Yesterday afternoon we went to the movies to escape the heat and saw Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, the most sorry piece of pretentious claptrap I have yet to encounter.
|a bus under the scaffolding on London Terrace with art reflected in the windows|
Gosh, Malick tells us: childhood is magical, our youths are endowed with a roseate glow.....everything inspires awe (swelling symphonic/operatic music!) Throw in the Book of Job....and a National Geographic special about dinosaurs, some retro furniture, various kitchen sinks...
|the sky captured in buildings on 57th Street|
Not to mention Sean Penn looking miserable and pensive amidst tall buildings with reflections. Oh my!
|mural 21st Street,Chelsea|
(This lovely has a teapot balanced on her head, I think.) Anyway, what was most depressing about the Malick movie was the waste of it all. Such talented designers, photographers. Such un-engaging characters. In short: it was dreadfully dull. See Anthony Lane's perceptive New Yorker review here
|musicians at Columbus Circle|
My thesis for this little rant is that we are much more interested in people than artsy intellectual posturing. 'Nuff said.
Quite right Elizabeth...I couldn`t agree more although I have a soft spot for Mr. Penn. Is that allowed?ReplyDelete
I love the reflections picture and the geisha is gorgeous!ReplyDelete
I think it's lovely to find something artistic where it's least expected.
You capture it perfectly.
I am so with you, Elizabeth. I love the idea of escaping to the two-hour chill of a movie, and might get myself over to the final Harry Potter myself.ReplyDelete
The Malick film...I saw that one coming. Not a chance of my buying a ticket, even with my senior citizen discount!
Hoping this heat ends soon. I am off to the Met tomorrow to enjoy beauty at an acceptable temperature.
I haven't seen the movie, and now I'll make sure I won't.ReplyDelete
Love the photo of the mural on Chelsea.
Everything I have heard about the movie was not good in anyway. Pretentious was a word used a lot.ReplyDelete
This movie isn't even on my radar for a possible netflix.
I loved your comments on the movie with your wonderful photos of your New York.
I love visiting the City with you!ReplyDelete
Aloha from Waikiki;
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Nice idea of watching a movie. And i totally agree with you.ReplyDelete
I quite like the pictures on your post. They are highly creative.ReplyDelete
Still to see it - this is one review that will stick in my mind!ReplyDelete
Love that subway (?) shot.
Your photographs are what is awe inspiring. Glad that I am not likely to see the film and I am pleased that you interspersed your irate emotions with art inpired photography.
Will email; still reading story!
I learned a new word: claptrap!ReplyDelete
The Geisha mural is great! It's so nice to visit your blog, you know!
Have a nice weekend ahead, and greetings from D'Ora to Buster!