There's essentially nothing to say about "Badlands," Terrence Malick's first film, that hasn't already been said. The Bonnie and Clyde story of an impressionable young girl and the bad boy who sweeps her away from a quiet life marked the beginnings of Malick's enigmatic career and status as a master, and anyone who has seen the 1973 starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek can attest to that.
For those who haven't seen "Badlands," Criterion just gave it a proper Blu-ray release, complete with a stunning 4k digital transfer. Like Criterion's previous Malick releases, "Days of Heaven" and "The Thin Red Line," watching "Badlands" leaves you with the distinct impression that the Blu-ray edition of these particular releases is the only way to see these films at home.
Aside from the discs beautiful presentation, "Badlands" is the logical place to begin a study of Malick's films for a number of reasons. The director's first film quickly establishes the stylistic flourishes that would come to define his vision, all the while being his most accessible film. Malick's career followed a clear trajectory that makes watching his films from the beginning a richer experience and one that illustrates the growth of a visionary and a poet.
After taking in "Badlands," the disc's extras provide a world of insight that will satisfy the natural urge to know more after watching a Malick movie for the first time. "Making 'Badlands' " is a new documentary that includes interviews with Spacek and Sheen, plus you can take in a fascinating interview with Malick's editor, Billy Weber.
"Badlands" on Criterion Blu-ray is simply an experience that any movie lover cannot afford to miss.
Has the summer movie season gotten you down? Did some of those hopeful-looking blockbusters disappoint you? Well, we have some good news for you. Today we learned the date of the start of fall movie season: September 6, the opening of the Toronto International Film Festival.
This year, the TIFF line-up is heavily skewed toward world premieres, instead of relying on repeats from Cannes and Sundance. Among the high-profile bows scheduled for the fest are Terrence Malick's "To The Wonder," the Wachowskis' "Cloud Atlas," and Rian Johnson's "Looper," which will open TIFF.
Read more about the line-up and check out the full list after the jump!
Like a good friend, Christopher Nolan and his wife, Emma Thompson, will be listed as executive producers for former DP Wally Pfister's first film as a director. Hopefully, that should attract some big attention to the cinematographer's debut.
Also, examine Andrew Garfield's hair, and see what Terrence Malick looks like in today's Dailies!
Natalie Portman is marking her big return to acting following her "Black Swan" Oscar win with not one but two Terrence Malick flicks. Meanwhile, Naomi Watts has landed the much-coveted role of Princess Diana in a new movie, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep could star in a movie about the making of "Mary Poppins" and John Goodman joins "Trouble with the Curve."
It's February 9, and you're tuning in for today's casting call.
Well, we finally know who will be competing for Oscar gold come Feburary 26, and with everyone everywhere talking about this year's nominees, a lot of people are ticked off.
So much of the post-nomination Oscar conversation gets swallowed up by the angry cries of snubs and shutouts. While we're just as mad about some of the nominations as you are (No Albert Brooks? No "50/50"? "Extremely Loud"?), there are plenty of nominations that came as pleasant surprises and have us really looking forward to Oscar night.
For every list of movie award nominations, there will probably be an almost equally long list of snubs. Unsurprisingly, this year's Golden Globe nominations missed some of the year's best work, but some of the snubs were just too big to ignore.
To right some of the wrongs, we picked our five most unforgivable oversights from the Golden Globe nominations.