Saturday, January 13, 2007

"Tough shit, Bill"

That's Ms. Kael to William Shawn regarding one Terrence Malick, director of Badlands, translator of Heidegger, commemorator of Martin Luther King, Jr's assassination, etc.

What am I babbling about? Emdashes and the Librarians explain everything. Well, maybe not everything. I've always been baffled because I love Badlands madly but can't even sit through any of Malick's other films. Kael, on the other hand, apparently wasn't taken in to begin with, “The movie can be summed up: mass-culture banality is killing our souls and making everybody affectless. ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ said the same thing without all this draggy art.”

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