From ‘Days of Heaven’ to ‘Mud,’ Here’s What You Should Be Seeing in New York City This Weekend

Terrence Malick once said that "nostalgia is a powerful feeling; it can down out anything." And with his films—from Days of Heaven to To the Wonder, his work is the cinema of memory. Time flows with spirituality and grace, like a dream with moments that swim in and out of consciousness looking wistfully into the past with an ineffable sense of fascination. And this week, films from the enigmatic director are just some of the incredible screenings around New York City. If you’ve had a long week, there’s no better way to unwind than to hide away in a darkened theater and fall into another world for a few hours. So whether you’re in the mood for the classic romantics of Casablanca or the pain of love’s first bite in Mud, there’s surely something to please everyone’s cinematic appetite’s this weekend. I’ve rounded up the best of what’s playing, so peruse away and enjoy.

IFC Center

Holy Motors
2001: A Space Odyssey
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Room 237
The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
The Producers
The Shining
Upstream Color


Landmark Sunshine

In the House                                                                                                                                                          
The Place Beyond the Pines
To the Wonder
The Angel’s Share

Museum of the Moving Image

West Side Story
Tai Chi Zero
Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype
Danny Kaye Centennial Celebration
An Evening with Choreographers Rich + Tone

Cinema Village

Sun Don’t Shine
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Herman’s House


Days of Heaven
The New World
The Thin Red Line
Saturday Night Fever


The Lodger
The Stranger
Berlin Express

Angelika Film Center

Any Price
Midnight’s Children

Nitehawk Cinema

The Place Beyond the Pines
Spring Breakers



AMC Loews Village

The Lords of Salem
Oz the Great and the Powerful
Side Effects

Sam Shepard Joins New Discovery Channel Miniseries, Let’s Celebrate With a Look Back at His Life

Sam Shepard: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, seasoned actor of stage and screen, and rock n’ roll jesus with a cowboy mouth. There’s no one quite like Sam—no one. And in the last forty years he has graced us with his unique and true American voice, creating brilliant plays and films that break out hearts and ignite the fire that lives inside of every man and every women. Needless to say, I love him dearly and in my mind, any day warrants a little Sam appreciation.

However, today we learned that he will now be replacing Chris Cooper in the Discovery Channel’s first ever scripted project, the miniseries Klondike. Naturally, Sam will be playing Father Judge, a man who "has come to town to atone for his violent past on a mission to save souls." Well, Sam you’ve already saved mine. And thankfully, this year we’ll see no shortage of him—first with Jeff Nichols’ upcoming Mud, then John Well’s August: Osage County, and Klondike. So, let’s take a look at Sam through the years, from his role in Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, to his reading from recent years. Enjoy.



Sam as The Farmer in Days of Heaven


Sam and Jessica Lange in Frances

Sam, 1971

Sam as Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff

Paris, Texas‘ "I Knew These People" Scene

Sam and Patti Smith Performing Their Play Cowboy Mouth

Sam Shepard on His Family Plays (Parts 2, 3)

Sam Shepard Talks Days of Heaven


Sam being Sam

The Moth and the World Science Festival present Sam Shepard

Sam Reads From Day Out of Days

More Sam and Patti Smith 


Sam Reads at Trinity College Dublin

Looking Back on Some of the Best Sophomore Efforts in Cinema

This spring, we’ll see sophomore film debuts from myriad directors whose first features set the hooks in our film fancies and intrigued us as to what they would have up their sleeves next. For some, it’s taken half a decade or more for their second films to come to fruition and for others their successful first features carved the path for a speedy and welcome return. Between Shane Carruth’s shockingly brilliant Upstream Color, Antonio Campos’ hauntingly visceral Simon Killer, Zal Batmanglij’s audacious thriller The East, and a handful more, there are plenty of new films to look forward to from directors to get excited about. However, the second film is tricky territory.

