Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

It’s July 8th for The Tree of Life (plus bad behaviour in Austin)

Thank heavens. It looks as if we can finally shut up about the delayed release of The Tree of Life. I won’t reiterate the story, because, by this stage, you will either know the details or you won’t care. It …

Tue, Jun 7, 2011, 23:30

   

Thank heavens. It looks as if we can finally shut up about the delayed release of The Tree of Life. I won’t reiterate the story, because, by this stage, you will either know the details or you won’t care. It has emerged this evening that, following fallings out between Icon Entertainment, the UK distributors, and Summit Pictures, the production company, The Tree of Life will now be distributed in Britain by Fox Searchlight. Mr Murdoch’s boutique studio has scheduled the picture for a release on July 8th. Barring some very unusual goings on (could you bear any more of this?) the film will creep out here on the same day. Go and see it. I had reservations, but it is undoubtedly a most extraordinary beast.

In other Texas-based news (the film is set there, segue fans), 10-gallon hats off to the Alamo Drafthouse movie theatre in Austin. It seems that ┬áthis excellent establishment has — as all cinemas should — a no-texting policy. Sometime over the last few weeks, an annoying twit was ejected from the auditorium for disobeying the edict. In a profane fury, she then phoned the administrators and left a disgusted message on their answering machine. They do things differently in Texas. The cinema lifted the audio and inserted it into a short film that is now shown before every screening of an R-rated movie.

Obviously, we would prefer if such people were pelted with rotten fruit in the town square. But I guess this will have to do. There’s a lovely irony here. Ms Texty’s rant has only served to gain the Drafthouse hitherto unimaginable levels of publicity. If I am ever in the Lone Star State, I will make a point of visiting their place of entertainment. Have a chuckle…

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