The Oscar nominations are out and I’m utterly underwhelmed. Here’s a link, these are the nominees for best picture:
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
I can’t believe they’ve actually nominated Tree of Life. As much as I sang praise for this film before seeing it, after seeing it I can’t believe how this convoluted, messy and evangelical piece of nonsense could get nominated. Well, maybe it’s time to admit that the Oscars are finally beyond relevant.
My choice for – at least – best picture and directing? Drive. Too bad it’s not nominated.
Right now I suspect that “The Tree of Life” is pretty much nuts overall, a manic hybrid folly with flashes of brilliance. But even if that’s true it’s a noble crazy, a miraculous William Butler Yeats kind of crazy, alive with passion for art and the world, for all that is lost and not lost and still to come.
The review is comprehensive (and favourable), but above sentence on its own would have been enough to make me want to see the film.
Terrence Malick has been the best-kept secret in American cinema for almost 40 years. The director of “Badlands,” “Days of Heaven,” “The Thin Red Line” and “The New World” is familiar to film buffs but mostly unknown to the general public, which knows him, if at all, as the man who took a 20-year hiatus between pictures and doesn’t do interviews for any reason, ever.
The article also includes a video on Malick’s film “Days of Heaven”.