Tag Archives: Terrence Malick

To the Wonder

Terrence Malick’s first serious misstep, a rambling ”portrait” of a struggling couple (Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko) who move from Paris to the Oklahoma countryside, and a Catholic priest (Javier Bardem) who’s unhappy and can’t hear the voice of God. Fans of the filmmaker might find something to enjoy in the beautiful visuals and some deeper … Continue reading To the Wonder

How Hollywood Underestimates Life After 1492

I’m about to finish “1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created” by Charles C. Mann, the 2011 bestseller that explored just how much the Columbian Exchange changed the world and how globalization began. A followup to “1491”, which portrayed the Americas prior to Columbus’s “discovery”, the book takes us through the grim and often surprising … Continue reading How Hollywood Underestimates Life After 1492

Thin Red Line: Days of Hell

EVERY MAN FIGHTS HIS OWN WAR. “I didn’t think he was capable of betrayal of this magnitude.” That quote is lifted from an Entertainment Weekly interview with one of the producers of this film, Robert Michael Geisler. He was referring to director Terrence Malick and those words illustrate to what degree the relationship between these … Continue reading Thin Red Line: Days of Hell

Tree of Life: Dinos and Divinity

When this film was screened at the Cannes festival it drew mixed reactions. There were boos as well as applause, but it seems like those who favor it are in the majority. Most reviews have been positive and the movie ended up snaring the top prize at the festival. That’s the thing about Terrence Malick. … Continue reading Tree of Life: Dinos and Divinity

The New World

ONCE DISCOVERED, IT WAS CHANGED FOREVER. In 1607, a ship of English settlers arrives in Virginia; one of them, John Smith (Colin Farrell), befriends a native princess (Q’Orianka Kilcher). The story about Smith and Pocahontas receives a worthy and credible (although not necessarily entirely factual) portrayal by Terrence Malick who stays true to his style. … Continue reading The New World