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Poster for Terrence Malick's TREE OF LIFE has a lot going on!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. With Cannes quickly approaching, Tree of Life is finally on the brink of release. People will see it, holy shit! And soon after Cannes the rest of us will be allowed to finally take in the latest bit of gorgeousness from Terrence Malick.

The new poster hit today and you can take a gander below. I was immediately reminded of the poster for I Heart Huckabees, but with even more shit going on. Most of the little images on the poster were from the trailer and I like that... a lot. I know all I need to know, I just want to see the story unfold...



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  • March 28, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Very cool poster.

    by MaxDembo1

    Can't wait for this one.

  • March 28, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Fresh and ballsy.

    by jimmy_009

    I like it.

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  • March 28, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to this movie

    by Rebel Scumb

    I've liked all of Malick's films, especially Thin Red Line & Days of Heaven

  • March 28, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Cue the Sean Penn Liberal Bashing in...

    by DangerDave

    3 2 1

  • March 28, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn is a libtard dick

    by ReportAbuse


  • March 28, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Thank you reportabuse

    by DangerDave

  • March 28, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Dinosaur two little images under the title

    by Clabog592

    This is without a doubt, my most anticipated movie of the year. The trailer alone is breathtaking

  • March 28, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    This movie will be about EVERYTHING in the visible universe...

    by kidicarus

  • March 28, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn

    by imagin78

    Sean Penn was too liberal with the retard in "I Am Sam."

  • March 28, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    new pearl jam album?

    by krazy8kat

    Is Eddie Vedder doing the music?

  • March 28, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn is a big Pearl Jam fan...

    by MaxCalifornia.

    ...wonder if he gave Terry M. a copy of No Code?

  • March 28, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Jessica Chastain: I'd hit it.


  • March 28, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Good call on No Code.

    by HoboCode

    Does look a little like it. That may be PJ's most underrated almbum.

  • March 28, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    braindrain: Do you see the sailboat?


  • March 28, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST


    by zillabeast

    Omg colour me eggcited!!

  • March 28, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn is a big Pearl Necklace fan.

    by theKRELL

    Wears them with 'pride' he does.

  • March 28, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Can't Wait till this Actually Opens

    by djscott95

    So I can hear all of these people who are raving about it now bitch about how slow and boring it actually is. It happens every time Malick releases a film. It will be beautiful, but it will tell a story that takes 20 minutes to tell in just under three hours, and all of these "can't wait to see it" people will be right back here bitching about it. Search your heart. You know I'm right.

  • March 28, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Its the end of the world!

    by D.Vader

  • March 28, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    I was thinking about Sean Penn today...

    by D.Vader

    Remembering that year Jude Law was in 16 movies, Chris Rock hosted the Oscars, mentioned how if you want your movies to make money, cast a movie star like Tom Cruise, not Jude Law (like "Who is Jude Law?"). It was obviously a joke, and what does Sean Penn do when he gets onstage? Gets oh so serious and self-important and says "And to answer Chris's question, Jude Law is one of our finest actors," or something like that. Even if I thought it was a bit much. Get over it, dude.

  • March 28, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Oh shit, that IS a dinosaur!

    by D.Vader

    Will we see it grab a bone and toss it into the air in slow-motion?

  • March 28, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    I'm Obsessed. Would Kill To See This Today.

    by Crow3711

    And yes. That IS a fucking dinosaur. Holy shit, cinephiles unite. This is going to be beautiful.

  • March 28, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Tree of Life opens in the UK before Cannes

    by kwisatzhaderach

    May 4th.

  • March 28, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    I Remember That D.Vader

    by Crow3711

    An hilarious example of someone just taking everything way too seriously. It was a good joke, and everyone knew there was a tiny bit of truth to it, but the entire world laughed at him when he said that. Chris Rock told a fucking joke dude. You look like an asshat.

  • March 28, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Screencap Gallery: The Movie!

    by StarWarsRedux

  • Or have Christopher Nolan talk to you through his "characters" for 2.5 hours at a time?

  • March 28, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn is a chode.


    But he's a talented actor. A talented actor who needs a director who can keep him in check, unlike, say, Gus Van Zant, who let Penn go "full queertard" in MILK.

