|Paul creating a "psychedelic" special effect...|
|Andrezej & Paul in the editing room|
|a miniature movie set for of Paris in the future for "Codename Dragonfly"|
|Paul directing a scene for "Codename Dragonfly" ('CQ')|
Like 'Im Gonna Git You Sucka' & 'Pulp Fiction' before it and 'Black Dynamite' after it, 'CQ' is another perfect example of a "movie mixtape" (lifting various scenarios, scenes, characters, music, etc and putting them together in one film collage). In 'CQ' Coppola also blurs the line between fantasy and reality more than once as the scenes from "Codename Dragonfly" start to seep in to Paul's real life making 'CQ' a movie inside of a movie. And through various dream sequences, Paul is visited by fictitious filmmakers and critics who question as to whether or not he sold out for accepting to direct a silly sci fi movie instead of working on his more personal documentary. Sorry, but like i said at the beginning of this write-up, 'CQ' is criminally underrated. Its fun &entertaining and anyone from a movie snob to an average moviegoer cam enjoy it. Roman Coppola made a pretty interesting character in Paul. I'm sure there's some of Roman inside Paul, just like I'm sure there's some of David Lynch inside of Justin Theroux's character in 'Mulholland Drive' & Jeremy Iron's in 'Inland Empire' or some of Tom Dicillo's actual personality inside of Steve Buscemi in 'Living Oblivion'. This is also a theme that his sister often explores in her films in that I'm sure there's a little bit of Sofia Coppola in the girls of 'Virgin Suicides' & 'Marie Antionette' as well as the obvious Scarlett Johanson character in 'Lost In Translation'. In addition to the actors already mentioned, 'CQ' features a multi-national cast of supporting actors like Billy Zane, Giancarlo Giannini, Elodie Bouchez and a quick appearance from Dean Stockwell. But Jason Schwartzman completely steals the show.
I highly recommend this...