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The Only Movie I’ve Liked In The Last Five Years

Maybe ten.

Some things are magnificent to look at, and to contemplate. I’m hard pressed to come up with a comparable melding of cinematography and music. Lawrence of Arabia? Nothing’s better than that. This isn’t that good. Just better than everything else.

Everybody was asleep when I watched it, so the volume was very low, and all the charcters mumbled and grunted or whispered anyway, so almost every word spoken was inaudible to me. Didn’t really matter.

When I was young, I read Dumas, Scott, Stevenson Kipling, London, Irving, Twain, Hawthorne…

Never mind. I was lost in a reverie. It’s a pleasant place to go, from time to time.

Ten bucks. Heh. Deuce Bigalow Male Gigolo is eighteen. There’s Hollywood for you.

12 Responses

  1. I totally agree. I thought this was a stupendously beautiful film.

    Terry Malick is a genius, the only director I know who can open up the interior worlds of his characters.

  2. Heh. Yeah, that’s him.

    I never though of Christopher Plummer as an actor of the first rank, but he keeps popping up in all kinds of movies we like. We don’t go for the Sound of Music much, but he plays Rudyard Kipling in The Man Who Would Be King, and he’s in one of the Pink Panther movies, and few others.

    He gets the Sippican seal of approval.

  3. Always good stuff here Sipp. But re the movie, how come the Indians never chatter excitedly in these scenes when they see big ships on the horizon? Is there no Indian translation for “WTF is that??!!”

    What movie is this? I will rent and watch the whole thing- I suspect the old guy was Columbus huh?

  4. Jesuchristo. I answered AJ’s question last night and Blogger ate it. And if I go to edit the typo I have in the text all the words in the wysiwyg editor disappear after two or three seconds.

    Man, Blogspot is free, and worth every penny.

  5. Here goes again, AJ

    The name of the movie is The New World. Christopher Plummer is portraying a real person named Christopher Newport, and the movie depicts the founding of the Jamestown Colony in Virginia.

  6. Terrence Malick directs very few films. But, those are outstanding.

    If you think the sound and image merge well in The New World, watch his Days of Heaven from the 1970s. The story is that Nestor Almendros, the Spanish cinematographer, was going blind when Malick made that one. It is one of the most beautifully photographed films I’ve ever seen.

    Along with Chinatown, of course.

  7. The New World- Christopher Plummer. I can remember that.
    Oh that is where Newport got its name – I was there once on business – stayed in a Fairfield Inn in Fairfield,Virgina. What are the odds on that?

    Thanks Sipp.

  8. Interesting. I saw Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” the same summer I saw Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” and I thought Malick’s film was better in many ways–and worse in others, since I bothered to go and read Jone’s novel afterwards and boy did Malick leave out a lot.

    Still, Spielberg’s movie was essentially over after the 1st 20 minutes–because you knew exactly what was going to happen after that.

    Malick’s was film was a brooding thing, that if he didn’t exactly follow the book, I think he got the tone right.

  9. Correction requested by the editor (Is there an editor?):

    I had a brain cramp- I meant to say I stayed in a Hampton Inn in Hampton, VA.

    word verifier: vvzwywy

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