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For the sake of contrast
- Jim McConville
Terrence Malik's ruminative "Badlands" offsets the natural beauty of the Dakotas in contrast to acts, little thought out, of human cruelty for a point.....Like the "Thin Red Line," Malik uses the incredible natural landscape that "just is" as a backdrop to acts cruel and unthinkable committed by one man to another. They're done with little or no deliberation to the magnitude or gravity of the pain or death it will inflict on another human, a fellow man....Whether it is shooting Warren Oates and showing no iota of emotion, or pulling gold fillings from death or near dead Japanese soldiers.....
Malick Did a Very Nice Job !
- DON RILEY
I liked the pacing and beauty of the landscapes. I thought the acting itself was excellent. Problems Martin Sheen who was excellent, always appeared "Shower Fresh and Hair Style perfect" in most of the ordeal. Sissy Spacek also appeared to be quite fresh. So, what I'm saying is the film was more of an "Art Film" than a study in realism. The Scene in the Mansion took away from the film, it seemed somewhat comical, it lacked real and authentic "tension". I liked the movie a lot and found it very interesting, but more as an "Art Film" a combination of Horror and Beauty.
This film explores the famous Carol Fugate case in which I believe she (as portrayed by Sissy Spacek) pled innocence with regard to the horrific crimes detailed in the film. I have found this film to be enchantingly riveting since I first saw it on late night broadcast TV many years ago. "Musica Antigua" which is played at the beginning of the film continues to captivate me. There is nothing wrong with this film unless you may not enjoy the stark impeccability with which it was done. A must see of all time. Back in the '70s and '80s I regularly viewed incredible classic films including some which I've never heard from again on my little B&W TV. If only television could be that great again!
- Dashiell Barnes
The debut thriller from Malick which has become a cult classic. Sheen & Spacek are perfect as the teenaged crime couple, inspired by Charles Starkweather & Carol Fugate. Malick's writing & directing creates energy & the movie will never date as long as there are people like Starkweather & Fugate. A fine, broody & dark masterpiece. I give it a 4.5/5.
I Would like to see more western movies. AUDIE MURPHY MOVIES
A preview of trash to come
Shame on TCM putting this film on at 8PM. With all the other channels available to cater to anyone's tastes, good or bad, I do not believe my comment encourgages censorship, or attempts to interfer with the operation of TCM. However, I am a paying customer, and my opinion counts in that respect.Considering real instances of maniacs who commit actual mass killingsk, , showing a movie where the mass murderer is described as "charismatic" is bizarre.I do not deny that Art in any form should be allowed to expand as far as it desirres. However, some consideration should be given to those of us who were able to bring our children to movies or watch them at home.If its posssible to steer a near maniac into acts of violence by anyone else's speech or actions, then it must be possible that films such as these can have some effect on eroding the social norms that protect us all.It is much easier to blow up a building than to build one. Building a society that respects life, and writing commercially profitable films is more difficult than pandering to the worst instincts. Its odd that the Entertainment industry wants to ban guns, but continually shows mass murderers as justifiable victims to kill people who fit carictures of people the Entertainment Industry seems to hate. I. D. parents, police, the militrary, businessmen. Meanwhile protitues are nearly always treated as innocent victims, but hardly are ever shown as sleazy, disease carriers.
Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek portrayed what you might expect out of serial killer and a fifteen year old girl with an over bearing father. This 1973 film gives one an inside look at a young serial killers emotions or lack of and his thoughts, which are as chaotic and off the wall as you might expect of a warped mind. Very well acted, directed and produced.