Although a director’s third film may truly establish a particular autueristic style or cinematic language, the second illuminates their voice, allowing us to better gauge whether their first feature was nothing more than a one-off stroke of genius or a one-off misstep. I can say with confidence that the sophomore films debuting in the coming months—those that I have seen, anyway—more than live up to my expectations and it’s thrilled me to become infatuated with filmmakers on the cusp of something great. For even some of the most acclaimed and interesting directors haven’t always had the greatest sophomore efforts—there’s no definitive parallel necessarily. But for some, it’s their second film that established them in Hollywood as someone to watch and someone to admire, paving the way for a long career ahead. In honor of these fascinating new directors with films premiering soon, here’s a look at some of the best sophomore efforts in the history of cinema.

Harold and Maude, Hal Ashby

First film: The Landlord, Third Film: The Last Detail 

Days of Heaven, Terrence Malick

First Film: Badlands, Third Film: The Thin Red Line

Boogie Nights, Paul Thomas Anderson

First Film: Hard Eight, Third Film: Magnolia

Klute, Alan J. Pakula

First Film: The Sterile Cuckoo, Third Film: Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing

The Last Picture Show, Peter Bogdanovich

First Film: Targets, Third Film: What’s Up, Doc?

Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino

First Film: Reservoir Dogs, Third Film: Jackie Brown

A Woman is a Woman, Jean-Luc Godard

First Film: Breathless, Third Film: Vivre Sa Vie

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Michael Gondry

First Film: Human Nature, Third Film: The Science of Sleep

Se7en, David Fincher

First Film: Alien 3, Third Film: The Game

Trainspotting, Danny Boyle

First Film: Shallow Grave, Third Film: A Life Less Ordinary

Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola

First Film: The Virgin Suicides, Third Film: Marie Antoinette

Five Easy Pieces, Bob Rafelson

First Film: Head, Third Film: The King of Marvin Gardens

Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater

First Film: Slacker, Third Film: Before Sunrise

Safe, Todd Haynes

First Film: Poison, Third Fim: Velvet Goldmine

The Deer Hunter, Michael Cimino

First Film: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Third Film: Heaven’s Gate

The Graduate, Mike Nichols

First Film: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Third Film: Catch-22

Alien, Ridley Scott

First Film: Duellists, Third Film: Blade Runner

Watch More Behind-the-Scenes Footage From Terrence Malick’s ‘To the Wonder’

In a recent review for Little White Lies, David Jenkins said that Terrence Malick "doesn’t make films anymore, he builds cathedrals.” And as a sublime and beautiful companion piece to The Tree of Life, his latest emotional epic To the Wonder tackles the same questions of existence as his last film, but this time through the eyes of love and the confounding complexities within ourselves that hold us captive and barricade us from connection to our own spirit and that of others. Yesterday, we showed you a new French TV spot for the film with a first behind-the-scenes featurette the day prior. But now, all three exclusive clips have made themselves visible online and it’s your choice to choose whether or not you’d like to dive into the making of the film.

Malick’s films are painfully stunning, captivating, and bewildering because they seem to exist so effortlessly, like you’re watching a graceful and delicate ballet never imagining that the dancers performing could possibly be sweating or having their toes ripped to shreds. So if you’ve already lucky enough to have seen To the Wonder, then perhaps you’ll find these featurettes very enlightening—it’s always interesting to hear Ben Affleck talk about the shooting process is stream metaphors. But if you’ve yet to immerse yourself in the picture, let’s save this one for later. Now if someone can find me the original behind-the-scenes footage of Days of Heaven, then we’ll be in business.

Ten Movies I Like Better Than ‘Citizen Kane’ and ‘Vertigo’

Film buffs are all in a tizzy about Sight & Sound‘s most recent list of the greatest films ever made, which resulted in an upset: for the first time in 50 years, Citizen Kane is no longer considered the best movie ever made. Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo has taken the top honor this year. What does this mean? Well, not much, because who knows what will be number one next year. But here’s what I do know: while both Vertigo and Citizen Kane are pretty good movies, neither of them are films that I really want to watch again. Instead, here are my ten favorite movies. Why? Why not?

(Is this the whitest list ever? Possibly!)

1. Broadcast News

2. Rushmore

3. Harold & Maude

4. Wet Hot American Summer

5. 8 1/2

6. Marat/Sade

7. All About Eve

8. Days of Heaven

9. All That Jazz

10. Mulholland Dr.