Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Badlands (1973)

Holly: Did you hear about the guy at the nuthouse that walked around naked except for hat and gloves? This nurse came up to him and said, "You can't walk around that way." And the guy says, "It's okay, nobody comes around here anyway." And the nurse says, "Well, what do you have on the hat and gloves for?" And the guy says, "Well, you never know..." 

Badlands was on the TV the other night and I caught about half of it for the first time in a long time and it made me sad that we don't have that Terrence Malick anymore - just as refined and pretty but somehow so much looser and funny and less up his own ass. Every movie of his was once an event but I haven't even bothered to see any of them since The Tree of Life, which really turned me off and which by all accounts is a mood he's only doubled down on since then. Oh well. He'll always have given us Badlands and Days of Heaven and The New World and that's more than many, so a happy birthday to him today.


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