Dear Kelly Vance: You don't have a clue about this film. You should stick to reviewing cinema that fits your level of consciousness. The Tree of Life is a visual poem, and the one of the most deeply emotional and spiritually compelling works of art to be crafted by a filmmaker.
If it's so irrelevant, why are you commenting on it? Just wondering....
First comment...your boner for John Huston is both annoying and irrelevant.
In the preview I saw, the Brahms Intermezzo is bogus - a measure or two are cut out of it yet the record plays on.
@corrector: Fixed; thanks
Please proof read your reviews. The legendary Douglas Trumbull (not Turnbull) deserves to have his name printed correctly.
Thank you for this review. Everyone else seems afraid to plainly call this film out for the heavy-handed devices and lack of narrative. So many scenes have seemingly been "borrowed" from other films. Most notably the end scene on the beach, which directly hearkens back to "Longtime Companion."
Meh. I enjoyed it but had to block out the "Woody Allen-ism" of it, wherein every character talks like Woody Allen, complete with the stuttering "you know's." Ruins the suspension of disbelief when Allen's ego intrudes at every juncture. Very clever at times, very well done, Owen Wilson has been one of my faves for years and great that he's finally getting the recognition he deserves. But it's a travesty to make him talk like Woody Allen. He's a better comedian than that.
Loved Adrian Brody as Salvador Dali.
I like this line: "a fully juiced shitbird loudly cross-examining the universe at his own private courtroom trial"
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Well, I saw this movie at Sundance this year. Particularly based on the non-ending, I walked out and declared "so Sundance." At first, the trek seemed almost fake because it was very personal and this-close. However as the trek continues, the daily grind starts to envelope you in the experience. Months later, I still wish for a real ending, which might appeal to a few more movie-goers...no?
DreamScreen, I think what Kelly is trying to say is, "I’m a man. Yes I am and I can’t help but love you so." Not trying to get in the middle of this discussion. As a matter of fact, I’m resisting all involvement with each groovy chick we see. Not that I'm assuming anyone is a groovy chick. Never mind.
-- Stevie Winwood
You make your own error, DreamScreen. I'm a man.
Kelly is just wrong, wrong, wrong about this movie. It's actually one of the most satisfying films of the year. She makes the amateurish error of evaluating it by its source material instead of on its own merits. If you want to read Philip K. Dick then read him. If you want to see a very good movie see "The Adjustment Bureau".
Yeah, giggle, it's really sad when the quote that gets pulled by Rotten Tomatoes exposes how ill-informed the reviewer is to basic film history. I haven't seen the movie so I don't know if the review is right or wrong. I do, however, hope that this reviewer is doing so for the free movie tickets, and that no one actually pays him/her to display this sort of painful ignorance. Lost in Translation would never have been made if The Virgin Suicides hadn't been so well received.
"Time for her to get out of her comfort zone, maybe adapt a novel." There's this little movie called 'The Virgin Suicides". Maybe you've heard of it. Or maybe not.
Sadly Chomet’s treatment of this inherently emotional and compelling tale seems to take one fathers guilt (tati’s),to his estranged daughter, and stolen and repackaged by another wayward father (Chomet) to his own ostracised daughter as a second hand show of affection.
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Chomet’s point-blank refusal to acknowledge any existing family seems disingenious to the point of stupidity. Could it be, as this observer suspects, there are descrepency’s over the authenticity of how he (Chomet) came about this script, and therefore the overall legitimacy of how it to be in his hands in the first instance? Why else persistently deny the existence of Tati’s remaining family members?
How on earth did Kevin Spacey, one of the best actors we have, get roped into this loser of a film? I was so excited to see it that I didn't even want to wait until it hit the East Bay and I traipsed across the bridge to the Embarcardero. I sat in anticipation for the whole couple of hours, waiting for the feeling that I was enjoying it. I never did. The movie never took off. No matter how well-done, there's just something off kilter about it, and not in a good way. It's hard to pinpoint the problem, or problems.
Terrible, terrible, utterly atrocious movie.
Julie Taymor rocks! I can't wait to see this.
Maudlin and repellent are perfect descriptors! Showgirls was more entertaining and it was wildly panned! Worst movie I have ever seen - everyone involved should be ashamed of themselves! Two hours of my life I will never get back!
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