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Monday, May 5, 2014

May Film Club

Hello everyone, thanks to all of you who were able to make it out to see Wings of Desire, I hope you enjoyed it.

MAY!  It's a new month folks and that means a new film.  For the month of May, we will be watching a film by one of my personal favorite filmmakers, Terrence Malick.  The film to which I am referring is...*drumroll* The Tree of Life.

The Tree of Life is a 2011 American epic experimental drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain.  The film chronicles the origins and meaning of life by way of a middle-aged man's childhood memories of his family living in 1950s Texas, interspersed with imagery of the origins of the universe and the inception of life on Earth.

It's not the easisest film to describe or put into a nice plot summary because it's somewhat light on narrative and heavy on the visuals, the imagery, the sounds and the emotions that are conveyed.

This is one of my absolute favorite films of all time.  Terrence Malick is a visionary director the likes of which are rarely seen these days, from his early film Days of Heaven to his epic meditation on war and humanity, The Thin Red Line, and now The Tree of Life.

In January 2012, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards:  Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography.  In the 2012 Sight & Sound critics' poll, 16 critics voted for it as one of their 10 greatest films ever made; this ranked it at #102 in the finished list (making it the third film on the list which had been released since the year 2000, behind Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love  and David Lynch's Mulholland Drive.)

This is one of those films you must see, espeically if you love film, music, art or whatever!  Just see it!

We will be meeting Thursday, May 15th at 6:15pm.  Hope to see you there!

Here's the trailer: