Don’t forget to select your favorite films!
The best scene might be early in the movie when the team is hanging out at Headquarters. The narrative basis for the best gags, like the best action sequences, is the comparison of powers among the Avengers. It's true again in this scene, for instance, when everyone is taking turns trying to lift Thor's hammer (a gag that pays off again later when Vision comes on the scene). I didn't want to leave this scene and when it was over…
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…
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…