New Terrence Malick flick

Discussion in 'Art & Culture' started by Magical Realist, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

    The emergence of a new Terrence Malick film is always a much awaited event in the cinema world. His genius is well-known in Hollywood. Of his 7 films, I've seen 3 and consider them masterpieces of cinematography and poetic monologue. Using non-linear narrative, poetry-reciting voice-overs, and lush orchestrally rich soundtracks, he aims at expressing the inner soul of a story. Almost as if you are dreaming the movie after you have seen it. Here's a review Malick's latest work. Enjoy the pretty pictures!

    "Few directors are labeled geniuses as consistently as Terrence Malick, whose newest film, Knight of Cups, is perhaps his most Malick-iest work to date. The Rhodes Scholar-turned-filmmaker has a very distinctive style, frustratingly so. When you know someone is universally acclaimed, it's hard to watch scene after scene of a woman dancing under a tree with poetry dubbed over it and not wonder what you're missing..."
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  3. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

    Do you actually prefer movies that are more art than, say, drama or action?

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    That said, I've seen two of his, and I did enjoy them, but probably because of subject matter than his style.
    The Thin Red Line: not the greatest film but enjoyable enough if you realise that it's often about the imagery rather than just the story.
    Same with The New World, once you accept that it's quite a slow-paced film and you just let it wash over you, it's not unenjoyable, but they're not films that warrant repeat viewing too often, if ever.

    And anything more "arty" than these two I think I would struggle to enjoy as films.
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  5. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

    Yes..I am something of a conisseur of artsy films. I like directors that experiment around with cinematography and narrative to create something besides the typical old formulaic drama or adventure. I also like those too, but I prefer to see films that push the envelope and innovate the viewer's experience. I thought Thin Red Line was amazing. Not as impressed with Tree of Life. I need to see The New World. I don't know how that slipped under my radar.

    Other directors I like:

    Ken Russell
    David Lynch
    Spike Jonze
    David Cronenburg
    Todd Haynes
    Wes Anderson
    Guy Madden
    Jim Jarmusch
    Tim Burton
    Ridley Scott
    Matthew Barney
    Paul Thomas Anderson
    Lars Von Trier
    Cohen Brothers
    Andrei Tarkovsky
    Robert Altman
    Christopher Nolan
    Hayao Miyazaki
    Darren Aronofsky
    Alejandro Jodorowsky
    Danny Boyle
    Jonathan Demme
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2016
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  7. iceaura Valued Senior Member

    I'm not sure why people get hostile about Malick - but then, I don't care about movies that much, and I do get hostile about overhyped guitar playing. "Days of Heaven" was a really good movie, imho, even if I went to see it primarily from curiosity about the sound track (it was either the inspiration for, or a lucky wave catching of, my favorite phase of Leo Kottke's guitar playing). And at the time it was greeted with the same kind of oddly hostile reaction to various scenes these new ones meet - I had no trouble following the story, and enjoying the pictures, shifting moods, etc. Now it's familiar, and these new ones are the hostility generators. I'm not sure he's as pretentious about all this as movie buffs seem to assume. Never met the artiste, but there's a calm, yeah that was a sweet take, guy knows what he's doing, way to watch his stuff that seems like it shouldn't be all that angering.

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