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…
This is one of the most beautiful and underrated films of all time. Malick is such a badass with a camera.
Terrence Malick could take a dump and then film it floating down the toilet, it would be the most beautiful film of the year.
Would be five if not for the last fifteen minutes.
I can't help but love every Mallick film I have seen so far.
From the philosophical and spiritual voice-overs, to the beautifully shot images he uses to tell his story.
I have said it before, but every film he makes is poetic, with an otherworld feel to it. Like an angel watching over the characters on screen, following yet not intruding their actions and life course.
The story of John Smith and Pocahontas is also a great basis for a Mallick film.
Almost every film by him has love as a central idea. Weather it the naive romance in Badlands, the love triangle in Days of Heaven and the love of his parents in The Tree of Life, Mallick seem…
I'm not going to lie...I find this film incredibly boring. Visually its well put together, and the detail is wonderful in the design and use of locations.
It maybe the use of quiet moments where nothing happens, and then its broken by narration. However I just didn't connect with any of the characters an in turn didn't find any reason to invest or find it interesting.
"John Smith: He who does not work, shall not eat!"
I'm pretty sure I'm over Terrence Malick. If I see another shot of wind through the reeds, sunlight glinting through trees, people romping through fields of grass, or hear another second of inane, whispered voice over, I'll self-harm.
But if you cut all that nonsense out of The New World you have the bones of a pretty good movie. Unlike some of his other recent offerings, like To the Wonder, this film has dialogue and a narrative. I mean these were real people, after all, so even Malick can't completely do away with the plot, though I'm sure he tried hard. The sets, costumes and extras are all impressive. The acting is necessarily and unfortunately subdued, but they did the best they could, all things considered. Hard to act when you're not allowed to talk above a whisper.
This is probably my least favorite Malick film, although I still enjoyed it overall. A lot of the movie dragged for me, especially in the first half. On the hand, I loved pretty much the entirety of the second half. The pace picked up, it felt more focused, and it was just a much more enjoyable experience overall.
I do believe in a God, and His name is Terrence Malick
I am in love with the visual narrative style of Terrence Malick. It is meditative and spiritually cleansing, flowing so freely and confidently.
Thought this was beautifully shot. Can definitely see similarities between this and Days of Heaven, as well as some similarities with The Tree of Life. I found the ending to be satisfying and beautiful.
"Come spirit. Help us sing the story of your land. You are our mother. We your field of corn, we rise from out of the soul of you." A perfect poem of a movie. At the time I first saw this I was convinced it would be terrible. I pictured Dances with Wolves with better acting.
I remember coming out of the movie theater and thinking Terrence Malick is a genius.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- 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…
- 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…