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GoodGirlGalaxy
05-22-2011, 11:46 AM
that plank of balsa wood

Ha!

For the first time ever, I know the majority of those names/films. The world is getting weird.

zircona1
05-22-2011, 01:05 PM
My intuition is tingling telling me that this was their way of awarding the film while still punishing von Trier.

"Spidey Sense" would've been more appropriate :)

schoolofruckus
05-22-2011, 01:25 PM
My intuition is tingling telling me that this was their way of awarding the film while still punishing von Trier.

Or maybe his directing style is just a natural fit for that plank of balsa wood Dunst.

I think it could be both. The film obviously had to be awarded, and Lars has an unblemished record of getting great performances out of his cast. Not to mention, Cannes has a history of rewarding actresses in his films, possibly for their courage if nothing else (Dunst, Gainsbourg, Bjork).

MissingPerson
05-22-2011, 02:36 PM
There was a bit of chatter about Adam Curtis's The Power of Nightmares in one of the politics threads a while ago, so it's worth mentioning, his new series/ film/ docu/ thing "All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace" is to start on Monday.

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schoolofruckus
05-22-2011, 06:34 PM
Bridesmaids was goddamn hilarious. As a big fan of Kristen Wiig's nutty brand of comedy, it was pretty satisfying to see a movie breathe her sensibilities so perfectly. I also thought this did a pretty solid job of shading her as a more disturbed protagonist than you usually see in a big studio comedy. I would have liked for Maya Rudolph's character to have been better developed - these two work so well together that it would have been nice to have a little bit more balance in this regard. Overall, I'd recommend it to anyone who likes laughing.

daxton
05-22-2011, 07:01 PM
I'm really looking forward to seeing that!

buddy
05-22-2011, 08:05 PM
saw bridemaids today, agree that rudolph and wiig are great together. it'll be interesting to see them together in some more comedic roles.

SoulDischarge
05-22-2011, 09:04 PM
Watched Insidious at a friend's house tonight. It was pretty enjoyable for a contemporary low budget horror film/Poltergeist rip off. Or at least I didn't walk away from it wishing everyone involved in its making had been skullfucked to death by a water buffalo. It really could have benefited from either a larger budget for impressive visuals or at least a director who knows how to stretch a small budget. I wouldn't go as far as to recommend it as it's extremely well worn territory, but it was far more fun to sit through than any other horror movie I've seen recently (which admittedly hasn't been many since I'm jaded with the genre).

For some reason we watched The A-Team as well. There's no reason such a stupid movie should be so expositionally dense and confusing.

bmack86
05-22-2011, 09:20 PM
I just got back from Fast Five. It's so ridiculous, and I was laughing pretty much the whole time. They weren't always shooting for humor, but it was there throughout. A decent mindless flick, I'd watch it again.

schoolofruckus
05-23-2011, 07:19 AM
So, The Tree of Life has one of the longest roll-outs to wide release that I've ever seen. It starts in LA and NY on Friday, and expands very gradually until opening wide on July 8th.

Here's when and where you all get to see it.

5/27/11
NEW YORK
Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY
Sunshine Cinemas, New York, NY

LOS ANGELES
The Landmark, Los Angeles, CA
Pacific Arclight Hollywood, Hollywood, CA

6/2/11
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Embarcadero Center Cinemas, San Francisco, CA

6/3/11
NEW YORK, NY
Clairidge, Montclair, NJ
Bam Rose Cinemas, Brooklyn, NY
Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY

CHICAGO, IL
Century Centre Cinema, Chicago, IL

BOSTON, MA
Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge, MA

WASHINGTON, DC
Bethesda Row Cinema, Bethesda, MD

ATLANTA, GA
Tara/Atlanta Theater, Atlanta, GA

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Uptown, Minneapolis, MN

AUSTIN, TX
Arbor Cinemas @ Great Hills, Austin, TX

DALLAS, TX
Angelika/Mockingbird Station, Dallas, TX

LOS ANGELES, CA
Pacific Arclight Sherman Oaks, Sherman Oaks, CA
UTC, Irvine, CA

6/10/11
NEW YORK, NY
AMC EMPIRE 25 with IMAX, New York, NY
First & 62nd Cinemas, New York, NY

BOSTON, MA
Boston Common & IMAX, Boston, MA

BALTIMORE, MD
Charles Theater, Baltimore, MD

WASHINGTON, DC
E-Street Cinema, Washington, DC

PHILADELPHIA, PA
Ritz Theaters East, Philadelphia, PA

CHICAGO, IL
Century 12, Evanston, IL

COLUMBUS, OH
Lennox Town Center, Columbus, OH

CLEVELAND, OH
Vedar Lee 6, Cleveland Heights, OH

ST. LOUIS, MO
Tivoli, St. Louis, MO

INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Keystone Art Cinema 7, Indianapolis, IN

DETROIT, MI
Main Art, Royal Oak, MI

AUSTIN, TX
Alamo/South Lamar Cinema, Austin, TX

DALLAS, TX
Angelika/Plano Film Center, Plano, TX

HOUSTON, TX
River Oaks Village Cinema, Houston, TX

DENVER, CO
Mayan, Denver, CO

PORTLAND, OR
Fox Tower, Portland, OR

PHOENIX, AZ
Harkins Camelview Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ

SAN DIEGO, CA
Hillcrest Cinema, San Diego, CA

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Kabuki, San Francsico, CA

6/17/11
BOSTON, MA
West Newton Cinema, W Newton, MA
Hollywood Hits Premiere, Danvers, MA

PHILADELPHIA, PA
Ambler, Ambler, PA
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
Country Theater, Doylestown, PA

PROVIDENCE, RI
Avon, Providence, RI
Jane Pickens, Newport, RI

SPRINGFIELD/HOLYOKE, MA
Amherst Cinema Arts, Amhesrt, MA

NORFOLK, VA
Naro, Norfolk, VA

RICHMOND, VA
Westhampton, Richmond, VA

LOUISVILLE, KY
Baxter 8, Louisville, KY

KANSAS CITY, MO
Tivoli Cinemas Manor Square, Kansas City, MO

MADISON, WI
Sundance 608, Madison, WI

MILWAUKEE, WI
Oriental, Milwaukee, WI

ST. LOUIS, MO
Plaza, Frontenac, MO

CHARLOTTE, NC
Manor Theater, Charlotte, NC

RALEIGH, NC
Rialto/Raleigh Cinema, Raleigh, NC

WASHINGTON, DC
Shirlington, Arlington, VA

ROCHESTER, NY
Pittsford 9, Rochester, NY

HARTFORD/NEW HAVEN, CT
Palace 17/Cinema City, Hartford, CT
Criterion Cinemas, New Haven, CT

NEW YORK, NY
Bronxville, Bronxville, NY
Manhasset Tri, Manhasset, NY
Chelsea Cinemas, New York, NY
Garden Cinema, Norwalk, CT
Cinema Arts, Huntington, NY
Upstate Film, Rhinebeck, NY
Kew Gardens Cinemas, Kew Gardens, NY
Malverne Cinema and Art Center, Malverne, NY
Avon, Stamford, CT
UA E. 85th Street, New York, NY

CHICAGO, IL
Renassiance Place Cinema 5, Highland Park, IL

DETROIT, MI
Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Edina, Edina, MN

MIAMI/FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Gateway, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
South Beach Theater, Miami Beach, FL

ORLANDO, FL
Enzian Theater, Maitland, FL

ALBUQUERQUE/SANTA FE, NM
Century Downtown 14, Albuquerque, NM

DENVER, CO
Century 16, Boulder, CO

HONOLULU, HI
Kahala Mall, Honolulu, Oahu, HI

LAS VEGAS, NV
Village Square, Las Vegas, NV

LOS ANGELES, CA
Laemmle’s Claremont 5, Claremont, CA
Monica, Santa Monica, CA
Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7, West Hills, CA
Westlake Village Twin, Westlake Village, CA
Rancho Niguel, Laguna, CA

PALM SPRINGS, CA
Cinemas Palme D’or, Palm Desert, CA

SANTA BARBARA, CA
Riviera, Santa Barbara, CA

TUSCON, AZ
Century El Con, Tuscon, AZ

MONTEREY-SALINAS, CA
Nickelodeon, Santa Cruz, CA

SACRAMENTO, CA
Tower, Sacramento, CA

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
CineArts, Palo Alto, CA
CineArts, Pleasant HIll, CA
CineArts, San Jose, CA
California, Berkeley, CA
Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, CA

SEATTLE/TACOMA, WA
Lincoln Square Cinema, Bellevue, WA
Egyptian, Seattle, WA

SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Broadway Center, Salt Lake City, UT

6/24/11
ALBANY, NY
Specturm 8, Albany, NY

BUFFALO, NY
Amherst, Buffalo, NY

SYRACUSE, NY
Cinemapolis, Ithaca, NY

BOSTON, MA
Cape Cinema, Dennis, MA

SAN ANTONIO, TX
Bijou Theater, San Antonio, TX

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Vinegar Hill, Charlottesville, VA

PITTSBURG, PA
Manor Theaters, Pittsburg, PA

CINCINNATI, OH
Esquie 6, Cincinnati, OH

KNOXVILLE, TN
Downtown West Cinema, Knoxville, TN

NASHVILLE, TN
Belcourt Theater, Nashville, TN

CHARLESTON, SC
Terrace Theater, Charleston, SC

ASHEVILLE, NC
Fine Arts Theater, Asheville, NC

RALEIGH, NC
Galaxy/Cary Cinema, Cary, NC
Chelsea Cinema, Chapel Hill, NC

MEMPHIS, TN
Ridgeway Cinema, Memphis, TN

NEW ORLEANS, LA
Canal Place Theater, New Orleans, LA

GAINSVILLE, FL
Gainsville Theater, Gainsville, FL

MIAMI/FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Aventura IMAX, Aventura, FL
Sunset, South Miami, FL

TALLAHASSEE, FL
Miracle Theater, Thallahassee, FL

TAMPA, FL
Burns Courth Theater, Sarasota, FL
Tampa Theater, Tampa, FL

WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Juniper Theater, Juniper, FL

BOISE, ID
The Flicks, Boise, ID

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
AMC Quail Springs, Oklahoma City, OK

TULSA, OK
Southroads, Tuklsa, OK

ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Devargas, Santa Fe, NM

SANTA BARBARA, CA
Palm, San Luis Obispo, CA

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Summerfields Cinemas, Santa Rosa, CA

SEATTLE/TACOMA, WA
Grand, Tacoma, WA

7/1/11
SYRACUSE, NY
Manilus Art Cinema, Manilus, NY

PORTLAND, ME
Nickelodeon Cinemas, Portland ME

CHAMPAIGN, IL
Art Theater, Champaign, IL

DES MOINES, IA
Fleur Cinemas and Cafe, Des Moines, IA

WASHGINTON, DC
AFI Silver Theater, Silver Springs, MD

DAYTON, OH
Neon 2, Dayton, OH

LEXINGTON, KY
Kentucky 2, Lexington, KY

BIRMINGHAM, AL
Vestavia Hills Theater, Vestavia Hills, AL

WINSTON-SALEM, NC
Aperture Cinema, Winston-Salem, NC

GREENVILLE, SC
Cherrydale Grande Cinema, Greenville, SC

WILMINGTON, NC
Mayfaire Cinemas, Wilmington, NC

GRAND RAPIDS, MI
Celebration Cinema North, Grand Rapids, MI

LINCOLN, NE
The New Mary Riepma Ross, Lincoln, NE

OMAHA, NE
Film Streams, Omaha, NE

EL PASO, TX
Premieres, El Paso, TX

RENO, NV
Riverside 12, Reno, NV

EUGENE, OR
Bijou Art Cinema, Eugenr, OR

SEATTLE/TACOMA, WA
Pickford Cinema, Bellingham, WA

7/8/11
National wide release

schoolofruckus
05-23-2011, 07:47 AM
Also, if any of you were worried that you might have to like Kirsten Dunst as a result of Melancholia, you can rest easy:

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HandBanana
05-23-2011, 02:29 PM
It is here.


