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Updated: TREE OF LIFE wins the Palm D'Or at Cannes... yeah, it's that great!

Hey folks, Harry here... and Malick wins!   YES!  This is a tremendous film.   One that I haven't been able to stop talking about with friends and family.   Those initial reports & reviews, I'm not sure what fever the critics & the boo-ers were suffering, but I'd imagine they're all re-thinking their actions.   TREE OF LIFE will go down in history as being the top prize getter for the only film festival, whose top prize means the world.   

The Jury that decided the prizes this year was headed by Robert DeNiro, but included Ingmar Bergman's daughter Linn Ullmann, former refugee & great filmmaker Mahamat Haroun, Tsui Hark's wife and co-founder of Hong Kong's FILM WORKSOP - Nansun Shi, Argentinan actress Martina Gusman, badass Hong Kong action director Johnnie To, DEMONLOVER director Oliver Assayas, Sky Captain Jude Law and lastly Uma Thurman!   So by no means was the jury stacked in Malick's favor - in fact there's nobody there that he's worked with.   But the jury did spread the awards around.   

Of the other winners the three that I'm dying to see are THE ARTIST - a black & white silent film that the Weinstein Company acquired and is committing to release later this year -

 

along with Lars Von Trier's MELANCHOLIA

 

 

 

and lastly Nicolas Refn's DRIVE - if you've seen his PUSHER - you know why.  

 

 

Here's the official list of winners:

 

Official Competition
 

Palme d'Or: The Tree Of Life (dir: Terrence Malick)
 

Grand Prix (Runner-up to main award): (tie) Kid With A Bike (dir: Dardenne brothers), Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
 

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
 

Mise en Scene (Best Director): Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)
 

Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)
 

Prix du Scenario (Screenplay): Joseph Cedar, Footnote (Israel)
 

Prix Du Jury: Poliss (dir: Maiwenn)

Palme d'Or Court Metrage: Cross Country (dir: Maryna Vroda)

Camera d'Or (Best First Film)Las Acasias (dir: Pablo Giorgelli)

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  • May 22, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    First Bitches

    by Bill Brasky

  • May 22, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    by Bill Brasky

    suck a fuck.

  • While classical music plays??? So its like Fantasia mixed with Fight Club by way of Jurassic Park. I luvs me some of them there "artistic" movies.

  • May 22, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    I'm guessing this is less because of Malick...

    by StarWarsRedux

    ...and more because of Von Trier putting his foot in his mouth.

  • May 22, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    "...the only film festival, whose top prize means the world."

    by Bill Brasky

    "Khan... I'm laughing at the superior intellect."

  • May 22, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Thanks for censoring me.

    by Bill Brasky

    I thought that you all stood agains that kind of shit. Guess not.

  • May 22, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Still here, and still first... bitches.

    by Bill Brasky

    I once knew a talkback forum screener by the name of Bill Brasky. He was so fast, he'd censor your posts... when you were still in the womb! Here's to Bill Brasky!

  • May 22, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Bill Brasky is Bill Brasky's biggest fan

    by Kirbymanly

    Can't wait to see Tree Of Life!

  • May 22, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    How shocking

    by gooseud

    a cinematic piece of art, ART I TELL YOU!! ITS NOT EVEN A MOVIE, IT'S A VISUAL PORTRAIT OF THE FABRIC OF LIFE ITSELF!!!!!!.......wins at an overblown pretentious festival. I'm far from a cinema common man, I've never seen Transformers 2, any of the Fast/Furious movies, Clash of the Titans, or even Spider man 3 (Why? Because when I know a movie is going to suck, I simply don't see it, as opposed to seeing it and then bitching about how it sucked just as much as I thought it would). I hate all those cliches about turning off your brain, its just a fun movie, I go to the movies to ESCAPE reality, all that same old shit.........but having said that, Malick's pretentious overblown "visual poems" are fraudulent Emperors with no clothes. The Thin Red Line is nearly 3 hours I'll never get back of watching 40 minutes scenes of guys wandering through the woods contemplating the meaning of a blade of grass. ZZZZZZZ.

  • May 22, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    It was the "anybody but von Trier

    by justmyluck

  • May 22, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Cannes can go to hell for banning Lars Von Trier

    by Andy Pandy

    Every one of those elitist jerks would cough up money for the Polanski defense fund. But telling a bad Jew joke and you're screwed. If he had told a black joke, it wouldn't even have made the news.

  • May 22, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I disagree wholeheartedly, gooseud

    by IndustryKiller!

    I think his films are gorgeous high affecting tone poems, that work just as well in their moments of traditional narrative structure as they do in their ponderous moments. Tree of Life is my most awaited 2011 release.

