Terrence Malick

I’ve seen a number of films directed by Terrence Malick. Each of them left a lasting impression on me. The visuals and intelligence behind the writing are powerful tools that Malick uses without hesitation. He finds time in his films for reflection and emotional interludes that dig far deeper than dialogue and good acting could alone. The visuals examine the minute details and the vast open spaces all at once. He is a master of creating his own worlds.

Despite his apparent need to ignore the accepted methods of most directors, Malick has drawn a long list of veteran actors into his projects. Some of these actors include Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Jim Caviezel, John Cusack, Nick Nolte, John Travolta, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Sam Shepard, and Adrien Brody.

His work has also been recognized by the film industry and the critics. He’s received three Oscar nominations, two for directing and one for writing. He won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for The Tree of Life. Over his career he’s also been recognized by the Screenwriters Guild, The Golden Globes, and The National Society of Film Critics.

Terrence Malick has made a career out of his unique style of film making. His movies are an experience of sights and sounds unlike any other you will see. Here are some of the films I’ve reviewed by this wonderful director.

Badlands 5Badlands (1973)

Days of Heaven (1978)

The Thin Red Line (1998)

The New World (2005)

The Tree of Life (2011)



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