Mineshaft Gap

It's a screening log, no more no less. Maybe I'll have something interesting to say one of these days...


Terrence Malik's lushes reverie, The New World, is brilliant and evocative, drawing forth more emotion and feeling than a dozen like minded epics. A story of love, both of people and of nature, is heartbreakingly romantic and pained yet in the end harsh and sad.

The acting is precise and deeply felt and Malik's tone poem style lends itself perfectly to this story. Pocahontas is so easily a tale of hokum, it took a genius to deliver a real, powerful, meaningful version of it. I can think of no film this year that understands the twisting pain of love as well as this.

To all the film's detractors, remember your criticisms in 20 years when people will see its grace and brilliance.

I can think of no better way to sum up
of The New World than the Sam Fuller quote in Pierrot le Fou: "Love, hate, action, violence, death. In one word: emotion."

Current 2005 Top 10:
1. A History of Violence
2. The New World
3. The Squid and the Whale
4. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
5. Grizzly Man
6. The Devil's Rejects
7. Broken Flowers
Brokeback Mountain
9. Last Days
10. Hustle & Flow

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