HULK’S MOVIE WEEKEND: THE TREE OF LIFE AND KUNG FU PANDA 2

May 31, 2011

HULK ASK YOU CONSIDER FOR MOMENT THE NATURE OF MOVIE GOING EXPERIENCE.

YOU SHOW UP. YOU SIT IN BIG DARK ROOM WITH STRANGERS. AND YOU EXPERIENCE SOMETHING TOGETHER.  NO, IT NOT REALLY ABOUT THE GIANT SCREEN OR THE 100 SPEAKERS LINING WALLS. BESIDES, AT THIS POINT PEOPLE CAN SOMEWHAT REPLICATE THE TECHNOLOGY OF THEATER EXPERIENCE AT HOME (SOMEWHAT). SO WHY GO?

HULK POINT OUT THIS PHRASE AGAIN: “AND YOU EXPERIENCE SOMETHING TOGETHER.”

NO. CAN’T BE, RIGHT? “PEOPLE SUCK! ESPECIALLY IN A THEATER!” SO WHY WE ALL STILL GO?

MAYBE YOU CAN ARGUE IT JUST A COINCIDENCE BECAUSE IT ONLY WAY SEE NEW MOVIES. BUT LIKELY YOU THERE WITH PEOPLE WHO THERE FOR SAME REASON. AND MAYBE IT NOT LIKE YOU JUST ALL STUCK TOGETHER. MAYBE YOU ALL WANT SAME THING FROM THE MOVIE. TO ENJOY IT FOR ONE. AND IN THAT SPIRIT THOSE SAME PEOPLE CAN SHARE AND TALK ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE AND HOW IT PLAY TO WHAT THEY WANT OR EXPECTED…. MAYBE.

OR MAYBE YOU ARGUE YOU CAN NO STAND THE MOVIE THEATER WITH ALL THOSE ANNOYING PATRONS, PLAYING ON IPHONES AND TALKING DURING MOVIE. AFTER ALL, THEY JUST BECOME SO MUCH WORSE THIS DAY+AGE, RIGHT? HULK HATE BREAK IT TO YOU, BUT PEOPLE BEEN ACTING THE SAME WAY IN MOVIE THEATERS FOR LONG, LONG TIME. PEOPLE ALWAYS BEEN PRONE TO OBNOXIOUSNESS AND THE BRIGHT IPHONE SCREEN JUST NEW DISTRACTION ON LONG, LONG LIST.

AND QUITE FRANKILY ,THE ANNOYING PEOPLE JUST PART OF IT.

MOVIE-GOING, THE WHOLE LOT OF IT: THE CRAZY MIDNIGHT SHOWS, THE FIRST-WEEKEND CROWDS, THE POPCORN, THE WAIT, THE ANTICIPATION, THE ANNOYING PEOPLE ON CELLPHONES, THE LAUGHTER, THE SCREAMING, THE…

… THE PALPABLE ENERGY.

YEAH, THAT THE TICKET. THE ENERGY. WHEN YOU SIT CROWDED THEATER THERE DEFINITELY SOMETHING HAPPENING IN ROOM. IT NOT LIKE THE FEELING ON COUCH, WHERE ANY OLD THING CAN HAPPEN ON SCREEN AND IT JUST SORT OF PASS BY YOU BY. NO. IN THE MOVIES THERE AN ELECTRIC FEELING OF A GROUP EXPERIENCING THE SAME THING.  A HEIGHTENED SENSE OF REACTION NO POSSIBLE BY YOUR LONESOME.

THAT THE POWER OF THE THEATER EXPERIENCE. THAT WHY WE GO TO THEM. THAT WHY HULK LOVE THEM.

AND HULK HAD VERY GOOD WEEKEND AT THE MOVIES.

THE TREE OF LIFE

THE WORLD JUST RECEIVE GIFT OF TERRENCE MALICK’S 5TH FEATURE FILM. SUCH THINGS NOT BE TAKEN WITH AMBIVALENCE. NOW, HULK WILL NO TELL YOU THAT THEY SOMETHING THAT HAVE BE CHERISHED OR COMMENDED OR UNIVERSALLY ADORED… NOTHING OF SORT. MALICK FILMS SHOULD JUST BE APPRECIATE IN SAME WAY ANY RARE THING SHOULD. NOT JUST IN THE SENSE THAT THE FILMMAKER HAVE SUCH LITTLE OUTPUT OVER THE DECADES, BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF VERY NATURE OF HIS FILMS. THE IMPOSSIBLY DELICATE THINGS. ORNATE. EXPANSIVE. WONDROUS. BOLD. REGARDLESS OF PERCEIVED QUALITY, THE KIND FILMS MALICK MAKE JUST SO IMPOSSIBLY RARE AND ANTIQUATED. THEY REMIND HULK OF SOMETHING OUT OF VERSAILLES, SUCH AS ONE THOSE GOLD ENCRUSTED FRAMES AROUND A BEAUTIFULLY-PAINTED LANDSCAPE.

