Looks like it could be really good or really bad. This is the trailer for the Toronto Film Festival (and not an official theatrical trailer).
Someone needs to trim this trailer down.
Val Kilmer looks alarming.
Bruce Dern is the new Roberts Blossom.
All this plus Elle Fanning Tom Waites and Father Guido Sarducci.
Thank you David (I’m retarded in my tech savvy).
I’m sure the theatrical trailer will look like a normal two and a half minute trailer.
I hate to say it, but this looks like a complete embarrassment for everyone involved.
It is my imagination or do Coppola’s recent films feel like they take place in a vacuum?
I wonder how well it was to have Val and Joanne Whalley working together after so long…
I must say, in his attempt to find originality, he is going to wrong places!
looks like a good straight to video 90s horror flick starring Julien Sands
I can’t trust this trailer, and I hope I’m right.
This must be good, because I was really enjoying his recent stuff.
Edit: Is that Val Kilmer, really?
Well I thought Tetro was great and Dan Deacon did the score so hopefully just a poorly cut trailer.
I don’t know. I think it looks interesting. Definitely different. And different is a good thing as far as I’m concerned. I also like that it seems to be satirizing Twilight, maybe. I also like that there’s some dark comedy thrown in.
I love Coppola, Kilmer, and Fanning, so I’ll definitely be checking this out, but that trailer looks awful. It does the movie no favors, and doesn’t even look any better than Kilmer’s embarrassing DTV stuff of late. Still holding out hope though.
Speaking of trimming :
“Francis Ford Coppola is turning big-screen movies into a live experience. The filmmaker showed an audience at the Comic-Con fan convention Saturday portions of his upcoming creepy tale “Twixt,” a film whose theatrical release he hopes to precede by a national tour in which Coppola will oversee a different version each night. Coppola says digital technology allows him to add scenes, lengthen or shorten sequences, shuffle the action around, alter music and make other tweaks depending on how that night’s audience is responding to the film.
“If the audience is the mood to go off on a little bit of a tangent, then you’d be able to go off on a tangent, but if the audience seems to want to cut to the chase, you could cut to the chase,” Coppola said in an interview after his presentation."
It does look sort of direct to video (Kilmer’s presence doesn’t help) but I’m willing to give it a shot….
Loved Youth without Youth and Tetro!
Apparently Edgar Allen Poe masks with 3-D lenses in the eye holes were handed out to audience at the Comic-Con panel.
Looks interesting. Kilmer might work out really well in this role. Can he do a hammy / over the top performance? I think audiences are just tired of the same serious, wooden roles he gets thrown into. Long trailers are really unfortunate.
Kilmer is next working with Harmony Korine (seems he is on an upswing): from val kilmer’s Tumblr page
am about to create an experimental film with Harmony Korine here in Nashville, where we are rehearsing and where we will film on the 11th of August in a roller skating rink. I will be playing Hector. Harmony says of the character, “I don’t know if he’s ‘crazy’ – I don’t know if I know what that word means anymore… He’s the WORST motivational speaker on earth. That’s for sure.” We went last night to visit Dan Auerbach and friends, of BLACK KEYS fame. He was recording a beautiful woman’s record, but I didn’t catch her name. We soaked up the soul- but not even NASHVILLE’S finest can save HECTOR- motivational speaker sponsored by the LOTUS COMMUNITY CENTER (the current title, for our experimental film).
Rather than DtV, I would say it looks more like Coppola returning to the Cormanesque AIP style of Dementia 13 and The Terror, aesthetically tweaked for DV.
Coppola has said the film was inspired by a dream. Amusing I suppose. I’ll have to wait and see.
Altman said the same thing about 3 Women.
This doesn’t look like 3 Women.
Coppola isn’t Altman either. It is to my understanding that Altman had some late life piles of shit as well.
Ok…what the hell did I just watch?
I grinned a little at the dark comedy bits, but…if what Coppola said about this being inspired by a dream is true, then he’s right if he’s referring to how it looks inane and improbable in parts.