  • March 28, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn might be the best actor in the game

    by Stifler's Mom

    and yes, he's got excellent taste in music

  • March 28, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Nah, stifler's mom. Jeff Bridges is the best actor in the game.


  • March 28, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    just lost the game

    by mynamesdan

    fuck you both

  • March 28, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    I predict wheat.

    by ROBRAM89

  • March 28, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Bridges is up there, granted

    by Stifler's Mom

    but I think Penn might have the edge. And the director's name is spelled Gus Van Sant. Come on, Choppah, any diehard Harvey Milk fan like yourself should know that.

  • March 28, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    You're both wrong, the_choppah & stifler's mom

    by dahveed1972

    Daniel Day Lewis. Unless quantity is a factor.

  • March 28, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Poster looks like a ripoff of...

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    ...either the last shot of "Mr. Holland's Opus", or the title credits shot of "Love Actually". Take your pick.

  • March 28, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST



    Good call on Day Lewis. I'm willing to concede a tie.

  • March 28, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Van Zant ... Van Sant. Who cares?


    Skynyrd sucks too.

  • March 28, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST


    by dahveed1972

    Somebody (not me) said that he was the least self-conscious actor of all time. And that was the root of his greatness. Penn and DDL are both method actors, with Day Lewis taking it to the furthest extreme. I would say that Penn inhabits his roles, whereas DDL creates his characters (ill take his deerslayer over Cooper's caricature any day) as if from nothing. Both have plenty of talent, but i dont think anyone works harder than DDL. Believe me, it's extremely difficult to do what he does, and partially explains why his oevre seems sparse. Still, I wish he were more prolific, maybe gave the cabinet making a rest. My two cents...

  • March 28, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by Spielbergs Furious Racism


  • March 28, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    dahveed1972: I agree.


    I was watching Gangs of New York the other night. The man is a living, breathing natural disaster in that movie. Holy shit. I'd love to see him or Mel Gibson take on the role of Captain Ahab.

  • March 28, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Better than giant floating heads on crotches!

    by aphextwin

    I'm very much looking forward to see this on the biggest screen possible

  • March 28, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    There is indeed a dinosaur in that poster.


    Here's an early mini review of the movie, courtesy /film: "It’s a mystical exploration of the meaning of life, a journey in which a microcosm of a family mirrors the world; the differences between man and woman, husband and wife, are mirrored against nature and grace. It will change the language of movies. It’s a real event. People will say, ‘what the fuck is this?’"

  • March 28, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    "People will say, ‘what the fuck is this?’"


    That's exactly what I want from movies.

  • March 28, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    brilliant, I love it.

    by Monolith_Jones

    Finally something truly unique

  • March 28, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    an overreaching poster for an overeaching movie.

    by claxdog

  • March 28, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    This reminds me of that insane, overreaching film idea that he comes up with in Adaptation, where it starts with the Big Bang and then goes to volcanoes and amoeba on Earth, etc. Hopefully this doesn't end up being as pretentious as that would have.

  • March 28, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Oh my god.

    by Rhuragh

    I think I just came. I cannot fucking wait for this movie.

  • March 28, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    dahveed1972, that was Robin Williams who said that about Bridges.

    by tamethecunt

    After working w/ him in Gilliam's Fisher King.

  • And there is no justice in this world. But that is a great poster.

  • March 28, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Oh, and greatest working actor alive today?

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Gotta give it to Daniel Day. He drinks my milkshake.

  • March 28, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Malick can overreach all he wants.

    by grendel69

    I appreciate that his style of film making is so different than everyone elses. I hope he makes 100 more films. Malicks overreaches? 99.9% of films dont reach for anything. People like to shit on the Fountain, but Id rather watch a interesting failure than a film that tries to achieve nothing anyday. I love Malicks films. This one was completed awhile ago - sucks we have to wait so long to see it. Ill be seeking this one out opening day.

  • March 28, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    braindrain: not that box office matters...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...but that more people would see and appreciate this film, rather than another soulless Hollywood "product" - that would be justice.

