Holy fleurking schnit. I just watched Badlands. What an awe-inspiring movie. It's so slow, so dreamy, so eerie, so strange. You've never seen a film like this before. You've never seen characters like this before. They're despicable. They drift through life without any purpose. They're stupid. Yet, you can't help but like them. And the cinematography is orgasmically delicious. Soderbergh, The Coens, and Malick: three geniuses with brilliant debut films. (PTA, too, but that goes without saying. ;)) Anyone who wants to make a film should really, REALLY see how this is done. Because in all the struggling for style and standing out, there's nothing like seeing a story told well and in a leisurely fashion. Sadly, I don't think much would be made of a film like this these days. It's way too ponderous for most people to appreciate.