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HandBanana
05-23-2011, 02:38 PM
http://bitcast-a-sm.bitgravity.com/slashfilm/wp/wp-content/images/ZZ4DE6424B.jpg

MusicIsMyBoyfriend
05-23-2011, 03:41 PM
^Amy Adams looks especially Isla Fischer like in that pic.

TallGuyCM
05-23-2011, 03:43 PM
Completely unnecessary poster size.

HandBanana
05-23-2011, 03:45 PM
Completely unnecessary poster size.

Its so you can find the hidden Kermit.

Therefore: necessity satisfied

TallGuyCM
05-23-2011, 03:47 PM
WHOA. hahahahahaha, touche.

schoolofruckus
05-23-2011, 04:37 PM
Arclight tickets for Tree of Life are on sale.

schoolofruckus
05-23-2011, 05:11 PM
So Take Shelter (http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810199428/video/25316657) - the new film from Shotgun Stories director Jeff Nichols and the great Michael Shannon - looks goddamn great. Opens limited on October 7th.

wmgaretjax
05-23-2011, 05:52 PM
wow. that looks fantastic.

zircona1
05-23-2011, 06:40 PM
^Amy Adams looks especially Isla Fischer like in that pic.

Someone needs to do a film where they play sisters.

HandBanana
05-23-2011, 06:48 PM
and make out

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
05-23-2011, 07:18 PM
and make out

ding ding ding

Gribbz
05-23-2011, 11:21 PM
One of my friends just posted this on facebook:
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This used to scare the shit out of me as a child.

Also, Meg was played by the gym teacher from The Wonder Years.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/picardoteach.jpg

getbetter
05-23-2011, 11:23 PM
If only it ended with him having to do her to not get eaten.

Gribbz
05-23-2011, 11:25 PM
Zach, take it to the fetish thread.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
05-23-2011, 11:35 PM
Fuck, I haven't seen Legend in such a long time. To this date that movie has some of, if not THE best make up work in any movie.

Gribbz
05-23-2011, 11:41 PM
Fuck, I haven't seen Legend in such a long time. To this date that movie has some of, if not THE best make up work in any movie.

Yeah, I'm watching the making of Legend right now... apparently after Tim Curry was done with make-up/prosthetics he was a little over 13 feet tall.

getbetter
05-23-2011, 11:47 PM
I've never seen Legend.I guess I should add that on netflixs.

rage patton
05-24-2011, 12:21 AM
The Muppets trailer is so awesome. I saw it when I went to go see Pirates 4 on Friday and at first I was like "Huh...Ok." Then I was all like "Lol. Awesome." Such a great trailer. Also, Pirates was good dumb fun. Extremely predictable, but very entertaining. It is a good popcorn flick if you are in the mood.

schoolofruckus
05-24-2011, 07:42 AM
Jen and I watched Blue Valentine last night. My love for it was further solidified, although I did notice the Grizzly Bear score getting a little gratuitous towards the end.

GoodGirlGalaxy
05-24-2011, 01:10 PM
6/2/11
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Embarcadero Center Cinemas, San Francisco, CA

This may be a silly question but do you think this show is going to sell out next week? Is there a huge urge for SFians to watch this opening weekend?

bobert
05-24-2011, 01:19 PM
Jen and I watched Blue Valentine last night. My love for it was further solidified, although I did notice the Grizzly Bear score getting a little gratuitous towards the end.

That was my one complaint with the movie, actually. If I hadn't been a huge Grizzly Bear / Department of Eagles fan it would have been a non-issue, but since I am, I found the music distracting for some reason.

schoolofruckus
05-24-2011, 03:15 PM
I found it to be effective much more often than not, but there are a couple instances (the last sequence in particular) where I felt like it was intrusive.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
05-24-2011, 03:18 PM
I didn't really notice the music much when i saw it, to be honest.

I watched Somewhere this afternoon...it wasn't great, but i did enjoy it.

schoolofruckus
05-24-2011, 03:45 PM
By the way, Tree of Life scheduled a 10 am Sunday show at Arclight Hollywood.

In the Dome.

schoolofruckus
05-25-2011, 10:54 AM
On today's episode of Awesome Arthouse Trailers: Nuri Bilge Ceylan's new film (which tied for the Grand Prix last week) looks spectacular.

http://www.nbcfilm.com/anatolia/trailer.php?mid=7

daxton
05-26-2011, 06:20 AM
Bellflower (Motion77's bf's film) writeup (http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-05-25/film/summer-guide-bellflower-s-muscle-car-mayhem-shifts-the-summer-into-high-gear/) by a friend of mine in Village Voice.

Premium Roast
05-26-2011, 07:06 AM
Recommend 'Play it Again, Sam' for the Woody Allen fans out there. Some moments I had to turn away from his embarrassment. So funny.

Down Rodeo
05-26-2011, 01:41 PM
On today's episode of Awesome Arthouse Trailers: Nuri Bilge Ceylan's new film (which tied for the Grand Prix last week) looks spectacular.

http://www.nbcfilm.com/anatolia/trailer.php?mid=7

Wow, that film looks gorgeous. I guess I should catch up on Ceylan's filmography (I've only seen Climates).

wmgaretjax
05-26-2011, 03:20 PM
That's the only one I've seen as well... but I loved it. Definitely excited for the new one.

schoolofruckus
05-26-2011, 04:08 PM
I like Climates and Distant decently - I suspect I would like Climates more if I saw it again recently. Three Monkeys was fucking excellent though, you both should definitely watch that one.

Hannahrain
05-26-2011, 08:33 PM
I'm watching Girl Gang, a 1954 exploitation film about the most wholesome looking Donna Reed junkwhores I've ever seen. It's like DesiLu does slumgutters. "Gimme a clean needle and I'll show 'er how it's done!"

Hannahrain
05-26-2011, 08:35 PM
This trailer sort of sucks at representing the movie, but it's the only representation I can find.

O_NWtDShLeg

RageAgainstTheAoki
05-26-2011, 08:49 PM
DesiLu does slumgutters? Ha. I'm sold.

Anyone seen Spork? It looks so amateurish yet I still want to see it.

schoolofruckus
05-27-2011, 07:19 AM
So that Sam Raimi reboot of The Wizard of Oz went on my must-see list last week when they cast Michelle Williams (the actress who I will pay to see in everything), and went right back off the list this morning when they cast Zach Braff (the actor who I refuse to see in anything). I'm kind of relieved.

GoodGirlGalaxy
05-27-2011, 08:42 AM
Why would they do such a thing?! MW is on a hot streak, but this may just ruin that.

schoolofruckus
05-27-2011, 08:57 AM
There are all sorts of reasons to do a film like that - most of them bad.

On the other end of the spectrum, here's a more intricate portrait of Terrence Malick (Badlands in particular) than almost any other I've seen. I really need to pick up the DVD for that film:
http://www.gq.com/entertainment/movies-and-tv/201105/badlands-oral-history?printable=true

schoolofruckus
05-27-2011, 09:23 AM
And here's a pretty sweet look at the process for designing Criterion's new Solaris packaging. I've been in love with the new cover since it first dropped, but after seeing this, I think they had some great ideas that should have been kept. The font on some of the earliest packages, in particular, is pretty sweet, but I also like many of the more abstract designs.

http://samsmyth.blogspot.com/2011/05/process-solaris.html

AlecEiffel
05-27-2011, 09:25 AM
What really needs to happen is Warner Brothers needs to put Badlands on Blu-Ray. I mean, ideally they'd lease it out to Criterion but I'd be happy with even a bare bones release.

HandBanana
05-27-2011, 09:29 AM
And here's a pretty sweet look at the process for designing Criterion's new Solaris packaging. I've been in love with the new cover since it first dropped, but after seeing this, I think they had some great ideas that should have been kept. The font on some of the earliest packages, in particular, is pretty sweet, but I also like many of the more abstract designs.

http://samsmyth.blogspot.com/2011/05/process-solaris.html


Sadly I like every one of those unused designs more than the one they ended up going with. When I first saw the cover they are using I thought it was too much package, not enough art. A title like Solaris sells itself anyway so you should really open up the bounds a bit with the design. Youre not going to find anyone buying that one blind based on the cover they used.

AlecEiffel
05-27-2011, 09:35 AM
This wasn't the best week for criterion cover art. I think the Great Dictator could have been way better too.

schoolofruckus
05-27-2011, 09:36 AM
All true.

Gribbz
05-27-2011, 05:11 PM
I wish the IMDB message board was designed like ours.

M Sparks
05-27-2011, 05:38 PM
The IMDB message board may be the worst one on the planet, both in terms of functionality and users.

M Sparks
05-27-2011, 05:41 PM
So, I don't really know my roommates, they are never around (err, well, I am never around). But yesterday afternoon really confused me. They were snuggled up on the couch watching...in this order...Blue Valentine and the Justin Bieber movie.

TallGuyCM
05-28-2011, 01:52 AM
Saw The Tree of Life tonight. After talking with Matt and Gabe afterwards, it seems there's a lot that went over my head, in part to my knowing very little about it going into it.

My initial impression is although overall it was fantastic, that the visual and thematic elements made promises that the storyline didn't quite live up to. But I'll let Gabe chime in in the morning and give a much more detailed synopsis.

schoolofruckus
05-28-2011, 01:34 PM
I'm going to attempt a more detailed write-up for The Tree of Life at some point, but it's just not coming together right now. Suffice to say - I thought it was remarkable, and one of the most unforgettable experiences I've ever had in a theater. I'm inclined to think it's impossible to critique the film's story, or its storytelling, because not only is it trying to capture a scope that I've never seen attempted otherwise, but it's doing so with a language and rhythm that I also haven't seen. It's a movie that, among other things, essentially tries to capture the entirety of existence through the eyes of a child, and in many ways, I felt like my life and life in general have never been better represented on screen. It's also a film that, in spite of its immodest intellectual concerns, essentially functions on a level of pure emotion and intuition, as it addresses so many large concepts that it has no possibility of ever offering concrete hypotheses on them (let alone coherent conclusions). As such, it may be one of the rare films for which its supporters and detractors are both 100% accurate; I've read about a dozen reviews, split evenly between raves, measured approvals and definitive pans, and I can't think of a single comment that I haven't agreed with. This review (http://www.reverseshot.com/article/tree_life_space_between_spaces) is one of the finest I've ever read, and yet it contains a link mid-column to a pan by Robert Koehler; both are absolutely essential reading as one tries to comb through this monumentally special and historically unique work of art.

