July 24, 2011

The Tree of Life, or how to fail at the impossible

The world is whole beyond human knowing. -Wendell Berry The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick’s latest creation, is years in the making, its genesis dating before distribution of his last movie, The New World, in 2005. Having already generated a substantial amount of ink in the media, and hot on the heels of its highly publicized win of the Palme […]
April 19, 2010

Mystic River (Clint Eastwood, 2003)

WHAT IT IS: A Boston neighborhood rallies to find the killer of a young girl, before the authorities, to exact their own brand of justice. HOW IT IS: Although not a big fan of Eastwood’s movies, I must admit that his art lies in him effacing himself in service of whatever story he carries. In that regard, he’s the most […]