I was poking around blog-diving (digging deep into the blogrolls of film sites I like in search of new blogs to read and perhaps link to from time to time) when I came across this excellently written piece by Adrian Martin on the poetic imagery of Terrence Malick. Whether you're a Malick connoisseur who loves to delve deep into the auteur's work over and over again, or a Malick novice just dipping your toes into the water of his films, you'll likely learn something you didn't know reading this well-researched piece.

While you're over there, check out the rest of Rogue's 10th issue, including a thoughtful review of Bosnian film Grbavica, the Golden Bear winner of the 2006 Berlinale and a transcript of a lecture by Pedro Costa (hey, it's like film school for free!). Costa says in his lecture that, "For me, the primary function of cinema is to make us feel that something isn't right. There is no difference between documentary and fiction here."

If you look at some of the better films of 2006, they fit this mold well: in Little Miss Sunshine, the "something" is the incongruity between Olive's physical features and her dream of being a beauty queen, explored within the microcosm of her bizarrely dysfunctional but loving family. In The Lives of Others, the something that isn't right is the government intruding on the privacy of its citizens, and the abuse of that power. In Pan's Labyrinth, Ofelia is forced to accompany her ailing mother to their new home at a remote military outpost, and a fantasy world that may be even more dangerous than the real one she longs to escape.

Go brew yourself a nice cup of herbal tea, and then go read to your heart's content. There are lots more goodies awaiting you in this issue.
categories Movies, Cinematical