Not Directed by Terrence Malick


Jacob T. Swinney


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Terrence Malick’s visual style is easily one of the most recognizable in the filmmaking industry. The reclusive auteur has developed a unique aesthetic over the years that is distinctly his. In addition to being one of the most recognizable, his style is also one of the most copied. Malick’s influence on certain filmmakers is undeniable. Whether you want to call it influence, paying tribute, or just flat out ripping-off, we often see a shot, sequence, or even entire films that just scream out “Malick.” Here is a collection of Malick-esque shots from a variety of films that were not directed by Terrence Malick.
Films used:
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013) Dir. David Lowrey
All the Real Girls (2003) Dir. David Gordon Green
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) Dir. Andrew Dominik
Beasts of No Nation (2015) Dir. Cary Fukunaga
The Better Angels* (2014) Dir. A.J. Edwards
Ex Machina (2015) Dir. Alex Garland
George Washington (2000) Dir. David Gordon Green
Joe (2013) Dir. David Gordon Green
Lost River (2014) Dir. Ryan Gosling
Man of Steel (2013) Dir. Zack Snyder
Shotgun Stories (2007) Dir. Jeff Nichols
Silent Light (2007) Dir. Carlos Reygadas BarguĂ­n
Up in the Air (2009) Dir. Jason Reitman
Upstream Color (2013) Dir. Shane Carruth

*Produced by Malick

Music: “Awakening” by Andy Quin – From Malick’s To the Wonder soundtrack.