Screen Junkies » The Tree Of Life http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:13:15 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Terrence Malick Actually Captured On Camera http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/terrence-malick-actually-captured-on-camera/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/terrence-malick-actually-captured-on-camera/#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2012 22:41:39 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249246 And the photographer responsible didn't even realize it.

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The people at TMZ are well-known for their “scoops” on various celebrities, often gotten through those annoying/heroic paparazzi who follow celebrities around with cameras and ask questions. But sometimes a paparazzo gets a major scoop and doesn’t even realize it – like last weekend, when a TMZ reporter captured the reclusive film-making legend Terrence Malick on camera for the first time in, like, a really long time.

What the photographer THOUGHT he was getting was a simple stop-and-chat with actor Benicio Del Toro. The actor had emerged from a restaurant in Los Angeles and was met with a barrage of questions about topics like Cuba’s statehood. In the background, a nondescript and plainly dressed man walks around awkwardly, clearly avoiding the camera but also clearly compelled to stick near Del Toro. It wasn’t until later that some eagle-eye discovered that the man was none other than Terrence Malick, the director of The Tree of Life (and other masterpieces) who makes it a point to almost never appear in public. Well, at least he didn’t have to answer any annoying questions! (Deadline)

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The Worst Of The Best: Sean Penn http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-worst-of-the-best-sean-penn/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-worst-of-the-best-sean-penn/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2011 23:45:08 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=225403 Even Sean Penn has his bad days.

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Today on Worst of the Best, we take a look at Sean Penn, who recently admitted publicly that he didn’t really “get” The Tree of Life. He’s one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation. He’s also respected and admired for his social and political activism – especially during natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti. But that’s not why we’re here. We’re here to examine the worst of what Sean Penn‘s body of work has to offer, as a lesson that even great artists trip and fall on their faces sometimes.

Shanghai Surprise

This romantic comedy stars Sean Penn and his then-new-wife Madonna and was produced by none other than Beatle George Harrison’s production company. Harrison even appears in the film in a cameo role as a nightclub singer, in addition to performing songs on the movie’s soundtrack. But this couldn’t save Shangahi Surprise, which has a staggering IMDb rating of 2.7/10. The film is basically an old-fashioned romantic adventure/comedy, but a thorough (and deserved) critical drumming made it the Gigli of its day.

Pauly Shore Is Dead

OK, so Sean Penn’s appearance in this wishfully titled comedy is only a cameo. But it’s right there on his IMDb page, along with stuff like Casualties of War and Fair Game. Written, produced, directed and funded by, and starring Pauly Shore, the inside-showbiz satire has Shore faking his own death in order to save his career. Unfortunately, it didn’t save the movie, which got a less-than-stellar response from audiences and critics.

Crackers

Director Louis Malle is one of the greatest directors of all time, but Crackers is not one of his best movies, despite having Sean Penn in the cast. Penn is joining Donald Sutherland, Wallace Shawn, and others in this Hollywood reworking of the Italian caper comedy Big Deal on Madonna Street. Might be a good idea to stick to the original in this case.

It’s All About Love

This movie, from director Thomas Vinterberg, is about the end of the world. More specifically, it’s about a guy and a girl who try to save their relationship right before the end of the world. If ever there was a time to make a relationship last, I guess that would be it. Even as bad Sean Penn movies go, It’s All About Love is a debacle – star Claire Danes is rumored to have burst into tears after she saw it, and they weren’t tears of joy.

Hurlyburly

Showbiz satire is almost never the way to make a blockbuster movie, but Hurlyburly is a flop even by those standards. Grossing a total of $1,798,862 (so far), the movie might be too underseen to even qualify as a flop. Sean Penn joined a cast of other heavyweights like Kevin Spacey and Meg Ryan to adapt the critically acclaimed play by David Rabe, but even they couldn’t save it from oblivion. The movie is about people in the movie industry whose personal lives are more interesting than the schlock they produce, so maybe this was a case of art imitating life.

I Am Sam

This is undoubtedly the most well-liked (and well-attended) Sean Penn movie on the list, but critics have not been kind to it. And although I Am Sam was the inspiration for a lot of jokes and parodies when it came out, I don’t hear a lot of people talking about it today, unlike other Sean Penn movies like Dead Man Walking or Carlito’s Way. It’s not a terrible movie, but most people agree that the sentimentality of the plot is enough to drive them away. Still, it did inspire Robert Downey Jr.‘s classic “full retard” speech in Tropic Thunder. For that, I thank you, Sean Penn.