The closest thing I can liken this to is Where the Wild Things Are as filtered through the grammar of Sans Soleil, with a little bit of Red Desert and Koyaanisqatsi thrown in for good measure.

I'm going to see it again tomorrow.

schoolofruckus
05-28-2011, 02:02 PM
On another note - the first teaser for Fincher's Dragon Tattoo movie has landed and it's FAR better than it should be. Maybe my excitement is unrealistic, and in a way, I can't even fathom watching this while the Tree of Life afterglow still permeates, but it looks like Fincher's dirtiest movie and most raw movie since Se7en.

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TallGuyCM
05-28-2011, 02:06 PM
Agreed it looks solid, but fuck Karen O and Trent for covering The Immigrant Song.

iv3rdawG
05-28-2011, 02:11 PM
Regarding The Tree of Life, yeah, I don't really know what to say about the movie except that I was just floored and still am. I just cant stop thinking about it and it feels like I've seen something special. Something that's not going to go away and that's going to be talked about for a long time. Only movie experience (pretty sure I was at the same showing you guys were since Matt said you were all going last night, so you'll all know what I'm talking about) where the entire audience was completely quiet during most of the end credits, and no one was saying anything, just watching the screen, floored by what just shown.

Absolutely incredible experience.

paulb
05-28-2011, 02:36 PM
Really? Sounds intriguing...Brad Pitt is good in it?

schoolofruckus
05-28-2011, 06:06 PM
Pitt is generally good-to-great in any movie that has some semblance of quality. There are movies like Mr. and Mrs. Smith where no one involved emerges unscathed, but if any elements of a film are working, Pitt is usually among them.

That said - while he and the other actors are impeccably rooted in the world that The Tree of Life creates, it's really difficult to judge their performances by the usual criteria. The film is structured largely in an enigmatic stream-of-consciousness; the characters are created through fleeting glimpses that ultimately (for me, at least) create the impression of human life, but in such a way that you don't really feel like you know them fully.

I don't know. Just go see it.

TallGuyCM
05-28-2011, 06:21 PM
Yes. Pitt's performance is beside the point.

wmgaretjax
05-28-2011, 06:37 PM
that teaser is rad.

can't wait to see tree of life... gonna be out of town next weekend... but i'll catch it some time the during the week. apparently the next mallick movie (with ben affleck) is in post? and he's told his crew to leave the fall open for shooting another feature? what the hell?

schoolofruckus
05-28-2011, 07:05 PM
Yeah, I'm thinking the one with Affleck and Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams (at one point referred to as The Burial) could show up at Cannes next year, or possibly the year after. Really excited to read about that other new project, regardless of whether it happens. And let's not forget The Voyage of Time, which should drop in the next year or two as well.

schoolofruckus
05-28-2011, 07:10 PM
Also Jared, I have a sinking feeling you're going to hate The Tree of Life. I've been wrong about these things before, and I hope I am again this time. But it reminds me an awful lot of many films that you and I have differed on.

RedHotSgtPeppers
05-28-2011, 10:31 PM
Side note... My friend just told me this...
The main characters' letters of their first names in Inception spell out the word "dreams."
Dom
Robert
Eames
Ariadne
Mal
Saito.
MIND ASPLODED.

http://dvdpgallery.dvdalistic.com/galleries/D/Dawn_of_the_Dead_1978/dawn-of-the-dead-head-explosion.jpg

schoolofruckus
05-29-2011, 12:14 AM
Jen and I tried to watch a Cassavetes-directed film that features principle actors from Blue Valentine, A Woman Under the Influence and Days of Heaven. It was so awful that we turned it off after 20 minutes and watched The Town instead. It was a pretty decent little crime flick.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
05-29-2011, 11:39 AM
The Town was not nearly as good as everyone I know made it out to be, but it was sufficiently entertaining and very well made. It suffered from having too many gun fights and not enough to let us know who the characters really were. I would certainly watch it again though. There are plenty of good performances and those gun fights are pretty good.

schoolofruckus
05-29-2011, 12:41 PM
I don't feel that I ever need to watch it again, but it was a perfectly fine way to spend a Saturday evening. I definitely prefer Gone Baby Gone, though.

The Tree of Life was even more rapturous on second viewing in the dome this morning. Part of that was certainly the improved visual presentation, but even more, it became apparent how many small details were used to build this world - hundreds of tiny brushstrokes that only appear once, but collectively speak volumes about the souls of the characters. I can't wait until more of you have a chance to see this and discuss it here.

GoodGirlGalaxy
05-29-2011, 12:58 PM
I may see it twice this weekend. Hopefully they have an early showing on Thursday, 'cause I work all night. And maybe Jared would like to accompany me to a Sunday/Monday showing. The Embarcadero Cinemas is a pretty nice and quite place to watch a flick. The crowd for Meek's Cutoff when I went on a Friday night was dead silent throughout.

thewoodenman
05-29-2011, 01:40 PM
all i got out of "the town" was coca-cola and blackberry endorsements up the ass. not to mention it was really really bad.

buddy
05-29-2011, 01:46 PM
I enjoyed Blue Valentine very much. It's probably been stated in here before, but the performances by Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling were fantastic.

suprefan
05-29-2011, 01:50 PM
I don't feel that I ever need to watch it again, but it was a perfectly fine way to spend a Saturday evening. I definitely prefer Gone Baby Gone, though.

The Tree of Life was even more rapturous on second viewing in the dome this morning. Part of that was certainly the improved visual presentation, but even more, it became apparent how many small details were used to build this world - hundreds of tiny brushstrokes that only appear once, but collectively speak volumes about the souls of the characters. I can't wait until more of you have a chance to see this and discuss it here.


Freaking Dinosaurs......

wmgaretjax
05-29-2011, 02:24 PM
I may see it twice this weekend. Hopefully they have an early showing on Thursday, 'cause I work all night. And maybe Jared would like to accompany me to a Sunday/Monday showing. The Embarcadero Cinemas is a pretty nice and quite place to watch a flick. The crowd for Meek's Cutoff when I went on a Friday night was dead silent throughout.

i'm out of town through sunday afternoon. but a sunday or monday night showing might happen.

AlecEiffel
05-29-2011, 03:23 PM
Jen and I tried to watch a Cassavetes-directed film that features principle actors from Blue Valentine, A Woman Under the Influence and Days of Heaven. It was so awful that we turned it off after 20 minutes and watched The Town instead. It was a pretty decent little crime flick.

hahah, in the future you should probably specify which Cassavetes you're talking about.

schoolofruckus
05-29-2011, 03:59 PM
I just think it's amusing that a film with that level of pedigree could be so unwatchable. I didn't expect to love The Notebook, but I did expect that I'd be able to finish it.

Plus, Jen having the same aversion to it made me fall in love with her all over again.

daxton
05-30-2011, 02:13 PM
The Notebook.....barfcity.

TallGuyCM
05-30-2011, 02:22 PM
Rachel McAdams makes it stomachable.

daxton
05-30-2011, 03:49 PM
If anyone does, it's Ryan Gosling.

schoolofruckus
05-30-2011, 05:17 PM
You guys - no. The movie stars two of my most favorite actors (Rowlands and Gosling) and it still felches mightily.

Hannahrain
05-30-2011, 05:24 PM
I agree with Gabe. That movie could star everybody I've ever been attracted to in borrowed Mad Men costumes and I'd still rather dig holes after a freeze than sit through it.

TallGuyCM
05-30-2011, 05:31 PM
I just equate it to watching a band play who makes shit music but has a hot lead singer. There are worse things in life.

Hannahrain
05-30-2011, 05:37 PM
I don't see any need to sit through something so excruciatingly unentertaining when the world's full of other places to see hot people. On both counts.

schoolofruckus
05-30-2011, 06:53 PM
Howl was thoroughly enjoyable. A lot of that may be due to the poem (which I wasn't really familiar with beforehand), but the animation and delicious Edward Lachmann photography is highly appealing.

schoolofruckus
05-31-2011, 07:55 AM
Now that I've rolled around in The Tree of Life a couple times, it looks like it's time to pick the next film I'm going to obsess over for the next several months. And the search is over as soon as it began.

Bela Tarr's The Turin Horse has been picked up for a US theatrical release this winter!!!! (http://www.indiewire.com/article/the_cinema_guild_acquires_bela_tarrs_award-winning_the_turin_horse/)

TallGuyCM
05-31-2011, 08:32 AM
WHAT? Like Melancholia and Drive weren't already enough to look forward to?!?

schoolofruckus
05-31-2011, 08:40 AM
To think that I've already seen three masterpieces in The Tree of Life, Redland and Uncle Boonmee, with new films from Von Trier, Tarr, Refn, the Dardennes, and a seemingly rejuvenated Fincher....what a year this is shaping up to be.

TallGuyCM
05-31-2011, 08:41 AM
Oh yeah, I forgot about Uncle Boonmee. I need to watch it again.

GoodGirlGalaxy
05-31-2011, 08:54 AM
Where did you guys see Uncle Boonmee? I have been waiting for it to come to SF for a few months now. They didn't have it at the SFIFF this year.

TallGuyCM
05-31-2011, 08:56 AM
I saw it at AFI Fest last November, and Gabe saw it at I think the Nuart? here in town a few months ago.

schoolofruckus
05-31-2011, 09:00 AM
Yeah, it played a few arthouses in LA back in March. I'm not sure where it played in SF, but I'd be surprised if it didn't...at any rate, it'll be out on Blu/DVD pretty soon.

GoodGirlGalaxy
05-31-2011, 09:15 AM
Oh okay, thanks!

Last night I watched Herzog's Fitzcarraldo and although I enjoyed it, I have this sneaking suspicion that Herzog is really obsessed with creepy, flippant male leads. The only films I've seen of his were this one, Nosferatu [English Version], and Bad Lieutenant, all of which had a disturbing (disturbed?) main character. I wonder if he's as eccentric in Cave of Forgotten Dreams...

TallGuyCM
05-31-2011, 09:22 AM
Cave isn't eccentric at all.

GoodGirlGalaxy
05-31-2011, 09:25 AM
I was just kidding, I know it's a documentary.

wmgaretjax
05-31-2011, 07:19 PM
seein' tree of life on sunday at 7pm. excited.

