Keeping with the theme, I decided to take my own mom to the screening of Mama. I’m not sure if she’s forgiven me yet. [Read more...]
When I see films like this I start to think about how The Bourne Identity and its sequels have ruined the espionage genre for many people, sometimes me included. Why I say this is because it created this want for people to Bourne out on everyone they come across, fighting for survival and being totally BA. [Read more...]
There is a short list of movie topics that have a tendency to make me a little hesitant to see them, including zero to hero sports movies, revolutionary apes (sorry Rise of the Planet of the Apes), bible huggers, and racism. Ok, only the religious and racial tension films (or a combo of racism and sports) really put me on edge, but this is just because of the potential to become overly preachy. If done right then they can be great films, and if you have a soul (unlike Zac based on his review) it will be hard not to enjoy The Help. [Read more...]
The Tree of Life is an attempt to capture a snapshot of a human and our planet’s life through film and I think that Terrence Malick accomplishes this daunting task while leaving you with plenty to mull over after the credits role.
The film looks at the life of our protagonist, Jack, from his birth to his likely early teenage years. Scenes of Jack’s youth are surrounded by departures into the Earth’s origins and Jack’s later years as an adult. The future segments, relative to the main 50′s story line, are dreamlike, abstract, and seem to mainly take place on some meta-physical plain inside Jacks mind or beyond. To dive more into that might be spoiler, but the past segments you aren’t really privy too go way back; to the beginning of Earth’s and the Universe’s existence to be exact.
The film’s first forty minutes are mostly without dialogue, the majority of which is heard through voice over, but is stunningly beautiful and is accompanied by a fantastic music. Whether it’s Alexander Desplat’s score, a selection of classical music or a rousing piece of opera, the music in the film is perfectly paired with the astonishing images put on the screen. Whether Malick takes us into space and through a galaxy, intimately spying on Jack’s first crush or staring at Jack’s new born feet, we can’t look away.