Bask in the Beautiful Vagueness of “Tree of Life”‘s Official Site

Bask in the Beautiful Vagueness of “Tree of Life”‘s Official Site (photo)

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Fox Searchlight just launched the “full version” of their official site for Terrence Malick’s upcoming film “The Tree of Life,” TwoWaysThroughLife.com. It is as beautiful as it is incomprehensible.

A home page of stills from the film directs you to a screen with two options: “the father’s way” or “the mother’s way.” There’s also a baby’s foot in the middle, symbollzing the powerful connection between parents and their children’s feet. Either option takes you to an assortment of stills and super-brief video clips, each with corresponding descriptions like “All a chaos?” and “They do not endure by maintaining their rigidity.” How’s that for a movie tagline! I want to see “They do not endure by maintaining their rigidity,” emblazoned on a poster above Brad Pitt’s head ASAP.

The stills and clips are numbered one through twenty, but they make just as much sense played in a random order as they do in the proper one (which is to say, none at all). As best I can gather, the film involves an asteroid colliding with earth… where Brad Pitt and his family live… Sean Penn’s looking for something in the dessert… something something, baby feet. The end.

People complain to me all the time about movie trailers. They reveal too much, they spoil the endings, they ruin the best jokes. These guys must be over the moon excited by “The Tree of Life” marketing, because movie advertising doesn’t get much more ambiguous than this. If I sent you TwoWaysThroughLife.com with no other context, and you didn’t already know “Tree of Life” was Terrence Malick’s new project, would you even be able to tell it was a movie? There’s a copyright notice for Fox, but no mention of Malick or a release date, or even the word “film.” The presence of Brad Pitt and Sean Penn are definitely a clue, bt this could just as easily be a television show, or maybe a charity campaign to raise awareness about the danger of asteroid impacts. What the heck is this thing? Doesn’t matter. Terrence Malick. Brad Pitt. Sean Penn. Baby feet. We will all go see it May 27 regardless.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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