'American Cool' is dedicated to examining the pathology of Hollywood's finest countercultural icons. Whether they’re the neglected souls led astray by the trappings of patriarchy and capitalism or the ostensibly noble ones who benefit from the system, they have one thing in common: they’re a joy to watch.
"Badlands is the American myth of freedom and violence; it doesn’t get old because it remains what we are." - Time Out New York
"In just his first film, Malick displays the unique sensitivity to his character’s inner life—to say nothing of the magnificent outer life of the landscape around her—that has made him a singular filmmaker. His visual poetry has the effect of extracting the pulp while heightening the horror." - The A.V. Club
"Among the great American crime movies, 1973's Badlands stands alone." - San Francisco Chronicle
In this veiled reply to American crime films based on the real-life killing spree of Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate, an impressionable teenage girl (Sissy Spacek) from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend (Martin Sheen, emulating James Dean) embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.
Dir. Terrence Malick. 1973. 94 min.