TGB Breakdown Ep 4: Terrence Malick's Tree of Life (Guest: David Bax)

May 27, 2012

TGB Breakdown Ep 4: Terrence Malick's Tree of Life

On this episode of The Golden Briefcase Breakdown, Tim & Jeremy are again joined by David Bax from Battleship Pretension (just on TGB #110) to go over a spoiler-filled discussion on Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, released in 2011 after debuting in Cannes (and winning Palme d'Or). The main purpose of Breakdown episodes is to to ponder, discuss and challenge the films that we feel often need more than just a simple review. We breakdown the film to discuss plots and theories in order to better understand the director's vision and hopefully challenge our listeners at home to re-evaluate the way they watch cinema.

Extra episodes of TGB Breakdown will be arriving about every month, and will appear here in addition to all of our regular weekly Golden Briefcase episodes. Beware - every episode of TGB Breakdown will contain MASSIVE SPOILERS for the film in discussion (this one is for Primer). You have been WARNED!

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The Movie:

The Tree of Life (2011) - Directed by Terrence Malick

Our Guest:

David Bax: @thepretension

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Tim Buel: @timbuel
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Unrepeatable In Size Of 2001 : Space Odyssey (for me) Evoulotion of Humanity If you doesn't have Soft Soul / Any Pain / Any Suffer / Any Love leave this movie alone. Malick Portrait Of Life & Death / Nothing to the Everything / Be or Not To Be . This is Mankind Malick Manifest . This is true soul of cinema : Marvelous Art . This is rare wine . I suppose every decade one of this expose . Then drink it with thirst and get the drunk. Bigger than Life , Tree Of Life

Ehsan Davodi on May 27, 2012


"My G-d..."

DAVIDPD on May 27, 2012


After watching all the Oscar nominated films of 2012. The Tree of Life is the only one I would ever want to revisit. 

happy camper on May 27, 2012


I always like listening to others thoughts on the film. I was really taken in by it. As cliche as this sounds, I find it amazing how it captures questions about us all in the lives of a few. It's beautifully constructed, and Pitt & Chastain deliver such great performances, with Hunter McCracken being a revelation.

Andrew DiDonato on May 27, 2012

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