KungFuJoe
06-01-2011, 05:06 AM
Anyone get tickets to the LA film fest? I purchased a few for the Seduction of Ingmar Bergman. I wish I could've chosen to see The Yellow Sea instead, but I couldn't pass up this live Sparks show with Guy Maddin directing. It should be fantastic. The Yellow Sea will have to wait, but I encourage anyone who is willing to go see it!

Also, you will not be disappointed if you choose to see Detective Dee for the outdoor screening at the Ford. Pissed I'll be missing that one as well.

zircona1
06-01-2011, 05:28 AM
Last night I watched Herzog's Fitzcarraldo and although I enjoyed it, I have this sneaking suspicion that Herzog is really obsessed with creepy, flippant male leads. The only films I've seen of his were this one, Nosferatu [English Version], and Bad Lieutenant, all of which had a disturbing (disturbed?) main character. I wonder if he's as eccentric in Cave of Forgotten Dreams...

See Aguirre: The Wrath of God, it's terrific and Klaus Kinski is - suprise! - creepy and disturbing.

BlackSwan
06-01-2011, 11:19 AM
On another note - the first teaser for Fincher's Dragon Tattoo movie has landed and it's FAR better than it should be. Maybe my excitement is unrealistic, and in a way, I can't even fathom watching this while the Tree of Life afterglow still permeates, but it looks like Fincher's dirtiest movie and most raw movie since Se7en.

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I'm late to the party, but holy shit, this looks awesome. That link is down now, so if anyone else missed out, here is a new one:

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daxton
06-01-2011, 11:29 AM
I remember Somewhere being mentioned in here a while back. Just saw it last night and was not impressed at all. It was watchable, but I wouldn't highly recommend it.

Also watched The Extra Man a couple days ago. Super weird in a awkward way, not a Dogtooth way. Did not like it much either. I seem to be striking out lately.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
06-01-2011, 11:36 AM
I saw I Love You Phillip Morris last night and thought it was really great. it was a lot funnier than i imagined it would be.

daxton
06-01-2011, 11:45 AM
That's in my queue. I'll move it to the top.

zircona1
06-01-2011, 11:56 AM
I saw I Love You Phillip Morris last night and thought it was really great. it was a lot funnier than i imagined it would be.

I watched that this weekend. I didn't LOL too much, but I thought it was entertaining and the fact that he was able to get away with all that stuff was amazing.

daxton
06-01-2011, 12:06 PM
Funny. It's already at the top of my queue.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
06-02-2011, 07:06 PM
Derrick Comedy's Mystery Team is so fucking funny, and surprisingly a pretty good detective movie too.

TallGuyCM
06-03-2011, 12:57 PM
Anyone get tickets to the LA film fest? I purchased a few for the Seduction of Ingmar Bergman. I wish I could've chosen to see The Yellow Sea instead, but I couldn't pass up this live Sparks show with Guy Maddin directing. It should be fantastic. The Yellow Sea will have to wait, but I encourage anyone who is willing to go see it!

Also, you will not be disappointed if you choose to see Detective Dee for the outdoor screening at the Ford. Pissed I'll be missing that one as well.

Yes, Matt and I got tickets for four of the films at the fest: Tyrannosaur, Another Earth, The Future, and The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman. $60 is pretty much all I can afford to put toward the fest, so that's all I'll be seeing, aside from lining up early in the rush line for Drive.

I'm very excited, and happy that this is all in mere weeks...

GoodGirlGalaxy
06-03-2011, 01:00 PM
Derrick Comedy's Mystery Team is so fucking funny, and surprisingly a pretty good detective movie too.

I really loved that movie. A few scenes were there for total shock value but regardless, great stuff. The woman squirting milk was the most memorable for me.

Miroir Noir
06-03-2011, 01:02 PM
Uncle Boonmee for me this weekend. How much of a mindfuck am I in for?

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
06-03-2011, 01:04 PM
I really loved that movie. A few scenes were there for total shock value but regardless, great stuff. The woman squirting milk was the most memorable for me.

"I promise I won't watch!"
"I'll pay you to watch!"

Holy shit I want to watch it again already, I was laughing so fucking hard

getbetter
06-03-2011, 01:05 PM
Yes, Matt and I got tickets for four of the films at the fest: Tyrannosaur, Another Earth, The Future, and The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman. $60 is pretty much all I can afford to put toward the fest, so that's all I'll be seeing, aside from lining up early in the rush line for Drive.

I'm very excited, and happy that this is all in mere weeks...

What day is that playing?

TallGuyCM
06-03-2011, 01:06 PM
Uncle Boonmee for me this weekend. How much of a mindfuck am I in for?

Not as much as you might think. Have you seen Tropical Malady?

Miroir Noir
06-03-2011, 01:22 PM
Not yet, but I did see Syndromes and a Century. I enjoyed it -- it reminded me a lot of Jarmusch's recent work and Van Sant's non-commerical stuff in its hypnotic pace.

TallGuyCM
06-03-2011, 01:24 PM
Syndromes is great, but go out of your way to watch Malady before seeing Boonmee. It's not imperative as far as the storyline goes, but Malady, aside from being one of my top 10 favorite films ever, just really sets the mood for Boonmee very well.

I saw Boonmee first actually, and after watching Malady the following week I REALLY wished I had watched them in order.

Miroir Noir
06-03-2011, 01:26 PM
Thanks. Sounds like a trip to the local film society rental shop is in order then!

DANCE MAGIC
06-03-2011, 01:27 PM
Have you seen Tropical Malady?

I think we may have discussed this before, but, as someone whose opinion i sort of value, it shocks me that you hold this movie in such high regard. I really want to see Uncle Boonmee, because I've heard it's great, but man, I hated Tropical Malady. HATED.

TallGuyCM
06-03-2011, 02:07 PM
Haha, we did discuss it before. If you didn't like Malady then Boonmee probably isn't for you either. I do enjoy our exchanges though, even if we often don't see eye-to-eye. :)

KungFuJoe
06-03-2011, 03:06 PM
Yes, Matt and I got tickets for four of the films at the fest: Tyrannosaur, Another Earth, The Future, and The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman. $60 is pretty much all I can afford to put toward the fest, so that's all I'll be seeing, aside from lining up early in the rush line for Drive.

I'm very excited, and happy that this is all in mere weeks...

Good choices. 3 shows in one day though, eh? I wish I could get to more screenings. I'm deciding on whether I want to try and see Tyrannosaur or The Innkeepers. I really wish someone on here could see The Yellow Sea and report back.

TallGuyCM
06-03-2011, 03:22 PM
Good choices. 3 shows in one day though, eh?

No, the only day where I'm even seeing two in one day is on the 25th with The Future and The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman.

malcolmjamalawesome
06-03-2011, 03:43 PM
Sorry if this is old old old old old news but just wondering if anyone had seen this Enter The Void-inspired thing

HAfFfqiYLp0

schoolofruckus
06-03-2011, 03:59 PM
Sorry if this is old old old old old news but just wondering if anyone had seen this Enter The Void-inspired thing

HAfFfqiYLp0

Yeah, it's lame. When I first heard about the idea, I thought it was going to be first-person from Kanye's eyes - which could have been great. But just ripping off the credit sequence is retarded.

schoolofruckus
06-03-2011, 04:00 PM
As for LAFF - I have tickets to Attack the Block (which was just added) on June 22nd and a back-to-back of Another Earth and The Future on June 25th.

HandBanana
06-03-2011, 04:10 PM
Sorry if this is old old old old old news but just wondering if anyone had seen this Enter The Void-inspired thing

HAfFfqiYLp0

Wish it would have taken the theme a bit further.

Still, it's a better video than the one for "Jesus Walks" where Kanye gets anally raped in a Parisian subway for nine minutes in one continuous hard-to-watch take.

But then, art is bravery and all that.

KungFuJoe
06-03-2011, 04:36 PM
As for LAFF - I have tickets to Attack the Block (which was just added) on June 22nd and a back-to-back of Another Earth and The Future on June 25th.

Fuck I really want to see Attack the Block too.

roberto73
06-03-2011, 05:37 PM
Tomorrow will be the best movie day I've had in a while: a double-feature of Tree of Life and Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams. This is penance for having suffered through The Hangover Part II.

TallGuyCM
06-03-2011, 06:26 PM
Please report back! :D

schoolofruckus
06-04-2011, 11:34 AM
I watched Voyage in Time this morning; it might be my favorite non-fiction film. It's a travelogue that follows Andrei Tarkovsky and Tonino Guerra to a handful of distinctive Italian locales, as they try to figure out the screenplay and setting for their pending collaboration Nostalghia. Obviously, the subject matter alone is enough to fall in love with, but what really makes this film special is that it's shot just like one of Tarkovsky's fiction films. I wasn't expecting to see the master through his own eyes, but it really makes for a fascinating experience. I give it my highest recommendation, but you should watch Nostalghia first. Get the fuck to Laser Blazer or Cinefile or Vidiots and make a double feature out of it.

juloxx
06-04-2011, 11:52 AM
Sorry if this is old old old old old news but just wondering if anyone had seen this Enter The Void-inspired thing

HAfFfqiYLp0

It would be better if he smoked DMT

sonofhal
06-04-2011, 12:39 PM
Any recommendations on what to see at my closest arty movie theatre? Sorry, I haven't heard of any of these, and tonight is date night. If not these, then I might try to see the Nightmare on Elm St remake or Get Him to the Greek. :rolleyes

Casino Jack and the United States of Money (R, 118 min)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (subtitled) (Not Rated, 152 min)

Harry Brown (R, 103 min)

Please Give (R, 90 min)

The Secret in Their Eyes (subtitled) (R, 129 min)

Going way back here, but I just watched The Secret in Their Eyes. What a totally splendid 2 hrs. It certainly isn't a date movie, but you missed an absolute gem that night. I always love a film that I can't second guess.

HandBanana
06-04-2011, 01:07 PM
The new Xmen is a surprisingly very good movie.
I tend to have a hard time connecting with superhero flicks due to the "this looks silly in daylight" factor, but the writing, direction, and acting are so good that I forget all about that here.

Def worth your $11

bobert
06-04-2011, 08:37 PM
I'm going to attempt a more detailed write-up for The Tree of Life at some point, but it's just not coming together right now. Suffice to say - I thought it was remarkable, and one of the most unforgettable experiences I've ever had in a theater. I'm inclined to think it's impossible to critique the film's story, or its storytelling, because not only is it trying to capture a scope that I've never seen attempted otherwise, but it's doing so with a language and rhythm that I also haven't seen. It's a movie that, among other things, essentially tries to capture the entirety of existence through the eyes of a child, and in many ways, I felt like my life and life in general have never been better represented on screen. It's also a film that, in spite of its immodest intellectual concerns, essentially functions on a level of pure emotion and intuition, as it addresses so many large concepts that it has no possibility of ever offering concrete hypotheses on them (let alone coherent conclusions). As such, it may be one of the rare films for which its supporters and detractors are both 100% accurate; I've read about a dozen reviews, split evenly between raves, measured approvals and definitive pans, and I can't think of a single comment that I haven't agreed with. This review (http://www.reverseshot.com/article/tree_life_space_between_spaces) is one of the finest I've ever read, and yet it contains a link mid-column to a pan by Robert Koehler; both are absolutely essential reading as one tries to comb through this monumentally special and historically unique work of art.