IF YOU EVER SEEN MALICK FILM YOU KNOW WHAT HULK TALKING ABOUT. AFTER ALL, IF HULK BEING HONEST, THERE WAY IN WHICH THEY ALL REALLY THE SAME THING: INSERT SHOTS OF NATURE, POETIC VOICE OVER, COMPLETE SILENCES, BIBLICAL THEMES, THE FALL OF EDEN, HAUNTING BEAUTY, DEATH, LIFE, BIG PONDEROUS EXISTENTIAL QUESTIONS. THEMATICALLY THEY ALL THE SAME (WONDERFUL) STUFF. AND FORMALLY, MALICK BEEN HEADING IN DIRECTION OF THE TREE OF LIFE HIS WHOLE CAREER. THIS NOT TO IMPLY IT HIS MASTERPIECE, JUST THAT WITH EACH SUCCESSIVE FILM, NARRATIVE BEEN STRIPPED AWAY IN FAVOR OF SUBLIMATING ALL THE THEMES HULK MENTION ABOVE INTO ONE SINGULAR-FLOWING-CINEMATIC-EXPERIENCE. WHAT BETTER WAY CONVEY WHAT AMOUNT TO A LONG POEM WITH IMAGES THAT CONCERN A LIFE REMEMBERED AND THE DAWN AND DUSK OF THE UNIVERSE.

HULK KNOW. THERE EITHER PART OF YOU THAT INTERESTED IN THIS BIG HEADY STUFF OR THERE CYNIC IN YOU THAT SORT OF ROLL EYES. NEITHER PART OF YOU RIGHT MIND YOU. AND HULK NOT REALLY GOING GET INTO MEDITATION ON THE UNIVERSE (THE FILM DO IT MUCH BETTER), BUT THE FILM OFFER NOT EXACTLY A COSMIC EXPERIENCE, BUT WHAT HULK CALL A COSMIC WINDOW INTO THAT SORT OF THING. IT UP TO YOU WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE YOU WANT MAKE IT.

WHAT WAS HULK’S EXPERIENCE?

HMMMM. HARD SAY. HULK JUST LITTLE BIT REMOVED FROM THE FILM IN WAY HULK USUALLY NOT WITH MALICK. JUST LITTLE BIT THOUGH. HULK GO FULL-TILT DURING THE ENTIRE MIDDLE SEQUENCE FROM THE BIG BANG SPACE STUFF REALLY UNTIL THE FAMILY MOVE (THAT’S MOST THE MOVIE HULK REALIZE), BUT WITHOUT BETTER CONVEYANCE OF THE BOOKENDS (THE DEATH NEWS REACHING THE PARENTS + SEAN PENN REFLECTING AND THEN LATER THE BEACH “LETTING GO” BEACH SEQUENCE), THE FILM UNFORTUNATELY LEAVE HULK WITH KIND OF DISTANCE AND WISHY-WASHY NATURE THAT HULK THINK NOT WORK AS INTENDED. CAUSE LET FACE IT, MALICK’S FILMS ETHEREAL, BUT CERTAINLY NOT AMBIGUOUS. HULK UNDERSTAND THE REASON FOR THIS CHOICE OF COURSE, MAINLY TO PROMPT THE OLDER SEAN PENN CHARACTER TO REMEMBER HIS YOUNG LIFE, BUT HULK NOT REALLY SURE.

ALL THIS BEING SAID, IT REALLY, REALLY, REALLY STUPID TALK ABOUT MALICK FILM IN THESE TERMS. THEY GIFTS AFTER ALL. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THEY NO REALLY WORK LIKE CONVENTIONAL FILMS. THERE MILLIONS OF TIMES THEY GO AGAINST LOGIC TO PRESENT SOMETHING FAR MORE TRANSCENDENT.  AND SOMETIMES THEY JUST SCRATCH AT SURFACE OF TRANSCENDENCE, BUT THAT WHAT MAKE THEM MALICK FILMS. THEY’RE DIFFERENT.

