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Days of Heaven

We’re all gonna be gone in a couple years.  Who’s gonna care we acted perfect? When Terrence Malick uses a piece of music, you listen a little closer.  Days of Heaven (1978) begins with Saint-Saëns’s “The Aquarium” (from The Carnival of Animals) over old pictures … Continue reading

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The Tree of Life

Life goes on.  People pass along.  Nothin’ stays the same. Terrence Malick, at his best, is bewitching.  He casts a spell of deep calm.  This is true despite the opening suggestion for The Tree of Life (2011):  “For optimal sound reproduction, … Continue reading

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The New World

We are not here to pillage and raid, we are here to build a colony. You are only allowed to watch a Terrence Malick on Blu-Ray or in the theater.  I am satisfied to set this down in a law.  I … Continue reading

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To the Wonder

There’s something missing. Brace yourself, readers, this is going to be a painfully positive review of Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder (2013).  There are so many reasons not to like this movie if you are a populist at heart as … Continue reading

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Wuthering Heights

I found him in the streets. Ah, adaptations.  Furthering my argument that I cannot read a book before seeing its adapted movie is Wuthering Heights (2012)–I say 2012, but it came out virtually everywhere else a whole year ago in one of … Continue reading

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Pocket Money

A lot of people had to walk that way, Jim.  Those long one hundred steps. “What did I just watch?”  Sometimes that’s a good thing to say after a movie.  That dazed but pleased feeling.  That’s not what’s going on … Continue reading

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The Thin Red Line

In this world a man, himself, ain’t nothin’ and there ain’t no world but this one. The Thin Red Line (1998), directed by Terrence Malick, is a pretty incredible movie.  It has a cast list that reads forever with once and … Continue reading

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