A Glimpse Inside Malick's Mind

The main reason I started this site or even began writing about movies was because I loved the thought of putting a story onto film and packaging it to serve a certain kind of purpose, making people feel a certain kind of way. Filmmaking is a bit of a manipulative trade, but is all the more fascinating for it. I love movies and I love directors that make movies who consistently release films that engage me further than the last and make me want to see more. Terrence Malick is one of those directors and his short but clearly defined filmography attests to the fact he is a director not adhering to any rules or standards. He made his debut in 1973 with Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek in Badlands, following it up five years later with Richard Gere in Days of Thunder. It was another twenty years before his next film, The Thin Red Line. He has since put out two other films, The New World and The Tree of Life. This latest film seems to have sparked something in Malick because for the first time ever he has completed another film the very next year and has three more in production set to come out over the course of the next two years. In four years he will have made more films then he did in almost the forty years prior. Why this is we may never know as Malick is a famously reclusive director and thus gives a cineplhile, such as myself, a reason to get excited when a glimpse inside his process becomes available. In saying that, a couple of featurettes have been released concerning Malick's latest film, To The Wonder. The film is described as "an exploration of love in its many forms" and stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, and Javier Bardem. It has received rather lackluster reviews, but I am still interested in seeing it simply because it is a Malick film and the photography is destined to be beautiful.

To The Wonder opens on April 12th. You can hit the jump to watch the featurettes.

Synopsis: TO THE WONDER tells the story of Marina (Kurylenko) and Neil (Affleck), who meet in France and move to Oklahoma to start a life together, where problems soon arise. While Marina makes the acquaintance of a priest and fellow exile (Bardem), who is struggling with his vocation, Neil renews a relationship with a childhood sweetheart, Jane (McAdams). Bold and lyrical, the film is a moving, gorgeously shot exploration of love in its many forms. Written and directed by Terrence Malick.

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