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Old 12-19-2011, 02:20 PM   #11
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Sounds pretty good.


Especially the few brrs part.


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Old 12-19-2011, 05:16 PM   #12
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I'll have to now.....did Penn direct it? Semi biographical or totally fictional?


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Old 12-19-2011, 05:37 PM   #13
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I'll have to now.....did Penn direct it? Semi biographical or totally fictional?
No idea. I don't research them, I just watch em.

Make sure you read the review in Post #1. Don't say I didn't warn you.

And again, I'd watch this alone. The probability of your viewing being enjoyable is inversely proportional to the square of the number of viewers.
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:14 PM   #14
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I go to the movies almost weekly
Didn't you set the world record for Titanic or something like that?
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:07 PM   #15
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Hah! I agree!

I'm pretty sure if you like it, you'll LOVE it. If you don't like it, you'll HATE it.

It's a series of memories from Sean Penn, as an adult. In the course of a short work day, he flashes back to his childhood. He relives a complex relationship with his dominant but caring father (Brad Pitt), caring (foxy) mother, and siblings. These flashbacks convey Penn's tense relationship with his father, and the sadness and regret over the death of one brother (spoiler alert, possibly, but you'll need some spoilers to get through this movie).

Another odd thread throughout the movie is Penn's constant struggle with the existence of god. Raised christian, he often questions god about the turmoil in his life. A very long set of images describing the creation of the universe, including a dinosaur, leave no question of the religion of the director.

I liked it, a lot, but you'll need to get your chill on, perhaps have a few brrs, and prepare yourself for about 3 hours of really beautiful photography, soundtrack, and a lot of odd seemingly meaningless plot. Best viewed alone.
And I just realized I'm mixing this one up with The Fountain with Hugh Jackson that actually has the tree of life in it. I haven't seen this one.
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:53 AM   #16
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And I just realized I'm mixing this one up with The Fountain with Hugh Jackson that actually has the tree of life in it. I haven't seen this one.
Nope, not that one, but it has similar aspirations.

No doubt the greatest question in the mind of man since his cogs were cognitive were "where did we come from". Every thinking man has coped with this, every prophet attempted to answer. This movie itches that scratch. With music (watch Pitt get spiritual with Brahms) to the gothic operatic vocal sequences. Odd scenes of life (babies and children everywhere, watch the camera get lowered to their viewpoint, ala Wells' Citizen Kane) and men dieing (there's an odd scene were mama's walking away with the boy, from the front yard, and a man is writhing in the yard, seemingly from a heart attack). Other scenes depicting the state of humanity ( handicapped man, prisoner getting shoved into patrol car), kids ask god if it can happen to them, where does he live, is he watching them, they want to know what he is, what he sees. "I want to know what you are" sums up the theme.

Pitt hits the organ hard 1 hour into the movie, and it's powerful. He's a church man, disciplined, and engineer. and a pious one. Penn's character shows a lot of suppressed anger and impatience at old dad. I think this movie lays bare the inadequacies of the church in the presence of profound human sadness, such as the loss of a child. In the middle of the movie, Job is quoted by clergy. "But no, misfortune befalls the good as well." "We can't protect our children". "We vanish as a cloud." "Is there some fraud in the scheme of the universe, nothing that is deathless, nothing that does not pass away?"

This movie is a tough look at the juxtaposition of the loss of a child in in the presence of god's grace. I think
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I haven't seen the movie but I would like to. It was filmed in the town that I live in (Smithville TX).
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:27 PM   #18
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it should have came with a warning that it was NOT a movie but an art piece. if you appreciate art on any level you would like it. just dont go thinking it's going to be like a movie.

Just watched his other movie last night "The Thin Red Line", very similar. He probably has the best cinematography of any director out there
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Old 12-25-2011, 03:45 PM   #19
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This was the worst movie ever. I had no idea what was going on.
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:09 PM   #20
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it should have came with a warning that it was NOT a movie but an art piece. if you appreciate art on any level you would like it. just dont go thinking it's going to be like a movie.

Just watched his other movie last night "The Thin Red Line", very similar. He probably has the best cinematography of any director out there
Even better, IMO, were Badlands and Days of Heaven from the 70s. Terence Malick was big, then didn't direct for two decades.


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