Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The New World
Once discovered, it was changed forever.
A drama about explorer John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and English settlers in the 17th century.
All of Malick’s films have an intangible quality; a quality that either speaks directly to its transfixed audience or seems distancing and stylistically pretentious. For me Malick doesn’t make pretentious films, there is always a simplistic lyricism and honesty to all his work, instead the pretentiousness comes in trying to explain and rationalise his beguiling imagery. It is so easy to fall into the trap of grandiloquence when reviewing any of his films as you desperately try and capture their ephemeral beauty and ability to stir untapped, almost primordial, emotions. The irony is that verbose critiques (of which I’ve already succumbed within the opening paragraph) do a great disservice to Malick’s quietly devastating body of work as no amount of…
Daughter of the sky
"What else is life
But being near you?"
Lost in eternal search
Words never replace gesture.
One of those times where you think "Damn it, why didn't I bring my notebook." So here's some discarded thoughts. This was my first Malick back in 2005 and it struck me back then as it strikes me now as monumental, much more than the visually ambitious but not as philosophically ambitious Tree of Life. Something of magisterial power being worked out here—a film that almost attempts to recognize the infinite ("There is no unreal," Smith tells us). It's also the film that I think best typifies what people think about when they think about Malick—The Thin Red Line is…
The New World is a cinematic experience that words fail to express. The New World has a very ethereal and celestial atmosphere to it like the rest of Malick's films and this is an absolute feast for the senses. This isn't a film that you *need* to "understand", you just need to "feel" it. You just have to let your emotions carry you away through this beautiful dream and wash over you while you indulge in all the evocative beauty. Malick's love for nature always translates incredibly well and this is of course no exception, being certainly one of the most beautifully and gracefully shot films ever made. The running water, the canopy of trees, the blowing grass, and all…
”There's something I know when I'm with you that I forget when I'm away.”
Terrence Malick used 350,000 meters of negative to shoot this poetic, beautiful, visually captivating and emotionally rich film, this time he is telling the story of grief, sadness and love and again it is the majesty and brilliance of nature that fascinates him, the relationship of mankind and nature is what he is focusing on here, he chooses a character who represents the purity and grace of nature and one from the industrial world with all the complexity and roughness of modern world, and although he shows us the savagery of conquerors and the the destructive effects of colonization on the unspoiled landscapes but this might…
Terrence Malick could take a dump and then film it floating down the toilet, it would be the most beautiful film of the year.
This is one of the most beautiful and underrated films of all time. Malick is such a badass with a camera.
Another meticulously crafted and gorgeously photographed film exploring the purity of it's beautiful landscape against the follies of the men who come to inhabit it together, The New World is yet another stunning triumph for maverick director Terrence Malick. Like many of his films it tells it's story through the haunting beauty of it's scenery and the simple narrations of it's characters, exploring the new world of North America with the same innocent wonder and astonishment one imagines the original settlers did. Retelling the Pocahontas mythology with the same emotionally compelling style of his earlier films, Malick creates another highly lyrical visual feast that effortlessly lingers romantically in the subconscious. Colin Farrell and Christian Bale are typically excellent, but it's…
I want to live in Terrence Malick's camera.
Hot Take: Mother Nature's haunting beauty has always been the star of Malick's films and it is, once again, on full display in this ensemble of cinematic poems.
THE NEW WORLD swept me away for about two hours. The story of Pocahantas as told by Terrence Malick is mesmerizing, he really gives you the feeling that you are in undiscovered territory in one of the most interesting cinematic depictions of Imperialism, calling back to films like AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD.
Colin Farrell is good enough as Smith, and Q'orianka Kilcher is absolutely terrific as Pocahantas, but something happens to the film once Farrell leaves and Christian Bale's Rolfe enters the picture. As with other Malick films, he fascinates and hypnotizes with the world he creates, but has a little trouble sticking-the-landing. The movie gets bogged-down in the final act with scenes of Rolfe creepily staring at Pocahantas,…
I think my favourite of the three Malick movies I’ve seen. Just utterly beautiful and sad and sweet, with an incredible central performance from Q’orianka Kilcher. It’s funny with how slowly-paced Malick’s movies are, I always have the urged to watch them again as soon as they’re over, especially this one. Just the music and the imagery and the girl being adorable in the woods, it’s all so dreamy and intoxicating.
Terrence Malick's historical romance between John Smith and Pocahontas is a work of striking beauty and undervalued simplicity. The narrative is thinly plotted, but that almost seems to serve it's intentions better. This is about the discovery of new worlds. For the English, that discovery was the Americas, and for the natives that world was England. Both perspectives are explored here amidst a love story that speaks of a love that grows, a love that commits, verses a love of instant gratification or unbridled passion.
The story is good. The acting is good. The cinematography is great. The score is good. But it drags. Holy shit how it drags.
A rapturous piece of philosophical poetry in the manner of Charles Baudelaire, Malick's The New World is mysterious, exotic, erotic and hypnotic. It's a film you just want stare at and let wash over you. And people still think Colin Farrell isn't a good actor.
Beautiful yet hollow, my least favorite of Malick's films.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Rules of the Game
- Tokyo Story
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…