Atypically blunt for a David Lynch film, The Elephant Man forces one, rather than to search for the hidden meanings, examine their own values, worldview and humanity like no other movie of the director. Simultaneously his scariest and most heartbreaking work.
Lee juxtaposes American history, both recent and distant, with the present and does so in an entertaining, educational and thought-provoking manner. Even when the story goes increasingly wild towards the end of this two-and-a-half-hour frenzy, the characters never seize being humane, nor their thoughts and feelings complex and realistic.
Unapologizing, over the top in its incorrectness and hilarious, but also a horror story of certain parts of American culture. Unfortunately Borat isn't thoroughly as funny as its first 20-ish minutes, but it is perhaps the most daring mockumentary ever made.
Malick is one of cinema's visual masters. When you watch his camera sweep through the vast Texas plains as Morricone's sublime score plays, you may feel something almost spiritual. Equally impressive is the fiery climax; five solid minutes of almost nothing but ravaging silhouette shots. A train ride, a dance around a bonfire, a chase through the trees, everything gets made to a present for the eyes.
But it's not just the pictures. Despite its under 90-minute runtime, I wouldn't…