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Movie Quote of the Day – The Thin Red Line, 1998 (dir. Terrence Malick)

First Sgt. Edward Welsh: Where’s your spark now?

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With A Little Help From My Friends

So as many of you know I’d been unemployed for quite some time and only recently got a job substitute teaching. Unfortunately, that a) only pays for my bills so far and b) I don’t even get paid until October some time. That being said I am pretty strapped for cash.

And at the worst time possible, as The Thin Red Line is being released on Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-Ray on the September 28th.

So what I am trying to do is refer as many products from my Amazon astore in order to get enough credit to buy it. This is one of my top-ten favorite films (and has been mentioned on this site multiple times). How the astore works is you click the link and it takes you to all the categories I’ve set up to correspond with various posts I’ve made. It also lets you see your very own Amazon wishlist, so if you’ve been meaning to buy something on your wishlist you can do so through my astore and I’ll still get referral credit. Basically, you can shop just like normal, only you get to help me out at the same time!

Here’s all the astore categories I have:

Your own Wishlist should show up in the bottom right hand side of your screen (you may have to scroll down a little).

I really, really appreciate your readership and your help. Just look at this magnificent film:

Auteur of the Week: Terrence Malick

The first time I was introduced to Terrence Malick was over ten years ago and I knew nothing about it him. My brother and I were watching AMC and Badlands came on and we thought it was Charlie Sheen, but after we saw young Sissy Spacek we realized it was a young Martin Sheen (young Charlie looks just like young Martin!). I’d never seen anything like this film before and upon viewing it my love of Malick’s work began and has yet to dissipate.

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The Thin Red Line to be released on Criterion DVD and Blu-Ray

This is so exciting! Terrence Malick is my favorite director and The Thin Red Line is one of my Top Ten Favorite movies of all time. The news leaked a few weeks ago, but I was waiting for the cover artwork to get released before writing about it. I actually thought Fox or someone would release a ten-year anniversary edition in 2008 but that never happened. I may already own the crap Fox War Classics version of this film on DVD, but I also own two versions of Malick’s The New World. so I have no qualms about buying this again.

DVD/Blu-Ray specs after the cut.

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Oscar Vault Monday – The Thin Red Line, 1998 (dir. Terrence Malick)

Malick was one of the most acclaimed directors in the 1970s, with two highly acclaimed dramas – 1973’s Badlands and 1978’s Days of Heaven. He then disappeared for nearly twenty years before production of The Thin Red Line started. The result is an astounding WWII ensemble based on the novel of the same name by James Jones (who’s other book, From Here To Eternity was turned into a film in 1953 and won 8 Oscars). There is a version of The Thin Red Line from 1964 that I’m told is more true to the book; I’ve yet to see it. I also don’t really care if it’s more true to the book because I love what Malick did with this story. This film is one of my Top Ten Films of All Time. It was nominated for 7 Oscars in 1998 although it didn’t win a single award. It was up against Saving Private Ryan, Shakespeare In Love, Elizabeth and Life Is Beautiful.

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Avatar – Visually Stunning, But Ultimately Boring and Predictable

I really did go into this film with an open mind. After about 30 minutes I was pretty sure I knew how I’d feel about the rest of the film. Why? Because I could see exactly how it was going to play out and all I really wanted was for it to end.

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The Hurt Locker – Can A Good Old-Fashioned War Movie Win Best Picture?

I finally got to see The Hurt Locker today. I absolutely loved it. I am a big fan of War films and I’d put this one up there with my favorites, namely The Thin Red Line and The Longest Day

Although I’ve yet to see Avatar, I do not want it to win Best Picture. I know I should reserve judgement until I’ve seen it. But I do not see how it can be as good as either The Hurt Locker or Up In The Air. To quote Quentin Tarantino “This CGI bullshit is the death knell of cinema. If I’d wanted all that computer game bullshit, I’d have stuck my dick in a Nintendo.”

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