  • May 22, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    It was the "anybody but von Trier" award

    by justmyluck

    I'll see THE TREE OF LIFE - it's Malick, so it's mandatory. It was a weak year at Cannes 2011, so it's to Malick's benefit that (while booed and given mixed reviews) the best in his film shone through. Apparently MELANCHOLIA was as good or better, but the Cannes freedom of speech champions made sure von Trier himself went home empty-handed. ...& thanks to some web gremlin 'refreshing' and sending my earlier incomplete post.

  • May 22, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Yeah but who gives a shit about Cannes?

    by Mel

    Its a collection of movies no one cares about - which is why they have to bring them to Cannes in the first place. If it was REALLY that good they wouldnt have to show it there.

  • May 22, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    "Its a collection of movies no one cares about"

    by IndustryKiller!

    Spoken like a true complete idiot.

  • May 22, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Malick is beyond overhyped

    by awepittance

    his movies are pretty good but i'm sick of film school graduates worshiping the ground he walks on, it's only because he waits a decade between movies that people clamor for them so much, it's like a witholding parent who only gives a birthday gift to their kids every 10 years

  • May 22, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Malick is number one on my list...

    by Mr.Stiggs

  • May 22, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    of the most overated directors of all time

    by Mr.Stiggs

    1. Terrence Malick 2. Woody Allen 3. Robert Altman

  • May 22, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Yes, I know that it's spelled OVERRTATED

    by Mr.Stiggs

    When are they going to implement and edit function?

  • May 22, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    OVERRATED

    by Mr.Stiggs

    Damn.

  • May 22, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Industrykiller, heres the question

    by gooseud

    See heres the thing, I certainly dont find Malick inept in some way. Its not that he lacks fundamental talent. I just find his works so completely overblown and ponderous, so slow moving to the point of self parody, I simply cant tolerate them. BUT.....as I said, its not that he lacks talent. So, are you saying "I find his works to be visual tone poems, and I find them very affecting, but I could see how SOME people might find it ponderous or slow" or are you saying "Malick is awesome, if you dont like him then you are a philistine and need to stop ever watching movies again"? If you are saying #1, that seems to be a very reasonable opinion. If you are saying #2, that particular opinion has become almost as big of a pretentious cliche as Malick's 20 minute takes of a field of grass blowing in the wind LOL :-)

  • May 22, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    and for the record....

    by gooseud

    If I ever make another screenname for whatever reason, its totally going to be "Malick's Visual Tone Poem", that will be a joke only I actually laugh at, but totally worth it nonetheless.

  • May 22, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    video of Sean Penn beathing his wife?

    by jbs9200

    What I want to see is the video of Sean Penn beating his then-wife Madonna with a baseball bat while she was tied to a chair. . You support Sean Penn you support a wife beater.

  • May 22, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    No gooseud, I could totally see how it wouldn't be for some

    by IndustryKiller!

    I know what you mean, because I watched Gus Van Sants Last Days and I felt exactly the same way. I'm just surprised by the level of what seems to be vitriol spewing Malicks way. I thought it was pretty much agreed in film circles that Malick is a filmmaker of some consequence even if you arent personally enthralled.

  • May 22, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    I would approve of that screenname

    by IndustryKiller!

    It would evoke in me memories of Windmills slowly turning in vast field of wheat ;)

  • May 22, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Cream floats to the top

    by ATARI

    But so do turds<br> <br> Just sayin<br> <br>

  • You're apparently also well versed in ignorance and bigotry. And you call French men pigs?

  • May 22, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    that's what I get for feeding the trolls

    by IndustryKiller!

    My kingdom for a reasonable moderator!

  • May 22, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    The Palm D'Or means about as much as...

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Eating your own centipede turd. Nobody gives a shit.

  • May 22, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Industry, I think the vitriol

    by gooseud

    is a reaction to the Malick zealots who want to say that if you found Thin Red Line a teeeeeensy bit on the slow side, your an inbred idiot from Des Moines who loves Saw IV. Its like a chain reaction where each side just escalates the other. Personally, I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle: I think its foolish to say that Malick doesnt carry weight as a filmmaker, especially from his earlier works, and doesnt have a unique visual style....... and I think its equally foolish not to admit that even the biggest Malick defender hasnt had that ONE private shameful moment behind closed doors, where they silently said to themselves "Cmon dude....with the waves crashing on the beach? AGAIN?? DIALOGUE, MUTHAFUCKA, DO YOU SPEAK IT????". Heh heh.

  • May 22, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Awards don't make a movie any better than it is

    by alienindisguise

    If a movie sucks, an award from a snotty film festival really doesn't mean shit.

  • May 22, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Malick is a master of editing...

    by WeylandYutani

    Or at least he hires great talent. His visuals ebb and flow perfectly. Yes, his films don't have a traditional three act structure and his stories are often open ended, but that is OK. This is why he is renowned for what he does. Of all the film brats of the 60s and 70s he is the one that was not only influenced by a more European style, but he has never made a Robert-McKee-like American style film (even though the content of his stories are wholly American). In the end, Malick is not always successful, but his work is always interesting and innovative. I am looking forward to see what he has come up with this time around.

