Commentary - The Tree of Life

Monday, July 25, 2011


"it is hardly a movie for the masses and will polarize even buffs, some of whom might fail to grasp the connection between the depiction of the beginnings of life on Earth and the travails of a 1950s Texas family." - The Hollywood Reporter

I left this film thinking what a crap role for Sean Penn, I suppose he'd only accept such a non-role from someone considered a mad genius, like Terrence Malick.

I could not engage in the interminably long segment of the film that depicted scenes of nature's glorious wonder, firmament and imagery of creation. I consider myself a spiritual person, but this was just frame after frame, during which, my mind wandered to thoughts of needing to do my laundry when I got home. Then the dinosaurs brought me out of my domestic mental check list, only to think, what the hell do these dinosaurs have to do with the death of someone's son?

Clearly, Malick did not concern himself with the obvious criticism this type of filmmaking inevitably inspires. But for every where's this going? moment, there's countless beautifully quiet, elegantly filmed, simplistic moments of storytelling. If I were to watch the film again, I would ignore the confusion and just be taken in by the depiction of 1950's suburban family life - children idly at play on summer evenings, when it's permissible to stay outside till dark. Mother's who have had their third child at an age when most women today aren't even ready to think about having their first. Stern father's who make their children call them sir, set strict rules, criticize and manhandle their off-spring; and yet at the same time want their children's love, respect and affection.  All played with such understanding, by Brad Pitt.

But if you planned to see the movie, because you're a fan of Sean Penn, than you're S.O.L.  And please, somebody tell me they also think Jessica Chastain and Bryce Dallas Howard must have been separated at birth! I swore throughout the whole movie that I was watching the latter, until the credits rolled.  Oddly enough, they were born in the same year, in the same month, and Jessica's given last name was Howard, although no relation.

0 comments:

Post a Comment

LIVE STREAMING SPIDERMAN 2 RED CARPET

YAHOO TO LIVE STREAM RED CARPET PREMIERE OF “THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2” IN NEW YORK CITY TONIGHT! (4/24) 6PM EST.

Tribeca Films Presents - WE COULD BE KING

Hey Philly - Philadelphia based Documentary premieres on ESPN2 on April 26th at 8pm / Opens in NY & LA Theaters 4/25.

Two-time Emmy® nominated director Judd Ehrlich’s documentary, presented by Tribeca Digital Studios in Associate with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation, follows the riveting true story of two rival Philadelphia high schools forced to merge due to budget cuts. Their football team’s young, rookie coach and the school’s new principal fight to overcome insurmountable odds and inspire their young players to come together and lift each other toward a better future.


Synopsis: Against the backdrop of a city in upheaval, WE COULD BE KING follows a cast of unforgettable characters through an improbable football season.
Germantown and Martin Luther King High Schools were bitter rivals for over 40 years. This past year, a budget crisis caused Philadelphia to lay off over 4000 employees and close 37 schools, including Germantown High. Now Germantown must merge with their former rival, King. Against overwhelming odds, a 27-year old first time head coach and a new principal fight to inspire young men from difficult circumstances to come together and lift each other toward a better future.

Two-time Emmy® nominated director Judd Ehrlich uses an intimate, unflinching lens to tell a story much larger than the Martin Luther King Cougars. As the threat of more drastic budget cuts and the loss of funding for athletics looms large, WE COULD BE KING examines the crisis of education in urban America, and celebrates the power of sports to bring young people, neighborhoods, and a city together.

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

Google Adsense

OCULUS FREE SCREENING

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

TRANSCENDENCE

TRANSCENDENCE
SCREENING PASSES GIVEAWAY - "TRANSCENDENCE" starring Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall. Passes are valid starting 4/17 through 5/15 at Participating Theaters ENTER DRAWING

Philadelphia Magazine » Blog » Foobooz

Cross Content Blogs

15 Top Food in Film Flicks

15 Top Food in Film Flicks
Cozy Quilt of Food Movies, we'll add more patches as T &T discovers more films where food plays the biggest "roll"

Links to businesses, people, places and sites that are doing good works, are spiritual in nature, connected to Philly, or all of the above

LAMB

Large Association of Movie Blogs

Tinsel & Tine was nominated for a VBA

bloglovin

bloglovin

group of 10,000 women bloggers dedicated to supporting one another by leaving comments

Women Online

The Blogstress Network

The Blogstress Network
Female Bloggers Unite

Contributor from 2010 - 2012

Listed on

Movie & Film Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory Add website

About This Blog

is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.
-tinseltine@gmail.com


Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

Share it

Camera Tips

Followers

  © Blogger template On The Road by Ourblogtemplates.com 2009

Back to TOP