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  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    A stranger in La La Land (the city of angels). Quite a musical.

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Finishing up essay on TOL and have some new thoughts. I'm beginning to realize the full significance of the Job 38 frame. What's radical is that Malick is taking the Joban God-poet and translating it into a reframing of the God's-eye-view shot. Job 38 corresponds really nicely with what TM's doing if you construe his approach as associational form (Bordwell). As important as the sufferer's "Where are You?" in TOL is young Jack's "I wanna see what You see" and…

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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    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

    ★★★★★

    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…