HULK ALWAYS FIND IT INTERESTING HOW EVERYONE HAVE DIFFERENT ONE OF HIS FILMS THEY LIKE BEST, OR THINK “WORKS BEST.” EVEN HULK. THEY ALL GORGEOUS, THAT UNDENIABLE. BUT THE MORE NARRATIVE-DRIVEN WATCHERS LOVE BADLANDS WITH THE LITERAL TAKE OF TWO KILLERS ON THE RUN PLAYING SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. AND CERTAIN FOLKS PICK THE WONDROUS DAYS OF HEAVEN, AN ENTIRE MOVIE FILMED AT MAGIC HOUR (THE HOUR JUST AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN OR JUST BEFORE THE SUN COMES UP). STILL, OTHERS OPT FOR THE THIN RED LINE, WITH THE IDEALIC ABILITY TO BRING MALICK’S POETRY TO WAR TIME (A PERFECT SETTING FOR HIS WORK). HULK ODDLY ENOUGH FELT LIKE THE NEW WORLD THE FILM WHERE HE FIND PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN ARCHETYPAL CLASSIC STORY AND THE TELLING OF THAT RELATE-ABLE STORY MOSTLY THROUGH STREAMING IMAGERY.

AND NOW MAYBE THE TREE OF LIFE GO TOO FAR? NOT REALLY. IT NOT THE STYLE. HONESTLY PEOPLE ACT LIKE THE FILM SOME NEW THING, BUT THE NEW WORLD JUST AS CINEMATICALLY DRIVEN. SO WHAT THEN? HULK GONNA ADDRESS A LITTLE NAGGING PROBLEM: THE TREE OF LIFE THIS BIG BEAUTIFUL FILM ABOUT THE NATURE OF LIFE AND YET IT PRETTY MUCH EXACTLY WHAT HULK EXPECTED… THAT NOT THE WEIRDEST THING EVER? HULK DEFINITELY MOVED IN EMOTIONAL SENSE WHILE WATCHING, BUT NOT MOVED IN LARGER CONSCIOUSNESS SENSE… HONESTLY HULK FEEL LIKE THERE BEEN SOME DR. WHO EPISODES THAT GOT INTO COSMIC POETRY WITH MORE ACUTENESS AND IMPACT…. PERHAPS IT HAVE SOMETHING DO WITH HULK’S DIFFERING TAKE ON SPIRITUALITY? BUT HULK NO THINK SO… JUST A COMPLETELY UNFORMED THOUGHT HULK THOUGHT WOULD THROW OUT THERE AND SEE WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT… FEEL FREE COMMENT BELOW. ANYCRAP.

THE TRUTH THAT THERE NO REAL VERSION OF THE “PERFECT” MALICK FILM. THERE JUST WHAT WE LIKE. WHAT WE VALUE IN FILMS. IT THERE FOR US TO REFLECT IN. TO VIEW THROUGH. THAT WHY HULK CALL IT A WINDOW AND NOT AN EXPERIENCE.

AND MALICK? HE ON HIS OWN JOURNEY. WE JUST LUCKY WE GET PEEK INTO IT.

HONESTLY, HULK REALLY NOT SURE WHY THE BEAN COUNTERS KEEP LETTING THESE MOVIES SLIP PAST. SERIOUSLY, THEY NO GREENLIGHT ANYTHING UNLESS THERE CHANCE OF IT MAKING MONEY AND HULK CAN ASSURE YOU THERE PRETTY MUCH NO SHOT FOR HIS FILMS MAKE MONEY. NOT THIS DAY IN AGE. HULK DUNNO IF THERE ENOUGH PEOPLE TO SCROUNGE UP THE 30 MILLION BUCKS THAT THESE THINGS COST. PERHAPS IT THE LAST NOBLE ACTS OF STUDIO HEADS TRYING TO RECOGNIZE THE WAY THINGS ONCE WERE.

