GreenCine: More on how much "The New World" rules, and a curious Wong Kar-Wai bit

Lots of great stuff up at GreenCine, including:

So The New World won’t be a hit. That’s to be expected. “More disheartening is to see a certain cache of movie writers come swarming out to greet Malick’s latest as an exercise in how arch and unimpressed they can act in the face of a work that — whatever one’s opinion of its qualities — shouldn’t be denied its singularity,” writes Nick Pinkerton in Stop Smiling. “An American history written in intimate, undistilled emotion; an attentive, tonally precise work with blockbuster-big outer margins – trying to place it in the context of contemporary American cinema is like hanging a JMW Turner canvas in a coffee shop art show.”

And this interesting possibility:

Meanwhile, Wong Kar-wai may be close to shooting a film about “the human tragedy that unfolded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.”

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Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.

  • RC

    I loved Waking Life…I think this could be wonderful…

    plus w/ Keanu on painted film we may not be able to tell how horrible he is as an actor.

    –RC of strangeculture.blogpspot.com

  • wngl

    Substance D is Substance Death, a thin metaphor for heroine. It is the narcotic that causes the schism in Bob Arctor’s (Keanu) brain and makes him narc on himself -he’s an undercover police officer who thinks he’s a drug dealer who thinks he’s a drug addict who thinks he’s a… you get the idea.
    If you have sympathy for folks caught up in the narcotics culture, the book is a very sympathetic read. As I’m sure the film will be too.

  • Doug

    So, what is this infamous “Substance D”? Or do I simply need to read the book to find out?

  • Nicholas

    Finally saw “The New World” and I think your review is right on. It’s a downright travesty how overlooked this film has been. In regard to why it hasn’t received much Oscar attention, I think your review sums it up:
    “Ultimately, The New World defines true love as something more than desire, nostalgia, or sexual chemistry. It boldly condones a higher love characterized by selflessness and fidelity, love that shelters, protects, honors, and heals.”
    Also, I left the theater feeling extremely positive. The good vibe probably had something to do with lack of Oscar attention as well.


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