  • May 22, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    It's a pretentious pile of shit

    by Nabster

    With nice cinematography. Malik is an over rated director. He appeals to pretentious blow hards.

  • May 22, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    No one actually likes Malik or his films

    by Nabster

    People just like to pretend they do.

  • They can suck my balls - fuck their shitty closed door "festival" thats not what movies are about

  • May 22, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    So, Jack Bauer saves the world.

    by SmokingRobot

    Right?

  • May 22, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Drive looks very promising, with great director

    by double_l88

    Looking foward to this.

  • May 22, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    oh no, the pretentiousness of it all

    by bellscorners

    ahhhhh.... i can't wait for this. need to see it now. i will have to content myself instead with reruns of "fuck you talkbackers" and shit-witted dalliances with my lengthening pubic hair. none of this is good enough. give me this movie now. expectations have been raised, against my better judgement, but so what. this movie will be something, even if it's not enough; but it sounds like it has the potential for greatness, as few can conjure. i believe in this director. i believe he has a vision and gives it his all. bring it.

  • Anyone have any insight into that?

  • May 22, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    I thought TIFF was 'the one' now.

    by blackwood

    It doesn't really matter. I'm glad Malick got something for making a film. I liked SAVING PRIVATE THOUGHTS and POCAHONTAS both. Neither make my best of ever lists, but both were very pretty and worthy, in my eyes. I don't mind a ponderous film. I'd like to see all the films mentioned. Interesting lot.

  • May 22, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    My top three --

    by MooseMalloy

    Most Overrated Director's: 1. Aronofsky 2. Nolan 3. Von Trier

  • May 22, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    valhalla rising

    by bellscorners

    here is some insight: that was a godawful movie. i respected bits and pieces, but just too much atmosphere and not enough cohesion. consider that the last act was just an exercise in making things out to seem like they have a point on the off chance that someone will actually think that they do. there is a disconnect between movies that evoke thought and others that hope they do. somewhere in the balance hangs what great filmmakers do on occasion relative to the others. the only thing i remember about that last act firmly is thinking about that kid standing on those rocks, i mean what was the point of the main dude sacrificing himself. just so that some blond kid could die in the n. american wilderness? great, wonderful. i stand enlightened.

  • May 22, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    And that DRIVE clip totally had me until --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- he turned onto the 6th street bridge! Come on.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    moosemalloy

    by bellscorners

    prepare to receive my unfettered disdain. and my pubic hair. saving private ryan was made by some has-been director who once was great. thin red line is the movie you are thinking of sir.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Save it, douchebag

    by MooseMalloy

  • May 22, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    oh damn

    by bellscorners

    i am sorry moosemalloy, i meant to go off a little on blackwood, but went off on you. i retract my pubic hair and spread it upon blackwood. what the hell is blackwood.

  • All I get from THE ARTIST is a distinct UNDER THE CHERRY MOON-y vibe.

  • Tree of Life looks amazing, so no surprise that it won, but I'm sure the best thing about "Melancholia" was not Kristen Dunst. Looks like the panel gave out a a pity award for the recent of "ramblin' Nazi" talk by Lars Von Trier. Personally, the guys was an idiot for saying that at Cannes, but it should not have any precedence over his film (which was completed and praised well before his recent actions).

  • May 22, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    douchebag?

    by bellscorners

    that's not nice.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Oh okay, thought you really liked Nolan or something

    by MooseMalloy

  • May 22, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    hells bells

    by blackwood

    It was a poor joke on my part. I will accept your pubic hair in good spirits, so long as it comes at the end of something long and hard in my mouth. Like an apology. With balls! ... You know, I think I might be off my game today.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    VALHALLA RISING = Pretty to look at but weak overall.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Granted, there are some apparent themes and a nice level of tension that is maintained throughout. However, anyone proclaiming it has grand symbolism contained within its paper-thin story is full of shite. That being said, I thought the grit, filth, and violence envisioned by Refn would make a great template for the pending adaption of BLOOD MERIDIAN.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    blackwood sir

    by bellscorners

    what game could you possibly need to be in this place? really you are too hard on yourself.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    did he pick it up himself or was he to busy again?

    by claxdog

  • May 22, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    "Its a collection of movies no one cares about"

    by Subtitles_Off

    That's why they premiered the new X-MEN movie there? Gotta be the answer.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    ugh

    by bellscorners

    off topic... i just watched The Way Back, poor Peter Weir has fallen terribly. What a boring stupid mess. This guy made Master and Commander? How so? I did like that chick in the movie though, same one as in Hanna. Now that was a great movie, Chemical Brothers soundtrack to boot.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    "the movie falls due to the negative reviews"

    by applescruff

    Right, cause 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 93 on Metacritic are REAL negative reviews. Give me a break. This movie was generally praised. But I will say that although I have been anticipating this movie for quite some time, some of the reports of booing and in particulary Drew McWeeny's reaction to the movie have me worried a bit. I'll still be at the Arclight on Thursday at midnight, but my expectations have taken a small blow. Here's hoping its great! Also, DYING to see Drive.

