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Have You Been To THE TREE OF LIFE Website Yet?

Nordling here.

After SUPER 8, this is my most anticipated film of the summer.  Terrence Malick's THE TREE OF LIFE, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain, seems enigmatic and mysterious.  Ostensibly it's about a man (Sean Penn) dealing with his childhood and his overbearing father (Brad Pitt), but there's so much amazing imagery in the trailer and early reviews are comparing it to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.  At this point, no one is quite sure what the film is about, and I love that.  A Malick film is always something to be celebrated, and as I'm a sentimental guy this film seems tailor-made for my sensibilities.

The website for the film is now live, at and right off the bat we're given some of the amazing visuals of the film.  You can choose two paths on the site - The Father's Way and The Mother's Way, and each path has little snippets of scenes and images from the film.  Each scene has an intriguing title that doesn't reveal much - titles like "Our sun has become a white dwarf. A remnant of the earth trails behind it." or "All a chaos" or "They do not endure by maintaining their rigidity."  The scenes seem to have little or no dialogue.  For some this all may come across as pretentious, but for me it's fascinating.  I have no idea what to expect from this film, and that's just the way I like it.  THE TREE OF LIFE will be released this summer from Fox Searchlight.

Nordling, out.

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  • April 8, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Can't wait

    by kK stoned

    This sounds like it will be an amazing film, and the trailer wasn't too shabby either.

  • April 8, 2011, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Easily my most anticipated film of 2011

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    Malick has few peers. Every film he has created is pure art.

  • April 8, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Paul Walker is GOD!!!

    by notcher

    But "The Tree of Life" looks awesome!!!

  • April 8, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    I don't have time to dick around on websites.

    by JuanSanchez


  • April 8, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST

    AFTER Super 8?

    by Bloo

    I mean I can respect anyone's opinion and Super 8 looks good, but how could you be anticipating that more then THIS?

  • April 9, 2011, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Why would Spielberg produce a movie for a guy aping him?

    by JuanSanchez

    I don't get it.

  • April 9, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST

    That web site breaks all the rules, and not in a good way.

    by Royston Lodge

    Quick, someone submit that web site to Do it now!

  • April 9, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    "This website is completely baffling and incoherent..."

    by Royston Lodge

    "... it MUST be a MASTERPIECE!" I may withhold my $10 on this movie out of spite, simply as punishment for that retarded web site. If there's one thing I hate more than a shitty movie, it's a shitty web site.

  • April 9, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    If you don't have massive bandwidth and a blazing CPU...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...then Terrence Mallick doesn't care if you see his movie.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Now we're ragging on movie websites?

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    I think we've come to the end of the line and have run out of legitimate things to bitch about. Since I have massive amounts of bandwidth though, and a blazing fast CPU, the stuff I found on the site looks fantastic. Count me as someone now interested...

  • April 9, 2011, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Wish the clips were


    a BIT longer, though. Website is v cool otherwise and movie looks awesome. But yeah, I mean, they last like 3 seconds each? heh

  • April 9, 2011, 1:51 a.m. CST

    don't care

    by JaredP

    my most anticipated films of the summer are 1. captain america 2. pirates of the carribbean: on stranger tides 3. thor 4. green lantern 5. transformers 3 6. super 8 7. x-men: first class

  • April 9, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Choosing Abrams over Malick? it's a sick sad world we live in

    by IndustryKiller!

    The director of Mission: Impossible 3 and Star Trek Redux over the director of Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, and The New World. Just think about that for a second and I dare your brain not to melt.

  • Part of that 38 billion dollar deal

  • April 9, 2011, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Oscar Bait: The Motion Picture

    by Mel

    Starring: People who always win stuff

  • April 9, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Trailer in the Web-Code

    by PumaPride

    I found this link for this trailer in the code on the site.

  • April 9, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST your list of most anticipated films of the year

    by tritium

    are derived almost exclusively from comic books. Comic Books !!!!! You can't see me, but I just executed a serious face palm maneuver, followed by a triple lulz head shake, and finished off with a plaintive sigh.

  • April 9, 2011, 4:34 a.m. CST



    I was watching ads today for this and other movies and games and shit and it suddenly made me wonder whether I enjoy ads a lot more than the actual thing...the anticipation, the potential and the promise...maybe I should just watch fucking ads or promos or previews all day for movies n books n dvds n cds n games etc, and forget the actual products may not work for you, though

  • April 9, 2011, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Hell yeah Viggeo.... I aint never seen that 'afore...