  • March 28, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the info!

    by dahveed1972

    Although RW is notorious for stealing other peoples lines/jokes/quips. Like the line that "cocaine is gods way of telling you you have too much money." (originally said by Richard Pryor). Ill go with RW though til i hear differently. Thanks

  • March 28, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    You never go full retard!

    by notcher

    And I never miss a chance to see a Terrence Malick film. Maybe one of my most anticipated films ever! Can not wait! Fucking goosebumps whenever I watch the trailer.

  • March 28, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST


    by byronical

    No interest.

  • March 28, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    I want to buy that poster

    by CountryBoy

  • March 28, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn tied up his wife and beat her with a baseball bat

    by golden tribw The wife was Madonna, but no jokes about how she deserved it. It's disgusting and Penn is a piece of shit.

  • March 28, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    sure choppah here you go

    by claxdog

    Opening shot: Big bang following shot: a time lapse of the first 4.5 billion years on earth shown in about 1 min cut to the most beautiful film ever of brad pitt making googly eyes at his kids feet followed by 2+ hours of the prettiest shot family drama followed by 45 minutes of the most elegant shots of sean penn looking all old wrinkly and mushed faced like a male renee zellweger. next we cut to 5 minute time lapse of the end of the universe. roll credits.

  • March 28, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    This Does Look Interesting

    by D o o d

    but from my previous experiences with Malick films, I know this will be pretentious bullshit! Here's hoping that it doesn't suck!

  • March 28, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    I wish I cared about that poster and that film...

    by Gwynplaine

    but I don't.

  • March 28, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    After the disaster that was "The Thin Red Line"...

    by Atticus Finch

    ...there's no way I'd sit through a Malick film in a theater again. Fooled me once and all that.

  • March 28, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Scarlett Johanssons

    by D o o d

    got a beating coming to her!

  • The SYMBOLISM in that poster... fucking hell, it is incredible. The way arms are outstretched, the framing... so much alchemy in this poster, it's like Renaissance artwork! Absolutely amazing.

  • March 28, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    "After the disaster that was The Thin Red Line..."

    by la_sith

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA. Let me guess: SAVING PRIVATE RYAN was a better movie about war. Really now. Yeah, THE THIN RED LINE, one of the most poignant, beautiful films about war, man and nature - what a turd.

  • March 28, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Will there be lots of trees blowing in the wind???

    by BobParr

    Let's all show everybody how smart we are by pretending to love these boring, pretentious filmmaker.

  • March 28, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn must smell like an ashtray....

    by BobParr

    and ScarJo's love juices. Prick!

  • March 28, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn & Eddie Vedder

    by BobParr

    Do two bigger douche bags exist?

  • March 28, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Why can't I bash Sean Penn without it being a liberal thing?

    by Andy Pandy

    I share a most of the same political views being a liberal myself but he seems like a self righteous blowhard

  • March 28, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Is this the same movie?

    by PumaPride

  • March 28, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST


    by PumaPride

  • I know of fewer upcoming movies with each year, but there are always a couple that stand out for me. This year, it's "The Tree of Life" and "Super 8." Maybe the Spielberg double header in December. Other than that, I'll have to count on word of mouth and promotional material closer to the other movies' release dates.

  • March 28, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST


    by GravyAkira

    This movie #1 on my gotta see list!

  • March 28, 2011, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Douglas Trumbull....

    by spidar40

    ...apparently there is very little C.G. in this film due to Trumbulls involvment. It's a goddamn shame that his directing efforts aren't more celebrated then they are. A goddamn shame.

  • March 28, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Trumbull's directing efforts, that is...

    by spidar40

  • March 28, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    lots of fuckwits too, braindrain

    by Wookie_Weed

    you being numero uno. bobparr up there with you.

  • March 28, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    will this be the most artful 'end-of-the-world' movie ever?

    by BigBudget

    I mean we see flashes of people walking in a desert, earlier some type of asteroid hits the earth. Sean Penn reflecting on his youth. He has achieved success from an overbearing father. But just as he is experiencing the fruits of his labor, the world is starting to end. see a flooded house, people dropping to their knees in an arid plateau. Penn stopping to marvel at running water. or is it just re-creating how life started. martian bacteria were on that asteroid, that mixed in with the elements of earth created us. I am half being stupid here, but half not.

