01.02.2012 12:49 PM

Tree of Shyte

At the Shanghai Cowgirl (And Davey Snot isn’t here! Wow!) And reading people’s year end lists.

Here’s my rule of thumb: if a critic had the load of pretentious crapola The Tree of Life on their “best” list, you immediately know you’re dealing with a pretentious bullshitter who is all form, and no content.

There. That felt better.


  1. Chris says:

    Love the burgers at that joint.

  2. frmr disgruntled Con now happy Lib says:

    Thank-you for visiting our fair city of Vancouver……we sincerely hope you enjoyed your stay……

    Next time im in the big smoke, I’ll have to visit this restaurant….with a name like Shanghai Cowgirl its gotta be good……

  3. William says:

    I had to turn that movie off 20 minutes into it.

    I had no clue.

  4. patrick deberg says:

    Leave Terrance alone!! You’re mad cause he didn’t use some of that awful punk music !! Long live folk music!!

  5. Chubsy Ubsy says:

    Tree Of Life about as good as Prizzi’s Honor? The only movie I ever walked out on…and at the 20 minute mark. I recall that made the critics top 10.

  6. kre8tv says:

    I guess I must be at least part pretentious, because I rather enjoyed that film. The thing about Malick is that you have to know what you’re getting into. Just as plenty hated his film, The Thin Red Line, because they thought they were paying to see a war movie, with TOL more than a few thought they were paying to see a heartwarming drama with Brad Pitt in it. At a time when Hollywood is taking almost zero chances anymore, I think it’s a good thing to see that a jawdroppingly bizarre movie like this can still be made.

  7. Susan says:

    Completely agree Warren. The Emperor Has No Clothes comes to mind.

  8. Winston Higgs says:

    I coudn’t disagree with you more, Mr. Tulk. Well, I could, but I am not one for ad hominems. Sure, it ain’t no Jeremy Brett joint but it was a pure escape and tons of fun (some of the audience applauded at the end!). I am not here to preach what you should or should not like – that’s entirely up to you. What I would suggest is that you let your hair down every once in a while and let your inner child creep into your frontal lobes for a few hours every month. It’ll add years to your life and still leave you lots of time to ponder the important questions in life. Questions like what would happen if Ayn Rand and John Diefenbaker had a secret love-child. Oh wait…sorry.

  9. Niall says:

    Why the hostility Warren?
    If you hated it OK, but like Mummy says “if you can’t say anything nice….”

    I won’t say I understood the movie, but then frankly I didn’t expect to, just like “the Thin Red LIne”.
    But I can identify (misunderstood) genius when I see it.

    While it would be nice for T.M. to offer a Glossary for the rest of us humans, he has no obligation to do so.
    Although, perhaps, a more forceful editor might have improved the film to some degree.

    At the end of the day, for example, not everyone likes (or can like) Shostakovitch, but he’s still Brilliant. Just like T.M.

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