Valentine’s Day Special: Are These the Top 25 Films About Marriage?

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Will you be celebrating Valentine's Day at the movies? If so, what will you watch? Perhaps you'll watch something romantic. Or, if you're like me and Anne, you'll just watch what sounds good. (I think she may be interested in checking out Skyfall, now that it's available online; or maybe an old favorite that involves both fantasy and true love, like Ladyhawke or The Princess Bride.)It won't be hard to find a film about love. It won't be hard to find a film about dating or romance. But it is, … [Read more...]

The New World (2005)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today.A follow-up review was published at Image upon the release of the "extended cut" of the movie..Both are reproduced below.-The New World - Theatrical Release Review (January 20, 2006)It's all in the eyes.That's one of the lessons in The New World, an epic story of love and change, from the celebrated writer/director Terrence Malick. As the Europeans arrive on North American shores in 1607, we watch history unfold … [Read more...]

Malick’s “The New World – Extended Cut” arrives October 14!

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One viewer's is pleasure is another movieger's pain.Out of the blue, an announcement was just posted from Businesswire that Terrence Malick's already-legendary extended versionof his masterpiece, The New World, my favorite film of the decade so far, is coming to DVD on October 14. This edition of the critically-acclaimed, Oscar-nominated epic recreating the turbulent first days of the new America now features more than 30 minutes of never-before-seen footage, heightening the viewing … [Read more...]

Hal Hartley Hearts Terrence Malick

As a huge fan of Hal Hartley's The Unbelievable Truth, Trust, Simple Men, and Henry Fool, I can't wait to see his Henry Fool sequel, Fay Grim. Here he is talking about it with to Choire Sicha in a special for The LA Times: Sicha: It's a crucial component to "Fay Grim" that Fay goes off and becomes involved with the drama of Europe.Hartley: I wanted Fay to be the representative American of a certain type: well-intentioned but ill-informed. This is a story of her getting tossed into the wider … [Read more...]

"The Promise of Beauty" – another ode to Malick

I've just discovered a passionate, eloquent description of the greatness of Terrence Malick.If you're sick of my raves about The New World, you'll probably want to ignore this. But if you want to "get" what Malick's up to, here's another insightful perspective. … [Read more...]

David Poland on “The New World”

In a post about how to decide whether or not a movie is too long, David Poland brings up -- surprise, surprise -- The New World: There are very few directors who still get “final cut” from studios. And even fewer who deserve it. I love Terrence Malick’s work and I quite liked both versions of The New World that I saw and even look forward to someday seeing the 3 hour version that Malick told some people he would be delivering. But he killed New Line’s ability to market the film by changing it so … [Read more...]

Still don’t get "The New World"? Check this out.

In Stylus Magazine, L. Michael Foote looks closer at two particular scenes, and he brilliantly explores the way that Terrence Malick is conveying truth through his own unique style. … [Read more...]

“New World” Dialogue

There's a wonderful, insightful conversation here between two thoughtful moviegoers about The New World, and why it's such a special film. This podcast is almost a year old, but I really enjoyed it. Worth the time... especially for the section about who they'd like to watch interact with Terrence Malick in a bowling alley. … [Read more...]

Conversations with Critics About Favorite Films of 2006

It was the year of the endangered baby. Tsotsi, L'Enfant, The Nativity Story, Pan's Labyrinth,Children of Men... all of these films were focused on either infants or unborn children who are carried through terrible danger. But that was a subset of films characterized by a larger similarity.... It was the year of the nightmare. … [Read more...]

Slant Critics: Two Intriguing Year’s-Best Lists.

I'm listening to the critics at Slant Magazine this year.Why? Well, because both of them picked The New World as the best film of 2005, having seen only a hastily fashioned awards-consideration version.Looking at their picks for this year, I'm already agreeing with several of their choices. And some of them I haven't seen yet, but I'll have to get out to track them down now. … [Read more...]


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