Why Is “The New World” on 2005 Best-Lists If Malick Finished It in 2006?

The final cut of Terrence Malick's The New World was not finished until January 2006.It was not shown to critics in Seattle until January 18, 2006.The cut that was shown to Oscar voters in a rather rushed attempt to get an Oscar nomination was not the finished film.And yet, critics everywhere are counting The New World as a 2005 picture. … [Read more...]

Paste’s Robert Davis on “The New World”

This review of The New World made me applaud.It's just so terribly exciting when somebody gets what is so brilliant about this film. And Davis hits the nail on the head when he describes Malick's bold choices.I've read long, rambling reviews trying to find words for why the film works. And I've written a few of those reviews.Davis clearly and efficiently captures what's so great about this story.Thank you, Robert Davis, wherever you are. … [Read more...]

For Malick-philes only…

If you love The New World and are curious about the differences between the theatrical version and the cut that was shown to Oscar voters before the release, The House Next Door has posted a description of the differences.They are not nearly as drastic as I was led to believe.But neither one of these represent the special edition cut that is rumored to be in the works. … [Read more...]

Overheard at “The New World”

Saw The New World on the big screen again last night, at Seattle's Crest cinemas.It was a terrible print. Muted colors. The sound of a needle scratching across an old LP ran through the whole film.And yet, I feel even more deeply in love.Behind me sat a family — mom, dad, and three kids. This had worried me as the film opened. Were young children up for such a long, slow-moving film? Could they quiet down and refrain from spoiling it for everyone?Surprisingly, they were silent t … [Read more...]

My conversation with Wim Wenders about his career, "Don’t Come Knocking," "Wings of Desire," and faith.

(This is not an April Fool's joke. It's a greatly expanded version of the article published earlier this week at Christianity Today Movies.)Last week, I had the tremendous privilege of interviewing Wim Wenders, the director of my favorite film: Wings of Desire. … [Read more...]

One thing Wim Wenders said…

My interview with Wim Wenders will be up at Christianity Today Movies in a few days, but I will tell you this now: He praises Terrence Malick's The New World as perhaps the most powerful big screen experience he's enjoyed since 2001: A Space Odyssey.What's that? It just left the theaters in your neighborhood? You missed it? That's okay. Most of America did. … [Read more...]

The New World, and those who admire it religiously

The Village Voice's J. Hoberman says that The New World is the most beloved film of the last year... not because the most people loved it, but because those who do love it are devoted with the most passionate intensity. … [Read more...]

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 p … [Read more...]

The Most Redeeming Movies of 2005?

 Christianity Today Movies has posted The 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2005.Mark Moring explains the definition: What do we mean by "redeeming" films? They're all stories of redemption—sometimes blatantly, sometimes less so. Several of them literally have a character that represents a redeemer. And with some of them, the redemption thread is buried beneath the surface; you might have to look a bit harder for it, but it's most certainly there. Some of them are "feel-good" movies that l … [Read more...]

Will You Be One of the Unfortunate Zillions Who Misses "The New World"?

The New World's lack of Oscar nominations shows how utterly blind and unqualified Academy voters really are.This is nothing new, I know. But just because the Academy members make a habit of shoving our faces in their ignorance and susceptibility to hysteria and political hype doesn't mean it doesn't hurt each time they insult and misguide the many who think their judgments are actually meaningful. Some of you have told me I shouldn't care about this. Do I care much about the Academy? No. But … [Read more...]