I did like the Fountain, but it wasn't the movie I expected to be. Maybe a better phrasing is:
"This looks like the kind of movie I expected the Fountain to be. Given that the Fountain already exists, I hope this one actually IS the movie I expected the Fountain to be."
(That is, deep and compelling but also a bit more traditional and without resorting to ambiguity to make itself seem deeper)
(By contrast, last year's Tree of Life looked like what the Fountain actually WAS. I haven't actually seen and am not sure how it compares but now I sort of want to watch them all in a short timespan)
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quote:Originally posted by Lyrhawn: Wow, this looks really interesting.
It also looks like it needs to be about four hours long to make sense.
Is the book worth reading?
I enjoyed every story in it, and I felt that the book is really a novella collection with the novellas thematically being connected (and loosely being connected in narrative), with a cliffhanger gimmick thrown in for kicks.
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quote:Originally posted by Stone_Wolf_: Man, I tried to watch Tree of Life...didn't get very far. Style is nice and all, but not when it gets in the way of storytelling.
I saw The Thin Red Line some time ago and it bored me to tears. However, as always happens to me when it comes to artsy films, I now can't stop thinking about the film. I guess my expectations of what it was going to be had much to do with my reaction (I thought it be a war film a la Saving Private Ryan -- but it's not. It's a consistently brooding and meditative art film.) Anyway, I want to see it again and seriously go through the whole of Terrence Mallick's work including The Tree of Life because I find scenes like this: