The Tree of Life

The audacity of what Terrance Malick attempted with his latest, Palm-d’or-winning film The Tree of Life is nothing short of ambitious. Whether he succeeded or failed has been hotly debated in the last few weeks, particularly after the love the Cannes Film Festival bolstered upon it. What Malick has offered is an impressionistic, meditative piece on the meaning of relationships and the connections they offer in an eternal perspective. Indeed,... Read More

I want to rub this trailer all over me – Take Shelter

One of my biggest regrets of this year’s Sundance International Film Festival is missing out on Jeff Nichols’ film, Take Shelter.  Starring the highly regarded Michael Shannon, and Jessica Chastain.   Read More  Read More

Sundance – Take Shelter

by Matthew Anderson Take Shelter, the sophomore effort from writer/director Jeff Nichols, represents a major step forward from Nichols’s first film, Shotgun Stories. Shotgun Stories, a very good movie in its own right, showcases Nichols’s particular skill for building and sustaining tension and capturing the nuances of interpersonal relationships. But where Shotgun Stories at times feels aloof and seems to linger too long on some scenes, Take... Read More