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    that cracked me up. Now if only that George Clooney is dead fella would respond.

  • April 9, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    "For some this all may come across as pretentious"....

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    From what I've seen in my life, the people quickest to dismiss something as "pretentious" are the people most threatened by anything that isn't impressed by their conviction that they already know everything. Fuck the goggle-eyed, attention-deficited, hype-addled fanboys and crybabies who want the world - or at least Hollywood - to revolve around them. Malick rules. There will be some "entertainment" on our movie screens this summer, but there weill be very little art. This is the latter.

  • April 9, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    It looks like an amazing piece of film-making...

    by vorlonkosh

    I just hope the story is as interesting as the visuals. It looks like it could be one of those drawn out, boring movies that gets tons of accolades, that nobody sees more than once.

  • April 9, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    This will bomb just like all his other hard to follow movies.

    by claxdog

  • April 9, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Sorry but I'll never see it...

    by vezner2007

    I haven't ever enjoyed a Sean Penn movie and I refuse to watch him in anything else. The man really sucks.

  • April 9, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    No, i haven't been to the tree of life website, why do you ask?

    by Arkhaminmate001

  • April 9, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST


    by Life Proof

    Sorry your tiny brain can't handle basic plot structure without having it spoonfed. Did you like Transporter 3?

  • April 9, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    and the oscar for most pretentious crap this year goes to...

    by alienindisguise

    this movie.

  • April 9, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    The Genetics of Movie Characters....

    by frakthetoasters

    Hard to believe a character with Brad Pitt playing his father would turn out in middle age to look like Sean Penn, unless the BP character married a purse....

  • April 9, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    The Tree of Life: Not the future of movies.

    by James_Camera_On

    >After SUPER 8, this is my most anticipated film of the summer. Well, that was weak but at least Mr. Nordling didn't say: "After Transformers III, this is my most anticipated film of the summer." I believe those commentators who say "The Tree of Life" is going to bomb are probably correct. I'm resigned to the future of movies being Transformers III. While I obviously do not know, I have hopes, confidence actually, that "The Tree of Life" will be a great film. If it's boxoffice death, at least Malick tried. Abrahms, Bay, etc. never do and that is what the public increasingly wants.

  • April 9, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Check out the clip

    by Tristan

    of the kid swimming out of the house with stuffed toy in foreground. Looks fantastic.

  • April 9, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Pitt in old makeup = LAME-O!

  • This movie looks like more of a snorefest to me. Artsy-fartsy? Yes. But it looks rather bland and boring. Who knows. We'll have to wait and see.

  • April 9, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    @phucko Have all the bats left the bell tower?

    by Ms. 45

  • April 9, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    All in cerebrally and potential

    by bobbofatz

    Accolades galore. A smart/fun thrill ride of a flick? No bueno!

  • April 9, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    The symbolism couldn't be any more heavy handed!

    by Andy Pandy

    We're all just cosmic dust. The rhythmns and cycles of the solar systems mirror the cycles of life. Wank, wank! It looks gorgeous though.

  • April 9, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    RIP Sidney Lumet

    by TheMcflyFarm

    and RIP Liam Neeson's cameo in The Hangover 2.

  • April 9, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Here's a better question...

    by dagwood

    does anyone here know that Sidney Lumet passed away?

  • Think about it.

  • April 9, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST


    by Keith

    Calm down, folks. There isn't an obituary race.

  • April 9, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST


    by thommcg

    So it'll be boring like his other movies?

  • April 9, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Well played, viggeo_morgenstein

    by Lucky13

    "When do you graduate from middle school?" Hilarious. I was gonna comment on that list, but you summed it up perfectly.

  • April 9, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST


    by Sithtastic

    If it is, it'll be as a "sleeper" and I mean that to be kind. Summer really isn't the season for Malick, whose atmospheric and mood driven narrative is something of an acquired taste. I genuinely liked the New World, but I can see why a lot of people didn't. All this said, I really like what I've seen thus far and I look forward to what will no doubt a cerebral gem in a summer filled with blockbuster noise (all of which I will no doubt see, regardless).

