We all know the saying “life imitates art.” Well, Francis Ford Coppola’s film “Apocolypse Now” (an adaption of Joseph Conrad’s novella “Heart of Darkness”) is a great illustration of it. The making of the film turned out to be pure chaos.
The film was grossly over-budget and behind schedule, causing Coppolla to suffer a nervous breakdown and an epileptic seizure. The cast and crew were also subjected to intensive and dangerous shooting conditions. Lead actor Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack while a crew member lost his life on set. To top it all off, the set was hit by a typhoon AND a hurricane. Coppola later admitted that “little by little, we went insane.”
This cult-classic horror expertly depicts a petrifying paranoia-fueled pregnancy. The film's artistic genius and subliminal themes of women's liberation earned it a place in the United States National Film Registry.
Mia Farrow shines as the film's young protagonist, terrified under constant threat from her creepy cult-member neighbors and by her own growing belly. The film builds to a climax where Rosemary realizes that she's given birth to none other than Satan's son. We've heard that pregnancy can be tough, but this is just ridiculous! The film's pregnancy-paranoia plot was taboo at the time, which raised many eyebrows upon its release.
My Sister's Keeper
While it's rare that a film fully lives up to a novel, "My Sister's Keeper" is a prime example of a movie completely butchering the plot and message of the book. Jodi Piccoult's novel of the same name follows a family dealing with their daughter's struggle with cancer and the role each member should play.
The novel's shocking ending perfectly portrays the messages of the randomness and fragility of life. However, for some bizarre reason, the filmmakers decided to completely shift the ending and instead kill off another character. It not only made the film predictable but lacked any real substance or thought. Leaving Piccoult and her fans deeply disappointed.
Dallas Buyers Club
While there's no doubt that Jared Leto's performance as a trans woman in the film “Dallas Buyers Club” was Oscar-worthy, there's since been a slew of criticism surrounding his casting.
In light of the fact that there is already a disparity in the representation of trans people on screen, many questioned the choice to cast Leto, a non-trans person, in the role. His tone-deaf casting is yet another example of how Hollywood is in dire need of greatly increasing its representation of roles and actors of people from all walks of life.
Ang Lee's 2005 film "Brokeback Mountain" was widely regarded as a monumental moment for "New Queer Cinema" at the time. The gay romance between two cowboys was not readily accepted by all audiences, some countries even banned the film from its shores.
While the film was the favorite to win the Academy Award for "Best Picture" in 2006, many believe it was snubbed due to its "controversial" subject matter. Regardless, it remains a hallmark of queer representation in cinema.