  • I could see how SOME people might find it ponderous or slow. I just wouldn't want to hang out or have a conversation with anybody that dull-witted." That pretty much covers it. Yeah.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    That DRIVE clip punched a lot of my buttons.

    by Subtitles_Off

  • May 22, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Somebody gives a shit.

    by Subtitles_Off

    The centipede, for one. There's no centipede turd if nobody gives a shit. It's almost as if you were trying but you really weren't. Like, you were aiming for a funny thought, but then you realized you aren't funny and instead of having the balls to muscle through, you just gave up. Quitter.

  • He didn't beat her hard enough. Pussy.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    subtitles_off

    by bellscorners

    you sir are clearly dull-witted. what a terrible condition to live with. but i joke. i love malick, and there is more poetry in thin red line than any movie i have ever seen. but if people must defend a movie by calling its detractors stupid and unable to sort it out, that also does not diminish the movie itself. ignorant opinions and name calling do not make a bad movie. neither do good or bad reviews. i will never forget when the toronto sun (hated rag that homeless people would not use for toilet paper) slammed thin red line. decided not to go see it. picked it up as last-ditch rental a few years later... learned my lesson.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    moosemalloy --- that's an almost perfect list.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Mind if I stretch it out to five and put Spielberg and Cameron on it?

  • May 22, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Nolan, overrated, wtf?

    by double_l88

    The comment about Nolan being overrated, lol. Never made a bad movie, and Inception was a near masterpiece.

  • Oh but wait it an american who was president. Thank god he was coz only americans can "get" TREE OF LIFE.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Talkbackers almost as pretentious as Cannes

    by BrodieMan

    Seriously, some of you self-righteous assholes need to write and shoot or own flick before your comments are even half as valid as you believe

  • May 22, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    bellscorners, I think you mis-interpreted my post.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Or, maybe you didn't. Whatever. It's the knee-jerk Malick haters I finds dull-witted. Then again, they think I ought to steer clear of GREEN LANTERN and Nolan Talkbacks, so I'd be a hypocrite to deny them a presence herein.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    I finds?

    by Subtitles_Off

    Jebus.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    'ponderous' and 'slow'

    by blackwood

    It's weird to me these two terms are synonymous with 'boring' and 'bad'. Pacing isn't just boom-boom-bang. There's a full spectrum and very few film-makers know how to use it all. Malick is far left of the pack, trading exclusively in ponderous and slow. I don't think detractors are somehow dumber than fans, if they don't dig that vibe -- but I do think you need to open yourself up to his films in ways very few films or film-makers ask you to do. Sort of off-topic, but Cannes, so, pacing: it's something I think Quentin Tarantino is great at -- making films with a genuine and playful sense of pace. Like the last scene in JACKIE BROWN, when Jackie is driving away, mouthing the words to that song. The whole damn song. Expression unreadable. Something hard, but also indifferent. Inured. He holds the moment too long, which is exactly long enough. I like it when a film breathes at you and says, "consider." Malick makes whole films of those moments.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST

    "Inception was a near masterpiece."

    by Subtitles_Off

    On the one target where Masterpiece is located right next to Total Crap. On that target, INCEPTION was a near masterpiece.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    knee-jerk comments

    by bellscorners

    knee-jerk haters and lovers are pretty much all the same anyway. there's nothing wrong with having a strong opinion because of pre-conceived notions. it just makes for very frustrating discussion. it's like arguing with a bible thumper. you think it might be interesting, until five minutes later you realize that nothing good's going to come of it... oh dear, i betray my bent. my bent is betrayed!

  • May 22, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Bellscorners' bent comes home at night and finds

    by Subtitles_Off

    his significant other in bed doing nasty things to a door-to-door Bible salesman. Later, his bent is in a bar sucking back bourbon, complaining to everybody within earshot. "I've been betrayed. Betrayed!" Crooked cuckold.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    TREE OF LIFE HONEST REVIEW

