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…
Malick has done it again. The New World is one of the best historical dramas out there. Easily the best portrayal of the story of Pocahontas and John Smith ever put on screen; sorry Disney :P. My only complaint about the film is that it really drags in some parts; especially the last 30 minutes. Q' Orianka Kilcher was superb as Pocahontas.
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…
In the early seventeenth century, three English vessels run to conquer the new world, hoping to find legendary treasures and gold. When landing on the James River in Virginia, they establish the colony of Jamestown. But most of the original group of 103 settlers were wrongly prepared aristocrats and consequently the conditions of life in the colony degrades quickly. Captain John Smith is then charged with an expedition along the Chickahominy River to look for food. During the expedition, the native Powhatan tribe kill the whole group with the exception of Smith, who is taken to the village. There he meets the daughter of the chief of the Powhatan tribe, Pocahontas.
To be frank, I didn't even know that Terrence…
Fuck man, I dont know... Terrence Malick evokes shit in me i didnt even know existed. He has to be close to the best director I have ever come across if im honest. Im not even going to try and put my emotions onto words right now. Movies on a scale as large as his can so often turn out clunky and messy but Malick is always so composed and his pictures have a humility and simplicity to them that really touches something almost primordial within you. Ill at least attempt a full length take once Ive calmed down a little but for now i can say... nothing really. If you ever get the chance, see it and revel in its luminous beauty.
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…
Perhaps Terence Malick's most ambitious film, an epic that follows Pocahontas (brilliantly portrayed by the young Q'orianka Kilcher) and her interactions with the English settlers, particularly John Smith (Colin Farrell) and John Rolfe (Christian Bale).
The incredible score and cinematography combine to create a dreamy experience with the intertwining of man and nature revealing oneness or in conflict.
However, the extended cut is too long, and the story does not grip you nor resonate emotion as it should - perhaps that theatrical version is better.
However, Malick is a masterful director, his films are memorable experiences and The New World is no different.
I say time and time again that I am in no way a Terrence Malick fan. My favorite films are driven by plot and dialogue while Malick is essentially all emotion and aesthetic. Having said that, I found this to be Malick's most accessible film that I've seen. The love story of John Smith and Pocahontas kept me grounded in the story while Malick meandered about in time and space. I don't know if I'll be too quick to revisit it, but it was my favorite film of his that I've experienced so far. The performances were all great as well.
"Colin Farrell kept saying, 'My character, he's a fuckin' osprey. That's how he sees me.'"
The opening sequence of "The New World" is unforgettable. English ships are sailing up the James River in 1607; the settlers are gazing out at the lush land in silent awe; the alarmed natives are staring back with similar bewilderment. It's a moment filled with excitement and the promise of discovery, with a disturbing element of Greek tragedy lurking below the surface -- the audience of course knows the ultimate fates of the characters on screen, yet we are powerless to warn or to intervene. The result is a powerful, chill-inducing four minutes of cinema.
Unfortunately, after this breathtaking opening, the movie becomes an exercise in pushing attention spans to their breaking points. The plot loses focus. Some critical developments…
I am a huge fan of Malick, he creates a world like no other. You are completely immersed into the characters personalities and souls. The mirroring of people's situations with nature is truly remarkable. This film is no different, the Native Americans plight is told with dignity and honesty, although coming in nearly three hours, it could have done with a trim.
"Hey I got great idea for a picture. Mallick does Pocahontas. We don't even need Mallick, just get some well-meaning limey poetry-type with muscles to get a bit tortured about some enigmatic broad. And then halfway through replace him with another limey. Then every few minutes have some voice-overs with ships and trees."
Wait...a film with an unfocused plot, pretty cinematography, and pretentious voiceovers? WE GOT TERRENCE MALICK IN DA HOUSE!!!
Well, Terrence. Having only To The Wonder left to check out before completing your catalogue, if this is the worst you have to show for your work so far then I can assure you; you're doing it right.
So far this is my least favourite Terrence Malick film, sitting at a nudge lower than The Thin Red Line. I'd heard this was his most underrated film, and an underrated one in general. I usually see that statement as "I like this film and you don't, I'm right and you're wrong" but this is one of the instances where I probably fall into that category too, because I honestly think this deserves more attention than it receives. Even being at the…
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