badlands
The first Terrence Malick film I ever saw, when Alex Cox showcased it way back in the early 1990s on BBC2’s Moviedrome series, this remians the director’s most linear, narratively focused film, and is up there with The Thin Red Line as my favourite. Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek play the young lovers on the run after Sheen mercilessly guns down his girlfriend’s father in cold blood. A huge influence on Quentin Tarantino – whose scripts for both Natural Born Killers and True Romance borrow heavily from its structure and tone (the latter even swipes its score too!) – the film boasts a chilling performance from Sheen and gorgeous photography of the Dakota wilderness, and it was this attention to the surrounding countryside that would come to shape all of Malick’s films. Criterion’s Blu-ray is predictably gorgeous and I delight that this film is finally available in such stunning quality for a new generation of film fans – a generation now spoilt by a slew of recent Malick films – can discover and enjoy.

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