Malick’s To the Wonder: film as film, pure and simple

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  1. Thanks for that. I always get something out of a Malik movie at a spiritual level. I admire his courage in continuing to make personal films which don’t follow the dreary template of action, graphic violence and sex. Do you think that the criticism of his work has a lot to do with the contemporary need for simple explanations and immediate gratification? I often feel this tension within me when I watch his films – a struggle between a desire to see a story unfold as coherently and satisfyingly as possible, and a disappointment with myself for being too shallow and not enjoying the meditative, poetic moment.

    1. ‘criticism of his work has a lot to do with the contemporary need for simple explanations and immediate gratification’ – I agree. There are so few films around now that come close to the visionary statements of Tarkovsky, Herzog or Ozu (to take just three examples).
      ‘the dreary template of action, graphic violence and sex’ – I was outraged, on a visit to London in January, on the Underground, to have the obscene poster for ‘Bullet to the Head’ thrust in my face at every turn.

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