Song to Song

Song to Song

DVD - 2017
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In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples; struggling songwriters Faye and BV, and music mogul Cook and the waitress whom he ensnares, chase success through a rock 'n' roll landscape of seduction and betrayal
Publisher: [United States] : Broad Green Pictures, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD Song 2017
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
NTSC
digital,optical
1 videodisc (129 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Music behind the movie

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ehbrisson
Aug 12, 2017

With SONG TO SONG (2017), director Terrence Malick seems intent upon finishing out the decade the same way he started it-- with deeply personal, religious films about faith, love, and redemption set against the decaying backdrop of contemporary America. Those familiar with Malick’s previous efforts TO THE WONDER (2012) and KNIGHT OF CUPS (2016) may see these works as together forming a sort-of-trilogy in which the subjects of each film navigate similar pseudo-heroic arcs that lead them out of worlds of confusing excess and toward a redemptive vision of beauty and truth.

The film’s circuital editing can be frustrating at times, and intoxicating at others. Emmanuel Lubezki’s camerawork is as proficient and deliberate as ever, and there is something to savor in every shot. (Note the subtle changes in elevation throughout the film and consider these details in light of the film's original title, "Weightless.") The film’s genre-spanning score, a mix of contemporary indie rock, classical music, and opera, complements the film’s preoccupations with contemporary disorder, recursivity, and the possibility of a transcendent, redeeming love, with the line between diegetic and non-diegetic sound not always fully decipherable.

Dramatic high points of the film include mesmerizing performances by both of the film’s leads, Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling, as well as a particularly memorable appearance by poet/singer-songwriter Patti Smith (as herself) who serves as spiritual guide and moral compass to Mara’s Faye (a secular analog perhaps to Javier Bardem’s Father Quintana in TO THE WONDER).

I suspect many viewers will attempt to dismiss the renegade humanism of this film as a front, or worse, misconstrue Malick’s “blessed rage for order” as simple, reactionary conservatism. The film is, however, at its core a timely message of love that carries no judgement. Along with its literal and spiritual predecessors, TO THE WONDER and KNIGHT OF CUPS, this film is just as worthy of our attention as the director’s earlier, more widely celebrated work.

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jimg2000
Aug 08, 2017

An artsy romantic drama brought to you by writer director Terrence Malick whose credits ranged from "Badlands 1973," "The Tree of Life 2011" to "Knight of Cups 2016." Besides the obvious hip and sexy cast, the cinematography was truly intoxicating and nearly each "scene to scene" was accompanied with lyrical dialogue and music, as from "song to song." As to the story, it was a believable glimpse into the lives of the people in the Austin TX. music landscape. If you did not enjoy "Knight of Cups," skip this.

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JILLYJELLY
Jul 24, 2017

What the heck was this? I got about 15 mins in and couldn't take any more. STUNK.
Just. Don't. Do. It. Not to mention the seasickness from the choppy camera work...ugh.

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D061145902
Jul 21, 2017

You take four pretty people and put them in a 2 hour cologne commercial. The result is not a movie, but what is it?

LibrarianShelbi Jul 19, 2017

Why? Why was this made? Why did they waste these actors? Why did I put myself through the agony of watching this movie? Why do people still fund Terrence Malick? Alas I am filled with more joy by the thought of weeding this DVD in a few months then I ever got from watching it.

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stse88
Jul 18, 2017

I am now convinced I am not and never will be a fan of Terrence Malick's films, and do not and never will understand Hollywood's obsession with this director.

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CatfoodShawn
Jul 17, 2017

This wasn't a film. I don't know what it was, but don't expect to watch a movie, if you pick this one up. Utterly horrible.

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lindy919
Jul 14, 2017

The best thing about Terrence Malick films is that they are extremely short, in that they are so pretentious and preachy that you will most likely turn them off after 5-10 minutes. This movie is no exception.

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Miller1114
Jul 10, 2017

This film tried too hard to be an avant garde. It was a choppy and horrible. None of the characters were developed enough to be sympathetic for. Avoid at all costs.

AL_ALISON May 17, 2017

One of the worst films of the year and maybe ever. Pure pretentious schlock. Especially since director Terrence Malick has made a couple of my old time favorite films, this was a disappointing view.

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jimg2000
Aug 08, 2017

I wanted experience. I told myself... any experience is better than no experience.===
You sit on your high horse looking down on me. Look at your fingernails, man. Where's the dirt? You think you can get here without getting your hands dirty at least?
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I'm so scared sometimes. We're Wanderers, you and I. Like birds.
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I know you always wanna know the truth, but... but I don't. Sometimes the truth isn't the right thing to say.
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I went along like someone in a dream.
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Remember, we have nothing.
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I went through a period... when sex had to be violent. I was desperate to feel something real. Nothing felt real. Every kiss felt like half of what it should be.
You're just reaching for air.
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I thought you had to know the right people... get close to them. The ones who could give you what you need... to get through the fence.