    by KFS

    PRESENT DAY PARTS WITH MUTE SEAN PENN ARE BORING SELF UNDULGENT SILENT SCENES WICH CONSIST OF ALMOST ONLY LOW ANGLES SHOTS TRYING TO MAKE THE PARALEL WITH SEAN PENN CHARACTER YOUNG YEARS OR NATURE VS CITIES. ORIGIN OF THE WORLD. GOOD PACE BUT SOME CGI MOMENTS REALLY SUCK BALLS (THE DINOS). NOT AS POWERFUL AS 2001 BY A LONGSHOT. TOO MANY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SHOTS. THE CORE OF THE MOVIE IS ITS BEST PART. ACTUALLY ITS INSPIRED BY MALLICK'S FAMILY STORY. THE WAY CHILDHOOD IS CAPTURED IS AWESOME. A BIT OF A DOWNER THO... SAD PUPPY TERRENCE WAS THE END OF THE WORLD. BEGINS AS WELL AS THE ORIGIN PART BUT THEN YOU FIND YOURSELF IN LOST. INSTEAD OF A CHURCH ITS A BEACH. TOO LONG. NOT SUBLTE. TOO LONG.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    thank you, thank you

    by bellscorners

    it is good to be able to share the pain of my bent. i go, now that i have been called a cuckold.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Inception, overrated. Only b/c it was successful.

    by double_l88

    I guess you are like Harry, and prefer crap like Dylan Dog or even Scott Pilgrim while a great movie that is well directed with great acting is total crap. What a joke.

  • May 22, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Unleash the Cretins

    by Star Hump

  • May 22, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Sorry to disappoint, double_l88, but SCOTT PILGRIM

    by Subtitles_Off

    was kindy crappy, too. I don't even know what DYLAN DOG is.

  • May 22, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst????????

    by pauduro

    ROFL this is why i HATEEEEE awords and al the "the boo-ers" welllllll ther actual comon people so if they BOOOOOO its cus they dont have to be nice to de Dir or any other ones thye pay for entreteinment and im mor intrested in what they have to say than FUKING Linn Ullmann and Jude Law.

  • May 22, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Cannes did not want to ban Lars Von Trier

    by NuckyThompson

    this is France... But the pressure from US / jewish sponsors had the final word. Fuck jewish sponsors, gas them all. PS: that was a joke

  • May 22, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    That was a joke?

    by Subtitles_Off

    When did it become okay for jokes to be unfunny? Damn the influence of Saturday Night Live! Damn! Damn! Damn!

  • jack black as john goodman as zimmer!

  • May 22, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    @ Metaldominance

    by Richie

    If you had ever made a film you would understand how impossibly difficult it is to make something as poetic as The Thin Red Line. Malick and his incredible editors stripped out virtually all the dialogue from the script and then created an entirely new film with voice over. Instead of using the voice over as exposition (Bladerunner etc), Malick used it to express the thoughts and philosophies of his characters as well as the meaning of his film. There's a reason most films have the same stories...it's because they are easy to tell. There is very little risk involved in rehashing something which has been proven to work 100 times. Malick takes huge, massive leaps of faith and then exposes them to the world. Even if you don't like his films you should at the very least respect the man's cojones!

  • May 22, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Let's all complain about movies we haven't seen yet!!!

    by D.Vader

    And about how stupid those who have seen them are for giving them awards! Hooray! Its the AICN Way!

  • May 22, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    I would be there for the Tree of Life . . .

    by James_Camera_On

    even if every review were negative and every talk-backer full of hate. The reason is simple: Malick's failures are far more interesting than most director's successes. Truthfully, I have no idea how I will react once I see it. It is gratifying, however, that the critics are making an effort with this film. I hope they can maintain that attitude in the future. But I won't bet any money on it. Note 1: Speaking of critics, my only disappointment so far is with McWeeny. I honestly think he is the best critic to graduate from AIC. I thought his review as such was lazy, but you know, I may walk away from the film feeling the same. Neverthless, I remain excited about the film. Note 2 As for von Trier, the man made a fool of himself trying to, I guess, play off the German-Nazi stereotype. And no, that is not a reason to ban him. Not even close.

  • May 22, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Poor Von Trier. Wah. Wah. Wah.

    by Subtitles_Off

    That fukker made ANTICHRIST. Ban him for that. From everything.

  • May 22, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Means exactly shit.

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 22, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    JUSTIN LIN GOT ROBBED

    by BSB

    Asian bias at cannes. BOOOOO

  • was in Cannes and in his tweeter said that Tree of Life is very overrated and didnt deserve the award while Trier's movie was way better. But anyway,i will probably see both so who gives a fuck who won.It is not that it is going to change my life now,is it?

  • The reason it exists is beacuse no one gives a fuck about them. if people gave a fuck they would have huge studio releases already lined up for the buckets of money theyre about to make. its a mother fucking fact. you need to learn about the film industry.

  • May 22, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Right on, Kirsten!

    by gaygoonie

    Dunst was fantastic in ALL GOOD THINGS. She's really doing great work of late.

  • May 22, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Uma Thurman?

    by SnootyBoots

  • May 22, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Transformers 2 was a Visual Tone Poem

    by tomandshell

    As was the Dumb and Dumber prequel.

  • May 22, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Well at least

    by ObiBen

    it's not another fucktard superhero or giant transforming toy movie.