  • April 9, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    I Can't Wait For This... It's My Most Anticipated Film Of The Summer

    by NeonFrisbee

    I really love Mallick and this looks amazing. Is it just me, or do some of these clips have an almost Enter The Void feeling to them? Also, interesting that both Mallick and Von Triers are doing apocalyptic films.

  • April 9, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST


    by claxdog

    no I didnt.I see you cant argue the fact that all his movies bomb ,outside people who think they are smarter than they are no one cares about this guys movies that is just a fact. I will see this movie (not in theater) just like I have seen all his other way overrated movies. This just "smells" like the fountain to me.

  • April 9, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Life proof

    by claxdog

    i bet you loved sucker punch.

  • April 9, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Best movie of this generation...already?! What?!

    by starlesswinter7

    Some of the comments on that website are just ridiculous. No one's seen more than a few out-of-context minutes of the film, and people are already literally calling it the best film ever made. Or how a 5 second clip brings out "serious, deep emotions in me". Please. Talk about hyperbole. I hate when people make up their minds before seeing anything.

  • April 9, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    R.I.P Sidney Lumet.

    by alan_poon

    What a C.V the man had. I only watched The Hill on Wednesday oddly enough.

  • April 9, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Finally sat down and watched the blu of The New World

    by Mandolorian

    It was long, but very well done. I don't know about this one, but I'll check it out when it comes out on video.

  • April 9, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    pumapride, thanks

    by Mennen

  • April 9, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    fuck this movie, fuck terrance mallik


    however the fuck you spell his name. bring on Transformers 3 haha.

  • April 9, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    I will check out this movie


    right before I flush it after it comes out of my asshole.

  • April 9, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    NP Mennen, NP

    by PumaPride

    Spread da word.

  • April 9, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    The Best Part

    by Shubniggorath

    Is how quickly the backlash against this movie will begin. I give it 2 days after release. And stop comparing things to 2001 or I will summon the ghost of Stanley to haunt you... GHOST KUBRICK??? ZOINKS!!!

  • If 2001 was released for the first time today it wouldnt be a very good movie. its too slow for an ADD ravaged society...and the technology is outdated. And there are simliar movies that are more entertaining. So that sounds about right. I expect Tree of Life to be slow, pointless, and irrelevant.

  • April 9, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    They just axed Neeson's part in Hangover II, I'm getting irritated with that shit

    by LegendarySpartanBlood

  • April 9, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by Smack_Teddy

    anything and everything may as well be wank when it comes down to some of the bullshit analysis/opinions of certain people here on the talk back... you lot truly fucking suck, i pity you

  • April 9, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    "Why would Spielberg produce a movie for a guy aping him?"

    by Smack_Teddy

    a) He knows a fuck load better than you do b) Well, he produced Transformers & Eagle Eye, so bugger it, the kid done good.

  • April 9, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by PumaPride

    Seriously if you haven't check out this video take a look, it was in the code for the Tree of Life Website.

  • April 9, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    wow melgibsoncalledmethenword, are you actually that retarded?

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    and I fucking quote, "If 2001 was released for the first time today it wouldnt be a very good movie. its too slow for an ADD ravaged society...and the technology is outdated. And there are simliar movies that are more entertaining." Let's just break that down piece by stupifying piece shall we? "If 2001 was released for the first time today it wouldnt be a very good movie." Maybe the most useless comment I have ever come across after over ten years at this troll-shack. So if a film regarded as the greatest sci-fi of all time and is noted for being pure cinema came out over 40 years later for the first time(????) you're saying it wouldn't be any good? Art is fucking art you feeble minded dolt. 2001 is STILL amazing today. The fact that you do not get it does not suprise me in the least. What does suprise me is that somehow you learned to breathe.... whew... Next we have this. "and the technology is outdated." Now it was at this point that I decided that you weren't joking and were instead just really sad. Seriously I feel for your parents/ carers. There they are, stuck in a rut, probably wiping runny shit from your ass whilst you spout out baseless 'facts' that makes them want to throttle you to your death. I want to go on but I'm feeling depressed about the future of man. God is Dead and you're the fucking proof.

  • April 9, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    It's all opinion anyway. Somebody somewhere rates Glitter at No. 1

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    Kinda like Micheal Bay apolpogists...

