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May 23, 2012

The Tree of Life

Director - Terrence Malick

Genre - Drama

Unreasonably inaccessible movie from notoriously rebellious filmmaker Terrence Malick. Apart from the magically stunning cinematography which has to be seen to be believed, the entire film confounded us and we struggled to understand what the hack Malick was trying to do. Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain excelled in their roles playing parents who are in deep pain after the loss of a son, but the insertions of unrelated scenes in the film poisoned the well of their performances considerably. These random scenes would make any unsuspecting person walking into the movie halfway thinking that they were watching a National Geographic special. Sean Penn's dialogue in this was like two words! He must've thought this was the easiest paycheck he'd ever gotten. We don't like our cinema experiences to be so vague we can't even decipher them. '2001: A Space Odyssey' wasn't a walk in the park but you can figure it out eventually. 'The Tree of Life' is the dreaded picture film school students will be asked about during their final exam. "What is Terrence Malick's 'The Tree of Life' about? Give your answer in not less than 2,000 words". Nobody likes to be put on the spot like that. Cinema should inspire and let our dreams sprout wings, not cut our flights of fancy short by bullying us in to submission.


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May 15, 2012

Sling Blade

Director - Billy Bob Thornton

Genre - Drama

As dirt cheap financed independent movies go, this is as good as it gets. Billy Bob Thornton's turn in the director's chair is a stroke of quiet genius, bidding its time with a story which on the surface looks like nothing but is in fact packed full of multi-layered themes. Thornton plays a well meaning simpleton with a heavy past. When he befriends a kid who sees him only as the sweet and kind man he tries so hard to be, a bond of trust and reliance form between the two. Unable to forgive or turn a blind eye to the injustices in society, the calm and peace he sought in life gives way to a darker force, lunging him ever closer to the same grave mistake he made a long time ago. Thornton's acting here is nothing short of remarkable for his 360° transformation as well as his dedication which was put into, come up with such a one of a kind character. What Tarantino did with 'Reservoir Dogs', Thornton matched that with his passion for acting and of finding the truth in human weaknesses. Whilst Tarantino tantalized us with his spitfire dialogue, Thornton did it with eliciting strong performances from his actors and in particular himself. Without any aid of prosthetic, his carefully constructed morphing into this unrecognizable character will put to shame actors who scrape by with their SAG cards. It may not have cemented Thornton as a turn of the century auteur like what 'Citizen Kane' did for Orson Welles, yet in its own small way, this movie will outlive the sum of its modest parts.


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May 2, 2012


Director - Fritz Lang

Genre - Film-Noir/Thriller

'M' is one of those films which gets under your skin. Not in a creepy or unusual way but rather it is so memorable you can't think about anything else except this film for days and days. Fritz Lang made this classy masterpiece about a serial killer who got the whole city up in arms including the mob with such care towards detail and originality it is hard to top. For anything made at that time and recent times as well. The ending will make you sit up and wonder, "What? This was made so far back?". Daring and groundbreaking for its era, this classic is an ageless and important viewing experience for lovers of cinema. Don't wait. Put that crap ('Green Lantern' is it?) away and get 'M' for Masterpiece.


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