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Terrence Malick’s new film, The Tree of Life, has had rumours about its release date going around for months on end. It was due at Cannes…then at Venice or Toronto. None of these rumours came to be. More recently there was hope that it could be sneaked out in time for award season, however, this seems fairly unlikely now, even though distributer Fox Searchlight today announced that they have picked up the rights for the movie. Instead, it seems that The Tree of Life will not be out until late 2011, if, as expected, they are hoping it will bring in some Oscars when it is finally released.

This all comes just days after early viewings of the film compared it to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and its grand scale, with a rumoured three-hour cut doing the rounds, suggests that it is pretty much all complete anyway. This however, does mean that it could even get a showing at next year’s Cannes Film Festival, in the hope of a slow build up to award season, rather than the late 2011 release. This would seem to make sense, seeing how his previous work, The New World, was ignored by the Academy last time, and they may rather hope for a slow build up.

The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain, is a story described as a 1950s period piece, which also has been described as being completely fresh, as well as including scenes of prehistoric Earth. This although has also been claimed as being part of a companion piece filmed for a separate IMAX specific project. It seems now, that all that can be done is to wait and see.



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Trailer Review:
[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire) is a film genius. In fact, for my money, he is one of the top-5 Directors alive today. That is why it pains me so much to say this but, what the hell is this crap. This looks outrageously bad. This might be one of the worst trailers I’ve ever seen.  It’s literally all over the place.  All 3 stars were for them listing Danny Boyle‘s name at the beginning. I mean it’s the entire premise so I’m not ruining anything by saying that this is a minimalist film where a guy is all alone, gets his arm stuck and then at the end he cuts it off with a dull knife and goes home. I would have a really hard time stretching that idea into a feature-length movie. Plus everyone already knows what happens so what do they do? Obviously they invented some filler where he meets some girls at the beginning so let’s say that lasts 30 minutes. Let’s say him going home lasts 30 minutes. That’s at least an hour of watching this dude be stuck, considering all his options (when we know what he’s going to do anyway), and cutting his arm off. I’ve heard good things from people who’ve seen test-cuts of the film, but this trailer just made me a whole lot less excited to see the movie. The casting of James Franco the pothead from Pineapple Express, is only interesting in that it seems like such a bad choice. Hopefully he is a better actor than I think he is. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and chalk this up to bad marketing…for now.


[Posted by: Justin Wagner]

Our Toronto International Film Festival Preview series features the best films that will be shown at the prestigious film event to be held Sept 9-19th. Our first edition highlighted the Japanese film Norwegian Wood. Today Justin Wagner takes a look at the highly anticipated new Woody Allen film, “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger”.

Four decades strong and 40 films deep, Woody Allen has one of the most immense and impressive filmographies of any director.  To add more to his résumé, Allen has the most screenwriting nominations at the Academy Awards (all of which are “Best Original Screenplay”), his screenplay for Hannah and Her Sisters was the first ever screenplay to be considered for a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and he is one of the three directors to ever receive the Palme des Palmes.  In recent years,though, Woody Allen has been making some of his least interesting work.  Known for taking the best bits from classic films, condensing them, and making them just as good, if not better, than what he is taking from, Woody has for the last ten years or so just been making rehashes of his old New York inspired films.  On Allen’s 41st film, he retreats back to his recent muse, Europe, but with a script that seems to be “classic” Woody Allen. (more…)


[Posted by: Alex Miller]

The Toronto International Film Festival will run from Sept 9-19th. The festival will be showcasing over 50 new films. Until it begins, we’ll be doing some previews of the most exciting ones. None, however, are more exciting than today’s choice. “Norwegian Wood” will be making its North American debut. Based on the outstanding Japanese Novel by the same name, it follows a young man named Watanabe and his relationship with two girls. One is very much like him, but they share a history which has a lot of sadness. The other embodies everything he is not, and they share no history at all. It is definitely not just a love story, however. The novel was of course named after the Beatles song, which is also part of the story. In addition, the song is played in the background of the teaser trailer, which I have embedded after our look! (more…)