BUT THIS GET BACK TO HULK’S INTRO. SEE, HULK SAT IN A SOLD OUT SHOW FOR FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE TREE OF LIFE. YUP. PEOPLE WERE DOWNRIGHT EXCITED TO SEE THE CINEMATIC POEM. MAYBE THE KICKASS TRAILER GOT THEM, MAYBE THEY FILM STUDENTS, WHO KNOW. BUT THEY CAME. THEY SAT. THEY WATCHED THE SCREEN. AND MALICK’S FILM HAVE MOMENTS OF SILENCE. NOT FAKE AMBIENT SILENCE. BUT REAL, TOTAL, COMPLETE SILENCE…. AND THERE THE AUDIENCE SAT, COMPLETELY QUIET. NO ONE DARE MAKE A SOUND. IMAGES OF THE COSMOS DANCED ON SCREEN.

THEY ALL EXPERIENCED SOMETHING REMARKABLE THERE IN THE SILENT DARK.

IT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE IF THEY NOT ALL TOGETHER.

IN A MOVIE THEATER.

… WHICH BRING HULK TO KUNG FU PANDA 2.

AFTER THE HEADY CINNEMATIC PONDERINGS OF MALICK, THE NEXT NIGHT HULK IN MOOD FOR GOOD OLD FASHIONED POPCORN MOVIE. NOW IF THIS MAKE IT SOUND LIKE HULK SOME SORT OF CRETIN THEN HULK SCOFF! THAT NOT TRUE IN SLIGHTEST. THIS NOT INANE ARGUMENT OF WANTING “TURN BRAIN OFF.” HULK JUST WANTED SOMETHING ON OTHER END OF CINEMATIC SPECTRUM. THE WELL-CRAFTED FORGOTTEN STYLINGS OF HOLLYWOOD. THAT KNOW HOW TO TELL STORY TO TRUE-WIDE RANGING AUDIENCE AND ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT DO WITH THE GIFT OF A BIG BUDGET.

AND LUCKILY, HULK MOSTLY GOT IT.

IN HONOR OF DREAMWORKS INITIAL RUN AS NOTHING MORE THAN SCARTTERBRAINED NONSENSE FED SPOONFUL-STYLEM HULK PRESENT HULK’S BULLET-POINT THOUGHTS ON KUNG FU PANDA 2:

-HULK HOPE THIS PERIOD OF DREAMWORKS NONSENSE OVER. THE FIRST KUNG FU PANDA = MAJOR STEP FOR THEM IN THAT THEY ACTUALLY SEEM GIVE FUCK ABOUT STORYTELLING. BETTER YET, THEY MADE A REAL, TRUE KUNG FU FILM. AND HULK HAVE ADMIT THAT HULK ONCE HAVE HUGE KUNG FU MOVIE PERIOD SO LET JUST SAY THERE MORE THAN SOFT SPOT. NOW IT NOT SO OVERPOWERING THAT HULK FALL HEAD-OVER-HEALS IN LOVE WITH MOVIE OR ANYTHING, JUST THAT HULK ENJOY IT GREAT DEAL AND IT VERY WELL-MADE.

-AND THEN WITH HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON DREAMWORKS TAKE EVEN BETTER STEP, SOMETHING THAT COULD NO JUST BE PAWNED OFF ON GENRE-FILM LUCK, AND PRODUCED ACTUAL WELL-REALIZED MOVIE GOODNESS. AND WHILE KUNG FU PANDA 2 NO DRAMATIC STEP FORWARD ON PAR WITH DRAGON, IT AT LEAST SENSIBLE ENOUGH TO CONTINUE TRADITION OF FIRST FILM AND EMBRACE THE BARE AMOUNT OF NEW QUALITIES THAT NOT MAKE IT RETREAD BUT PERHAPS ACTUAL STEP IN LONGER JOURNEY.  HOORAY!

-SURE, THE PLOT OF THIS FILM PAINT BY NUMBERS. YOU SEEN IT MILLION TIMES BEFORE. BUT IT STILL PAINTED WELL. AND THAT TOTALLY OKAY. PO’S QUEST FOR ORIGIN AND THE NEW VILLAIN’S MOTIVE (COMPLETE WITH HISTORY TYING RIGHT INTO PO’S ORIGIN) = THE EXACT DIRECTION TO TAKE SERIES. IT THE BIGGEST HURDLE AND THEY MADE IT. HOORAY!

