Terrence Malick’s career feels like it has been leading to this opus of a film. The Tree of Life ambitiously covers the history of the universe while focusing on the tale of a family in 1950s Texas. The guys are joined by co-host of the podcast Filmspotting, Josh Larsen, to dissect the greater Christian themes of the film, its approach to non-linear storytelling and, yes, they cover the dinosaurs.
In 1998, two films were nominated for Best Picture about soldiers in World War II. One of them was Saving Private Ryan which remains one of the most beloved and horrifying stories about the battlefield. The other was The Thin Red Line, a forgotten Terrence Malick film that traded intensity for grace. Breaking from his previous format, this film features voice-over from a series of men–most of which are recognizable actors–as they confront their own fear as they try to take a hill.