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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, opening March 5.

Weerasethakul is hot with critics; his prior films all received great acclaim at various choice international films festivals like Venice and Cannes and he’s all over the Film Comment Best of the Decade list. This latest film took home the Palm d’Or at Cannes. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives could easily be the one of the best movies to come out in the past five years. Like Weerasethakul’s other films, it seems to deal with the supernatural, the character of the landscape and the natural world. Not having seen it, one can tell that it’s cerebral, beautiful, and haunting. The trailer alone makes a statement. Uncle Boonmee is the work of one of the leading figures in cinema today.

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  • Adamhump

    bro… firstly you're all “socially relevant” on the schwimmer thing when the trailer seems to reinforce and exploit cliche attitudes towards the internet… and then you say “The New World” was immensely flawed?

    Nuh UH. Nuh UH bro.

  • Nanaimobar

    Gosh darn it I hate brad Pitt I want tO see that schmaltzy ammy appy movie

  • http://twitter.com/readdanwrite Daniel Roberts

    Re: “Trust,” you say that the trailer is vague but what we do know is that she gets sexually assaulted once she meets the guy. I see no evidence of that in the trailer– I think that, like Catfish, we don't know WHAT the big shocking thing is going to be. I feel like it may end up being that the person is someone she knows, maybe even a relative or a classmate's dad.

  • PhDSlave

    I have to agree with Hoffman — and I wrote my thesis on Malick — The New World is captivating and all, but it's flawed, esp. compared to his first three films.

  • http://twitter.com/RussWCheney Russ Cheney

    Was that sodahead13 at 1:58? in McCarthy's trailer?

  • http://twitter.com/brownnnbear Jocelyn

    i laughed a little too hard when i read “michael powell's 'peeing tom.'”

  • person

    Not sure why “Monogamy” is in here. I saw it at the Tribeca Film Festival and it was pointless crap!

  • Jim Ontology

    I don't think it's so easy to assert that “the New World” was “immensely” flawed. Though it was initially ill-received, it went on to be on many critic's top ten films of that decade lists. I could agree with “flawed” or “with its obvious flaws”, but “immensely?”

    • http://twitter.com/Dan_Hoffmann Dan Hoffman

      Well, that's clearly a matter of taste. Even if one looks at Malick's working methods for The New World, it's clear that it was a film with lots of problems. Also, yes, I know that it's on many top ten lists. Sometimes flawed films are.

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