young.  The same goes for Martin Sheen.  I thought Willard was starting to deteriorate mentally when he said this after shooting the girl in the sampan: “Those boys were never going to look at me the same way again, but I felt I knew one or two things about Kurtz that weren’t in the dossier.”  How does one thought follow another there?  I saw that two of the books Kurtz had were “From Ritual to Romance” and “The Golden Bough.”  I wondered where he could have possibly gotten those books from.  After all the action and mystery of the first two hours, it’s something of a letdown to actually see Kurtz and his bald head.  I don’t suppose that Coppola could have just hired Brando for his voice.  I would have been intriguing to never show him.  When the confrontation between Kurtz and Willard happens, it seems that Kurtz’s strategy is to bore Willard to death, and I think he nearly succeeds.  I don’t know why Chef had to go out into the jungle to look for mangos.  It was way too dangerous to be doing much this, and everyone should have known better.  Other than Brando’s rambling, which seemed like leftovers from “Last Tango in Paris,” there’s not much wrong with the movie.  I thought the music was not quite right in a few places.  I loved Coppola’s cameo appearance.  I always liked the end credit sequence with the air strike bombing the compound.  It was so striking, and it seemed like a culmination of the fire and explosion imagery that runs through the entire film, obviously suggesting Hell.  I miss some of the visual effects that were used in this movie.  I don’t know whether they’ve fallen out of favor, or if people don’t know about them.  I think “Apocalypse Now” is a better film than “The Godfather.”  It is so filled with ideas from start to finish that it’s hard to believe.  Seeing this movie again, I can’t understand how anyone could think that “Titanic” is so great.  The Star Trek episode that was on KOFY at nine o’clock was “Amok Time,” not one of my favorites, so I watched the Saturday Night Live from January 10. 1976.  Elliott Gould was the host, and I thought he had some amusing moments destroying a couple’s living room and terrorizing people as a Killer Bee.  The musical guest was Anne Murray, who did a couple of numbers that were better than “Danny’s Song.”  John Belushi did a Brando impression in one skit.  He did the bit with Vito Corleone and an orange peel.  The local news showed the Doyle Drive demolition.  I listened to a couple of songs on the radio, “Modern Love” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling.”  Before I turned in for the night, I listened to Paul McCartney’s “Ram” album.  I looked at my notes for a list of people who died on April 29: Anthony Mann (1967), Alfred Hitchcock (1980), Mick Ronson (1993), Mike Royko (1997), and Albert Hofmann (2008).

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