My Day 6 at San Francisco’s International Film Festival 2012: Francis Ford Coppola’s “Twixt”

A switch of venues today.  Moving from Japan Town to the Castro District I was on my way to see Francis Ford Coppola‘s latest movie, Twixt, but first I had some time to kill.

What better way to kill time than at the library?  The Movie doesn’t start until 7:30pm, and my watch, I mean cellphone – who wears a watch anymore? – read 5:00pm.  Going to the Library, which is located just a few blocks away from the theatre and is in a supposed non-violent and peaceful neighborhood, was an interesting experience on its own.  Peaceful at this library means people arguing in their outside mountaintop voices, sticky stuff on the keyboard resembling the ectoplasm from Ghostbusters, and 3 consecutive minutes of a blaring car horn as a result of somebody’s roidrage.  As soon as a little boy and his mother decided to sit next to me and start whining and bickering over how he didn’t want to read the book she picked out for him I was done.  Not wanting to stay in this “sanctuary” that is the public library anymore I made way to one of my real sanctuaries, the DVD store, particularly, Streetlight.

After talking to my buddy Art, who works at the store, about various cinematic topics including his love for Andrezej Zulawski films I made my way to The Castro Theatre.  Art, sorry I didn’t buy anything today.  I’m on a budget, and besides, you didn’t seem to have a copy of Francis Ford Coppola‘s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which for some reason I was in the mood to buy.  Having killed enough time – my watch now read 6:30pm – I finally made my way to The Castro Theatre to grab my ticket for FFC’s latest stab at the Vampire genre.


No offense, Tim Burton, but take notes.  If Francis Ford Coppola’s digitally photographed and fresh take on the gothic horror genre is a blueprint of things to come then I have a newly restored faith in the future of digital filmmaking.

It only makes sense that the man responsible for crafting masterpieces (strong and powerful adjective, I know) such as Godfather I and II, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, and arguably Rumblefish would be the same man to come forth and heighten the esthetics of digital filmmaking, a format many purists have deemed second rate.

Val Kilmer plays Hall Baltimore, a horror writer who enters a little Twin Peaks-esque town for a book signing at the local hardware store.  After an odd visit from a ghost (Elle Fanning) in a dream, and an even odder visit from the local sheriff (Bruce Dern) Baltimore’s convinced that his next story should be written in this town.  The thing is Baltimore can’t get started on the book without the aid of a muse, and for him his muse lies in his dreams.  I won’t reveal anymore about this movie plot wise, because half the fun of this movie is watching the plot unfold.  However, I will say that Twixt is evermore engaging and well worth your time, especially if you’re a fan of all things gothic.

Being that I gave this movie such a high rating I feel it’s only right that I delve a little more into all the aspects of the film that I found to be so praiseworthy.  However, in order to give this movie its just dues a second viewing is required.  You can expect a longer essay-ish review from me in the near future after I have seen this again that will include how Coppola pulled off the casual use of 3D, among other things.


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2 Comments on “My Day 6 at San Francisco’s International Film Festival 2012: Francis Ford Coppola’s “Twixt””

  1. April 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Wow. I wasn’t sure about this film, but now I’m intrigued. I’m definitely adding it to my list.

  2. Rocky
    May 3, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    I agree with what you’ve written about Twixt. I had a blast! It was moody, atmospheric, and really funny-in an intentionally ridiculous way. It was a crowd pleaser and just perfect for the venue (and what can I say about the ingenious use of 3-D)

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