Don’t forget to select your favorite films!
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.
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…