Sean Penn, The Tree of Life, and the difference between prose and poetry.

The L.A. Times, In Contention, Hollywood Elsewhere... everybody's getting worked up because Sean Penn apparently "dissed" director Terrence Malick and The Tree of Life: 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 supp … [Read more...]

Sean Penn Disqualifies Cannes Films that Don’t Reflect “Current Climate”

Aaaaaaaand they're off!The Cannes Film Festival has begun, which means Indiana Jones is suiting up for his first big-screen adventure in twenty years, and a crop of great works of art destined to be almost ignored in America are about to screen for very lucky audiences. … [Read more...]


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