Insult To Insult

Terrence Malick‘s Song to Song opens today. I’ve been reading a lot of reviews in recent days, mainly in search of the best put-downs. The following Pete Hammond line is my favorite thus far: “Malick, in a rare interview, told a SXSW audience that he actually had about eight hours of footage and that Song To Song could have been a miniseries. God help us.” Again, my 3.11 review.

  • MikeSchaeferSF

    Liked this from Entertainment Weekly: “In terms of content and meaningfulness, Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song’ is the cinematic equivalent of a Trump press conference. Incoherent, disconnected, self-interrupting, obsessed with pointless minutiae and crammed full of odd, limp stabs at profundity from a closed-off man in his 70s who apparently has no ability to edit or accept constructive criticism.”

    • Dr. New Jersey

      So, he’s making Hollywood great again.

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    • John Cope

      One of the most juvenile “reviews” I’ve ever seen published by a major mag. To use a Trumpism: embarrassing.

      • It’s not truly a Trumpism without an exclamation point. That’s possibly the most characteristic element. Garish!

        • Magga

          And it needs misspelling

  • Bob Strauss

    I’ve never seen so many ways to depict people trying to have sex with their clothes on. Ever the innovator, that Terry Malick.

  • AJ

    What are your thoughts on the actors involved in this? Fassbender, Mara and Gosling?

  • Jeff

    It’s going to be fascinating in 5 years when people really start shitting on Malick for being one of the most overrated filmmakers of all time. This latest run is going to go down as maybe the most indulgent of any filmmaker with top notch talent and a budget ever. He is single handedly killing more indies than anyone could possibly imagine.

    • John Cope

      I expect quite the opposite reaction to happen but not for a decade or more.

    • Reverent and free

      I dunno, how is he doing any harm? Little niche art films that very few people will ever see, and the people who do see them by now know what to expect.

  • THX11384EB

    Pete Hammond trying to instruct Malick about art. Okay then.

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  • Mister Quigley Jr.

    This prick, one of the most notorious quote-whores (barely) alive, called THE NEW WORLD “sleep inducing” in that shit article you linked. Sad.

  • otto

    “[They] are not merely awful; I would consider it sacrilegious to say anything less than that they are god awful. They are so unbelievably horribly, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art that they qualify as crowned heads of anti-music…”

    William F. Buckley – Boston Globe, September 13, 1964, reviewing the new English group, the Beatles.

    Let’s put Malick into perspective: is there another contemporary director whose imprimatur is so uniquely stylized that you can identify him by watching about 15 seconds of footage?

    How many contemporary films – even “art” films – defy the predictable three-act narrative structure? Or do something very different? Even today’s most celebrated films – Moonlight, LLL, Manchester – are merely well-executed similes of old Hollywood tropes.

    Whether a large number of people “get” Malick’s films is irrelevant. Like Godard, Malick is creating a new genre: his oeuvre is stream-of-consciousness, amorphous- it suggests instead of dictates. We will be talking about Malick’s influence on other directors 20 years from now.

  • Chris Dark

    It’s only a movie, Ingrid….

  • Mikael M. Soennichsen

    Get on with it:

    […] Malick’s just doing his own thing. Everyone’s still running to catch up with what he did in the ’70s. He’s already on another planet.

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/d6e807d8590546d5932c2fccb72439bf/review-malick-gets-some-life-back-song-song

    Indeed, the inertia of convention..

  • lazarus

    Doesn’t get much more petty than this post.