terrence malick directs
you feel a sort of personal antipathy towards period movies due to their inability to apply existentially to your experiences on earth
you see the trailer for 'the tree of life' and think, 'seems like a less narrative-oriented version of "revolutionary road"' and consistently return to this thought whenever thoughts of the movie 'arise'
you deduce from an article on 'hipster runoff' that there are dinosaur sequences in the movie and think, 'whoa, kind of want to see this now'
you read the wikipedia page for 'the tree of life' and feel confused about the casting of sean penn as brad pitt's son, and develop further feelings of ambivalence toward seeing the movie
you read an article in 'variety' describing the movie as 'more art than cinema' or something and feel annoyed, like... 'if this is art then it's probably boring, abstract, museum-y, etc. and not something that will appeal to me on a basic emotional level... so like... why watch it?'
you 'cave' due to overwhelming desires to experience a movie with a 'cosmic scope', which you have trouble discerning the definition of
you watch the movie over the course of ~3 sittings and consistently do 'other shit' while the movie plays in the periphery
you pause the movie several times to attempt to find interviews with the director, terrence malick, but only happen upon this:
you return to the wikipedia article and feel interested in reading about the special effects in the movie
you find an article saying that the 'sfx' bro who did some of the scenes worked on '2001: a space odyssey'
you finish watching the movie and return to the original state of ambivalence re 'period pieces' and 'abstract narratives' you felt after watching the trailer, but with a heightened sense that maybe some of the events occurred in the life of the director, and validate them in an existential sense
you feel compelled to watch more movies like 'the tree of life' and 'melancholia' that juxtapose planet-level enormity with 'relatable' images of 'modern life' and recall 'diebuster' with positive sentiments
- ► 2012 (10)
- vimeo.com account review: john campbell
- trailer: 'dead midgets'
- movie critique: 'another earth'
- movie critique: 'putty hill'
- movie critique: 'the tree of life'
- trailer: 'girlfriend'
- two sleeping beauties, one year
- trailer: 'being elmo'
- movie critique: 'midnight in paris'
- trailer: 'in time'
- movie critique: 'limitless'
- trailer: 'angels crest'
- trailer: 'young adult'
- trailer: 'project x'
- trailer: 'like crazy'
- trailer: 'chronicle'
- ▼ November 2011 (16)