The Directors: Terrence Malick

Terrence Malick remains to be one of the greats when it comes to directing. With five finished films under his belt since 1969, he’s anything but prolific (Lumet, Allen and Altman should have taken note). Malick is the only person who could ever rival Kubrick for the greatest body of work a director ever produced. His films are as if they’re paintings – we’re watching this artist use a camera as if it were delicate brush strokes over a canvas. He’s remarkable and truly original. The latest rumor is that his film due out this year, “The Tree of Life” with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn is getting an IMAX release. Trippy. Oh, and the thirty or so people who were screen 97% of the film say it’s his best since “Badlands”. Wow…

1. “Badlands” – 1973

2. “Days of Heaven” – 1978

3. “The Thin Red Line” – 1998

4. “The New World” – 2005


Author: Frank Mengarelli

Everybody relax, Frank's here. After going to film school at Columbia College Chicago, Frank decided to underachieve with his vast knowledge of film into a career in civil service. Frank had a brief stint as a film blogger, and then he met the heterosexual love of his life, Nick Clement. The two instantly bonded over their love from everything to Terence Malick to THE EXPENDABLES films. Some of Frank's favorite filmmakers are Terence Malick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Sylvester Stallone, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee. Some of his favorite films are THE TREE OF LIFE, STAR WARS (all of them), BAD LIEUTENANT, THE THING and ALL THAT JAZZ. Frank spends his free time with his dog Roger, collecting any Star Wars collectible he can find and trying to finish his pretentious, first person narrative novel(la), LARGE MEN IN SMALL CARS..

8 thoughts on “The Directors: Terrence Malick”

  1. Lol tough to go with a Top 10 with Terrence Malick. I absolutely can’t wait to see Tree of Life later this year and the best movie news of the year was when he cast Christian Bale, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem for his next movie which means we won’t have to wait another 10 years 🙂

    1. Ha..ha.. you’re right there, Castor, but hey, he’s more of a quality vs. quantity guy, right? I gotta research more about Tree of Life now that Bale is cast. I LOVED him in The New World, such a memorable role despite being on screen for less than a half hour! I have yet to see The Thin Red Line as I’m not a war movie fan, but I might check it out one day.

      1. Castor, what do you think Malick’s best is? I’m standing firm at “Badlands”, but I do give “Days of Heaven” a 10 as well, and “The Thin Red Line” A 9.8

      2. IMO The Thin Red Line but I like war movies so I’m a bit biased. IMO, all his movies are either 10’s or near 10’s. That’s how good I think he is.

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