  • March 28, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    I Genuinely Appreciate Malick

    by Aquatarkusman

    Especially since he's a fellow Texan, but the moment I hear some cornpone Southern-fried voice-over reading the poems out of his high school Trapper Keeper, I'm puncturing my eardrums and enjoying the movie for the visuals. When it comes to framing and photographing shots, he's just slightly below Kubrick and Tarkovsky.

  • March 29, 2011, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Gee, and we used to see the whole movie in the TRAILER

    by FeralAngel

    In this case we see it in the poster. Is the movie studio desperate much? That's flop sweat on a major scale. It's a nice try, but nope, not gonna see the movie. The dinosaur in the stream looks fake.

  • March 29, 2011, 1:40 a.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    I was just watching Catch Me If You Can, so I got a bespectacled Hanks on my mind.

  • March 29, 2011, 1:42 a.m. CST


    by RentonRiggs

    That nine pixels of dinosaur in the middle of the poster looks fake!!! (probably because dinosaurs are extinct, is my guess)

  • March 29, 2011, 4:36 a.m. CST

    by Kained_but_Able

    Each one of these small images could be its own blockbuster. Malick is a true modern genius.

  • March 29, 2011, 5:58 a.m. CST

    The New World was a great, GREAT film.

    by Mr Gorilla

  • March 29, 2011, 6:51 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    You even got dinosaurs. But no people of color. What a racist.

  • March 29, 2011, 6:54 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • March 29, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    mattman: That's some fine trolling there.


    Terry Malick and I go way back, but I assure you he doesn't take shit like that personally. But some of the fanboys in here are going to be after your balls today.

  • March 29, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    One can already sense the

    by Brian Hopper

    ambition, scope and power of this film a la Kubrick in 2001. Like ALL of Malick's other work, this will certainly be a wonder to behold. The only remaining question is will it be (a) a work of genius like The Thin Red Line and Badlands or (b) a work of near-genius like Days of Heaven and The New World. I'm guessing (a).

  • March 29, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . . .

    by chewyou812

  • March 29, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    who's Terrence Malick?

    by spidercoz

    some new guy?

  • March 29, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Tracking shots are "pretentious"?

    by Brian Hopper

    Lamest observation ever. Strike that. Lamest observation ever is that a month after a Malick film "no one remembers it."

  • March 29, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    What? The provincial, taste-challenged

    by Brian Hopper

    cretin-boys who make up a significant portion of the AICN readership — who spooge all over the likes of hack Zack Snyder and funny book movies that any normal person would find unbearable — are bashing Malick? Gee, what a surprise.

  • March 29, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Thin Red Line=horseshit New World=tough to sit through...

    by kidicarus

    But nevertheless very fulfilling.

  • March 29, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Life is too short...

    by Veraxus

    Life is too short for Terrence Malick films. I could just as easily stare at my desktop wallpaper for two hours straight. And yet, I keep subjecting myself to his films. What's wrong with me?

  • March 29, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn is One of Our Best Actors

    by Jack Desmondi

    Who cares if he's a self-important, clueless liberal in real life. Does not diminish my respect for his work on screen

  • March 29, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    I really like that other Tree of Life poster...

    by Knuckleduster

    The one with the baby's foot being held in a pair of hands. Beautiful picture. My most anticipated film of the year.

  • March 29, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST


    by DrPepperPHD

    Hard R or GTFO!!11 ;-) The trailer was lovely. Also, Sissy Spacek played an extraordinary piece of jailbait in Badlands although she may have been in her early twenties at the time.

  • March 29, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Talkbackers on here depress me.

    by la_sith

    Malick-bashing is more evidence of society's decline into Idiocracy.

  • March 29, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    la_sith - don't be depressed man

    by D o o d

    it's just a differing of opinion. You like Malicks movies and that's ok. Not everyone digs his stuff, like myself. Just cause I don't like Malicks movies does not mean they're not valid. Plenty of people do. Apart from the abusive comments try and understand the point of view of the people who don't like his stuff. Malick fans compare him to Kubrick, this is crazy. Kubrick was a master film maker. He directed Spartacus when he was 30. If you have seen Spartacus then you'll know what an incredible challenge that was. 2001, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket! I mean the guy layed down some serious footprints in the history of cinema. On the other hand Malicks movies are just supposed to be deep and meaningful. I don't get the love for him but I get that you love his stuff!