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Uwe Boll: “The Tree Of Life Is A Piece Of Sh*t” http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/uwe-boll-the-tree-of-life-is-a-piece-of-sht/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/uwe-boll-the-tree-of-life-is-a-piece-of-sht/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2011 23:34:28 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218697 He also thinks Lars von Trier is a retard.

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Oh yeah, I went there. I asked the world’s most notorious director, Uwe Boll, what he thought of the most contested, debated art film of the year. It doesn’t even matter whether I liked The Tree of Life or not. I knew the director of Alone in the Dark and In the Name of the King would have something entertaining to say about Terrence Malick.

He also had some things to say about Michael Bay and Lars von Trier, important movies about African genocide and the holocaust, and we also mention his latest movie, Bloodrayne: The Third Reich, on DVD and Blu-ray July 5.

Q: You famously fought your critics in a boxing match and proved you were tougher than them. That doesn’t necessarily prove you’re a better filmmaker than they say you are, so how will you prove that?

UB: [Laughs] I think with more movies like Rampage for example or Darfur, other genres I started doing the last few years, more reality based movies also. I think I proved with a few movies already that are better than House of the Dead or Alone in the Dark, yeah? On the other hand, I also always said genre is genre. If you make a Bloodrayne: The Third Reich, you have to deliver what people are expecting, like action, gore, sex. With this movie now we did that, but it’s also clear you’re not getting an Oscar nomination for it.

Q: Would you like to win an Oscar one day.

UB: [Pouts] Absolutely. No, to say I don’t care, A, I would never get it but B, of course it’s good, it helps movies. A lot of movies got maybe no attention. You saw with The Hurt Locker for example, it tanked in the movie theaters but then it got the Oscar and a lot of people watched it on DVD and everything. It’s sometimes a very good thing for a movie.

Q:  When you look at your own films, can you tell what’s different than other films?

UB: Yeah, I can see it. I think I’m not an easy director to write about because it’s a wide variation of movies I did, so you cannot really lock me down to one genre or one way to make movies. I always try not to make the style “an Uwe Boll” movie. The style is what the story is giving me basically. When I do a Darfur movie about the genocide in Sudan or the Auschwitz movie, I have a totally different approach as I would for an action movie. If people watch it they will feel that.

Brad Pitt's Kids Need A Good Belting In 'Tree Of Life' Clip

Q: What did you think of The Tree of Life?

UB: I hated it.

Q: Why?

UB: I totally hated that movie because I feel as a filmmaker that besides the fact that Terrence Malick did some great visuals on some movies, also on The New World, like the opening of that movie was really good but then he completely lost it. I think Tree of Life is a piece of shit. Totally, and I think Sean Penn is ridiculous in it, like walking around in the elevator. It’s nothing. This is the thing. It’s so overrated because it’s Terrence Malick. Same as Lars von Trier’s movies. I like breaking the Waves. After that was all crap. The thing is he gets all the Hollywood stars, “Oh, I want to work with him” and they don’t know what kind of retard he is. I think the same with Terrence Malick. I think Terrence Malick is one of the overrated directors of all time.

Q: Is that just because it doesn’t have a story and it’s more impressionistic?

UB: Absolutely. You have to tell a story that you get a connection to something. When he starts doing after 25 minutes a National Geographic break where you see volcanoes and planets coming together. Then his dinosaur episode with Jurassic Park. You think well, what’s going on with him? What is wrong with wrong with the guy? I was not engaged to keep watching. If I would have known how this ends, I would have walked out. But I watched the whole movie because I wanted to see how it ends also. The end was I think the most pathetic thing, when they’re all at the beach hugging each other. It was fucking disastrous. It was a complete disaster and it shows also that a lot of stars have no taste. Like Sean Penn, Brad Pitt have no taste what a good movie is. They trusted the director but you have to have your own brain. I’m very mad right now because I want to do a bail out movie about the financial crisis where a guy is losing everything and then he starts killing the investment bankers. I did various offers to stars and they passed on it. So CAA gave it a good reader’s review, so they’re supporting us but William Morris gave it a bad reader review. Like I also watch Matt Damon in The Adjustment Bureau, also a piece of shit movie. It was a disaster. It was a complete disaster and a guy like Matt Damon should feel that, that this story is nothing. It’s like a mini Matrix in the normal world but it makes no sense because that agency who’s changing it all, who is that? What was the plan of these guys? Who pays them? It’s totally absurd because that agency is doing everything but not doing anything basically. Also it’s a very flat movie and I think with The Tree of Life, this was for me an embarrassment and it gets hyped up because of Terrence Malick and I didn’t like it.

