But after a while your thoughts return to movies. Herewith, a few of my own suggestions for things you might wish to revisit:
The Tree of Life. The new Criterion edition has a beautiful version of the original movie plus a 50-minute longer version that includes lots of extra footage. If you haven’t seen that longer version, you really must. Terrence Malick says that the original release cut is the definitive one, and I totally agree. The longer version explicates somewhat more some of the mysteries of the original, but the mysteries are part of what make it great. That being said, the footage itself is breathtaking, and it is wonderful to have a chance to see it. You might wish to follow your viewing by “The Thin Red Line,” which is a companion-piece of sorts. Ms. Dargis, I know you didn’t like “The Tree of Life” all that much, and I tend to agree with Mr. Scott on this one. Would love to see your joint discussion of it now that the dust has settled.
The Long Day Closes. Terence Davies’ finest. One of the finest movies ever about a boy and his mother. About family life. About the young years of someone destined to be gay. About the effects of erosion. And on top of that, for my taste the greatest movie musical ever made. I watch it at least once a year, more often than not during the Christmas season. Fun puzzle:
For if you are like me, your opinions can change. And that is not necessarily a bad thing. Not at all. It enriches one.