The Thin Red Line was on TV this afternoon. Unedited and beautiful and heartbreaking and entrancing. I couldn’t help myself.


War movies, particularly WWII movies, feel a bit like vitamins. Like they are good for me. Good to remember our history. Good to remember that the good ol’ days were sometimes terrible. The Thin Red Line serves both those purposes. Despite the relatively few number of battle scenes the movie is incredibly tense.

It’s a gorgeous film, impeccably acted – directed by Terrance Malik. If you’ve seen The Tree of Life you’ll see the resemblances, but this is far better. (The Tree of Life was indulgent and trite, but that’s a conversation for another time.)

Trust me, if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth your time.