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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Terrence Malick's TO THE WONDER WOMAN

An old friend and colleague of mine from my days as an A.V. Club writing intern at The Onion newspaper (almost) ten years ago now recently wrote me a Facebook post with an ingenious trailer mashup idea: reconstructing the Wonder Woman into a Terrence Malick film.

Rory Jobst's note even had the mashup movie title ready to go:

So with that, I was off to the editing races. In the process of cutting the video together, I noticed some of the imagery from Patty Jenkins' 2017 Wonder Woman film was ironically Malick-ian in its poetic and elegiac visuals. Wonder Woman may be one of this summer's biggest blockbusters, but it sure as hell can make its way into an art-house theater on the heels of my latest mashup trailer!

And this is not the first time I've re-imagined Wonder Woman in the vision of a legendary film auteur. Three years ago, I created Wonder Woman Under The Influence, which was cut to the style of the trailer of John Cassavetes' 1974 drama A Woman Under The Influence.

In short, Wonder Woman is surely a versatile character for the screen, transcending budgets and genres--at least from an editor's point of view!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Ray Kroc, the real life McDonald's businessman portrayed by Michael Keaton in The Founder and Daniel Plainview, the fictional oilman portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, share a lot of the blood-thirsty conviction that can be linked to chasing the eponymous American Dream. Although The Founder itself is nowhere near as significant as Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood from a filmmaking stance, it does share a similar heartbeat underneath its altogether safe direction by John Lee Hancock; as film critic and author Matt Zoller Seitz pointed out in his review of The Founder over at Roger Ebert: "This film could have been titled “There Will Be Beef.”"