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Movie Review: Tree of Life

Brad PittTree of Life starring Brad Pitt has made top ten lists and best films of the year list.  I think it was an audience fav or won at the Cannes.

The beginning of the movie was really strange.  It was just music and a slideshow taking us all over the world visually that is.  That was the prelude to the movie which started at the end of a family tragedy that we never really get inside of.  But the film is set in 1950s Waco, Texas.  I have a friend who grew up there and it is white bread city.

You do get a feel for life in the USA at that time.  And I think this played well in foreign audiences because it is a rare glimpse into a slice of life here.  But I did not like the beginning it was over the top visually and also in terms of audio.  I am going through some hearing problems now and movies with that much music and sound effects and stuff really does not help my brain and my psyche.  But it probably won’t affect normal people at all.

It was pretty.  The film was really beautiful and wonderfully shot.  The acting was first rate and Brad will get another nomination probably two and he will go up against himself this year one can easily predict.  Moneyball was a real winner and Brad’s performance in Tree of Life is also a winner.

Sean Penn has a small role as the grown son of the family who also becomes an architect.  There are some trying moments and times for the family as dad played by Brad is often abusive towards his kids.  Everything turns out well.

The film ends the way it began with lots of footage that was pretty to look at with some plaintive music in the background that bothered my ears but like I said normal people won’t have a problem with the music, the setting, the photography and the story line…when they finally get to it.

Brad Pitt scores French gold in “The Tree of Life” (July 8 wide release)

Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France

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We have to admit, when it was announced yesterday that Terrence Malick‘s “The Tree Of Life” walked away from Cannes with the Palme d’Or we were a bit surprised. The long-awaited film got a mixed reception on the Croisette and we expected a unanimous crowdpleaser like “The Artist” or “Le Havre” to walk away with the honor instead. But undoubtedly, nothing else at Cannes this year matched the ambition or scale of “The Tree Of Life” so on that basis alone the award fits. In any case, Fox Searchlightare definitely pleased as punch to be on able to add Cannes to their marketing campaign and it puts a fresh eye on the film in advance of the platform release that will start this weekend. But don’t fret, it will be coming your way shortly.

Kicking off in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, “The Tree Of Life” will have a six week rollout to theaters across the country before finally going wide on July 8th (look out “Zookeeper” and “Horrible Bosses”!). A mix of cities big and small will get the film prior to that date, but if you’re not on the radar for the limited release, it will hit your multiplex or local arthouse eventually.

“The Tree Of Life” is a unique event film, one that will definitely rely largely on word on mouth and in this busy summer season with plenty of easier to digest distractions (a two-and-a-half hour movie about spirituality and our place in the universe is a tough sell any time of year), so we’ll be fascinated to see how the film builds (or doesn’t) in the upcoming weeks. Check out the full slate of dates below. [Fox Searchlight]

Reel Short Takes: “The Tourist” with Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the Cannes fil...

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The Tourist is why I hate Hollywood.  This movie is such tripe that not only did I fall asleep on it only ten minutes into it, but when I woke up and watched a few more minutes realized that it was like a wedding cake without the wedding, just window dressing and glam dressup for A-list stars like Johnny Depp  who plays a math teacher from the states and Angelina Jolie is a British something or other.   I mean I have no particular problem with the acting that went on, or with the two leads.  That was not the problem.  The problem:  it was the lack of any kind of fucking story line!  It does not get any worse than this movie.

I thought I would watch it because I plan to relocate to Europe.  I wanted to see the sights so to speak.  But hell I get more out of and enjoy “International House Hunters” than this Hollywood crap called “The Tourist.”  Don’t waste your time. I didn’t. But it did make my list of worse movies of 2010.  Yes, it did.

Not another Nazi movie?

The French are frying over this pick The White Ribbon, shot in black and white over the french film The Prophet which is supposed to be damn good.

I love Holocaust and Nazi killing Jews flicks and can’t wait to see this one. But maybe the French were mad precisely because there have been so many such films made recently. But these flicks don’t always get recognized ala Schindler’s List or Diary of Anne Frank.

I would love to make a film set just before the war when the Nazis were setting their pograms against Jews set in a Jewish Ghetto. Mostly highlighting their life before death. But I tell you Heloise has seen every darn Jewish film made through Netflix and one of the best was Sophie Schol final days, and All My Loved Ones, because they gave us a  look at the other side.

Heloise

“AntiChrist” the movie abuses audience

Cannes film goers gave boos and jeers at the film Antichrist when it was shown at Cannes.

They really wanted to know why it was a part of the festival. To this amateur reviewer it sounds like the movie abused the audience in its graphic violence aka torture scenes.

Who will pay money to be abused? You would be surprised.

Heloise