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Terrence Malick Wrap-Up

Terrence Malick podcast review

Only two days late, the guys are back to look at the Terrence Malick films they covered in their Five, talk about his post Tree of Life films they didn’t cover and discuss the intriguing next Five that will start next week. Get excited!

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Episode #100 — The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life podcast review

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.

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Episode #99 — The New World

The New World podcast review

Cinema wasn’t sure it was able to tell the story of Pocahontas without having talking trees and Mel Gibson until Terence Malick reappeared with his fourth film. The New World is another gorgeous production that tells the story of the young woman who guided the British colonists on the shores of America and the two men she loved: John Smith and John Rolfe.

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Episode #118 — Badlands / Suzanne Vega / Sheep’s Head / O Superman / Charmed

Badlands2 podcast review

Over at Let’s Take Five the guys are diving into the films of Terrence Malick. It’s only fair that The Immortals do the same by reviewing his first film, Badlands. It is the story of two (very) young lovers who decide to flee across America after committing violent crimes. (I look forward to the episode of Ad Absurdum where they claim the murders in this film are illegal.) They also review the soothing sounds of Suzanne Vega, the stranger sounds of Laurie Anderson and the stupid sounds of Charmed. Get excited!

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Episode #98 — The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line podcast review

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.

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Episode #97 — Days of Heaven

Days of Heaven podcast review

Once again, we are watching a Terrence Malick film about a murderer on the run. What is remarkable is that Days of Heaven feels like it’s by the same artist as Badlands, but it never really feels like he’s repeating himself. This is the tale of a romantic lying duo who works on a wheat farm run by Sam Shepherd. Yet Eric argues, they are not the real focus on this movie. Instead it’s by a clever observer who is fated to be let down by those she trusts…

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Episode #96 — Badlands

Badlands podcast review

Terence Malick made his mark with his debut film Badlands. It has the appearance of a Bonnie and Clyde-esque story where two young lovers go on the run while leaving violence in their wake. However, Malick chooses not to focus on the violence, but on the quiet characterization of these young souls and as they wander through America establishing their own sense of self-reliance and responsibility.

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