Knight of Cups

Knight of Cups

DVD - 2016
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The story follows writer Rick on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self. Even as he moves through a desire-laden landscape of mansions, resorts, beaches and clubs, Rick grapples with complicated relationships with his brother and father. His quest to break the spell of his disenchantment takes him on a series of adventures with six alluring women.
Publisher: Los Angeles, California :, Broad Green Pictures,, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 KNI NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD video,4 3/4 in
digital,optical,5.1 surround,Dolby digital,rda
widescreen (2.35:1),rda
DVD-video,NTSC,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda

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doyoureadme
Jan 18, 2020

I'm a Terence Malick fan, and in this offering, he paints Christian Bale as Rick, a man in an existential crisis who has been broken down by the indulgent allure of the showbiz lifestyle of Hollywood, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. But in portraying the vacant lifestyle and lack of interior substance of the characters, they come across as entirely one-dimensional, and the film lacks any meaningful plot, which ironically produces a vapid and pretentious movie about vapid and pretentious people. The only reason I gave this even one star, and squandered two hours on this total misfire was the (as always) beautiful cinematography by the incomparable Emmanuel Lubezki, which unfortunately was wasted on this self indulgent piece of crap.

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Mooseum
Dec 27, 2019

Somehow you don't think a movie can be this bad, and then it is. It felt as vapid as Hollywood might be itself.

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Nooksack20
Aug 23, 2019

This movie, if you call it that, is a total waste of time. No story, no script, no fun.

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wolfspirit_love
Aug 07, 2018

After fast forwarding through the first 43 minutes, making stops along the way to see if this movie would improve, I turned it off and went to bed. It's so freaking bad that I packed it up to return to whence it came and will not even try fast forwarding through the rest! It was so boring I started to fall asleep during the moments I wasn't fast forwarding.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 07, 2018

It's like an issue of "Dwell" having an existential crisis.

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roosevelt
Jan 12, 2018

This was a dud, I do not enjoy this style of film. Waste of time, I gave up after 20 minutes when I realized it went on in the same style.

A cinematographic meditation on alienation as experienced by the 1%. Malick invokes the Hymn of the Pearl at the beginning of the film to direct viewers to how lost Christian Bale's character Rick is supposed to be. He moves from one beautiful woman to the next; he mingles with the jet set. It's like watching an avant-garde episode of a day in the life of Bruce Wayne. There is no narrative structure, which would be fine because the photography is beautiful, but how can we feel any compassion for Rick, a rich handsome guy who screws whomever he pleases?

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Sophie2772
Aug 10, 2017

Cover looked interesting and I've enjoyed Christian Bale's performances in other films but don't follow any directors works or genres. Turns out other than the cinematography that's about all that I found intriguing in this movie. Perhaps a hallucinogen would have helped open my mind to further appreciate this artsy film, as there's no actual dialogue, action, discerable plot or even a hint of a storyline that us average folks usually enjoy. However I only endured 20 mins before I gave up (aka fell asleep). Best of luck to the rest of y'all!!

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AkMis
Apr 20, 2017

existential

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Markdmcl
Apr 19, 2017

One of the all-time best movies (Mick agrees). But not a movie for one with a shallow mind or short attention span.

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jimg2000
Jul 02, 2016

Here is a profound statement:
There's so much love inside us. That never gets out.
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I know you. I know you have a soul. Seems you're alone. You're not. Even now, He's taking your hand and guiding you by a way you cannot see. If you are unhappy, you shouldn't take it as a mark of God's disfavor. Just the contrary. Might be the very sign He loves you. He shows His love not by helping you avoid suffering, by sending you suffering, by keeping you there. To suffer binds you to something higher than yourself, higher than your own will. Takes you from the world to find what lies beyond it. We are not only to endure patiently the troubles He sends, we are to regard them as gifts. As gifts more precious than the happiness we wish for ourselves.

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jimg2000
Jul 02, 2016

You don't want love. You want a love experience. Am I bringing you back to life? Love and do what you like. A saint said that. Desire so deep. I'll throw my life away. Don't go back to being dead. What do you want? We're not leading the lives that we are meant for. We're meant for something else.
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I never stopped loving them. But the way I loved them changed. They are like flavors. Sometimes you want raspberry, then after a while you want some strawberry.
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In love with the world, in love with love. The world's a swamp. You have to fly over it.
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Love's so rare that when you find it, you can't doubt it.

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jimg2000
Jul 02, 2016

The opening, a lost soul:
Remember the story I used to tell you when you were a boy...about a young prince. A knight, sent by his father, the King of the East, west into Egypt... to find a pearl. A pearl from the depths of the sea. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup that took away his memory. He forgot he was the son of the king. Forgot about the pearl... and fell into a deep sleep. The king didn't forget his son. He continued to send word... messengers... guides. But the prince... slept on. ... You see the palm trees? They tell you anything's possible. You can be anything... do anything... start over. You know? I'm asking for your permission to make this a dramatic scene for one second... My son.. you are just like I am. Can't figure your life out? Can't put the pieces together? Just like me. A pilgrim on this earth. A stranger. Fragments...pieces...of a man.

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