TIFF Day 5 – To the Wonder

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Not quite a tree of life – ★★★½

[TIFF listing]

Director: Terrence Malick  //  Country: USA  //  Year: 2012  //  Language: English, French, Russian, Italian, Spanish  //  Runtime: 112 minutes  //  Principal Cast: Javier Bardem, Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams  //  Screenplay: Terrence Malick

How the hell do you go about reviewing a Terrence Malick film? That’s actually a serious question. The traditional structure we like to follow here at Spooool – nice soft welcome and intro, plot details, chat about what works and what doesn’t, quick summary – doesn’t really apply to his films.

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TIFF 2012 – A look ahead

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| o | – It’s TIFF 2012 time!


I finished up at my job at the tail end of July and we all (@dunnez, @oheag2 and previously @parallellevision) moved out of our lovely old house on Toronto’s Davenport Road. Since then I have spent time faffing about with my family, camping in Canada’s wondrous Algonquin Park and travelling around the eastern side of the US. Usually you do all those things and then go back to your homeland, but since Christmas when I formulated this plan I knew I had to base my exit strategy from Toronto around one thing – TIFF.

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Cannes 2012′s leaked line-up V the real list

Cannes 2012 Legit

So earlier this morning the Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux announced the slate of films that are showing at this year’s festival. You’ll find the lists and a nice analysis from the LA Times here.

Personally I’m most excited to see Killing me Softly in there, the film sees Brad Pitt reuniting with Andrew Dominik who worked with him on the criminally under-rated Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. 

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In defence of… Terrence Malick

This is a guest post from Steve Neville. Steve is a part photographer, part broadcast television whore. 

A biiiig bang (The Tree of Life, 2011)

In a recent chat with a learned friend, the subject of Terrence Malick came up. We were both on different sides of the fence regarding our appetites for Malick movies, but we did agree on his directorial style being one that demanded attention, effort and perseverance to enjoy. Too much effort for most it has to be said.

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