-SO THE FIRST PROBLEM WITH KUNG FU PANDA 2 THAT MUCH OF WHAT MAKE THE FIRST MOVIE GOOD COME FROM ALL THE INSANE EFFORT TO MAKE IT LEGITIMATELY GOOD KUNG FU FILM. IT TRY PROVE IT IN EVERY FRAME, NUANCE, AND DETAIL. CONCEPTUALLY, THIS SEQUEL SEEM WORK ON THE GIVEN THAT “KUNG FU IS AWESOME!” WHICH A) TOTALLY UNDERSTANDABLE CAUSE THIS SEQUEL AND ALREADY ESTABLISHED BUT B) STILL HOLDS FILM BACK FROM TRUE POTENTIAL. THE AWESOMENESS OF KUNG FU NO JUST BE ASSUMED! CAUSE ULTIMATELY THERE REALLY NOTHING QUITE LIKE THE FIGHT SEQUENCES FROM FIRST FILM, SPECIFICALLY THE AMAZING WOODEN-ROPE-BRIDGE SEQUENCE. COME TO THINK ABOUT IT, MOST OF BEST SEQUENCES IN KFP2 PLAYED FOR LAUGHS (IE, THE CART IN THE CITY). THE NEW TONE PERHAPS TAKE AWAY THE STAKES… HMMMM….

-BUT NOW THE MAIN PROBLEM OF KFP2, THERE ONLY TWO CHARACTERS WITH ACTUAL MOTIVATIONS IN THIS MOVIE. HULK FEEL DUMB GETTING INTO STORYTELLING 101, BUT IT IMPORTANT AND SOMETIMES FUN TO GET INTO THIS STUFF SO WHY NOT?

1) SO, PRETTY MUCH EVERY CHARACTER IN ANY MOVIE WHO ACTUALLY TALK SHOULD HAVE SOME KIND MOTIVATION. IT CAN BE REAL SIMPLE, BUT IT HAVE BE CLEAR. OTHERWISE, THEIR WORDS THEY SAY JUST PERFUNCTORY. IT CREATE NOT JUST A CHARACTER’S STORY, BUT A WORLD OF STORIES THAT MAKE THE MAIN CHARACTERS FEEL ALL MORE REAL. LIKE THIS NOT JUST SERIES OF COGS FORWARDING PLOT (COUGH STAR WARS PREQUELS COUGH). MOVING ON:

2) SO WHEN LOOK AT ORIGINAL KUNG FU PANDA FILM THERE LOT OF DIFFERENT CHARACTERS WITH MOTIVATIONS. THERE PO WHO DREAM OF KUNG FU MASTERY AND HAVE SERIOUS BODILY LIMITATIONS. THERE PO’S ADOPTIVE FATHER WHO WANT HIM BE SAFE AND EMBRACE FAMILY BUSINESS. MASTER OOGWAY WHO SEE THE LIGHT IN PO AND KNOW HE DRAGON WARRIOR DESPITE EVERYONE’S DOUBTS AND HIS OWN OLD AGE.  TIGRESS, THE PERFECT STUDENT WHO NOW FURIOUS SHE NOT DRAGON WARRIOR AND THEREFOR RESENT PO. TAI LUNG, A VILLAIN WHO WANT SAME POWER OF DRAGON WARRIOR AND ONCE TRAINED IN TIGRESS’S PLACE. AND AT CENTER OF ALL, MASTER SHIFU , WHO NOW DOUBT HIS MASTER OOGWAY, HAVE NO INTEREST IN TRAINING PO, HAS FAILED HIS FIRST APPRENTICE TAI LUNG AND FEEL RESPONSIBLE FOR TURNING HIM EVIL, AND AS RESULT PUSH TOO HARD ON TIGRESS AND WITHOLD EMOTION FROM HER. BEST YET, THE JOURNEYS OF ALL THESE CHARACTERS MESH TOGETHER INTO SINGULAR PLOT.

3) HULK FEEL SORT OF WEIRD POINTING TO ORIGINAL KUNG FU PANDA AS “GREAT WRITING” BUT IT SURE AIN’T BAD. THIS THE KIND OF STUFF HOLLYWOOD SUPPOSED TO DO IN SLEEP. RECOGNIZABLE WELL-CRAFTED STORIES WITH CHARACTERS INVESTED IN THEIR ACTIONS.