  • May 22, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    "Are you saying 'Boo' or 'Boo-urns'?"

    by Badger23

    "I was saying Boo-urns."

  • May 23, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Yes Nolan is overrated, try watching Inception at home..

    by ganymede3010

    Without entering the dreamworld yourself before the snorefest is over. Impossible unless you're a Meth attic.

  • May 23, 2011, 1:23 a.m. CST

    They usualy award the price to the bolder movie

    by chien_sale

    For example when they gave it to Gus Van San's Elephant, it wasn't the best film but it was seen as something unique.

  • May 23, 2011, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Malick overrated? pfffft, try Nolan....

    by Billy_D_Williams

    I don't think I've ever seen a filmmaker receive so much undeserved praise. Memento was genius, but he hasn't made anything approaching that level of filmmaking again. It's like Spielberg making Jaws but then never getting around to CE3K, Raiders, E.T., Jurassic, or Schindler's List, like they dont even exist, instead skipping right to Empire of the sun, always, Hook, etc...he'd be considered a one hit wonder if that happened. Insomnia definitely cured my insomnia when i saw the film...Prestige was interesting but nothing more, not much replay value either...Begins was decent, but Nolan can't shoot action and he essentially made an action film...fail...TDK, while featuring a brilliant Ledger, has more holes in it than swiss cheese and more ridiculous contrivances and inconsistencies than a bad B-movie...Inception again suffers from Nolan's visual retardation, he makes even the most basic action sequences look like they were put together by film school rejects, flat, boring and uninspired with the snow sequence being near flat out terrible...Inception has a great setup, great premise, and there's alot to like, but it's not a genuine masterpiece, there are just too many mishaps...if David Lean had shot Lawrence of arabia like Nolan shot Inception, we wouldn't be talking about the former film today, yet people are calling Inception a masterpiece?...you cannot have a masterpiece if its lacking the most vital component: the visuals. Nolan is not a very good visualist, his setups and shots are boring, flat and uninspired, and like i said, he can't shoot action worth a shit...he's missing the most basic and most important trait of a born filmmaker; visual acumen. Spielberg, Kubrick, Jackson, Scorsese, PT anderson, Fincher, aronofsky...Nolan almost gets more praise than these guys yet he isn't even in the same league as them when it comes to basic visual talent...ridiculous. If you take a look at his filmography, he doesn't deserve half the geek praise he gets. What happened to the blazing originality of Memento??? Where the fuck did his imagination go??? Guys like PT anderson and Tarantino and aronofsky fulfilled the promise of their first films with continued masterpieces. Everything after Memento has been relatively disappointing when you consider how good that film is. He's essentially sailing on the goodwill he won with Memento, but hasn't come close to fulfilling the promise made by that movie. I suppose it comes down to the increasingly bad taste and lowered standards of today's audience, taking any bit of crumbs they can get. Back in the 70s and 80s, if a filmmaker started brilliant but just didn't live up to their early film, they got shitcanned eventually and they just slipped quietly into the night. See Peter Bogdanovich, Dennis Hopper, Michael Cimino, Paul Schrader, Willian Friedkin, etc. Things actually made sense back then...you didn't live up to the promise of the first movies, nobody gave you anymore chances and you got what you deserved. Not so anymore...today people are so desperate to find anything of merit in such a shitty film landscape, they'll keep sucking the dicks of once promising filmmakers even when they start nosediving into mediocre filmmaking, or at least filmmaking that is below the standard they set with their first film. See Richard Kelly, Nolan, Bryan Singer, Spike Lee, Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, etc...

  • May 23, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST

    cont'd

    by Billy_D_Williams

    the reason Nolan is getting such a pass is bc he's attaching himself to major geek properties, but its just a smokescreen...

  • May 23, 2011, 3:06 a.m. CST

    billy is right

    by animas

    I've been waiting for a Memento quality film from any director and a decade has passed without any getting close to that level. I wish this batman and other comic book/superhero shit would end.

  • May 23, 2011, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Sorry Billy, but you never listed the "plot holes"

    by IndustryKiller!

    Again, nothing you said in the TOm Hardy story was an actual hole in the plot of The Dark Knight. They were just difficult feats made by characters who the film establishes immediately are capable of pulling off difficult feats. Little of what you mentioned related to the story or character development of the film. But, since we're here and i's a little quieter, and at the risk of going off topic, I'd be happy to address specifics whenever I have the time, as it's a film I like talking about very much. And please, let's keep it less than 20 per post.

  • May 23, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

    I think Inception is an wonderful film, but incredibly flawed

    by IndustryKiller!

    ALthough you have to admire it's ambition, if you write the film off I think you're doing an enormous disservice to mainstream filmmaking because Inception is the kind of film the big budget crowd could use more of.

