Between the living and the dead, evil is waiting.
A declining writer arrives in a small town where he gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl.
A declining writer arrives in a small town where he gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl.
Val Kilmer Bruce Dern Elle Fanning Ben Chaplin Joanne Whalley David Paymer Anthony Fusco Alden Ehrenreich Bruce A. Miroglio Don Novello Lisa Bailes Ryan Simpkins Lucas Rice Jordan Fiona Medaris Katie Crom Tom Waits Stacey Mattina Lorraine Gaudet Dorothy Tchelistcheff Lucy Bunter Kristine Hayworth Marisa Lenhardt Davia Schendel
Twixt: Now and Sunrise, Paraisthiseis, Virginia
'Twixt' is a film aptly named, one hard to tease or puzzle out, but easy to love. Probably the most Francis Ford Coppola movie in the history of Francis Ford Coppola movies, this movie has nearly everything in it but belongs to no one set genre or style. The film it is closest to in FFC's catalog is 'Rumble Fish', which was a smaller, more personal and experimental take on the kind of story told in 'The Outsiders', so maybe it is possible to think of this as a greatly delayed 'Rumble Vampire', as thematically and even visually, it takes many cues from 'Bram Stoker's Dracula', and, like 'Rumble Fish', frequently operates in black and white with highlights and aspects…
i just found out that coppola lost his son in a speedboating accident and that he incorporated his life and trauma with the death of his boy into this film, he positions himself as val kilmer who loses his child in the film the same way. 25 years of grieving and still he had to put it into this film, his grief, his suffering and the state of consciousness where he can maybe deal with it after all this time. he'll always be gone and the scars never fade, your child being dead for longer than he was alive leaves an emotional wound that i can't possibly imagine dealing with. this is the closest he can get to catharsis, putting it into his art, trying to continue and process the pain with his films. the film was already so deeply profound and now it hits harder than just about anything.
rest in peace, gian-carlo, your memory will always live on
a digital gothic horror mystery with formal experimentation, meditations on grief and on the creative process, blends dreams with reality and shows how our dreams can help us to understand not only the history of the world around us but ourselves and our struggles with guilt and depression and ennui through gazing into the deepest corners of our psyches, and subconsciously providing the catharsis we need or at least sets us on the trail for us to properly deal with our psychological traumas and general malcontent. this also has val kilmer as an alcoholic horror novelist with a manbun, beautiful cinematography and exceptional use of colour particularly in the dream sequences where everything is in black and white except for…
A half-remembered daydream.
"Can't change time. Time changes you."
"You gotta have a lot of story, none of that style bullshit."
Twixt, a power struggle on the road to timelessness. Kilmer's dreams are another step toward the past, his interests shift, evolve, progress, yet his search is a constant means of discovery with regard to things that have already happened - things he already knows - Kilmer, until now, has just refused to accept the facts. Time is merely a distortion of integrity, stop trying to outrun it and then honesty may be found. Coppola's greatest achievement.
"I don't have an ending."
"Keeping track of time around here is pointless."
"Oh, be careful what you do..."
"It was a town of those who wanted to be left alone. And so they were."
daylight’s fashionable glossy hyperreality is transformed into near-monochrome gothic fantasia at night. radical discontinuties of time, running too fast and too much and yet frozen by grief. Coppola exorcises the ghosts which narrative forms silence and brick over; the ground we stand on is revealed to be nothing but tombstones (Edgar Allan Poe stayed there once, didn’t you know?). abrasive juxtaposition (spatial, temporal, and tonal) tears at the insides of a tired genre exercise until it’s as bleeding and battered as the innocence it exploits, only to finally put a stake through its own still-beating heart. the most immolating horror film of the decade, convinced none of us have grappled with this nearly enough
“you are the ending you seek”
A gorgeous and subtle gothic horror fable capable of teaching the audiences new branches of literary appreciation through the decline of the career of a writer, Twixt is a misunderstood film showcasing the tragedy of the surrounding reality melding with your own in order to create a horrific piece of fiction that speaks books about said reality. All artworks are derivative from their surrounding circumstances, but there is no greater inherent horror in an artform when, unwillingly, your reality begins to thrust its way into your pieces of creation.
Almost on par with Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness, the realm dream should be interpreted as the author's traumatic process of unwilling intertextuality into his upcoming body of work where…
Francis Ford Coppola makes his Roger Corman Poe movie, a deeply personal tale about writing and regret. Messy but lovely.
