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  • The Babadook 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Dec, 2014

    Review coming soon at Christianity Today.

  • Edge of Tomorrow 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Dec, 2014

    This is a master class in editing. The play with time is thoroughly enthralling for the viewer. In a film that is playing so much with viewer perception, it's also a plus that there's not too much hand holding here. That said, I wanted a bit more from the third act. I'm not sure we ever get an even remotely interesting answer to one of the more important questions: "Why does it matter what happens to me?" Or, at least, that question only comes to matter on the narrative's surface level.

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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…

  • 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…