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Watch: 'Malick: Fire & Water' Examines The Director's Use Of The Elements

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 5:55 PM
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As the debate continues about Terrence Malick's latest "To The Wonder" -- in our recent feature, we explored how it has split up the staff of The Playlist with those who both admire and have issuse with the film -- it's perhaps testament to the filmmaker that his work inspires such chatter at all. And certainly, the imagery in his films is more than just beautiful pictures, as they strive to try and capture the ephemeral feelings the characters are grappling with, but it's not always successful. Nature has been particular obsession through this career and a new visual essay gives a quick study as to how two key elements have factored into his movies.

Discuss: Is Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' Another Profound Masterpiece Or A Parody Of His Worst Tendencies?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 15, 2013 11:57 AM
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Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, To The Wonder
The last movie that Roger Ebert reviewed was Terrence Malick's "To The Wonder," which seems appropriately fitting. "To the Wonder" is a movie of quiet contemplation, one where an Oscar-winning movie star like Ben Affleck is mostly found in stoic silence and conventional plot mechanics are either eschewed or completely ignored. It doesn't take on the cosmic dimension of his equally divisive "The Tree of Life," but "To the Wonder" does contemplate similarly big questions about humanity, the world and our place in it.

Review: Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' Is A Raw & Heartfelt Film Of Loss And Longing

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 10, 2013 6:37 PM
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To The Wonder, Ben Affleck Rachel McAdams
For a man not known for being prolific, an eighteen-month gap between Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” (the filmmaker’s first film in five years) and his latest “To the Wonder” (which premiered at the Venice Film Festival last summer) isn’t just unprecedented, it’s positively mind-boggling, especially given the director is now in the midst of a pair of films, “Knight of Cups” and a still untitled effort set against the music scene.

'To The Wonder': 10 Actors Cut Out Of Terrence Malick Films & How They Reacted

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 10, 2013 3:39 PM
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To The Wonder, Actors Cut From Malick Films
We’ve all been there. Cast as the lead in a meaty, dialogue-heavy role in a surefire masterpiece from one of the most unassailable geniuses of modern filmmaking, only to be reduced to sifting through the finished film on freeze frame occasionally shouting "Look! That’s my shadow on that fern!" or "Hey! That’s the back of my head near that egret!" The one comfort we can take when this inevitability occurs, is that we’re in fine company on the Malick cutting room floor. The only question is, whose lead will we follow in reacting to our role’s excision or drastic reduction?

Did Terrence Malick Use Test Audiences While Editing 'To The Wonder'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2013 2:39 PM
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If there is one word that has come to define Terrence Malick's approach to filmmaking, it has been: secrecy. He generally doesn't reveal plot details (which would be pointless anyway), and he shoots tons of material, only to shape the movie in the editing bay, even if that means dropping actors out of the movie entirely. He's moved to the beat of his own drum and released his movies as he saw fit, without having to seek feedback or approval from anyone but himself. But did that change on "To the Wonder"?

Ryan Gosling Talks Bank Robbing In 'Place Beyond The Pines,' Working With Terrence Malick, Nicolas Winding Refn & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 3, 2013 12:19 PM
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Fate, sin, consequences, redemption... are a few of the words that have been used in the run-up to "The Place Beyond The Pines" to capture the thematic undercurrents of the generation spanning saga. These are touchstones in the film and Ryan Gosling sets it all in motion. He co-stars alongside the excellent ensemble Derek Cianfrance has pulled together -- Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Mahershala Ali, Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen, Ben Mendelsohn and Ray Liotta -- in the film that follows two men and their sons, and how they collide and come together across decades.

Watch: 5 Clips From Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' Explore The Challenges Of Faith & Love

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2013 9:38 AM
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Okay, we got some of the jokes out of our system yesterday, so now we can return to talking about Terrence Malick's "To The Wonder" seriously, and what better way to do that than with five clips from the movie that really delve into the thematic territory the filmmaker explores with his latest.

Watch: Terrence Malick Directed Ad For Sonic Drive-In Plus Brad Pitt Narrated 'To The Wonder' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 4:26 PM
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Among the many visually stunning moments in Terrence Malick's "To The Wonder," there is one what will give viewers a bit of a pause -- it's the sight of a Sonic Drive-In. Yes, the fast food chain makes a quick appearance in the movie and it's a jarring reminder that the this is the first Malick movie to take place in a contemporary setting, and hell, he makes it look beautiful. And whaddya know, he's gone ahead and directed an ad for the restaurant, and it's pretty shocking.

Ryan Gosling Says 'Only God Forgives' Is A "Nightmare"; Says Terrence Malick Currently Editing Five Films

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 27, 2013 1:37 PM
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This week finally sees the limited release opening of "The Place Beyond The Pines," Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to “Blue Valentine" starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Dane DeHaan and many more. A searing drama about family and legacy, the movie earned a rare A-grade review from us when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. We recently got the chance to sit down with Gosling (and most of the principal cast) of 'Pines' earlier this month and during our conversation with the "Drive" actor we also asked him about his upcoming directorial debut, his collaboration with Terrence Malick and more.

Artwork & Soundtrack Details For Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' Revealed

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 22, 2013 8:03 PM
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We recently premiered the soundtrack to the the film, "Loves Her Gun." Directed by Geoff Marslett, we listed it as one of our 10 Films To See At SXSW Film Festival 2013, and part of that is due to the score by Hanan Townshend. The up-and-coming composer hit on everyone's radar when he popped up contributing bits of music to Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," and even more so when he got the coveted gig to score all of Malick's next film, "To The Wonder."

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