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American Film Directors

How wine became Francis Ford Coppola's consuming passion

Filmmaker and winemaker Francis Ford Coppola. Photos: May Tse, Corbis

Francis Ford Coppola has just spent a month in Beijing, an experience the 73-year-old film director found revelatory. "Chinese people are very much like Italians," he says.

Thursday, 1 November, 2012, 10:58am

Jacobean gore-fest in California desert

Jacobean gore-fest in California desert

The Hills Have Eyes

Susan Lanier, Robert Houston, Martin Speer

Director: Wes Craven

The Hills Have Eyes resembles a cross between the backwoods brutality classic Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Deliverance - except the 1977 slasher movie filmed in the Mojave Desert is messier than both.

20 Aug 2012 - 10:23am

FILM (1996)

The Island of Dr Moreau Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis Director: John Frankenheimer

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

FILM (1985)

The Return of the Living Dead Clu Gulager, James Karen Director: Dan O'Bannon

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Film (1987)

Jaws: The Revenge Michael Caine, Lance Guest, Lorraine Gary, Mario Van Peebles Director: Joseph Sargent

Sequels rarely match the original, but the gulf between Jaws and this disaster is remarkable: Steven Spielberg's classic has a rare 100 per cent rating on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Joseph Sargent's ... not-so-classic has an even rarer 0 per cent.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Men in Black 3 (Film)

It's been 15 years since the original Men in Black sci-fi comedy, and a decade since the sequel, but Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and Agent J (Will Smith) are still the best part of the hit franchise. That's even when you consider the addition of Josh Brolin as the younger Agent K for the third instalment.

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Dark Shadows (Film)

Given all the unusual roles Johnny Depp has played over the years - Edward Scissorhands, Willy Wonka, the Mad Hatter and Captain Jack Sparrow - it comes as a surprise that he's never donned the vampire robe. At least, until now.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Depp's dark disappointment

Given all the unusual roles Johnny Depp has played over the years - Edward Scissorhands, Willy Wonka, the Mad Hatter and Captain Jack Sparrow - it comes as a gothic surprise that he's never donned the vampire robe. Until now.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Into the shadowlands

Tim Burton has one of the most creative minds in the film industry. As much as he's known for his quirkiness, it's his macabre mind and gothic take on fantasy that's his biggest attribute.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

California Suite

California Suite Sweet and Sour Productions

For her latest project with Sweet and Sour Productions, director Candice Moore decided to try her hand at comedy.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Italian oasis

As the director of The Godfather movies, Francis Ford Coppola (top right) needs no introduction to movie buffs. But his role in the luxury property market is also winning fans.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

FILM (1980)

Airplane! Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

If you're going to exclaim about anything, a plane that loses its aircrew to a virus caused by eating dodgy fish is a pretty good reason to.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

FILM (1993)

True Romance Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper Director: Tony Scott

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

FILM (1950)

Sunset Boulevard William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim Director: Billy Wilder

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Ring any bells?

Steve Buscemi is playing obstinate. Maybe he's been working too hard; he's just finished filming the second season of HBO's hit television show Boardwalk Empire. Maybe he just needs a break. He's juggling so many acting and production projects it's a surprise he even turned up.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

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