The closest thing I can liken this to is Where the Wild Things Are as filtered through the grammar of Sans Soleil, with a little bit of Red Desert and Koyaanisqatsi thrown in for good measure.

I'm going to see it again tomorrow.

Finally saw it tonight and found it to be one of the most overwhelming, gratifying experiences I can ever remember having at the cinema. A truly generous work of art. Something to marvel at and argue about in equal measure. I'll save everyone anymore hyperbole, but I'm going again tomorrow as well.

juloxx
06-05-2011, 12:11 AM
The new Xmen is a surprisingly very good movie.
I tend to have a hard time connecting with superhero flicks due to the "this looks silly in daylight" factor, but the writing, direction, and acting are so good that I forget all about that here.

Def worth your $11

are they still trying to jam a gay rights theme down our throats?..... pun not intended

atom heart
06-05-2011, 06:52 AM
If anyone's on the fence about seeing Xmen in theaters, don't. The storytelling is good to great but the movie was made in such a short time that it totally lacks polish. There are visual problems which won't be that apparent, on say, a TV or a computer screen, but that about slap you in the face when you're in the theater. That being said, the movie's strengths keep those moments from overwhelming the experience.

MissingPerson
06-05-2011, 07:03 AM
are they still trying to jam a gay rights theme down our throats?..... pun not intended

I'm really not sure how you could make an X Men movie that was true to the source and didn't have a civil rights theme running through it. It's the strength of the thing.

schoolofruckus
06-05-2011, 08:59 AM
I'm not too familiar with this guy but it doesn't seem like he's worth the effort of explanation.

GoodGirlGalaxy
06-05-2011, 09:26 AM
Wish it would have taken the theme a bit further.

Still, it's a better video than the one for "Jesus Walks" where Kanye gets anally raped in a Parisian subway for nine minutes in one continuous hard-to-watch take.

But then, art is bravery and all that.

Heh, art.

schoolofruckus
06-05-2011, 09:27 AM
This is as good a time as any to mention that Jen and I watched The Kids Are All Right last night. We were really impressed. Aside from a handful of score cues and a few other moments that felt somewhat clumsy (Moore's big speech towards the end is more awkward than I think was intended, and maybe I'm crazy, but I thought the first onscreen kiss between she and Bening was handled a bit too preciously), I thought it was a sharply-observed family story with fine performances all around. Definitely better than at least half of its counterparts in the Best Picture race last year.

GoodGirlGalaxy
06-05-2011, 09:51 AM
Definitely was surprised by how good of a family dramedy it was, and not some sort of HEY WE'RE LESBIANS WITH KIDS... THE WORLD IS CHANGING! movie. Though it was sort of both, they blended it very well. And with Mark Ruffalo, you can't go wrong. Minus Just Like Heaven, I haven't been disappointed with that man's career.

daxton
06-05-2011, 10:23 AM
This is as good a time as any to mention that Jen and I watched The Kids Are All Right last night. We were really impressed. Aside from a handful of score cues and a few other moments that felt somewhat clumsy (Moore's big speech towards the end is more awkward than I think was intended, and maybe I'm crazy, but I thought the first onscreen kiss between she and Bening was handled a bit too preciously), I thought it was a sharply-observed family story with fine performances all around. Definitely better than at least half of its counterparts in the Best Picture race last year.

I enjoyed The Kids Are All Right, but it seemed a little disingenuous. I watched Please Give around the same time I watched The Kids Are All Right and the two reminded me of each other somewhat. I really loved Please Give. You should watch it.

M Sparks
06-05-2011, 11:42 AM
HAfFfqiYLp0

It must be weird to be the absolute weakest link in everything you do, to be outshined by everyone you work with, and yet still put your name on it and reap the rewards.

iv3rdawG
06-05-2011, 04:29 PM
Anyone else see the trailer for Attenberg, Athina Rachel Tsangari's (Producer on Dogtooth) latest?

NSFW Trailer:

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Been out for a while but for some reason I just got around to see it.

zircona1
06-05-2011, 04:55 PM
I watched Zero Effect last night. It's a really good underrated little film.

schoolofruckus
06-05-2011, 05:29 PM
I just finished Time of the Wolf. There were some striking images and moments scattered throughout, but as a whole, I continue to think it's a cruel joke (at my expense) that people consider Michael Haneke a great filmmaker.

TallGuyCM
06-05-2011, 05:36 PM
I think if you watch Caché you'll have a serious change of heart...

HandBanana
06-05-2011, 06:08 PM
Caché has a lot of Great Movie in it, but the resolution is too much stunt and not enough story. For me at least.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
06-05-2011, 07:35 PM
Oh, i thought I was the only one here who doesn't have a boner for Haneke

KungFuJoe
06-05-2011, 07:55 PM
I dug X-Men First Class. Caught it at the Regal Cinema downtown. Digital projection and great sound. Sure it had it's problems, but it could be my favorite in the series. It is great fun.

daxton
06-05-2011, 07:57 PM
I didn't know about Attenberg. Super excited. Thanks!

schoolofruckus
06-05-2011, 09:00 PM
Caché has a lot of Great Movie in it, but the resolution is too much stunt and not enough story. For me at least.

I feel like all three of Haneke's films I've seen (Time of the Wolf, Funny Games (US) and The White Ribbon, in descending order of preference) have some Great Movie in them. But his vision - always thematically and often visually - is absolutely repulsive, and I feel like his main objective is obfuscation for its own sake. There's some merit to his method (although I think a lot of people get on board simply because they feel bullied and confused), but I just can't have much affinity for an alleged artist who has this level of contempt for everyone on both sides of the screen.

TallGuyCM
06-05-2011, 09:14 PM
I feel like all three of Haneke's films I've seen (Time of the Wolf, Funny Games (US) and The White Ribbon, in descending order of preference) have some Great Movie in them. But his vision - always thematically and often visually - is absolutely repulsive, and I feel like his main objective is obfuscation for its own sake. There's some merit to his method (although I think a lot of people get on board simply because they feel bullied and confused), but I just can't have much affinity for an alleged artist who has this level of contempt for everyone on both sides of the screen.

Caché and The Piano Teacher are both fantastic, and are the two primary reasons that I consider him to be a great filmmaker.

Watch both of those, Gabe. The obfuscation (which I just had to look up its meaning) is there much more in the former than the latter, but I'd be surprised if those two films didn't change your perspective on him at least a bit.

bobert
06-05-2011, 09:17 PM
I'm pretty conflicted about Haneke, which is probably a compliment to him on some level. The dude likes to provoke.

TallGuyCM
06-05-2011, 09:20 PM
That's what I like about him. His films stay with me for much longer than the average filmmaker's do.

RageAgainstTheAoki
06-05-2011, 11:17 PM
Saw Midnight in Paris tonight. Man, I really wanted to like this one. I'm one of those fools who follows Allen around hoping he'll have another great one in him. This film was just so forgettable. I will say that Owen Wilson was a surprisingly good stand-in for the Allen character and Marion Coitillard, as a mistress of Picasso, looked absolutely luminous every time she was on screen and it was amusing for a few minutes to see which literary or art great would show up next. There's Picasso arguing with Gertrude Stein! There's Hemingway getting soused and threatening to get into fights! I kept thinking of Purple Rose of Cairo throughout the whole thing; a film also obsessed with nostalgia and romanticism of past eras. But that film really was as charming and funny as it thought it was. Did anyone see You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger? Still haven't seen that one yet.

buddy
06-05-2011, 11:25 PM
i'm probably the same way in terms of trying to watch whenever he has a new movie, even though they haven't been up to par much of the time. i was really looking forward to seeing Midnight in Paris based on some of the positive reviews i've read. i'll probably still watch it. i haven't seen You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, either.

sonofhal
06-05-2011, 11:26 PM
I watched Zero Effect last night. It's a really good underrated little film.

Great soundtrack too - It's what got me into Brendan Benson.

RageAgainstTheAoki
06-05-2011, 11:29 PM
I would still encourage you to see it. The theatre at the Arclight was near capacity and everyone in there seemed to be utterly charmed. All I'll say is, I'm hardly one of Allen's harshest critics. I absolutely adore many of his "minor" films like Alice, Small Time Crooks, Hollywood Ending, Curse of the Jade Scorpion, etc. so for me to be kind of bored by an Allen picture is really something. Then again, Match Game got the critics all in a lather and I was left flat. So I'm probably the wrong one. Go see it.

buddy
06-05-2011, 11:34 PM
yeah, i'm still occasionally entertained by his movies like, Small Time Crooks, Sweet and Lowdown, etc. i'm definitely still going to see it.

SoulDischarge
06-06-2011, 12:01 AM
Hobo With A Shotgun tried entirely way too hard. I'll give it minor points for a few creative scenes, but mostly I was rolling my eyes throughout at their attempts to shock.

M Sparks
06-06-2011, 12:34 AM
I watched Zero Effect last night. It's a really good underrated little film.

I love this film. I try to talk it up to people, and no one seems interested, they just think it's a typical Ben Stiller movie.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
06-06-2011, 09:03 AM
Zero Effect is awesome. Bill Pullman was so great in it. Also, it came out at a time when Ben Stiller movies were anything but typical.

BlackSwan
06-06-2011, 10:09 AM
Agreed... I remember really liking Zero Effect when it came out. I still remember some of the Pullman quotes, especially this one...

"A few words here about following people. People know they're being followed when they turn around and see someone following them. They can't tell they're being followed if you get there first."

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
06-06-2011, 10:26 AM
Huh, I didn't realize that Bad Teacher was directed by Jake Kasdan, director of Zero Effect (as well as several eps of Freaks & Geeks, Undeclared, Walk Hard, and the The TV Set). that makes me want to watch it more.

TallGuyCM
06-06-2011, 11:31 AM
Bad Teacher looks like the worst movie to come out in years.

Waiting on Tree of Life reviews from Rob and Jared...

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
06-06-2011, 11:33 AM
I've not actually seen a trailer for BT, only have been seeing the billboards

M Sparks
06-06-2011, 11:58 AM
Bad Teacher looks like the worst movie to come out in years.

I don't really have any interest in it (though I tend to enjoy almost anything with Jason Siegel), but worst in years? That's the most ridiculous hyperbole I've heard since the 1400s.

schoolofruckus
06-06-2011, 12:25 PM
I thought the red band trailer was surprisingly funny - more than Horrible Bosses or 30 Seconds Or Less or any of the other comedies coming out soon. I'd watch it at home.

Also very anxious to hear Tree of Life reactions...

bobert
06-06-2011, 01:28 PM
Also very anxious to hear Tree of Life reactions...

