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  • Two Days, One Night

    Two Days, One Night 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Jun, 2015

    A good fight.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 28 May, 2015 1

    Watching this a week after seeing Age of Ultron was a bit like having Joe dump water on me in the desert for two hours. The pacing, visual storytelling, clarity of action, stunt choreography, world building, economical editing, scale/stakes, little moves like "yeah, actually that music is diegetic!"--all made for a lovely evening. I suspect the visual layers of story information will make a second viewing quite rewarding. In our age of action blockbusters, that's saying something. Fury road is the path of life when it is reduced to the survival instinct; the narrative trail of the film follows the possibility of a redirection.

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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 21 Nov, 2014

    Showed the film to students this week.

    I've written quite a bit about The Tree of Life, but I have still often felt that I've not yet articulated why the film's so important to me on a more personal level.

    In the middle of the film when Malick is drawing the obvious contrast between the mother and the father--between the way of grace and the way of nature--he concludes the mother's sequence of scenes with young Jack praying by his…

  • The New World

    The New World 2005

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 25 Jan, 2014 2

    Maps. Paths. Trees. Faithfulness.

    Post-Rolfe there are two shots in the film of Pocahontas sitting--almost fixtured--in a tree. The first takes place in the midst of a series of edits: wedding ring on finger, sky, Pocahontas in the tree's branches. She's had a branch break (Smith) but she's still reaching toward the light until: "Mother, now I know where you live."

    It seems on the surface obvious to say so, but Bordwell emphasizes that the quickest way to get a…