  • May 23, 2011, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Nolan is 100% more pretentious than Malick

    by rosasaks

  • May 23, 2011, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Malick can actually edit films properly too

    by rosasaks

  • May 23, 2011, 4:39 a.m. CST

    What is it with French Cannes audiences and booing?

    by Wookie_Weed

    Pretentious fucks. Leave the hating to AICN talkbackers!

  • May 23, 2011, 5 a.m. CST

    "Cannes can go to hell for banning Lars Von Trier"

    by eveelcapitalist

    Cause antisemitism is never a problem, anywhere, on the face of the earth and in the entire history of mankind.. Of course. Certainly. Jackass.

  • They only threw his worthless ass out because it's not polite to actually admit it publicly. Can't embarass the organizers, can you? But the Cannes people do deserve credit for throwing him out. Just because he makes moving pictures doesn't mean he shouldn't be held to the same standards of civilized society as every else. Really, honestly, truly, fuck that guy. But I will give Von Trier credit for getting Kirsten Dunst to do full frontal. I'd actually see that piece of shit movie for that alone.

  • May 23, 2011, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Dunst full frontal in Melancholia

    by KilliK

    fuck,i am already sold.

  • May 23, 2011, 5:45 a.m. CST

    they give out prizes?

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

  • May 23, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    PalmeD'or does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    "the only film festival, whose top prize means the world" Hahahahahaaha!!! Because we ALL saw last year's Palme D'or winner didn't we guys? Anyone? Anyone even know what it was called? You can google it if you like... but here's a clue as to it's popularity. It took $157k at the box office. That's less than Bobby De Niro's hooker budget when he's in town to judge the awards.

  • May 23, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    So wait, Inception isn't a masterpiece?

    by gooseud

    Its merely really good, and ambitious on a level not usually seen in mainstream fare? BAHHH!!! FUCK THAT MOVIE!! Masterpieces or GTFO!! My DVD collection only has 12 films in it, and PROUD OF IT, MUTHAFUCKAS!!! Oh, and by the way, as I'm watching a dude in a fight floating in midair down a rotating hallway, I'm right with you, my thoughts were:"Geez how uninspired. Yawn".

  • May 23, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    INCEPTION is a steaming pile of turd

    by rosasaks

  • May 23, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Inception IS a masterpiece

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    and the fact it made so much cash shows what a talented bastard Nolan is. Name a blockbuster close to as smart from the last 20 years, please. As for Malick I loved Badlands and Days of Heaven. Was very unimpressed by The New World. Still have to see The Thin Red Line although I don't imagine it will be as good as the Thin Blue Line. What were we talking about again?

  • May 23, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    The New World is a masterpiece

    by rosasaks

    The cut I saw, any way.

  • May 23, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    People who think INCEPTION is shitty

    by kidicarus

    Are those whose inner movie spirit is completely dead, and are those who are stuck in the moviemaking past, without acknowledging that yes, quality movies still DO get made today.

  • I'd rather eat Malick's shit than suffer through the mindless bombast of another Bay film or the pretentious and poorly written and edited Nolan films ("Memento" excluded). If "The Dark Knight" hadn't generated such pent-up demand for another Nolan film (or even another Nolan bowel movement, for that matter) then "Inception" wouldn't have been nearly as successful and audiences and some critics would not have given him such a universal and unobjective pass. "Inception" was so awful in so many ways. Mostly it was just a reverse-engineered film. He had some nifty ideas for visuals and then tried to structure a story around it. And I can understand R2-D2 more easily than I can understand Ken Watanabe's English.

  • May 23, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    I said "unobjective" pass but I meant "unconditional" pass.

    by jawsfan

    To me, there's not much difference in overall quality between "Inception" and "Sharktopus", save for the visual effects. At least "Sharktopus" KNOWS it isn't art. "Inception" thinks it is, and it thinks wrong.

  • May 23, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Fuck Cannes.

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    Bunch of douchebags over-thinking the room. Like attending Cannes gives you some kind artistic merit. Meanwhile, across the road, some B-actress movie slut is flashing her snatch. Very high-brow indeed.

  • May 23, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    This talkback is the litmus for ain'titcool taste.

    by UltraTron

    None seems to be the consensus. I wonder if my criterion blu of Solaris will arrive today. I can't wait to do a Solaris/Batman and Robin double feature

  • Seriously, this site is so Bush League.

  • May 23, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Ok Can People STOP saying the reviews are mixed

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    it's at fucking 92% on RT right now with 33 positive and only 3 negative reviews...it's at 93 on metacritic...this movie is getting rave reviews...the only mixed review was the review of the initial theatre reaction when it was screened at Cannes...the people who booed were obviously not critics and the booing was obviously not as bad as first reported...but the idea that this film has divided critics is totally false

  • May 23, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    I think that award was actually for Breast Actress

    by gun_will_travel

  • May 23, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Ιnception IS an overrated piece of shit

    by KilliK

    it is not TF2 but it is not 2001 either.it is a very mediocre movie,shallow and unimaginative with over-exposition and cheap gimmicks in order to trick the average ,uneducated as cinema goes, audience that they are "smart" and they get the movie. Nolan IS at this point of time,the most undeservedly praised director.And like some others,i am still waiting to see again the brilliance of his Memento movie,in his new films but alas this hasnt happened yet.

