Song To Song Review

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Actors in Terence Malick films have always had to be prepared to have their roles excised from his final edit. His masterful Thin Red Line completely cut out Mickey Rourke and left George Clooney on screen for all of two minutes, and he’s only got more ruthless with his cast in his modern output. Yet, where Malick’s wandering eye once produced gorgeous and profound mediations on nature and man’s place in it, his post-Tree of Life work has found him stuck in a self-indulgent rut, creating films that are nothing more than disconnected tone poems about the alluring emptiness found in wealth and beauty. With Song to Song, it finally feels like Malick has become everything his critics have always accused him of – slow, uninterested in character, and maybe even pretentious. Continue reading

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My top 20 Most Anticipated Films of 2015

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2014 was an excellent year for all kinds of films, from blockbusters to family films to the major Oscar contenders, with some high-quality art house output to round it all out. 2015 promises to be equally exciting, not only featuring what are likely to become two of the highest-grossing movies of all time in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but also original, efforts from Disney and Pixar. We’re also getting the new films from all-time great directors like Scorsese, Tarantino, Spielberg and Terence Malick. To pick just 20 of next year’s scheduled releases was hard enough, and some honourable mentions to films that just missed out go to Trumbo, Ant-Man, Tulip Fever, Suffragette, and Mockingjay Part 2, but I could not be more excited for the following movies. Continue reading