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The Tree of Life: Terrence Malick's Magnum Opus?


#1

Hey, I wasn’t sure if there was a thread about this or if anyone cared but I’d like to keep up to date on this one. As of right now it’s looking pretty gigantic and possibly the philosophical epic of the century. From information I know it seems that Malick is making a film that interweaves the developement of a young boy into adulthood with the developement of universe from days of dinosaurs to its eventual collapse.



Anyone else interested in this?


#2

Isn’t this the Sean Penn movie? Isn’t Brad Pitt in it as well if I remember correctly? Alot of people hate Sean Penn, but I like him.


#3

It’s unclear how much of a role either will have in it as the film is more about Malick and less about the star power behind it. I can’t believe that he’s gotten funding for something so ambitious that studios would normally be scared shitless of.


#4

I’m a huge Malick fan but he’s extremely acquired taste. The Thin Red Line is one of my favorite anti-war films, Days of Heaven has probably the most gorgeous cinematography I’ve ever seen and his films are poetically majestic. But i really didn’t like New World.



I can’t wait for this.



Here’s the first picture with Pitt and the boy (the boy btw is the main character of the film…)




#5

The Boy is later played by Penn right? And yeah, The Thin Red line is a great movie.


#6

Actually, I was just reading up on some stuff that angles more to Pitt being a lead character as the film will focus mainly on Jack’s (the boy) past that has an impact on his adult life. Also, it’s apparently Pitt’s character who suffers from so much grief that triggers the amazing dream sequences and the natural life segment (later to be the IMAX feature Voyage of Time which will be narrated by Pitt’s character) that shows the developement of the universe from it’s seeds to its death. This is the part that features the dinosaurs and such. However The Voyage of Time will be longer than the segment in The Tree of Life as it’s not the focus of that film. Either way, that means two Terrence Malick films, connected, coming out in 2009 and 2010.


#7

Malick seems to be the darling of every young “high art” film snob douchebag and Film School 101 attenders. His films do not interest me. I’ve seen Badlands and Thin Red Line so far.


#8

[quote=“Col. Crazy Kenneth”]
Malick seems to be the darling of every young “high art” film snob douchebag and Film School 101 attenders. His films do not interest me. I’ve seen Badlands and Thin Red Line so far.
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That’s a pretty snobby statement.


#9

dont really like Penn…but I loves me some Malick…yes his movies are kind of “artsy”, the Thin Red Line can kind of go on and on with the poetical philosophical voice over stuff…but i don’t necessarily like his movies for the dialouge, its more about the atmosphere he creates in his films…I love Days of Heaven


#10

His lyricism is great and to dislike a film just because it has an artistic and creative way of making a statement about human life is being a snob of a different sort. What do you expect from Malick? He graduated a philosophy major and wrote papers on Heidegger and the like. That’s called influence. Tarantino’s got old films and Malick’s got old philosophers, what’s the big deal?


#11

CK, Why are people who like “art” movies douchebags? I love B-movies like the next person, but if I had to choose between a film with substance or a Chuck Norris movie fake kicking a guy, I am going to choose an “art” film.


#12

[quote=“GRINDHOUSE”]
CK, Why are people who like “art” movies douchebags?
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Not necessarily of course. I just know a lot of people who are like that - Praise the likes of Kubrick and Malick to no end while dismissing every movie that doesn’t feel the need to make a “profound statement” or be artsy and elaborated.


#13

That doesn’t mean that Terrence Malick and Kubric are bad though. That just means you know a lot of pretentious awhops who think they know their shit. But Malick and Kubrick are well-known artistic directors. I bet they don’t know who Leos Carax is. I’d say give Malick the credit that the people you know don’t deserve.


#14

I understand what you’re saying now CK. Kubrick is one of if not my fav directors of all time, but I have the sense to understand that not everyone in moviemaking have the same skill-set, nor do they want to make a movie like a Kubrick film. There are profit moviemakers (Hollywood today), there are “art” directors (Kubrick, Malick, Bergman, lists goes on), there are “fun” moviemakers (movies that are entertaining, not to be confused with the Profit Moviemakers like a Michael Bay). So everyone has there “fav” ways of seeing a movie, if it’s to see it as an art form, to see it as a fun ride, or just to be a douchebag and make money.


#15

It looks like Terrence Malick set out to make the most epic movie of all time!

I’m really looking forward to see this, Malick is one of my favourite filmmakers.


#16

Yes!



We have a release date set.



December of 2009!



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#17

[quote=“Col. Crazy Kenneth”]
Malick seems to be the darling of every young “high art” film snob douchebag and Film School 101 attenders. His films do not interest me. I’ve seen Badlands and Thin Red Line so far.
[/quote]

I just like films. Period.





Also, another Malick film? But it’s only been like 4 years since his last one. :slight_smile:


#18

December 25th is the official release date for this film now.



We are getting Terrence Malick’s biggest film in 2009. I don’t think I could be happier.