"...the way of nature, and the way of grace."
May 26, 2011 10:50 PM Subscribe
For Roger Ebert, it's a prayer that made him "more alert to the awe of existence." For Rober Koehler, it's a kitschy New Age con. For Richard Brody, it perfectly captures the essence of a generation by depicting a character thinking "back to the musings and fantasies of childhood, which are the product of a wondrous and fantastic view of science formed by popular-science books for children and by the commercial artists whose illustrations adorned them." For Stephanie Zacharek, it's "a gargantuan work of pretension." For Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, it's "a creation myth in the guise of a crypto-autobiography" that invents a universe of its own only to destroy it. For J. Hoberman, it's lifeless and dull, "essentially a religious work and, as such, may please the director's devotees, cultists, and apologists." It spent thirty years in development, three in editing and, yes, it contains dinosaurs. The Tree of Life, written and directed by famously reclusive Zoolander fan and "JD Salinger of American movies" Terrence Malick , won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Tomorrow, it comes out in the United States.
- Senses of Cinema entry on Malick, written in 2002
- Malick's The New World on MeFi
- Malick superfan Matt Zoller Seitz's video essays on Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line.
- Roger Ebert's 1973 review of Malick's debut film.
- David Sterritt on "Film, Philosophy and Terrence Malick"
- Jean Renoir is asked a question by a film student named "Terry Malick" in 1970.
- Portion of Malick's unproduced stage adaption of Kenji Mizoguchi's film Sansho the Bailiff
- Jonathan Rosenbaum's reviews of Badlands and The Thin Red Line.
- All Things Shining, a blog devoted to Malick.
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