Cinephilia and Beyond is probably the single best film site out there and has taken the place of insightful film mags that no longer adorn our newsstands (or have been replaced by tepid and less-inspired magazines that carry on those publications’ legacies in title only).
The most recent article posted to C&B is TERRENCE MALICK’S ‘THE THIN RED LINE’ IS A TRAUMATIC JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF MAN. This article, like most articles on C&B, is more like a series of supplemental materials found on a Criterion DVD or Blu-ray than a straightforward write-up on Malick or THE THIN RED LINE. Contained on the pages of C&B is the screenplay for THE THIN RED LINE as well as storyboards, a short documentary, and interviews with key players like DP John Toll and composer Hans Zimmer. There are also links to books and other articles on both Malick and TTRL.
C&B is a true film-enthusiasts wonderland. And while the site is free, they do ask for donations to keep the good work going. If you’re interested in that, you can help support them at http://www.cinephiliabeyond.org/donate/. For the record, I am not affiliated with C&B in any way. I just think it’s an incredible site and love supporting it.
As for the subject of the article, Malick is still one of the few living and working American film geniuses. In a culture where the likes of Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan and Alfonso Cuarón are casually called “Brilliant” and “Visionary,” filmmakers like Malick continue to explore film, cinematic storytelling and the human condition on a level the above-mentioned filmmakers will never attain or even strive for. Which doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their films. Not every author is James Joyce, Vladimir Nabokov, Leo Tolstoy or William Shakespeare.