I saw it twice this weekend and I'm convinced of its brilliance. It feels like a gift - the film that Malick has been building towards his whole career. I don't feel like I'm exaggerating when I say that it's the most visually stunning piece of cinema I've ever laid eyes on - almost overwhelmingly beautiful at times. Emmanuel Lubezki has set the bar for what's possible with a camera lens.

I thought the cast was excellent. I had my doubts about a star of Pitt's caliber fitting seamlessly into the film, but he really disappeared into his character. Some of his finest work to date. I'd never seen Jessica Chastain in anything before, but thought she was incredible. Both her and Pitt gave performances that were complex enough for their characters to coexist both as individuals and the archetypes they represented. Sean Penn made the most of his sliver of screen time.

But the real stars of the film were the children, particularly the two older brothers (Hunter McCracken and Laramie Eppler.) Pretty extraordinary performances for a couple of first-timers. I was kind of annoyed that my girlfriend didn't have the same love for the movie that I did, but she made a good point: this is a boys' film. Some of the scenes of childhood were so alive in their authenticity it seemed as though you were witnessing nothing less than pure human memory. I've never had a film so completely capture what it felt like to be a young boy on the cusp of adulthood.

I've read several negative reviews for the film that I don't necessarily disagree with. I'm just glad my reaction was different. I never got to see 2001: A Space Odyssey in the theaters, and that's about the only film I can think of that matches The Tree of Life in scope and ambition. It seems like a movie like this comes around maybe once in a generation, and I for one feel nothing but gratitude to Mr. Malick for sharing it with the world.

RageAgainstTheAoki
06-06-2011, 01:50 PM
I think I need to start associating with a different crowd. These were some of the reactions when I suggested Tree of Life this weekend to several friends.

"Looks like a Netflix one."
"Oh God no! I heard there's, like, a 15 minute scene of just space. No talking."
"Is that the one about the bridesmaids?" (!!!!!!!!!!!)

Guess this will be a solo venture. Did someone mention it was playing on the Dome? I guess that's over now as it looks like Hangover II is playing there now. Lame.

J~$$$$
06-06-2011, 02:52 PM
awesome.


PSA of the Day: When an angry (ex-)customer phoned Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Theater to complain about the establishment’s no-texting policy (for the record, she was warned twice before being kicked out), they did what any amazing movie house would do: They turned her rambling rant into a “Don’t Talk or Text” PSA which they intend to play before all R-rated movies.

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GoodGirlGalaxy
06-06-2011, 03:01 PM
I'm waiting for the girlfriend to get over to Tennessee so I can bathe in this movie.

schoolofruckus
06-06-2011, 03:42 PM
I think I need to start associating with a different crowd. These were some of the reactions when I suggested Tree of Life this weekend to several friends.

"Looks like a Netflix one."
"Oh God no! I heard there's, like, a 15 minute scene of just space. No talking."
"Is that the one about the bridesmaids?" (!!!!!!!!!!!)

Guess this will be a solo venture. Did someone mention it was playing on the Dome? I guess that's over now as it looks like Hangover II is playing there now. Lame.

Yes, you need to find a new group of people to see movies with. And yes, Tree of Life played the Dome, but it was only one showing last Sunday morning; otherwise, it's been Hangover for the past couple weeks.

schoolofruckus
06-06-2011, 04:25 PM
I saw it twice this weekend and I'm convinced of its brilliance. It feels like a gift - the film that Malick has been building towards his whole career. I don't feel like I'm exaggerating when I say that it's the most visually stunning piece of cinema I've ever laid eyes on - almost overwhelmingly beautiful at times. Emmanuel Lubezki has set the bar for what's possible with a camera lens.

I thought the cast was excellent. I had my doubts about a star of Pitt's caliber fitting seamlessly into the film, but he really disappeared into his character. Some of his finest work to date. I'd never seen Jessica Chastain in anything before, but thought she was incredible. Both her and Pitt gave performances that were complex enough for their characters to coexist both as individuals and the archetypes they represented. Sean Penn made the most of his sliver of screen time.

But the real stars of the film were the children, particularly the two older brothers (Hunter McCracken and Laramie Eppler.) Pretty extraordinary performances for a couple of first-timers. I was kind of annoyed that my girlfriend didn't have the same love for the movie that I did, but she made a good point: this is a boys' film. Some of the scenes of childhood were so alive in their authenticity it seemed as though you were witnessing nothing less than pure human memory. I've never had a film so completely capture what it felt like to be a young boy on the cusp of adulthood.

I've read several negative reviews for the film that I don't necessarily disagree with. I'm just glad my reaction was different. I never got to see 2001: A Space Odyssey in the theaters, and that's about the only film I can think of matches The Tree of Life in scope and ambition. It seems like a movie like this comes around maybe once in a generation, and I for one feel nothing but gratitude to Mr. Malick for sharing it with the world.

It definitely got better for me the second time around, and I agree 100% that it's Malick's masterpiece. I said initially that I didn't think I could argue with the negative reviews, but seeing how well it held up, I'm inclined to shy away from that. This is an unquestionably great film that poignantly evolves the conventions of narrative cinema.

I'm also anxious to see if this will finally get you fuckers to properly embrace The Fountain.

TallGuyCM
06-06-2011, 04:29 PM
I'm also anxious to see if this will finally get you fuckers to properly embrace The Fountain.

I think that might just be why I didn't quite like Tree as much as some of you did, elements of it reminded me very much of The Fountain and it was hard not to have a knee-jerk :rolleyes reaction.

bobert
06-06-2011, 05:21 PM
I'm also anxious to see if this will finally get you fuckers to properly embrace The Fountain.

That won't happen, but I wouldn't be surprised if Darren Aronofsky cries himself to sleep after seeing a superior filmmaker accomplish everything that he attempted with that film. :)

schoolofruckus
06-06-2011, 05:45 PM
Well, Malick is unquestionably a superior filmmaker - primarily because he doesn't have a Black Swan in him. But Aronofsky made his best film from a similar set of ambitions and the entire world turned on him. That can't help but hurt.

TallGuyCM
06-06-2011, 05:49 PM
The world might have turned on Malick as well if he looked like David Arquette.

wmgaretjax
06-06-2011, 06:14 PM
I feel like all three of Haneke's films I've seen (Time of the Wolf, Funny Games (US) and The White Ribbon, in descending order of preference) have some Great Movie in them. But his vision - always thematically and often visually - is absolutely repulsive, and I feel like his main objective is obfuscation for its own sake. There's some merit to his method (although I think a lot of people get on board simply because they feel bullied and confused), but I just can't have much affinity for an alleged artist who has this level of contempt for everyone on both sides of the screen.

So... I'm a bit perplexed about how there is any obfuscation in Funny Games... Or as to how it's a main objective in Time of the Wolf... It certainly is pervasive in The White Ribbon... but that is incredibly consistent with the thematic material... and essential to the internal logic of the film. Haneke is a genius. Definitely one of the greatest living filmmakers.

As to Tree of Life... It is undoubtedly a masterpiece. I'm a bit hesitant about the structure... I wonder whether or not it would have been more effective without resting in the memory in one massive chunk. I need to see it again. Probably next weekend.

That said... the comparison to The Fountain is appalling. That film is a clunky pot of schlock steeped in hollywood melodrama. Tree of Life is anything but...

roberto73
06-06-2011, 08:08 PM
Herzog's on Colbert tonight. Pretty funny, but I could listen to that guy talk for hours.

My Tree of Life review will have to wait until the weekend. Turns out I couldn't make it into Atlanta on Saturday. I did see Everything Must Go and The Beaver on Sunday, both of which had their moments. They're actually both pretty interesting in how they don't try too hard to make the protagonists particularly likable. Gibson's character, especially, is a turd throughout the movie, and there's only a hint of redemption at the end. Guy might be a twerp in real life, but I actually came away from the movie thinking more of him as an actor.

WhyTheLongFace
06-06-2011, 08:09 PM
Any suggestions to see at LA Film Festival?

KungFuJoe
06-06-2011, 09:19 PM
Any suggestions to see at LA Film Festival?

The Yellow Sea, Detective Dee & the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Drive & Attack the Block. TRUST.

And of course The Seductions of Ingmar Bergman if you want to check Sparks performing a musical they put together live with Guy Maddin directing.

Another Earth, The Future & The Innkeepers should be good as well. I'm sure there are some other gems I'm missing out on too.

malcolmjamalawesome
06-06-2011, 09:24 PM
I love Hot Rod

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
06-06-2011, 10:44 PM
Attack The Block looks fucking horrible. I'm surprised to see so many people interested in it. i read the synopsis a few weeks ago and was all "oh that sounds cool!" and then saw the trailer and couldn't fucking believe it. Prove me wrong, I guess.

sonofhal
06-06-2011, 10:48 PM
It's a very good movie. Prove yourself wrong and go see it.

M Sparks
06-06-2011, 11:27 PM
It looked fun to me, but nothing special.

PotVsKtl
06-07-2011, 10:25 AM
I have no idea why the Chemical Brothers were involved, and Cate Blanchett was terribly miscast, but Hanna turned out to be a better than average thriller. I just realized it's the same girl from Atonement so I'll withhold my predictions of big things to come from the lead actress.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
06-07-2011, 10:28 AM
It's the same director as Atonement as well

PotVsKtl
06-07-2011, 10:30 AM
Oh dip.

PotVsKtl
06-07-2011, 10:31 AM
This almost makes me want to watch The Soloist.

GoodGirlGalaxy
06-07-2011, 10:35 AM
Don't. Bad idea.

schoolofruckus
06-07-2011, 10:58 AM
So... I'm a bit perplexed about how there is any obfuscation in Funny Games... Or as to how it's a main objective in Time of the Wolf... It certainly is pervasive in The White Ribbon... but that is incredibly consistent with the thematic material... and essential to the internal logic of the film. Haneke is a genius. Definitely one of the greatest living filmmakers.

You're right about Funny Games - while I haven't seen it in a while, I remember its perspective being abundantly clear. But with Time of the Wolf...I'm going to offer up the last scene with the kid by the campfire - and specifically, the way it's resolved - as an example of something that made NO fucking sense to me. If that's not Haneke deliberately obscuring anything that would help me understand what it was supposed to convey, the alternatives are that Palm horrendously fucked up the subtitles, or I'm significantly more dim-witted than I've ever realized.

While his films frustrate me, I mostly find them boring. The only thing I find particularly memorable is the subsequent conversations that make me wonder what I'm missing.


As to Tree of Life... It is undoubtedly a masterpiece. I'm a bit hesitant about the structure... I wonder whether or not it would have been more effective without resting in the memory in one massive chunk. I need to see it again. Probably next weekend.

Very pleased to hear this.


That said... the comparison to The Fountain is appalling. That film is a clunky pot of schlock steeped in hollywood melodrama. Tree of Life is anything but...