4) KUNG FU PANDA 2 MEANWHILE JUST WORK CENTRALLY WITH PO’S IDENTITY CRISIS AND THE NEWLY INTRODUCED MAIN VILLAIN WHO ESSENTIALLY CHALLENGING FATE AND BATTLING PRIDE. THESE THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT CHOICES FOR THE STORY, BUT THE PROBLEM WHAT AROUND THEM. ASIDE FROM MORE EMOTIONAL BEATS WITH PO’S ADOPTIVE FATHER, WHICH REALLY WELL-DONE BUT ADMITTEDLY JUST A RECYCLING FROM FIRST MOVIE, THERE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ELSE HAPPENING IN TERMS CHARACTER WITH ANYONE ELSE. SURE THERE LOTS PEOPLE DOING STUFF. BUT THE ONES HULK JUST MENTIONED REALLY THE ONLY PEOPLE DOING STUFF FOR TANGIBLE REASONS. AND WORSE, THE TANGIBLE REASONS LOT MORE ONE NOTE THEN THE ORIGINAL FILM SO THEY EVEN HARDER RELY ON IF ALONE.

5) AND HERE YOU AND HULK FIND OURSELVES IN YET ANOTHER FILM WITH ALL BEST INTENTIONS, GREAT FRAMEWORK FOR STORY, AND ALL TOOLS AT DISPOSAL AND THEY NOT PUT IT ALL TOGETHER… JUST CAUSE FORGOT STORYTELLING 101  AND THAT EVERY CHARACTER SHOULD HAVE MOTIVATIONS, NOT JUST THE MAIN ONE. THEY NO EVEN NEED BIG STORY. JUST MOTIVATIONS. SECONDARY CHARACTERS NOT JUST TOOLS TO ORBIT AND CONFIGURE AROUND MAIN CHARACTER TO MAKE THEM REALIZE AND DO STUFF.

6) AND HONESTLY THAT THE REASON A LOT PEOPLE FEEL KUNG-FU PANDA 2 WORSE THAN FIRST FILM. IT NOT REALLY TRUE IN TERMS OF BEING WORSE EXECUTED OR WHAT ACTUALLY THERE SUCKING. IT ABOUT WHAT MISSING. IT JUST HAVE SCRIPT THAT NOT GIVE THE OTHER CHARACTERS AS MUCH DO… THAT IT… BUT THAT MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. END STORYTELLING 101 DISCUSSION SEQUENCE!

-HULK ALSO WANT POINT OUT THAT THESE KUNG FU PANDA MOVIES BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED AND REALIZED. THE ALL PART OF THAT MAJOR STEP THING FOR DREAMWORKS IN THAT THEY ACTUALLY SEEM GIVE FUCK ABOUT THE ART DIRECTION NOW TOO. THE FILM MAKE REALLY NICE TRANSITION WITH THE CITY-SCAPE AND DARK REDS AND BLUES IT USE. THE MOVIE FEEL DIFFERENT AND DARKER (BUT NOT IN LABOROUS, OBVIOUS SENSE). DEFINITELY BE COMMENDED.

-MICHELLE YEOH GREAT AS THE LADY GOAT.

-THE SCENE BETWEEN PO AND HIS ADOPTIVE FATHER SURPRISINGLY AFFECTING. THIS HULK’S WAY ADMITTING HULK CRIED A BIT… AT KUNG FU PANDA 2... YES THIS HAPPENED… HULK KNOW YOU PICTURING IT RIGHT NOW. STOP IT.

-AND LASTLY, PANDAS =FUCKING ADORABLE.

AND NOW THE PART WHERE IT ALL COME BACK TOGETHER TO SHOWCASE HULK HAD PLAN FOR THESE RAMBLINGS AND NO JUST WASTING YOUR TIME… WELL NO WASTING YOUR TIME AS MUCH

HULK LOVE SEE MOVIES WITH PEOPLE. HULK LOVED SEE THE TREE OF LIFE WITH SILENT AUDIENCE STARING IN AWE UP ON SCREEN. HULK LOVED WATCHING KUNG FU PANDA 2 WITH FULL AUDIENCE CLAPPING AND LAUGHING. EVEN THE ANNOYING LITTLE GIRL WHO WOULD NO SHUT UP IN THE OPENING SCENES BY END MOVIE WAS GASPING AND REACTING TO EVERY LITTLE THING PO DID ON SCREEN.

SEE, SHE PART OF IT TOO.

WHEN YOU EXPERIENCE SOMETHING WITH GROUP IT BECOME TRANSFORMATIVE. THIS NOT SAY CAN NO HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE ON OWN. BUT IN GROUP, IT SOMETHING ELSE. CAN FIND THE QUIET AWE OR THE HOOTING EXCITEMENT. IT CAN CHANGE THE LITTLE ANNOYING GIRL WHO TALKS.