  • April 9, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST

    apolpogists.... damn.. Ironic?

    by Nomoredirtyanything

  • April 9, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    i can't identify with anyone who thinks Thin Red Line was a snorefest

    by Smack_Teddy

    what the fuck does deliberately paced mean? Like what, no one usually deliberately paces their films these days? This shit makes me want to Pi myself

  • April 9, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    It's mostly Flash and it slows my 'puter to a crawl

    by justmyluck

    I'm pretty sure all those mini-movies are not streaming and load into the Flash plugin-container.exe or SOMETHING - which overloads either the plugin or the browserS I've tried because everything just comes to a crawl until I force quit. Also, trying to navigate that rotating picture 'menu' to select the different clips is like some obtuse video game. The poster is made up of different pictures, so here's an idea - click on a picture, that picture goes blank and you get a streaming video clip...ta-daaa.

  • April 9, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    ...isn't all Flash video SUPPOSED to be streaming? Maybe they need a separate window or browser frame to 'off-load' those video clips (I haven't used Flash for years).

  • April 9, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    I want to see this movie so bad, but I'm afraid to.

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    The trailer ruined me for weeks. I'm all for movies that make you think, but I have a feeling this movie would make me go crazy thinking about things for months.

  • April 9, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST


    by matt

    Looks pretentious and boring. Pass

  • April 10, 2011, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Actually…I kinda measure everything by "Blade Runner"

    by blakindigo

    if it's dystopian SF.

  • April 10, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Braindrain is absolutely...

    by justmyluck

    ... posting deliberately stupid statements (which require correction) to disrupt the talkback and draw attention to himself as trolling agenda. Nota bene!

  • April 10, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    viggeo_morgenstein don't mistake slow for considered

    by Smack_Teddy

    look up 'deliberate' in a dictionary you fucking fuck. Forgive me if I'm getting a bit Osborn Cox here, uptight over a technical complexity your obviously simplifying in what i see as an utterly reductive way, but it just gets on my fucking nerves with all the other comments, from pricks clearly spoon-fed Ritalin & a whole load of ADD-culture-nurture since a young impressionable age. Twats. "Looks pretentious and boring. Pass" I'm quoting the thick of it again: "... You don't deserve TO LIVE!"

  • April 10, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Oh and for the record, you guys don't get it with Braindrain

    by Smack_Teddy

    his mission or roll is to stir up as much shit as possible, trying to scramble or make opinion heads clash, or just troll in general to try make some bullshit point that only exists in his head. And everyone falls for it, hook line and sinker. I engage with the goat-fucker only when he seriously tones it down and just shows his humorous light hearted side, because God Knows, he's got fuck all else to offer other than pulling this shit that proves nothing to anyone other than himself. Except for, i don't know, the basic obvious point any twat-prick-with-teething/rotting issues-for-brains could make that peoples buttons can be pushed and them wound up. Yeah Braindrain! Your the f-----g Puppetmaster! No, your the annoying wind-up brat everyone wants to slap until they realise what a deluded infant you are with way to much time on your hands.

  • April 10, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by Smack_Teddy

    yes, people come here to post opinions based on their love and passion for cinema and the audio-visual entertainments and arts and express their thoughts and feelings, not to nihilistically troll in the most simple reductive way if they can help it its true. Coming from me this is bad: get the fuck over yourself.

  • April 10, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    aye halfbreed

    by Smack_Teddy

    this is all Braindrain has when it comes down to it and its getting pretty desperate & pathetic now... its like an alternate universe version of Jimmy the Rabbit from Wormwood, only/where someone dropped the poor fucker on his head at birth and he has to make do with what he's got that passes for a brain with insight and wit and making any kind of effective point. When he's not being a dumb bitch douche & a total joke of a Grandad who had a stroke at performing inception and intercepting peoples minds, hes ok... which is about roughly 10% of the time relatively.

  • April 10, 2011, 11:50 p.m. CST

    halfbreedqueen, yep, almost done with this sad sad scrotum-cuntwad

    by Smack_Teddy

  • you remind me of the sad prick who unlike others that go through a hard time, can't deal with your dad dropping dead from cancer and never loving you or her in the first place. I truly feel sorry for you. Others cope and treat those around them better but whatever. Enjoy being the mentally disabled inane version of Jimmy the Rabbit no one likes, finds funny, nor engaging in your uber-troll antics in the slightest anymore, so sorry I've got no more time for you, your on your own now.

  • April 11, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    I hope the movie won't be as pretentious as that website

    by D o o d

    although, I think it probably will be!