Q: Well, I knew from his other movies that he was experimental.

UB: Right, because his other movies you get the feeling he tries to tell a story and cannot do it. But this was poor experimental. You cannot tell me you were not bored to death while you watched The Tree of Life.

 

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Terrence Malick Gives Projectionists Specific Instructions http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/terrence-malick-gives-projectionists-specific-instructions/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/terrence-malick-gives-projectionists-specific-instructions/#comments Fri, 03 Jun 2011 19:03:20 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214601 Watch your back, projectionists.

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Terrence Malick did not spend 4 decades working on The Tree of Life so som high school dropout could spill Faygo all over the print. But, in many theaters across the country, there’s a real risk of that happening. So Malick has released a list of helpful tips to his projectionist brethren. And here … it is:

  1. Project the film in its proper 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
  2. The correct fader setting on Dolby and DTS systems is 7. Malick asks that faders be kept at 7.5 or even 7.7, system permitting.
  3. The film has no opening credits, and the booth operator is asked to make sure the “lights down cue is well before the opening frame of reel 1.”
  4. With all the recent talk of “darkier, lousier” images, operators are asked that lamps are at “proper standard (5400 Kelvin)” and that the “foot Lambert level is at Standard 14.”

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It’ up in the air how these suggestions will be taken – either as a helpful guideline from the respected auteur behind an award-winning movie, or one more example of the Man telling working people what to do. Now, is there any way I can get Terrence Malick to come over to my house and adjust my TV’s settings? (/Film)

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Kimberly Whalen appears in Terrence Mallick’s The Tree of Life. The young actress has previously played small roles in television shows and lesser-known films, but it looks like her career is headed toward more high-profile productions. In addition to working with Terrence Mallick, she also appeared alongside Brandon Routh in Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, earlier this year.

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Fox To Stoners: Bring Your Tree Bong To ‘Tree Of Life’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fox-to-stoners-bring-your-tree-bong-to-tree-of-life/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fox-to-stoners-bring-your-tree-bong-to-tree-of-life/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 02:18:07 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213691 Fox Searchlight is trying to spark (light up?) the interest of a certain audience via Twitter.

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The twin powers of niche marketing and truth in marketing collided on Fox Searchlight‘s twitter feed. The explosion was awesome, but you’d probably appreciate it more if you were high.

Terrence Malick‘s arty film The Tree of Life stars Brad Pitt, The Big Bang, Rippling Water, Sean Penn and a large cast of Trees. Since the film is slow-paced, full of nature images and not exactly plot-driven, distributor Fox Searchlight is trying to spark (light up?) the interest of a certain audience via the following tweet:

@foxsearchlight – LA: are you aware Arclight Hollywood showtimes for TREE OF LIFE include a 4:20 screening daily?

Brad Pitt Wants His Son To Hit Him As Hard As He Can

The Cannes winner is now looking for a stoner audience, which I guess makes ridiculous sense. I wonder if the DVD release will include an “Unrated Edition” with a gratuitous hot girl on the cover and a photoshopped picture of Pitt holding a bong, wearing a Rastafarian hat, popping out from the corner. Well, first we have to have the sure-to-be-unusual-smelling screenings in theaters, which begin May 27, 2011. (Movieline)

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Jessica Chastain http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/jessica-chastain/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/jessica-chastain/#comments Mon, 23 May 2011 17:57:06 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=213228 Jessica Chastain plays a suburban mother in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life.

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Jessica Chastain plays a suburban mother in Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life. She’ll appear alongside Brad Pitt, who portrays her character’s husband in the film. Chastain started her career with stage productions, including work in several Shakespearean plays. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City.

