My friend Joe Meyers knows as much as Anthony Wiener does about posting viral pix on yfrog. He found this sign at the Avon in Stamford. Apparently, “The Tree of Life” is a little too out there for even art-house audiences.
The epic, artistically ambitious “Tree of Life” was highly anticipated by fans who are kept starved by unprolific director, Terrence Malick. Over four decades, Malick has directed six feature films. His first work, Badlands, is mesmerizing for reasons I just can’t grasp. It was on Turner Classic Movies a few months ago, and was chosen on the Frank Decaro Show listeners were to view and discuss.
I would say the 1973 Sissy Spacek/Martin Sheen movie had a strange, haunting quality to it. “Tree” sounds simply strange and I’m completely on the fence about whether to see it or not. Salon wrote a good explainer for the piece that sort of nudges me into the theater, despite the film’s length and apparently unsatisfying resolution. Somebody out there please tell me what to do.
“Hollywood seems to have room for only one reclusive and very slow working genius at a time and Malick is filling that slot now,” says Mr. Meyers.