marshall has written 8 reviews for films during 2022.

  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★

    I don’t think this film unfolds in as a graceful a way as any of other Malick’s works I’ve seen. The acting is solid but I feel like the disjointed nature of the storytelling is a bit too jarring and lacks the emotional muster that a movie like Tree of Life or Knight of Cups elicits more thoroughly. It’s a well-made movie visually, but there is a lot to be desired in the storytelling.

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★★★

    Dark Knight Rises does what no other Nolan Batman could do: have bearable dialog.

  • The Long Day Closes

    The Long Day Closes

    ★★★★

    A movie about the director making the film. A film about memories and a celebration of the real stories we make by just existing and being with our family and friends. There is no telling that this is a deeply personal movie, with music being so prevalent and hearing echoes of scenes from movies and the voices of his family, faint remembrances that we still hear from time to time. I think we all have this personal attachment to seemingly…

  • Winter Light

    Winter Light

    ★★★½

    first enjoyable Bergman

  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★★★★

    Another magisterial work from Malick. This film reminds me of Hermann Hesse a lot, of a man stuck in some kind of spiritual plateau and on the prowl for something new, something fulfilling. The movie ends with Bale swimming through water that’s dirtied from the tide that rolls in and out, just as our lives seemingly drift in and out of satisfaction and emptiness. Malick’s movies could be dissected, but you’d do yourself a disservice trying to interpret it in a lens that drains any magic from the film.

  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★½

    will have to revisit

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    5th watch

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★½

    Does nothing new, challenges nothing about the dated text it is based off of. Does not subvert the text. Has no character, it is almost meaningless, even at a time where such a book could be subverted, interpreted, deconstructed in so many different ways: yet nothing of the sort. This is just awful