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12 Monkeys [spoilers, duh]

12 Monkeys. Bleak, dystopian time-travel sci-fi done right.

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Time travel and paradoxes. Hollywood finds this impossible to do well, and time and time again, I’ve hated how this school of time travel has been subscribed to by TV shows and films, but I loved the way 12 Monkeys approached it.

12 Monkeys was pretty clear with its time travel rules and what I’d classify as an unhappy [happy for me] ending. Cole gets a second chance, seeks a new life filled with hope and happiness, dies. Boom! Its ending however, leaves some room to be discussed.

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The Tree of Life [spoilers, duh]

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What have you done to my fragile little mind, Mr. Malick?! Life, The Universe, and Everything, in just over two hours of the most beautiful cinema I have ever seen, and all I’m wondering is when I can see it again.

I was nervous for tonight. For all the chatter and buzz I’d heard, I only read through one review [a preview, really] in its entirety, from The Guardian’s David Thomson, and that last paragraph has remained burned in my mind…

What can one say about The Tree of Life? Just that for nearly 40 years it has been apparent that Malick might make a movie that could alter our understanding of what cinema should be. This may be it.

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