The Master, Life of Pi, and Beasts of the Southern Wild are movie going experiences that not only get you thinking about your own existence and how we all relate to one another, but do it with such profound visual potency. Such craftsmanship. Such integrity.
What master do you serve in your life? Are you willing to surrender to the Almighty to achieve salvation? Do you have what it takes to survive when all appears lost? If death is inevitable, what is the meaning of life? Are we all connected, individual pieces of a cosmic puzzle that began thousands of years ago?
Filmmakers Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood), Ang Lee (The Ice Storm, Brokeback Mountain), and newcomer Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) don’t dabble in the gratuitous. Their films are our present day society’s cave wall etchings. Stories told on film that will serve future generations looking for footprints. Clues to their own humanity and purpose.
This past year was a special year for movies.
But these three films stood out as testaments to the unlimited potential for telling visual stories that, while they may not answer all the questions of the universe, sure do try.