Tree of Life Rambling, Part 2 (Actual Movie)
continued from the extra-rambly Part 1 So, Tree of Life is basically a roux-based sauce, and whatever you loved or hated about Malick’s previous films (especially The Thin Red Line) has been distilled right into this here jar. Much of the emotional territory is the same traversed by Witt and other soldiers in The Thin Red Line. Instead of the metaphor of family in TTRL, Malick made a movie...
She Has Her Own Mind
Last time I took Kidlet to daycare, she started to protest my leaving - and then one of the teacher aides showed up. She hadn’t seen him in a few weeks. When she saw him, she let go of my hand and took several, slow steps towards him. I said goodbye to her but she didn’t look back at me, just kept moving for him until she was close enough to stretch out her arms and touch his knees. It...
Tree of Life Rambling, Part 1
When it comes to commenting on movies, music, or any art, I try to keep this one thing in mind: There’s no accounting for taste. And that’s as true for my own as it is for anyone else’s. After all the expression isn’t, “there’s no accounting for YOUR taste,” is it? No. So I’ll be cheery about this: The first Terrence Malick film I saw was The Thin...
Year in Review
This July marks the end of our first year in Seattle. I’ve spent the better part of a few nights this week putting together a photo album that highlights the past twelve months. I was struck by a few things. One, I take a lot of photos. Two, we are really enjoying Seattle. And three, to quote myself from that first night of picture-sifting: “We do too much shit.” I knew we were...