The Tree of Life (2011)

Here’s a link to a Kindlings Muse podcast of my discussion of The Tree of Life with Dr. Chris Chaney of Seattle Pacific University and show host Jennie Spohr:

I’ve written several commentaries on The Tree of Life. 

First, I referred to it in a post at the blog Good Letters about the “handmade” quality of its amazing special effects.

Then, I published a two-part, first-impression reviews at Good Letters.

After that, I saw the film seven more times. And during that time, I grew to love the film’s strengths even more, and my quibbles with it became even smaller.

So you can read some of my more recent responses to, or defenses of, the film here:

A response to the “scandal” of Sean Penn’s critical remarks about the film:

A celebration of the release of the blu-ray:

Also:

I highly recommend this reflection by Vic Sizemore: “Tree of Light.”

And these:

“What Malick Teaches Us About Cinema,” by Michael Leary

“Experiencing The Tree of Life as a Father,” by Jason Morehead

“Tree of Life” as Biblical Theology, by Michael Leary

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