The Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut is a beautifully restored 1930s movie house. Anyone in the area should make sure to catch a film there. We here at Mediasickness are particularly fond of the venue (Tim even worked there!). Recently the Avon made national news when they posted this notice to their patrons coming to see Tree of Life:
Why do the righteous suffer? That is the question at the heart of Terrence Malick’s latest meditation, Tree of Life. This is a film that is so abstract it is hard to believe it was even made.
If I were to claim I understood it after just one viewing, well, I would be lying. This is some pretty heavy stuff. Read more…
In 1977 Woody Allen released his timeless masterpiece, Annie Hall, affirming his status as a top-rate auteur. A year later his colleague Terrence Malick did the same with the beautiful Days of Heaven. Now 34 years later, the two are releasing highly acclaimed films within a week of each other. Malick’s Tree of Life has won the Palm d’Or while Allen’s Midnight in Paris is holding a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Read more…
Terrence Malick, philosopher, genius and recluse director, made a big splash at Cannes when his new film, Tree of Life, took home the Palme d’Or. It has been reported that the Cannes press was shocked and pissed that Malick didn’t show up, even though he was apparently only a few miles away. This of course is idiotic. Malick hasn’t shown up to anything in the last 40 years so, it would only be shocking if he actually did show up.
Bob Dylan didn’t show up at Woodstock and Ted Williams didn’t come out for a curtain call after his final at-bat home run. As John Updike wrote, “Gods do not answer letters.”
By Tim Morrison and Kevin Wetmore
A return to form by Terry Gilliam, Wim Wenders, John Carpenter and Francis Ford Coppola- These once great directors have all lost their way. Coppola has shown some signs of life with Tetro and Youth Without Youth, now lets try to match Apocalypse Now. As for Gilliam, we are excited to see The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, I wish Gilliam would stay away from the CGI stuff though. Here’s to hoping he finally makes The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, as he hinted he may. John Carpenter should reunite with Kurt Russell and create one more example of genre-film badassery. As for Wenders, the great German new wave artist may sadly be a lost cause. -KW