megatron wrote:i'm watching tree of life right now. i think someone taped some parts over with "planet earth" and stephen hawking's "into the universe"
agreed. I don't get the hoopla surrounding this film. Yes it looks fantastic, but even Sean Penn admitted he has no idea what is going on, or why he even has a part in it.
Thats the appeal of it. Malicks cinematography was literally art. Some of the most gorgeous shots ive ever seen. he truely does compose his films like he's some french impressionist painter. I got sucked into it. I love that type of stuff, beautiful shots mixed with a thought provoking premise of trying to figure out why bad things happen and why God allows it to happen. Thats been the subject of art and books and music and film since the beginning of time. The thing that sets TOL apart is Malick was crazy enough to actually try and come up with an answer. I also respond most to art that challenges the consumer. How rare of a film to actually make you think, make you feel, change your perspective or life. The fact the movie refuses to conform to the linear cookie cutter mold of how Hollywood makes movies is just icing on the cake. I want films and art like that. Can you imagine the silence and jaws dropping as Malick explained to the studio, "hey im going to make a film where there is about 6 pages of dialgue total, most of the dialogue is whispered, there are long shots of nature, and I will spend 15 minutes depicting how God created the world". Who does that? Thats why its hyped and buzzed about, why it was such a big deal. Who in their right mind would even attempt to make a movie about it, and how likely would it be it would be a disaster?One of my favorite films of all time. Saw it at the theater, and after it was done my mom and I turned to each other and said "wow". It was hard to communicate the rest of the night.
Malicks films are events. He doesnt make films every year. Its like a radiohead album. A cultural event everyone knows about.
The film was flawless. From the acting to the writing, cinematography, the story, all of it. Couldnt have asked for more. Probably the most accruate depiction of childhood and growing up ive ever witnessed. And I like films and art that discuss the searchers quest, why are we here, what is the purpose of life, does God exist. I love blockbusters, and popcorn flicks, comic book movies, mainstream stuff, but give me Tree of Life any day, thats what its all about.
Plus, as a fan of Brad and Sean, I knew about this way back in 2006/2007. And had been anticipating it for what 5 years. Seemed like it was a distinct possibility it wasnt even going to come out.
I dont want movies that explain stuff. I dont want art that does that. I want David Lynch stuff, or Gaspar Noe, Malick movies, Mars Volta albums, where the audience decides and thinks about it.
I want art that changes my life, and alters my reality, and makes me question if I need to rearrange my life around.
plus heisenberg, you of all people should be aware of all this. BB is so brilliant because its so boundary pushing. Vince and crew dont follow any rules. They create their own, and have created as a result most likely the greatest tv show ever. Theres a lesson there somewhere. They surround themselves with the best in the buisness and as a result they create extremely high quality art. They arent apologetic, and wont be. If people are angry about the season finale and series finale, vince sure as hell wont be out there apologizing. He creates what he wants, period.