The New World

suspendedreason

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The way its opening interacts with New World's: the white man's boats coming into bay, a mutineer locked up in the bulwark, the Margarat Meade-type of early 20th C primitivism/imperial interaction (mutual curiosity, a one-way longing for simplicitity cloaked in all the accompanying myths of noble savagery). That one mention, midway, "Who knows, Guadalcanal just might turn out to be the turning point in this goddam war." You sit in intimacy, close-up, the way the men see it, just some goddam marlarial beach in the middle of nowhere. You don't realize you're in the middle of a myth, a world-historical event, until long after it's over. In New World, this is Malick never using the name Pocahontas.
 

suspendedreason

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The battles in the tall grass... Having seen his other films, the tall grass is where lovers and children play. But not this, not this... To have warfare in the tallgrass. Horrifying.
 

suspendedreason

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And there ain't no world but this one.
You're wrong there, Top. I seen another world. Sometimes I think it was just... my imagination.

Hours like months. Days like years. Walked into the golden age. Stood on the shores of the New World.
 

suspendedreason

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The soldiers trace a thin red line on their journey... a garden of forking paths


it's a matter of Iuck whether or not you get kiIIed. Makes no difference who you are, or how tough a guy you might be, if you're in the wrong spot at the wrong time, you're gonna get it.
 

luka

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1. car in a tunnel
2. silly husky voice. bad script
3. ceiling fan churns the air
4. man with paste face alone in built environment, alienated?
5. suddenly turns into 90s dance video/ CK1 perfume ad
6. rich people in black suits. a deal with the devil
7. no one cares about reality anymore. cool!
8. niteclub scene with the usual pink and purple lights
9. lingere models
10. French man to represent European decadence. sometimes you want ze raspberry sometimes you want tutti frutti. its like ze ladies, no?
11. walking alone on beach, thinking about life
12. Las Vegas
13. convertible car, hair blowing in the wind. i feel so alive.
14. a candle's delicate flame cupped
15. fireworks
16. a literal light at the end of a literal tunnel
17. life is a journey
18. @version
This is a great review
 

constant escape

winter withered, warm
I'm very pro-Knight of Cups. I think it does well to emulate dream like memories, no crisp beginnings or ends, one scene bleeding into the next. But again its very forward with its profundity, which can rub one the wrong way if they don't buy into it from the start, no?
 

constant escape

winter withered, warm
Hmm. Well it doesn't seem much is left implicit with Malick, but I think it works. Almost in some kind of classically sublime sense, where every moment of the film is just dripping with forsakenness (in the case of Knight of Cups?) or passion, grace (Hidden Life?). Something proclamative? Be it celebration or atonement?

Still haven't seen New World yet though.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
it's a matter of Iuck whether or not you get kiIIed. Makes no difference who you are, or how tough a guy you might be, if you're in the wrong spot at the wrong time, you're gonna get it.
Yeah very true. Also very trite.
But yeah there ARE some powerfully involving scenes in that film... I just wish he'd still had the power to bind them together into a whole at that point. Some good scenes don't make a film sadly.
 
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