The Tree of Life

‘The Revenant’ Isn’t an Adventure – It’s an Endurance Test

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There’s nothing more exhausting than a filmmaker who thinks they have to dress up a genre picture with a lot of arty nonsense, and that’s the best way to sum up The Revenant, the new film from freshly minted Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman). It runs a lumpy 156 minutes, and there’s a decent, 105-minute wilderness survival/neo-Western revenge tale in there, if you want to dig it out. But you’ll have to burrow past all the macho posturing, blood-coughing misery, and faux-Malick twinkliness to find it.
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Hilarious, Scathing Netflix and Amazon Reviews of Terrence Malick Movies

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Terrence Malick’s latest movie, To the Wonder, hits theaters this week, and there are few filmmakers today whose work inspires as much fierce advocacy among movie lovers. But for all the hyperbolic praise of his films, there are bound to be those who see them as muddled, indecipherable, or inexplicable. We’re not saying his movies are without flaws — but they tend to inspire some rather hilarious vitriol in anonymous public forums, so it’s time to return to one of our favorite sources for unsolicited film criticism, Netflix reviews, to see what people have to say about his films. This time, we checked in with the folks on Amazon as well. The best of what we found is after the jump.
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