A word from Jessica: “I was a difficult child because I wanted to be the mom.”

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‘The Tree Of Life’ Wins Palme d’Or At Cannes http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-tree-of-life-wins-palme-dor-at-cannes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-tree-of-life-wins-palme-dor-at-cannes/#comments Sun, 22 May 2011 20:48:31 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213174 It pays to not admit you're a Nazi.

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In news that will surprise probably no one except for anti-dinosaur bigots, Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. A complete list of the winners can be found below – no commentary because I haven’t seen any of the movies yet. Maybe next year I’ll be able to go to Cannes – I just invested my life’s savings in an airport for flying pigs.

Best Picture, the The Palme d’Or winner: Terrence Malick,’The Tree Of Life
The Grand Prix:  (tie): Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, ‘The Kid with a Bike’ and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, ‘Once Upon A Time In Anatolia’
Best Director: Nicolas Winding Refn -’Drive
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, ‘The Artist
Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst, ‘Melancholia
Best Screenplay Joseph Cedar, ‘Footnote’
The Jury Prize: Maïwenn, ‘Poliss’
Camera d’Or: Pablo Giorgelli, ‘Las Acacias’
Short Film Palme d’Or: Maryna Vroda, ‘Cross-Country’

There you have it. The movie I’m most excited to see is Drive, followed by The Tree of Life and Melancholia – provided all the prints of the latter aren’t thrown into a huge bonfire due to Lars Von Trier’s “Nazi” remarks. See you at Cannes next year, everybody! (The Playlist)

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The Tree of Life http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-tree-of-life/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-tree-of-life/#comments Fri, 20 May 2011 23:05:06 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=27319 Director: Terrence Malick Cast: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain Synopsis: The story centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son witnesses the loss of...

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Director: Terrence Malick

Cast: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

Synopsis: The story centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence.

Release Date: May 27, 2011

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Review: The Tree Of Life http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-tree-of-life/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-tree-of-life/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 15:55:25 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212434 It's like a really deep screen saver.

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This may surprise you, but I am not a fan of Terrence Malick. That’s right, the guy who defends the artistic merits of Jackass does not enjoy impressionistic abstract art films. Yet, of the five Malick films I have now watched as part of my film education, I had the easiest time with the tree of life. That must mean it’s terrible, but it’s the one I liked.

It’s a screen saver really. You see lots of water ripples, bird flocks, mountains, light wisps, volcanic smoke and even outer space. At least it’s totally out there. Malick portrays The Big Bang and the formation of the planet. And, of course, more trees. Always with the trees.

The CGI is amusing. A sort of dinosaur-seal on the beach looks like the third part of the Sharktopus trilogy. Dinosaurs have been done on film before. Malick could have asked to borrow Spielberg’s, or at least Peter Jackson’s. But bad CGI in an art film, I think that’s kinda funny. Either way, the more abstract segment was my favorite part of the movie.

Just In Time For Your Nap, ‘The Tree Of Life’ Trailer

It begins with a family receiving terrible news about the death of a young son in the ‘50s. Mom (Jessica Chastain) and dad (Brad Pitt) mope around wallowing in sadness. One of their surviving sons, Jack, grows up to be Sean Penn and mopes through his modern day corporate life. That’s the intro!

After that we get the nature trip. Then, the actual story kicks in and it moves forward more than any other Malick film. It’s about the cycle of abuse as the kids discover their father is abusive and the eldest learns to act out in different violent ways. Sounds obvious, but it’s portrayed in that nonlinear way.

You can do the impressionistic version of the cycle of violence story. I don’t think you get any more out of that than just narrative storytelling, but it’s another form of artistic expression. The scenes look like old family movies, only in HD. The way the camera sways and bobs makes it look more interesting, even when all the actors have their back to you. Sometimes Mom will float in midair for no reason, because it’s art, man.

S the tree of life is planted in violence, and gives way to more violence from our evolutionary origins (the dinosaurs). Even as a civil society, if Dad’s insecure about his failures at work, he’ll lash out and create violent youth. Then it wraps up with a little more screen saver and some inner child/spirit vision whatever. It’s also about letting go. I get that too.

