I just revisited Dave Kehr’s blog item on The New World. I was annoyed to see that not only is Kehr ducking my challenge to write separate pieces analyzing Malick’s filmmaking and let readers decide who makes the more convincing case, he’s misrepresenting my criticism by saying, in essence, that I’m a moonstruck child, I am not really writing about what’s onscreen (patently false; if anything, I am often accused of favoring form over content), that I have no aesthetic basis for liking The New World and that I would see the error of of my ways if I possessed his lofty detachment. (If you’re not up to speed on the exchange, click here.) Dave has once again declined the challenge (I guess he’s too exhausted from shuttling back and forth to the planet Vulcan), so this back-and-forth is done.
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