CINEMA = TRANSFORMATIVE.

REGARDLESS OF SEEING EXISTENTIAL LIFE POEMS OR KIDDIE KARATE MOVIE, WE EXPERIENCE THESE THINGS TOGETHER, WHATEVER THEY ARE.

… SO GO TO THE MOVIES MORE.

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8 Responses to “HULK’S MOVIE WEEKEND: THE TREE OF LIFE AND KUNG FU PANDA 2”

  1. Andy said

    Thank-you Hulk. I often try and explain to people the cinema-going experience only to receive blank stares.
    Truly, you are wise beyond your rage.

  2. Mike said

    Dearest Hulk,

    Your blog is possibly one of the most hilarious yet eloquently true blogs I have encountered. Sure, people look at Hulk and think “Oh he’s just a big green caveman with a penchant for violence.” Why do people seem to forget that puny Banner and Hulk are one in the same? Hulk still has puny Banner brain, but now mixed with sociopathic rage against society (everything that pisses you off really), which coalesce into a film blog expressing both the thoughts of puny Banner with the practicality of Hulk (After all, why use a stupid gun when you have huge fists?) I wonder Hulk. Have you ever stopped to re-watch that time you were in that Ang Lee movie, and if so, do you drink heavily as you re-live the shame of starring in said film?

    • mgss said

      HULK THANK FOR KIND WORDS.

      ODDLY ENOUGH, HULK HAVE INTERESTING TAKE ON ANG LEE HULK MOVIE. ONE DAY HULK WILL TALK ABOUT IN FULL, BUT BASICALLY IT DELIVER ONE KIND OF MOVIE THAT VERY GOOD IN ITS OWN WAY, BUT STILL VERY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN.

  3. Phil said

    Even if I were to swear off theater-going forever, Hulk, I’d still have to make an exception for animated films (even Cars 2, probably). I remember going to see Finding Nemo opening weekend, and the little boy who was positively screaming throughout the entire angler fish/goggles sequence. After it was done, his father finally started to move towards the door, and I recall him whimpering, “Did they find Nemo yet?” We were sitting kind of close to the back, and his dad took him so they’d sit right next to the door (in case he started screaming again, I suppose). They stayed through the rest of the film, though, and as we exited, I glanced over at them to see father and son both positively beaming.

    Whenever I start getting angry about my fellow human beings in a move theater (including the girl I’m pretty certain was giving her boyfriend a blowjob two seats next to me when we went to see Hanna), I think about those two fellows and remember that it can still be a magical experience. But I’d really rather have screaming kids than… the other thing.

  4. [...] INTERTWINED AT KEY POINTS AND CONSTANTLY DRIVE NARRATIVE FORWARD. HULK RECENTLY TALK ABOUT REASON FIRST KUNG FU PANDA WORK SO WELL THAT THE FIVE MAIN CHARACTERS MOTIVATIONS AND PLOT ALL TIE INTO EACH OTHER SEAMLESSLY. AGAIN, IT GO [...]

  5. Joe said

    I saw The Tree of Life last week, and I’m still struggling to with my reaction to it. On the one hand, to the extent that it has a message/meaning/point, I found that message unsatisfying. The idea that Malick seems to be arguing the side of God from the book of Job is troublesome to me.

    What I know of Malick’s films, though, leads me to place more weight on the film’s craftsmanship and its power to evoke emotion, and it succeeded spectacularly on those counts. I went to feel the awe that is seeing a Terrence Malick film, so the fact that I didn’t agree with what I thought was “the point” doesn’t really matter. I got my money’s worth of awe and a whole lot more.

    • FILMCRITHULK said

      HULK REALLY LIKE YOUR POINT ABOUT HOW MALICK ARGUING FROM SIDE OF GOD, AND YEAH HULK AGREE THAT THAT NOT MATTER SO MUCH. EVEN THOUGH HULK AN ATHEIST AND “RELIGIOUS MOVIES” NOT EXACTLY IN HULK’S WHEELHOUSE IT NO MATTER. IT NOT “WHAT” IT ABOUT, BUT “HOW” IT ABOUT. AND BEFORE HE RELIGIOUS, MALICK = HUMANIST.

      IT THE SAME REASON HULK CAN ENJOY DIRTY HARRY, WHICH BASICALLY ADVOCATING FASCISM, CAUSE IT A FANTASTIC MOVIE.

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