Grown-up Jack is barely in it so Sean Penn fans will get ripped off. I also think it’s funny that Pitt is supposed to be a ‘50s dad. You can put glasses on him and grease up his hair, but he still looks like a movie star. Maybe that’s how all kids see their dads.

All the Malick fans can yell at me for oversimplifying it and missing the point, but I actually like this one. These are all positive endorsements. I know Malick makes movies designed to be interpretive. I went with him on this one, and this is MY tree of life.

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Malick Hipster-izes His Poster, Harry Potter Does Not http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/malick-hipster-izes-his-tree-of-life-poster-harry-potter-does-not/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/malick-hipster-izes-his-tree-of-life-poster-harry-potter-does-not/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 20:28:18 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204020 Terrence Malick is fully aware that the 'Tree of Life' poster looks like something Wes Anderson would do, so avert those judging eyes.

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I say “POSTER,” you say “yes, please.”

I say “POSTER,” you say “yes, please.”

And so on and so on…

Two new posters were released today. One looks like a Wes Anderson poster, and the other looks like a Harry Potter poster.

Enough with the suspense. It’s the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 poster that looks like a Harry Potter poster. A good Harry Potter poster at that. Even the most causal fan can tell that some bad stuff is gonna go down in the final episode. It is reminiscent of an HBO boxing poster, which seems very apt, considering the rivalry between HP and Lord Voldemort. “This time, it’s personal.” Get excited for the finale. Lord knows this guy is.

If that hubbub and lightning and stuff is all too overstimulating for you, then perhaps Terrence Malick‘s Tree of Life will be more up your alley. Since it’s Malick, you know it’s bound to offer slowly-panning, sweeping landscapes. Also, it will have dinosaurs. But not those ritalin-addled Jurassic Park dinosaurs. These dinosaurs will probably lumber slowly, thoughtfully and conflict-free, much like the story to his films. If the Harry Potter poster is speed, then the Malick poster would be purple drank.

Also, it would appear that he hired Wes Anderson to make his poster. And possibly his movie. (Caution: hipster futura font lies below.)

I keep scouring those little photos for Bill Murray, but no dice thus far.

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Terrence Malick’s ‘Tree Of Life’ Will Have Dinosaurs Somehow http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/terrence-malicks-tree-of-life-will-have-dinosaurs-somehow/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/terrence-malicks-tree-of-life-will-have-dinosaurs-somehow/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2011 23:40:10 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=110608 Oh good. I was afraid this movie was going to be boring.

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Oh good. I was afraid this movie was going to be boring. But now that I know that there will be dinosaurs, I’m totally there, dudes (fast-forward to May 27th and see me pissed.).

Okay. I’m not sure how but Terrence Malick‘s The Tree Of Life will somehow include dinosaurs. VFX Supervisor Dan Glass revealed that the film didn’t have a script per se, rather a set of notes that Malick has been compiling for the past 35 years. In addition, he’s submitted footage he shot back in the 1970′s to be used in the film.

To make the film more dense, the effects shots broke down into categories called realms, the Astrophysical Realm; the Microbial Realm; and the Natural History Realm. Glass comments to that saying, “I can confirm that there are dinosaurs.”

Not sure how this will all mix together with Brad Pitt hitting his kid and languid shots of wheat fields, but we’ll just have to trust Malick. He knows what he’s doing. And by that, I mean, only HE knows what he is doing. (via /Film)

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Just In Time For Your Nap, ‘The Tree Of Life’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/just-in-time-for-your-afternoon-nap-terrence-malicks-the-tree-of-life-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/just-in-time-for-your-afternoon-nap-terrence-malicks-the-tree-of-life-trailer/#comments Wed, 15 Dec 2010 17:45:59 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=12508 Fox Searchlight just dropped the trailer for Terrence Malick's next movie that I will fall asleep during.

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Fox Searchlight just dropped the trailer for Terrence Malick‘s next movie that I will fall asleep during, The Tree Of Life. Looks like Malick’s up to his old tricks: woman in sundresses spinning around in slow motion. I guess they didn’t have the budget for a tire swing this time around. Dude, should seriously consider a career in directing Tide commercials.

The film stars Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain as parents who raise a son with anger issues. That’s all the info you need to guess who Sean Penn plays in this movie. Hey, pretty though.

The Tree of Life hits theaters May 27, 2011.

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