“It is my imagination or do Coppola’s recent films feel like they take place in a vacuum”
from hollywood reporter
In a perfect world, Francis Ford Coppola would have made his films more or less in reverse order. The insubstantial films he’s making now should be the tentative films of a student struggling to find his voice and vision while The Conversation, One From the Heart, Apocalypse Now and the two Godfather movies would be the culmination of his mastery of cinema. Sadly, this is not the case. While his last film, Tetro, showed signs of recovery from his slump of many years, he now unveils at this very public film festival, Twixt, easily his silliest work ever.
As a film self-financed and possibly self-distributed with the director accompanying the film on its theatrical journey, there may be elements here to provoke thought or discussions with curious audiences. But as a bona-fide theatrical release, even with Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning and Bruce Dern in the cast, the movie doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.
Ghosts do play a major role in this film, the idea of which, the writer-director said in a public conversation prior to its first showing in Toronto, came to him partially in a dream. In its dream sequences, the film is decked out in gothic imagery with flashes of color within otherwise monochromatic palette and spectral figures drifting in and out of the mind of its protagonist.
This would be Kilmer’s Hall Baltimore, introduced in a gravelly narration by Tom Waits as a third-rate author of witchcraft fiction on a cheapo book tour. He comes to the isolated town of Swan Valley, the kind of town Rod Serling once specialized in, where the many clocks in its clock tower all give different times and a curse hangs over everyone.
It seems a mass killing many years back — an old newspaper clipping is dated 1955 — provoked the curse. Meanwhile if the town’s batty sheriff (Dern) is to be believed, a serial killer is still at work and he has a body in the morgue to prove it.
As Hall falls asleep at night, he is visited by the ghost of a young murdered girl (Fanning), who obliquely describes what transpired in an old, burnt hotel. Then Hall runs into the ghost of Edgar Allen Poe (Ben Chaplin), who adds more details although they seem like details from Poe’s poems and stories rather the town’s curious history. Oh yes, and there’s talk of vampires too but the movie never seems to make up its mind of these are vampires or ghosts. In any event, Hall stays in the town as he sees this story, or perhaps it’s his dreams, as fodder for his next novel.
The dream sequences give the director and cinematographer Mihal Malalmare. Jr. free reign to throw just about any gothic imagery on the screen. One can reflect on what the young Coppola, with his masterful camera work and vivid imagination, might have done with such an opportunity. Unfortunately, the present-day one produces only tepid and tired imagery that would not earn high marks in any film school.
Raising gimmickry to a new (lower?) level, two sequences in the movie demand that the audience don 3D glasses. You know when to do so because a pair of glasses suddenly looms on the screen and the movie turns into 3D.
One truly strange element here comes from Hall’s past: A boating accident killed his young daughter, a tragedy for which the writer blames himself. What makes this strange is that Coppola himself lost a son in a boating accident in 1986. So you don’t know what this autobiographical element is doing in the movie and how to react to it. It is meant to bestow a note of seriousness on an otherwise frivolous movie? It doesn’t because this element is used as a cheap plot gimmick, as a means for the novelist to find a satisfactory ending to his new book, an ending his publisher (David Paymer) demands be “bulletproof.”
Of course, the ending isn’t. It’s just a mish-mash of absurd horror tropes with a gush of blood and a vampire that may, as another autobiographical element, harken back to Coppola’s days making movies for Roger Corman.
The pity is that the narration has got it all too right: His writer’s story is indeed
who is the guy that plays Val Kilmer ?
Francis Coppola is my favorite director working today but I do not think that “Twixt” will be anything near as good as “Youth Without Youth” or even “Tetro” which I though was great but nowhere near as good as ‘Youth’, “The Conversation” or “The Godfather Part I & II”. I also think that Coppola’s idea of “Live Cinema” could work perfectly if there was a film that would work with correctly. BUT I DO THINK THAT Coppola’s three newest films including “Twixt” dose not have the camera moving much more than 5 or 6 times in a film; that worked perfectly for “Youth Without Youth” & “Tetro” but “Twixt” is supposed to take place in the present day America and that WILL NOT WORK with how he moves the camera it will just look amateurish in that setting and it probably will not work with the “Live Cinema” aspect.
“who is the guy that plays Val Kilmer ?”
Val is puffy looking, not good.