The Movie Spew: Sean Penn Isn't Sure Why He's In Tree Of Life

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Even Sean Penn Doesn't Know Why He Was In Tree Of Life

Tree Of Life will probably go down as the most beautiful movie of 2011, but also the most perplexing. Like all of director Terrence Malick’s films, it’s a movie that requires the audience to work with it rather than simply experience it. That approach inevitably confuses the hell out of just as many audiences as it thrills.

That’s nothing new, but it is a little surprising (or perhaps reassuring depending on how you feel about the movie) to hear that none other than Sean Penn was a little lost during Tree Of Life, despite the fact that he’s on the poster.

In a recent interview Penn revealed, “I didn’t at all find on the screen the emotion of the script, which is the most magnificent one that I’ve ever read. A clearer and more conventional narrative would have helped the film without, in my opinion, lessening its beauty and its impact. Frankly, I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing there and what I was supposed to add in that context."

"What’s more, Terry himself never managed to explain it to me clearly,” he said. Well, at least I don’t feel quite so dumb anymore for not being sure about why Penn was in the movie either. His face did fit into the pretty backdrops of Malick’s immaculately composed frames well, I suppose. So, that’s something.

Pixar Announces Two New Movies


This weekend Disney held its annual expo to announce its upcoming slate of films, and while in theory I’m a grown man who doesn’t care about such things, I gotta admit that I sneaked a wee little peek at what the company has planned. In particular, I’m always anxious to hear Pixar’s plans for their next 90 minutes of CGI brilliance. They may have burned me with Cars 2, but I’m not giving up on the company that gave me Ratatouille, Wall-E, and Up in three consecutive summer movie seasons.

Pixar announced two movies at the conference. The first is from Up director Bob Peterson, who is currently working on a movie in which dinosaurs never went extinct, that’s due out on Nov. 27, 2013. Next up is a movie from Peterson’s co-director on Up, Pete Doctor, who is working on a movie that will apparently take place within the human mind and will be released on May 30 2014.

So, in other words Pixar is currently working on two movies that could be classified as thought experiments and absolutely nothing featuring Larry The Cable Guy. Whew! All is right with the world.

Patton Oswalt And Johnny Knoxville To Be An Unlikely Comedy Duo


In one of the weirdest sibling castings since Ivan Reitman decided to call Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger Twins, Jackass’s Johnny Knoxville and The Comedians Of Comedy’s Patton Oswalt have been cast as brothers in a new movie.

Nope, that’s not some twisted joke. Apparently Knoxville and Oswalt will star as a pair of battling siblings who embark on a poorly planned camping trip with a troop of boys to try and please their ailing father. The concept sounds a little silly, but Knoxville and Oswalt wouldn’t say yes to just any camping movie at this point in their careers, and a supporting cast that features the likes of Rob Riggle and Patrice O’Neal certainly suggests a subversive tone.

The untitled comedy is a new movie by budding writer/director Todd Rohal, who doesn’t have any huge movies under his belt just yet, but does have a rather hilarious movie on the way called The Catechism Cataclysm about a priest who drops his bible in the toilet and unlocks a hellish stream of bad luck. That flick should be out this year and if it lives up to the concept that could be a very good sign for this Oswalt/Knoxville project. Fingers crossed, people, fingers crossed.

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Phil Brown was born years ago. He then grew up, went to university, and now reviews movies, interviews people and writes comedy. He writes for a number of websites and publications including the one you are currently reading. Phil can be found haunting movie theatres around Toronto. He isn't dangerous,…

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