Seems way too dense to fully unravel on an initial viewing, but after watching this I think this may be my favourite Francis Ford Coppola picture not named The Conversation. Coppola taps into the Roger Corman doing Edgar Allen Poe (Poe is actually in this!) aesthetic in a new digital world. The world Hall Baltimore (Val Kilmer) finds himself returning to in trying to unravel this story, and doubles as finding his muse, is one of gothic beauty. It is misty, moonswept, grey, and when blood pours it's metallic red. It may be "bargain basement Stephen King" but he finds horror, elegance, and humour in that kind of b-movie schlock. I'm baffled at how this gained a reputation as a…
Outside a few sequences of creepy visuals, this film is nothing more than a silly incoherent mess. The acting is unbelievably bad. Val Kilmer's character was a drunk author and I'm convinced he was actually wasted on set; he seemed so lost and confused. I'm still trying to process that Francis Ford Coppola is responsible for this. Yikes.
Like Francis Ford Coppola dug an old desktop out from storage to retrieve some writings, found a few '90s point-and-click mystery games installed, played them nonstop for a couple days, and then became obsessed with recreating the same in-game atmospheres for the screen.
Twixt is literally like The 7th Guest (1993), Harvester (1996), and Phantasmagoria (1995) thrown into a blender. The story's small town structure, camera angles, sparse set dressing, and even disjointed cadence of the performances often matches the full motion video segments seen in PC games from that era. Viewing the film through that prism, you might enjoy how hokey and nonsensical it is. If expecting something normal or anything resembling past Coppola glories, you'll probably hate how hokey and nonsensical it is. Watched via 20th Century Fox's DVD.
Francis Ford Coppola made The Godfather - a film that's widely considered to be one of the greatest films of all time - and yet somehow managed to make a cheap and ugly student film 39 years after it.
Also the DP would go onto film Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master the following year.
What the hell happened?
Twixt is a movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Val Kilmer and a twelve year old Elle Fanning. I think it’s supposed to be a horror film, but not only is it not scary in the slightest, it’s also really stretching things to even call it a film at all. It’s 90 minutes long and has some recognisable actors in it but it’s written and directed like an audition piece for a teenager looking to get into film school. A teenager that would be summarily rejected.
Val Kilmer plays an alcoholic writer who is struggling to come up with any new ideas after the death of his teenage daughter. He ends up in a small town in Middle…
Really cool early 20th century styling to it. Don't know why Amazon prime tagged this as comedy amazon hire me I can do better
Francis Ford Coppola
A horror author nearing the end of his career travels to a small town for his book tour. That night, a mysterious girl approached him in a house in the woods of his dream The next morning, he heard about a recent murder and believed that the girl in his dream was the victim. He decides to stay in town to help his inspiration for another novel. As he unravels the truth, he begins to risk it all for his final project.
I vaguely remember the release of this film back in the day. I had mainly seen it on used movie store shelves a few years after but never decided to…
Le roi n'est plus, le roi est mort,
Ma mie Olaine,
Et nous partagerons son sort :
Cassez la laine !
Wow, just realized it's directed by Coppola The Great.
I must admit that it felt a little amateur for him.
Anyway, great characters and story
Awesome atmosphere and cast
The coloring of dream sequences reminded me the Sin City, which I love
Author narration (and if we are going to pretend it is any different from auteur narration) is that of inputting a first-person writer into your story as if that is not yourself. This is far from the disassociation of um, say: the two Davids (firth and lynch) who generally sap all of their townsfolk into singular pieces of outside-critique (as in utterly devoid of such matter, not as anti-critique.) Moreso Steven King allegory. The idea that you are putting YOU writing into the story, into every story. Francis Ford Coppola undeniably does this in Twixt, which inevitably leads to the questioning of every film he’s ever directed as being the exact same (The Godfathers, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, Jack.)
Knowing that this film is a meditation of Coppola’s own grief makes it all the more powerful. Kilmer’s, Fanning, Dern, Chaplin and Ehrenreich are all GOAT in performances, while both the visual and tonal side of this is fucking insane. Hopefully gonna end up in my Coppola top 5 when I’ve finished his filmography.
Coppola making weird low budget trash like a boss. Very enjoyable if you like good bad movies.
Esperaba que al menos me entretuviera, fue todo lo contrario.
Francis Ford Coppola hat ja "still und heimlich" neben der Godfather Trilogie noch ein paar andere Filme gemacht. Unter anderem Twixt, eine kleine Horrorgeschichte inmitten einer amerikanischen Kleinstadt, in der ein mysteriöser Mord den drittklassigen Autor Hall Baltimore zu einem neuen Roman inspiriert. Basierend auf einer von Coppola selbst geschriebenen Kurzgeschichte ist diese Verfilmung hier natürlich kein Vergleich zu seinen bekannten Meisterwerken, trotzdem könnte Twixt deutlich unterhaltsamer sein.
Der Film bedient sich dem Motiv der Schreibblockade, die unser Protagonist mit zunehmendem Wissen über den Ort und seine Hintergründe bezwingen will. Dabei verschmilzt regelmäßig Traumwelt mit der Wirklichkeit, was Fluch und Segen zugleich darstellt.
Coppola will auf der einen Seite die Geschichte von Baltimore erzählen, der als Figur durchaus funktioniert und…
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As it reads on the tin.