This week at CU-Boulder’s International Film Series, programmer extraordinaire, Pablo Kjolseth, has Terrence Malick’s first five films — Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World, and The Tree of Life — on 35mm with special introductions. Yours truly will be introducing Badlands on Monday, March 19, 7:30 p.m. The world is bigger than you think. Continue reading This week in Arts & Culture — Malick at IFS
“Working as a screenwriter, I always thought that ‘Film is a collaborative business’ only constituted half of the actual phrase. From a screenwriter’s point-of-view, the correct rendering should be ‘Film is a collaborative business: bend over’.” –David Mamet “I’m a yarnteller. My job is to engage you as much as I can and as often as I can. I love the process and still continue to adore the process, actually. I don’t get attached to anything. I’m like a good antique dealer. I’m prepared to sell my most valuable table.” –Ridley Scott “Normally, people tend to shut off their ambitions … Continue reading Born On This Day – November 30
In 1973, The New American Cinema was well underway. The French New Wave had blown the doors of cinema open as to what was possible, and American movies like Bonnie & Clyde (Penn, 1967) and The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah, 1969) had broken down barriers and led the way for a new crop of young filmmakers. The closing film for the New York Film Festival was not only the impressive debut of writer/producer/director Terrence Malick, it was also a unique and lasting look at the American criminal. Loosely based on the real life exploits of serial killer, Charles Starkweather and his fourteen year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, Badlands also drew influence from French New Wave and American literature (mainly Mark Twain and Robert Lewis Stevenson). In this tale of criminals on the run in America’s Heartland, Malick wove together a fairy tale steeped in philosophy, American vistas, and role-playing.
“I film quite a bit of footage, then edit. Changes before your eyes, things you can do and things you can’t. My attitude is always let it keep rolling.” –Terrence Malick Continue reading In Their Words – Thursday, April 25, 2013