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.
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…
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…
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…
A slow, hypnotic depiction of America's first European settlers making landfall among the native population and ultimately destroying it. This is the story of Pocahontas told solidly in reality, and has the same kind of feeling that "Dances With Wolves" has as we watch two worlds collide.
Beautiful but also ugly and harsh.
"He who does not work, shall not eat!"- John Smith
Terrence Malick's fourth film is too long for it's own good (admittedly I watched the directors cut) and the story doesn't really feel like it carries much weight. I wasn't necessarily bored, but it never really got my full attention. As always with Malick the film looks fucking beautiful, but I like more than just some beautiful scenery in my movies. Colin Farrell is very good, as is Christian Bale, but it's Q'orianka Kilcher who surprises most as she was only like 14 when the film was made. The New World looks great, but it didn't do a whole lot for me. 6.5/10
Why does no one talk about this movie?? Is it because you're all doormen and garbagemen?
This is officially one of the most underrated films I've ever seen. It is 62% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and has an IMDb rating of 6.7. What the literal fuck. This movie is better than The Godfather. Are they different? Certainly. But this film is better, generally speaking.
Terrence Malick is perhaps the greatest living filmmaker. He makes Spielberg look like Uwe Boll. Why is he so great? Because he has a vision, a powerful vision. His deeply humanistic philosophy is beautifully woven through his gorgeous films. Much like the work of Lars Von Trier, Malick's films are cinematic extensions of his own consciousness.…
Stop making me cry, Malick. Just stop it, please.
I liked Thin Red Line. This is the even-more-minimalist-hyper-poetic -and-abstract limits of that style. Unwatchable after the first thirty minutes. It moves slowly. I mean, I like artistic composition, but there are paintings that move faster. The dialogue was sparse, which is fine, but it was so sparse that behaviors became insignificant as I lost any sense of progression or "temporality". It's pretty to look at for a while. Quite idealistic too as far as the main few characters are concerned. Screw it--watch Dances With Wolves again.
Maybe I shouldn't have watched the extended cut.
Terrence Malick has a late career habit of delivering absolutely stunning material early on, and then struggle to end his films as strongly. Even my favorite of his (and also among my top 50 most favorites), The Tree of Life, struggles a little when it moves to Sean Penn's section (To the Wonder might be excepted though; that one is pure constant abstraction to the end).
The New World is no different. In this case, the first hour or so ranks among the best stretches of his filmmaking yet, as the settlers observe the wonder of nature around them and John Smith comes to meet a completely different culture. The serene interlude in which he lingers among their…
A vision of Eden - and then of Eden fallen, stripped of idealism and love. But I don't think the film is ultimately pessimistic. Instead it ends with a hopeful suggestion of a redemptive alternative. If racial harmony is to be achieved, it must start with the grace to love without possessing. A New Jerusalem, perhaps?
History reflects this. The ambition of the English corrupted what could have been a powerful relationship with Native Americans. The choice Pocahontas makes at the end of this film shows that, just perhaps, there was (and is) a better way.
I believe in the Kingdom Come
Then all the colors will bleed into one
Bleed into one
But yes I'm still running.
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For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
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