Wednesday, June 1, 2011

...The Tree of Life (Cannes Champion).


The Tree of Life is an independent film screened at this years Cannes Film Festival. Winning the competition, it took home the Palme d'Or (highest award given at Cannes) and collected $488,920 this past weekend during its four theatre opening - impressive.

From what I've read about the film, the plot seems a bit complicated and visceral.
(which I like, by the way)



Synopsis:
The film follows an eleven year old boy named Jack (Sean Pen) from birth to adulthood. Eventually, he sets out on an journey that leads him to question his faith while seeking the answers to life's most challenging questions. He begins to loose his innocence during his quest for the truth and simultaneously agitates his already turbulent relationship with his father (Brad Pitt).

I wish I could relay more information about this film because I am officially intrigued. I do, however, know that bigger theatre release is anticipated.

Written and directed by Terrence Malick, this appears to be a must see.



...New York Asian Film Festival (Everybody was Kung Foo fighting).



July 1-14 marks the return of the New York Asian Film Festival and I cannot wait for movies to be aired on IFC.

The only thing better than martial arts is fantasy martial arts and this film festival will encompass them all.

Asian films have a way of being gritty enough for the bullet flying, car exploding American movie watchers, while keeping the morale and plot necessary to make a movie classic.

Everything about Asian films are, welll…Asian and I not only escape into the story, but into the culture as well.

The fest will screen films from China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.

There should be enough side kicking for the biggest fight enthusiast and if romance is what you’re after, they’ve got that too.


Check out IFC.com for the line up.



...Waiting to Exhale: The Sequel (Best post-break-up film ever).



The sequal to Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale has been confirmed and everyone from the original cast is on board.

Angela Bassett, one of the staring cast members, leaked the news and said that Forest Whitaker will direct again.

The original 1995 film followed the lives of four completely different friends: Savannah (Whitney Houston), Berdie (Angela Bassett), Gloria (Loretta Devine) and Robin (Lela Rochon), as they tried to maintain or let go of their romantic relationships.

They support each other along the way, building stronger characters and even stronger bonds.

You will cry when they cry, yell when they yell and appreciate your own tumultuous crappy relationships, after seeing this film.


It’s for the career woman, the single mother, the middle-class stay at home mom and even the young pretty girl who still believes in prince charming.

It’s another film that is entirely about directing and the writing is phenominal. I sincerely hope that Whitaker does the second exhalation justice.


And, if good ole fashioned drama is what you’re all about, then this is a must see.

For me, it’s just another reason to spend time with my friends and eat butter pecan.

Thanks Whitney for recommending this blog. Girl’s night coming soon…


This is my favorite scene in the movie. It's almost four minutes long, but you'll get the point within two and a half minutes. The point being: Drama, Drama, Drama!






*Production dates have not been released.