war movies – 22blog.com https://22blog.com The past programmed the future, the present makes it so. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:21:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Assessing The Thin Red Line https://22blog.com/assessing-the-thin-red-line/ https://22blog.com/assessing-the-thin-red-line/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 18:53:25 +0000 https://22blog.com/?p=17

War and the pity of war is a hefty, Homeric subject and Malick handles it superbly. As an action director, with an eye to the epic view, he has a marvellous modulation of suspense and space. He captures the nerve-racking fatigue of war as well as the breakneck fast-forward. There is also, complicatingly, the opposite pull of what nature can mean when it is anatomised in this paradisal Pacific context: the gorgeous range of colour in the plumage of a parrot (vibrant like the eye of childhood discovered all over again), the skitter of bats, the cuteness of tree kangaroos. All of this is shot radiantly, like a reproach to the very idea of action. Malick’s cinematographer John Toll is a master.

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War and the pity of war is a hefty, Homeric subject and Malick handles it superbly. As an action director, with an eye to the epic view, he has a marvellous modulation of suspense and space. He captures the nerve-racking fatigue of war as well as the breakneck fast-forward. There is also, complicatingly, the opposite pull of what nature can mean when it is anatomised in this paradisal Pacific context: the gorgeous range of colour in the plumage of a parrot (vibrant like the eye of childhood discovered all over again), the skitter of bats, the cuteness of tree kangaroos. All of this is shot radiantly, like a reproach to the very idea of action. Malick’s cinematographer John Toll is a master.

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