There are plenty of comparisons to make between Aronofsky's film and Malick's. Beyond the fact that they both literally involve the concept of a tree of life, each film concerns a man trying to process the death of a loved one through contemplating his place in the history of Earth and the universe. The Fountain may connect these ruminations with a narrative contrivance, but that's still the same trajectory taken by Jackman's character. The clunkiness and schlockiness is something we'll never agree upon, but the melodramatic tag seems unfair for a film that's trying to explore the nature of death. The Tree of Life is wildly emotional in its own right; I don't see why The Fountain alone deserves this criticism simply for dealing more concretely with its heroine's passing. I suspect that a lot of your aversion to its execution is due to the bombastic Mansell/Kronos score, but doesn't Tree of Life do the same thing with its chosen opera pieces? I don't have a problem with this in either case - bombast is entirely appropriate when the film is attempting to push the edges of existence - but it seems that the only difference is that Malick didn't choose a composer that you already hate :).

schoolofruckus
06-07-2011, 11:05 AM
Attack The Block looks fucking horrible. I'm surprised to see so many people interested in it. i read the synopsis a few weeks ago and was all "oh that sounds cool!" and then saw the trailer and couldn't fucking believe it. Prove me wrong, I guess.

I'm not terrible impressed with what I've seen so far, but the enormous enthusiasm by so many people who have seen and written about it is enough for me to drop $13 and see it at LAFF.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
06-08-2011, 12:11 AM
I rewatched the Legend directors cut for probably the first time in 6 years tonight and fuck that's a an amazing movie, especially for an early work by a young director. I'm looking forward to listening to the commentary during a slow work day tomorrow

disgustipated
06-08-2011, 07:20 AM
figured you guys would enjoy this.

edit: uncensored maybe nsfw

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schoolofruckus
06-08-2011, 07:32 AM
Luckily for you, suprefan rarely comes in here. But yeah, that was awesome. I need to make a hajj to the Drafthouse one of these years.

disgustipated
06-08-2011, 07:42 AM
shit. I have'nt been on here in a while. vineyards are keeping me busy.

sorry for the double post.

Miroir Noir
06-08-2011, 09:10 AM
Wait, you haven't seen Cache, Schoolio?

schoolofruckus
06-08-2011, 09:59 AM
I have not. I'm sure I'll try that one at some point. I tend to not give up easily on directors that are widely considered to be great - and who, as I credited to Haneke, have moments within the films that I find striking.

schoolofruckus
06-08-2011, 11:40 AM
Aurora, the new film from Cristi Puiu (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu), looks fucking incredible:
http://www.vimeo.com/24811231

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
06-08-2011, 04:11 PM
I listened to Ridley Scott's commentary on the Legend Director's Cut dvd today. As usual, Scott proves to be one of the best commentators out there. He always comes to the table extremely well prepared and has a ton of really neat information about every process of the production. I'm always happy about how technical he's willing to get.

I've been having a bit of a love affair with Ridley Scott the last couple of years and he's really become on of my all time favorite directors. There's still about 4 of his films I've yet to see. Even when working with scripts/projects that aren't the best, he's such a fucking craftsman that he really pours his guts into a movie.

RageAgainstTheAoki
06-08-2011, 04:13 PM
Finally got a few ppl together for Tree of Life + dinner tomorrow. So damn excited to see it. Hopefully you guys don't consider this misuse of the thread. Arclight + dinner...

Off Vine, Kabuki, Fabiolus or Los Balcones de Peru? (No to Umami; done it far too often).

schoolofruckus
06-08-2011, 04:30 PM
As long as you're seeing Tree of Life, you can do whatever the fuck you want here.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
06-08-2011, 04:38 PM
Rage, I've never eaten at any of those places, but let me know where you go and how it was. I always just end up eating in the Arclight's restaurant

TallGuyCM
06-08-2011, 04:49 PM
As long as you're seeing Tree of Life, you can do whatever the fuck you want here.

QFT :)

GoodGirlGalaxy
06-08-2011, 06:34 PM
Saw Tree of Life this afternoon. There is not much to say at this point. Jared, care to watch it with me this weekend? I feel very overwhelmed with what I saw. I feel like it needs a notes section written by David Foster Wallace. Or an Ulyssean annotated bibliography. Needless to say, there is nothing I can compare it to, visually or structurally, and that just may be my lack of film knowledge. But that is also just genius of Malick to come up with. I can see how some would go with The Fountain for comparison but with respect to the filmmakers, each do something exponentially different, one going the spiritual/scifi route and the other something cosmic and natural. I don't know if any of this computes so I will watch again for a better post.

Jared, I can go Sunday or Monday evening if you'd like to join.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
06-08-2011, 07:12 PM
EverythingIsTerrible is doing a 5 day festival at Cinefamily over 4th of July weekend...that's a lot of ridiculous for $80. It's very tempting...
http://www.cinefamily.org/films/the-2nd-annual-everything-is-festival/#everything-is-festival-day-one

Miroir Noir
06-08-2011, 07:18 PM
Do any of you guys come up this way in January?

guedita
06-08-2011, 07:23 PM
I didn't even know that Haneke did Cache AND The White Ribbon until right now and I saw "pschaw" to all of you haters. The level of terse anxiety I was riddled with during both of those films is unmatched. I don't know, or at least I can't name, another filmmaker that evokes the very particular emotion I felt during each of those films

And obviously I am an idiot for not realizing it was the same dude both times (that's what she said).

PotVsKtl
06-08-2011, 08:27 PM
I can go Sunday or Monday evening if you'd like to join.

I am officially inviting myself.

wmgaretjax
06-08-2011, 08:38 PM
if i can go, it'll be sunday night. not sure what my schedule is gonna be like this weekend yet though...

daxton
06-08-2011, 08:42 PM
I wish it was playing near me.

GoodGirlGalaxy
06-08-2011, 10:26 PM
Oh wait, isn't it a one-week-only screening thing in SF? If not let's make a night of it. Pot, you're always welcome.

suprefan
06-08-2011, 10:40 PM
Nice deal on movie tickets. $9 for 2 movie tickets valid at fandango.com movie theaters

https://livingsocial.com/deals/57725?ref=conf-jp&rpi=13274759

PotVsKtl
06-09-2011, 12:56 PM
I don't think it's entirely necessary for Park Chan-Wook to make two vampire films.

cutterbutter
06-09-2011, 01:48 PM
Went to an early screening of Super 8 last night. Stepping back into childhood for 2 hours. Wonderful modern day homage to early Spielberg films.

M Sparks
06-09-2011, 01:58 PM
EverythingIsTerrible is doing a 5 day festival at Cinefamily over 4th of July weekend...that's a lot of ridiculous for $80. It's very tempting...
http://www.cinefamily.org/films/the-2nd-annual-everything-is-festival/#everything-is-festival-day-one

Wow, Negativeland and Firesign Theatre!?!

TallGuyCM
06-09-2011, 05:00 PM
Jessica Chastain is on Jimmy Fallon tonight...it'll be interesting to hear what she has to say about working with Malick, etc.

schoolofruckus
06-09-2011, 05:04 PM
SPOILERZ: it's going to be a lot of gushing about how he changed the art of filmmaking forever.

cutterbutter
06-09-2011, 06:41 PM
The new Netflix "Watch Instantly" page is fucking awful. That is all.

RageAgainstTheAoki
06-10-2011, 12:29 AM
Saw Tree of Life tonight. About 1/3 of the way through I started to think oh dear, the Emperor has no clothes. I mean those shots of the beginning of life in space and on earth were absolutely stunning to look at, but where was Malick going with this? Then I started worrying that I might be a philistine. But then, luckily, somewhere about half way through it clicked. It's simply one of the most magnificent experiences I've ever had at the cinema. I feel fully incapable of being able to encapsulate what the experience of watching this film was like for me. I agree with the poster who said that the film may appeal more to men. My group was 4 guys and 2 girls. I will say that the gentlemen were definitely more engaged by the film than the ladies were. It was an unrelenting almost exhausting experience and afterward we all wanted to go home, but instead we just stood outside the Arclight in a daze talking about the film for over an hour.

I was so struck by how Malick was able to make a film about such monumental themes so delicate, so... intimate. I'm an older brother and so many scenes between the older and middle brother shot straight to the heart with me. The tenderness between them, the knowing looks, the undeniable bond of brotherhood, the violence of youth... it all just triggered so many memories and emotions for me; for all of the guys in my group, actually. I wish I could watch this film with my brother. I mean, I just got home and I called my brother and left him a voicemail just to tell him that I love him because I rarely do that. I can't remember a film ever having that kind of effect on me.

****SPOILERS IN THIS PARAGRAPH****This film has so many small moments amongst all the stunning shots of space and early life. The way the older dinosaur puts its paw protectively on the head of the younger dinosaur, the way the middle brother looks up from his guitar and smiles at his dad when he realizes he's accompanying him on the piano from inside the house, the apology and the acceptance after the bb gun incident. How could you heart not break after that??

And those kids? My GOD, what naturals. This film is just perfectly cast. Just... go see it.

schoolofruckus
06-10-2011, 06:19 AM
Fuck yeah. But you should maybe put a spoiler warning or some camo on that last paragraph.

wmgaretjax
06-10-2011, 07:00 AM
yeah... the whole older/young thing in the first 1/3 of the film... i didn't see it as "protective" at all...

HandBanana
06-10-2011, 07:34 AM
Thanks Rage, your review is written in a way that works for me.

Too many reviews I've read from laypeople on this one have cranked up the Flowerey Prose Adjective Machine in a way that I always tend to find a bit suspicious. Whenever I come across that sort of writing I get the sense that the review is less about the piece being discussed and the writer's reaction than to it than it is about who they see themselves posing as through showing themselves being affected in a certain way. Feels false to me. But we all have our things, hang-ups, etc.

Anyhoo, still looking forward to this one at any rate, but your review helps in that it read more like a person that experienced a piece of art and less like a creative writing student trying to portray themselves a certain way. So thanks for that.

HandBanana
06-10-2011, 07:39 AM
BTW, thats not a swipe at anyone in this thread. Im talking about other goofballs.

GoodGirlGalaxy
06-10-2011, 08:18 AM
Phew! For all you worry warts out there, Embarcadero Center Cinemas is still playing The Tree of Life for another week.

So does 5:10 work for people? I get off at 4 and that would work perfectly for me on Sunday. Otherwise there is a 7 o'clock showing.

And OUCH HandBanana! I said I would write a better post after my second viewing!!! :sorry

Also, RATAoki, that was an excellent review and it sort of captured what I felt as well. I have an older sister and we would fight a lot but there was also a lot of forgiving (due to all the fighting) so that moment after the SPOILER BB to the finger, the movie really kind of sunk in for me.

schoolofruckus
06-10-2011, 09:00 AM
yeah... the whole older/young thing in the first 1/3 of the film... i didn't see it as "protective" at all...

True. I figured the bigger dinosaur was deciding whether or not to stomp the small one out, and thus having its own nature vs. grace struggle. But Aoki's alternate take is interesting.

schoolofruckus
06-10-2011, 09:07 AM
Thanks Rage, your review is written in a way that works for me.

