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  • 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…

  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Nov, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • 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…

  • Noah 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Mar, 2014

    For me, the really interesting thing about this film--among many notable conversation points--is the sense in which it is about the complex facets of communication with God, and the significance of myths which are passed along from one generation to the next. Tubal-Cain demands that God speak to him; Noah receives visions from God, but then wrestles with what God wants him to do. What's more, there's a strong sense in this film in which barrenness connects with the chaos…