  • May 23, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    aronofsky delivered on the promise of Pi/Requiem with Black Swan...

    by Billy_D_Williams

    Tarantino delivered on the promise of Res. Dogs/Pulp with Inglorious Basterds...Soderbergh delivered on the promise of Sex Lies with Traffic...Lynch delivered on the promise of Eraserhead with Blue Velvet/Mulholland Drive...Spielberg delivered on the promise of Jaws with CE3K, Raiders, E.T., Schindler's...Kubrick delivered on the promise of Paths Of Glory with just about every film after...Scorsese delivered on the promise of Mean Streets with Raging Bull/Goodfellas... im still waiting for Nolan to deliver on the promise of the brilliant Memento...and no, Inception wasn't on par.

  • May 23, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    If you didnt like Inception

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    you didn't get it LOL. Toy Story 3 isnt even as good as TS 2 let alone inceptoin. Forrest Gump?! You kidding me!

  • May 23, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Inception is just as good as memento

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    FACT.

  • On the other hand I really wanna see tree of life.

  • May 23, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    The Artist looks like pure wankery

    by mthrndr

    Tell me, are they going to have a live orchestra, piano, or pipe organ in the theater? Because if there is a musical soundtrack, then what's the point? Silent films were a technological limitation, not an artistic choice.

  • May 23, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    SUBBY!

    by Stabby

    Where's the morning Subbary? Alas, a False Dawn.

  • May 23, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    The Fugitive was a smarter blockbuster than Inception.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Just because the shit's complicated doesn't mean it's "smart." Saving Private Ryan was smarter, too.

  • May 23, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    "The Fugitive was a smarter blockbuster than Inception"

    by AsimovLives

    The_cjoppah, my friend, you are pulling my leg, aren't you? Or you might have been repelaced by a pod. I want my friend The_choppah back, you fucking alien cunts!

  • May 23, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    jaymie69, don't be daft.

    by AsimovLives

  • May 23, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    "you didn't get it LOL."

    by KilliK

    we are talking about movies here mate,not the secrets of the universe or the mind of the women.save this tiresome argument for someone who is too stupid to even tie his shoelaces.

  • That's my second anal reference of the day. My record stands at 32.

  • May 23, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    azultool, you just ruined ScarJo's ass for me

    by Stabby

    ty

  • May 23, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Re:rosasaks

    by kidicarus

    Every single one of us on this site thinks we're smarter than the average moviegoer, but no, that's not my point. My point is that looking back on blockbusters over the past 10-20 years, it's rare to see movies as well-crafted that do not underestimate the intelligence of moviegoers like Inception did. Is it a masterpiece? Of course not, it's way too early to call it that. But I still think that it, along with TDK, are a cut above the average summer blockbuster in terms of storytelling.

  • May 23, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Killik

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    That was a joke hence the capital LOL.

  • May 23, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Eta boy, Malick!

    by AsimovLives

  • May 23, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Inner movie spirit is dead?

    by Subtitles_Off

    Only a High Priest in The Cult of Nolan would say something so stupid, so meaningless, so patronizing, and think they said something profound. People accuse me of blow-hardery! I thought Spielberg had over-rated-ness sewn up for my lifetime. I was wrong.

  • May 23, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    I've had farts smarter than INCEPTION.

    by Subtitles_Off

    And they knew well enough to make their presence known and then disappear. They didn't talk stupid shit for two straight hours explaining to me why they stank.

  • May 23, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Aronofsky was on a serious slide for awhile Billy D.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Hugh Jackman in a snow-globe. THAT'S a worse movie than INCEPTION.

  • May 23, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Box Office does not exist in this dojo.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Hiya, Cobes! You know better than to pull a B.O. with me! If you're going to debate quality, use better criteria than popularity. You aren't really trying to paint THE TREE OF LIFE with an UNCLE BOONME brush are you? Besides, I don't care how much UNCLE BOONME made or didn't make, I'd suffer it again before I'd watch BACK TO THE FUTURE, even as a favor for Sixies.

  • May 23, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    STABBERS!

    by Subtitles_Off

    I see you pining for the old days, over there.

  • May 28, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    The Thin Red Line

    by HughHoyland

    Okay, have only got into the start of this film. But I can already say this about the visuals. Beautiful! I mean this movie looks like it was shot on IMAX. Was it? I'll finish this movie on my days off work. But so far, Im very impressed. Dunno if I will be by its end. But I have a feeling I might.

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