New World, New Age
J. Hoberman’s analysis of the New World phenomenon—that is, people blowing their wads over how great the Malick movie is—is pretty funny, not least because we’ve had some of that on this very site. (See Grant Cogswell and, to a certain extent, Sean Nelson.)
The embarrassing part, besides the fact that Hoberman quotes local crank N.P. Thompson (Stranger employees, you’re gonna have to proxify that link, cause he’s banned us from his website), is the supposed reason why The New World is doing so well here in Seattle:
Still, the movie has performed most strongly in New York City, as well as the Bay Area and Pacific Northwest—the market one distributor characterized as “New Age Country.”
New Age Country! Seattle movie-goers, are you going to take this kind of abuse? Good job getting the Ramtha-approved What the Bleep Do We Know out of our rabbit hole so quickly, by the way.