Around the Orbital HQ, maybe we need to pick a weekend to give The Tree of Life another shot. Because if Patrick (H) Willems is “pretty much the Terrence Malick of YouTube” as he claims, we’ll probably quickly become obsessed with the real-life Malick, too, after a closer examination.
If you don’t know Willems, prepare to lose hours of your movies-loving life on his YouTube page soon. He specializes in video essays explaining different aspects of films, and these essays can center on anything: story (you do want to know why Predator is the smartest idea in film, right?), soundtrack (get ready to seek out many Needle Drop playlists), cinematography (Christopher Nolan wakes up everyday to thank IMAX, right?), or some combination of those things and more. It’s been pretty much love since he also had to go through a major self-reckoning over what we want from the Star Wars franchise in the wake of this latest trilogy’s drastic Last Jedi-to-Rise of Skywalker shift.