March is for Malick

Terrence Malick films have been released at widely different points and to wild, at times rhapsodic praise. His first two releases, Badlands (1973) and Days of Heaven (1978) were heralded as masterpieces; viewers would then wait twenty years for his followup, The Thin Red Line. Clearly Malick is a thoughtful, careful director who will not…

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Fargo: More Than Just a Small-town Crime Caper

Fargo is a good one, you betcha! The telephone rings at 3am, and a pregnant woman puts on her police uniform to go out into the Minnesota winter. “Eggs,” her sleepy husband says. He wants to make her eggs. We see them eating at a small table in the kitchen. He stays as she goes…

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No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men opens with an emotionally restrained voiceover from Tommy Lee Jones. “I was sheriff of this county when I was twenty-five years old . . . Some of the old time sheriffs never even wore a gun. A lotta folks find that hard to believe . . . You can’t help…

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