Too many reviews I've read from laypeople on this one have cranked up the Flowerey Prose Adjective Machine in a way that I always tend to find a bit suspicious. Whenever I come across that sort of writing I get the sense that the review is less about the piece being discussed and the writer's reaction than to it than it is about who they see themselves posing as through showing themselves being affected in a certain way. Feels false to me. But we all have our things, hang-ups, etc.

Anyhoo, still looking forward to this one at any rate, but your review helps in that it read more like a person that experienced a piece of art and less like a creative writing student trying to portray themselves a certain way. So thanks for that.

Part of the reason for that hyperbolic language is because the film takes an intimate, personal perspective on some really gigantic, universe-level shit. I'm not talking strictly about the overtly cosmic material - it's also the emotions and the attempt to define one's own life in a way that makes sense with everything that has come before us. When you're engaging with and attempting to describe a film that tackles that kind of search (especially as well as this one did), extreme expression is the only way that feels right.

GoodGirlGalaxy
06-10-2011, 09:10 AM
One more thing. When I went to see the film at the Embarcadero Center Cinema, it was early afternoonish on a Wednesday, so I knew the audience was going to consist of senior citizens. There are a few good and a few annoying things about watching movies with the elder folk: they are either really quiet or asleep thus very respectful of other moviegoers; they are talkative in a loud-whispery kind of way, and they like to move a lot. This may not be everyone else's experience but for someone who sees most of his movies during the early afternoon, it is prevalent. Anyway, as the movie was going through the life on earth and other planets sequences, three (count 'em, THREE) different groups of seniors got up and left. One group had seating arrangement problems for the first 15 minutes of the movie, shifting around and yelling into each other's ears, because I think they were hard of hearing, about how they were going to switch seats and how one wanted the aisle and the other wanted to be more in on the row. And then not 15 minutes had gone by and they decided the movie wasn't for them. Another group had a member who sighed really heavily then told his partner in an outside voice (unnecessary) that "this is ridiculous" and "I'm gonna see if we can get our money back and see that other movie, the Woody Allen one." I was stunned. I can understand that maybe a movie blows or doesn't vibe well with certain people but the movie had barely begun, we were maybe 30 minutes in, and they didn't even give it a chance. AND THEN the only other group in my age range whipped out their cell phones and started cell phoning, I don't know what they were doing on them but the glare and all was distracting. I was able to tune out a lot of it half way through, and by then the crowd was sparse and who were left were captivated, I'm guessing, because they were quiet and attentive.

wmgaretjax
06-10-2011, 09:15 AM
True. I figured

yeah. that's how I took it too.

schoolofruckus
06-10-2011, 09:20 AM
My experiences with seniors at movies has been generally awful - mostly because of the talk-back factor. I don't know if talking during a film was more widely-accepted at an earlier point in history - the way that many dipshits now consider texting during a film to be acceptable - but I feel like every time I see a person above 59 sitting near me, I have to prepare myself to tell them to shut up.

I waited months to see Silent Light - long-chronicled as one of my favorite recent movies - on a big screen, even after I'd already seen it on an import DVD. It finally played at LACMA for one weekend, and I swear, the theater was full of old people who felt the need to say aloud everything the film was suggesting. Like, the movie is about a Mennonite guy having an affair, and it's pretty obvious early on that everyone in the community (including his wife) is aware of it....yet at one point 90 minutes in, this old woman behind me exclaims "she knows!" (re: the wife). During the film's climax - when the wife returns to life at her own funeral after being kissed by the other woman - this same lady sitting beside me said "she's awake!" I wanted to burn the theater down.

wmgaretjax
06-10-2011, 09:22 AM
my screening for tree of life was fine despite all the old folk. that said, i heard some pretty funny conversations by other attendees while walking back to BART. "god... what a dick! just, like, give us an ending... y'know?!"

schoolofruckus
06-10-2011, 09:32 AM
Haaaa.....after both of my viewings, I was desperate to not hear other people speak. Granted, we went as a big group the first time, but even then, I wanted to just shut myself off from conversation.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
06-10-2011, 09:52 AM
My friend Clarke had a great story about seeing Moon with his wife...after the film ended this old couple starting leaving the woman goes, "GOT ANY OTHER BRIGHT IDEAS HERBERT?!?!?!" hahaha

GoodGirlGalaxy
06-10-2011, 10:25 AM
Haha, these are great. If Cara has a minute, she should tell you guys all about our experience seeing Revolutionary Road in Santa Barbara. The old folk there were down right chatty. It was just as obnoxious as a mid-twenties black chick at a slasher flick.

HandBanana
06-10-2011, 10:35 AM
To be fair tho, Revolutionary Road was pretty bad.
Winslet and Shannon were both incredible though.
DiCaprio once again proved that he has one note in his repertoire and he only ever modulates it by squinting and smoking.

schoolofruckus
06-10-2011, 10:43 AM
Shannon was GREAT in that movie. I actually thought the movie as a whole was excellent except for the horrendously Spielberged ending.

Which, by definition, means I ultimately remember it badly.

HandBanana
06-10-2011, 10:48 AM
Sam Mendes' critiques of suburbia (and this goes double for that fucking cartoon American Beauty) strike me as shallow and suggest that he's never actually spent any time in a suburb.

schoolofruckus
06-10-2011, 10:49 AM
Also, I disagree on Leo. I thought that movie contained maybe his best performance, and he's got several that are really strong. One review noted that his baby-faced, boyish looks were in some ways used against him in that film - an observation that's clearly stayed with me as much as anything in the actual film.

schoolofruckus
06-10-2011, 10:53 AM
See, I never bought Rev Road as a commentary on suburbia as much as on the crippling fear that drives a lot of people's lives into the ground. Maybe that's what you meant (there's obviously ample connection between the two), but I didn't feel that the forces in their lives were specific to the environment.

RageAgainstTheAoki
06-10-2011, 11:16 AM
Fuck yeah. But you should maybe put a spoiler warning or some camo on that last paragraph.

Oh right you are. Just edited my op. Sorry about that. I think the lack of traditional linear plot made me totally forget that there could be spoilers for this type of film.




yeah... the whole older/young thing in the first 1/3 of the film... i didn't see it as "protective" at all...

Yeah, looking back on it now, you're right. Definitely not protective. But not entirely... oppressive either. Gosh, Malick's got complex emotional arcs for effin dinosaurs! Although I still think the dinosaur scenes were a tad goofy, I do like how they tied back to the lives of the family.




Thanks Rage, your review is written in a way that works for me.

Too many reviews I've read from laypeople on this one have cranked up the Flowerey Prose Adjective Machine in a way that I always tend to find a bit suspicious. Whenever I come across that sort of writing I get the sense that the review is less about the piece being discussed and the writer's reaction than to it than it is about who they see themselves posing as through showing themselves being affected in a certain way. Feels false to me. But we all have our things, hang-ups, etc.

Anyhoo, still looking forward to this one at any rate, but your review helps in that it read more like a person that experienced a piece of art and less like a creative writing student trying to portray themselves a certain way. So thanks for that.


'Welcome. Just to be clear, this was in no way intended to be a formal review. Rather it was just my raw reaction to the film last night. Just one dude's experience. There were plenty of people leaving the theatre grumbling about "bombast", "overly long Natural Geographic sequences" and "no plot" so who knows. I get the feeling that most people will either be utterly captivated or completely frustrated by this film.

I'm sure all of the film geeks (said lovingly) in here already know this, but I was very interested to see that Douglas Trumbull, who did visual effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey, worked on Tree of Life with Malick. For some reason, I don't see him on the imdb credits, though he appears to be credited in multiple articles.

I can't stop thinking about this film. Although this probably sounds silly, I'm worried that a second viewing might expose more of the flaws in the film and lesson the enormous impact it had on me.

PotVsKtl
06-10-2011, 11:18 AM
DiCaprio is an outstanding actor when he wants and needs to be. I'm going to tell Scorsese that some dickshit on the internet thinks he's bad at casting leading men.

RageAgainstTheAoki
06-10-2011, 11:22 AM
Not a DiCaprio fan here at all, but I thought he was excellent in The Aviator.

GoodGirlGalaxy
06-10-2011, 11:28 AM
He's definitely one of the better portrayers of the mentally challenged.

http://fictionalreality43.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/778622fb687b2b94.jpg?w=400&h=300

Compared to this, for example.

http://www.cinemablend.com/images/news_img/9788/_9788.jpg

HandBanana
06-10-2011, 11:38 AM
I'll give you that but that was nearly 20 years ago and it's been the same performance in different clothes since then.
He can't emote, possibly due to the fact that he has never not been a famous good looking actor. So all his performances are incredibly surface and overt. It's a shame because I actually think he wants it and tries. You can see him trying. I just never feel anything from him other than "watch me! I'm acting as hard as I can!"

This is fine for a movie star. That's how being a star works. You in different clothes over and over. But I just don't buy it as performance or inhabiting a character.

When DeNiro was Scorcese's boy sure he was always DeNiro, but he had way more tools in his arsenal. You could forget you were watching him and follow say Jake Lamotta's story. DiCapro seems to try and substitute volume and facial expression for Character.

Just my opinion.

schoolofruckus
06-10-2011, 11:40 AM
He's great at playing a lot of things. He struggles with accents and unnatural-leaning material (I'm not thinking entire films as much as certain scenes or monologues that are scripted to be big "actor" moments), but so do many other great actors.

PotVsKtl
06-10-2011, 11:48 AM
http://cdn.islandcrisis.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/leoaskid.jpg

http://www.hotflick.net/flicks/1995_The_Basketball_Diaries/995BLD_Leonardo_DiCaprio_001.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/b/util/anysize/360,http%3A%2F%2Fus.ent4.yimg.com%2Fmovies.yahoo.c om%2Fimages%2Fhv%2Fphoto%2Fmovie_pix%2Fmiramax_fil ms%2Fgangs_of_new_york%2Fleonardo_dicaprio%2Fgangs 3.jpg?v=2

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ZVkb0M61jmc/TEtNhMbkmaI/AAAAAAAAA78/hNctZxRJxEw/s640/leonardo+dicaprio.jpg

Same performance, different clothes.

Still-ill
06-10-2011, 11:49 AM
Eh, we can't all be Robin Williams.

GoodGirlGalaxy
06-10-2011, 11:50 AM
That should be an acronymized thing. Like "Damn dude, Ben Stiller was all SPDC on Duplex, thass wack!"

HandBanana
06-10-2011, 11:52 AM
Excepting the first one, which I covered in my post already, those are not really all that different of performances no.
Still Leo pretty much playing Leo in different clothes saying different words.

Still-ill
06-10-2011, 11:52 AM
or Garry Shandling.

Still-ill
06-10-2011, 11:53 AM
Excepting the first one, which I covered in my post already, those are not really all that different of performances no.
Still Leo pretty much playing Leo in different clothes saying different words.

playing different personas.