Australian cinema has been on fire lately.
He was 25 years old. He combed his hair like James Dean. He was very fastidious. People who littered bothered him. She was 15. She took music lessons and could twirl a baton. She wasn't very popular at school. For a while, they lived together in a tree-house. In 1959, they murdered a lot of people.As the narrator describes these characters, we witness them courting. As soon as he mentions the murders, the trailer cuts to an image of a balloon drifting across a bright blue sky, while the screen gets painted with blood. Combining the mundane with the disturbing in the same breath/visual, the opening section of this trailer perfectly compliments the tone and storytelling of Malick's lovers-on-the-run feature. As opposed to most films of this genre, Malick downplays the action, and instead emphasizes the delusional naivete of the two young criminals: Holly's (Sissy Spacek) detached narration matter-of-factly informs us of her love affair/crimes. (After the opening portion, the rest of the trailer's dialogue alternates between Holly's narration and Kit's (Martin Sheen) recorded confession of the crimes that he and his gal have committed.) Much as the trailer narrator's narration, Holly's voice-over in the film relates seemingly inconsequential details—putting it at odds with the genre of which this movie would appear to be a member.
In the 1950 film Union Station—the only film in which [Union Station] has a starring role—it is not located in Los Angeles. Actually, it's never located anywhere precisely. The station is only a commuter ride from West Hampton, which would place it in New York City; yet one of the villains takes an elevated train out of the station, suggesting Chicago. The police chase him into the stockyards; this must be Chicago. But what about those palm trees?