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Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by lefty, May 18, 2011.

  1. Lord-Barrington

    Lord-Barrington Senior member

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    Uncle Boonmee won the Palme d'Or this time last year and that film's an egg. It doesn't mean shit. Not to mention Bal (which plays at the film festival you're attending) won the Golden Bear. Thank god you don't have it on your agenda. Talk about trailers being better than the film. I made the mistake of seeing it.

    Uncle Boonmee was fantastic if you watch it in its proper context but there was no way in hell that film, or anything else directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, will ever bring in the audiences. (Although Syndromes and a Century may just be one of the loveliest love stories made in the last decade).
     


  2. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    Will probably see it because my wife wants to. Seems sort of offbeat, has some fine acting talent in it, so might be worthwhile.

    Of Malick's previous efforts, I saw Days of Heaven with my mother. I don't remember it too well, but I recall liking it. On the other hand, I just hated The Thin Red Line. Everybody I knew who knew anything about WWII and things military hated it. Some of my pals walked out on it.
     


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    Funny, I am into WWII and I loved it. It's the only movie that has managed to make me comprehend somewhat the stress of combat.
     


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    I am excited to see it. May try to go in the next few days.
     


  5. StephenHero

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    I watched Days of Heaven last night. I thought it was great. It's hard to make a film about religion and morality that is objective, but it is.
     


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    i still think 2001 is ludicrous and over intellectualized.

    Yeah, well going back to my previous comparison, 2001 got walkouts during its premiere and recieved scathing reviews (most famously from Pauline Kael.) In spite of that, it went on to become a popular success and one of the acknowledged all-time-greats.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2011...tree_of_l.html
    http://blogs.suntimes.com/scharres/2...al_kitsch.html

    Kitsch!?! Well, yeah, 2001 had that in abundance as well.
     


  7. KlezmerBlues

    KlezmerBlues Senior member

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    I freaking loved The New World. I'm a very big fan. Hubble style shots of the cosmos in a Malick film sound like a feature, not a bug.
    It is a great movie indeed. In my opinion the opening scene with Das Rheingold playing is appropriate as Malick in his filmpoetry shows remnants of the Gesamtkunstwerk -- a perfect blending of different sense experiences. That reminds me, whatever happened to the Smell-O-Vision?
     


  8. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    i still think 2001 is ludicrous and over intellectualized.
    2001 is great and is a movie that has to be experienced properly imo. Watching on some shitty small screen with bad sound probably wouldn't make as much of an impresison, but the music coupled with the visuals makes it a wonderful experience, whatever else you think about it. There are scenes where the movement of the spaceships are choreographed to the music and it's like watching a ballet. It's wonderful. I'm glad i never saw it until i got my projector. Anyway, I just texted a gf to go see it with me, so i'll hopefully see this soon. I really liked the trailer.
     


  9. NorCal

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    2001 is great and is a movie that has to be experienced properly imo. Watching on some shitty small screen with bad sound probably wouldn't make as much of an impresison, but the music coupled with the visuals makes it a wonderful experience, whatever else you think about it. There are scenes where the movement of the spaceships are choreographed to the music and it's like watching a ballet. It's wonderful. I'm glad i never saw it until i got my projector.

    Anyway, I just texted a gf to go see it with me, so i'll hopefully see this soon. I really liked the trailer.


    Agree, although I always thought "experienced properly" meant a head full of mushrooms. You're the first I've heard mention a projector.
     


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  11. GQgeek

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    Agree, although I always thought "experienced properly" meant a head full of mushrooms. You're the first I've heard mention a projector.
    It's stunning on blu-ray on a 108" screen. [​IMG]
     


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    I saw it last night at the Landmark Sunshine. I thought it was incredibly powerful, in a way that I now struggle to convey in words. After it was over, my wife and I left the theater and walked to the closest subway stop (15 minutes away) without saying a word; we were absolutely dumbstruck.
     


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    I'm looking forward to watching it !
     


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    I saw it last night at the Landmark Sunshine. I thought it was incredibly powerful, in a way that I now struggle to convey in words. After it was over, my wife and I left the theater and walked to the closest subway stop (15 minutes away) without saying a word; we were absolutely dumbstruck.

    There's an F stop right across the street...?
     


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    There's an F stop right across the street...?

    6 train, and the bleeker st. stop was closed for some reason.
     


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