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jimg2000
Aug 08, 2017

I don't like to see the birds in the sky, because I miss you. Because you saw them with me.
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I revolted against goodness. Thought it had deceived me.
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Fallen so low. I had to find my way out...
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I'm low. I'm like mud. I don't deserve you.
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You're so smart going around breaking lovers' hearts. You'll be defeated by your own weapon. I dream about being in love and... being free and safe.
You know? Can you have, uh... you think... have it all? That's one thing I know. You can't have it all.
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What's it feel like to be a girl? Like I have special powers. What don't I know?
How to feel. How to be sick to your bones. How to yearn.
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Why wake up next to someone you don't even know if you don't even know yourself anymore?
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You pray for him?
- No, I don't. Not anymore.
Why?
- What's the point?
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I just feel like I keep... sinking lower, and lower, and lower... I think I'm just tired. I wanted all that pain to be for something.

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jimg2000
Aug 08, 2017

The music's all about feeling free. So you don't have to do nothing to be free.
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The birds said... we'd love each other forever. Love never fails.
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Maybe you need this world. The falsehood, the show. Maybe what stirs your blood is having wild people around you.
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It'd be awful to have these good times and not have life itself.
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You get used to drifting. Waiting.
- They say follow the light. Where do you find it?
When you're young, it's not always easy to know what is the light.
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The light is so beautiful on your face. You have one part of your face in the shadows and one part in the light.
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I was once like you. I didn't know what I know now. To think what I once was... what I am now.
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We broke up. I tried to be kind. It only made me colder.
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I'm a beast. Still not unhappy about it. I don't seem to bring people happiness anymore. I wasted your love.
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I wanna live a good life.
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Why is he after you if he's not attracted to you?

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jimg2000
Aug 08, 2017

How do you know when you're lying to yourself? When you give somebody your word... does it mean anything? You can just take it back. I told her that 'm gonna do my best. Do my best not to say things I don't mean.
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I love the pain. It feels like life.
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*** You're A Zombie by Plasmatics***
I'm inside your DNA
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
I'm inside your DNA
You can't make me go away
I'm inside your DNA
You can't make me go away
I'm inside your DNA
You can't make me go away
AH you do is fuck and eat,
That's what we do too
Tough for you 'cause you're our meat
But we don't make the rules
Not only will we drink your blood
We're gonna suck your head
There isn't much to think about
'Cause soon you will be dead
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I'm sorry that you're not as proud of me... as you are... with my sisters.

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jimg2000
Aug 08, 2017

Mama. Where am I now? Where are we?
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I don't know my family. No one's ever been there for me but me,.
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When I was a girl, I loved everyone. You killed my love.
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I just... I look for comfort... in places I shouldn't.
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I think just being wanted turns me on.
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I can't take this world straight.
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I sell a fantasy, not my body.
I sell an illusion.
I sell, you know... a daydream to these guys. And I try to keep the cookie jar closed.
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Make the money. Don't let the money make you. Create the illusion, but don't let yourself believe that illusion.
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God has a plan, and... and I guess this is part of his plan. ... Eventually, maybe He'll hear my prayers and I'll be able to... you know, move forward and do something... valued with my life. Something my dad can be proud of, you know.

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jimg2000
Aug 08, 2017

***Patti Smith sang in present day "My Blakean Year" ***
Boots that tramped from track to track
Worn down to the sole
One road was paved in gold
One road was just a road
Mercy has a human heart.
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Patti on her guitar:
These old guitars seem to have a song ready-made for you. They always have old songs... loan... I can go on for hours with one chord. It's just one chord hammering. "Glory of a good man
Come on and they carry him home..."
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It's what they gave runners who didn't win a marathon but finished the race.
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I played with the flame of life.
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She was your girlfriend?
-Mm-hmm.
What happened?
-I went out with her, and I never called her again.
Did you love her?
-I didn't realize it at the time.
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His hands were in everything. The money, the fame. I Thought he could help me.-... if I paid my dues.

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jimg2000
Aug 08, 2017

Somebody said how can a brown cow eats green grass and gives you white milk?
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I gotta go back and start over. Like a kid. I didn't have the right heart in me.
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Yes, they have ...done signed my name. It chilled my body but not my sou!
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After he... breaks your heart. Then you'll be sad and your teardrops start. Then you'll know how it hurts to be alone. Just because you think that you're so smart, going around breaking lovers' hearts. Now you're defeated by your own weapon. It hurts to be alone.
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Mercy was a word. I never thought I needed it. Or not as much as other people do. You asked me if I wanted to come out, too. I've never been out West before. I'll come find you.
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"For Mercy has a human heart; Pity, a human face; And Love, the human form divine: And Peace, the human dress. Then every man, of every slime,
That prays in his distress, Prays to the human form... Love, Mercy, Pity, Peace. And all must love the human form, In heathen, Turk, or Jew..."

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