The 2011 FMR MAJOR Award Winner for Best Director

Ok folks. Our last individual honor of 2011. Tomorrow, all that’s left are the movie awards.

Today’s category? The Best Director! These are the artists that paint the canvas that is the silver screen. What they say – their “Directions” – are what you wind up seeing. And these five? They all did extraordinary work.

The nominees are: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”, David Fincher, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, Terrence Malick, “Tree of Life”, Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”, and Nicholas Winding Refn, “Drive”.

Click through to see who won!!

TERRENCE MALICK – “TREE OF LIFE”

There is no in between on the “Tree of Life.” It’s a movie which will force you to take a side. No one who sees it will leave and say “Eh. It was alright.” You will either completely love it, or absolutely hate it.

It’s a work of art.

The reason lies within the nature of the movie. If most movies tell you a story, “The Tree of Life” reads you a poem. It consists of snippets of imagery, strung together loosely, occasionally non-linearly. Beautiful, thought provoking imagery… and fascinating snippets of a 1950s era family.

Without the framework of a conventional story, I estimate that 7 out of 10 movie goers will bail on this movie. Be bored, confused, etc… They’ll wind up hating it. Those who connect with it, however, will find it amazing.

I know I did. In my opinion, the film is a meditation on human nature and on man’s relationship with God, expressed via mainly ordinary, commonplace events. Gorgeously shot, but ordinary for the most part.

Two weeks after watching it, I’m still thinking about it.

But this isn’t an award for the movie, it’s for its director. And here’s why he’s the director of the year in my opinion – there’s no other movie this year where the director is the star as much as Malick is in this film. I was constantly aware of his presence in this movie as an artist. I was constantly asking myself things like “Why is he showing us this?” or “What is he trying to say?” Except in a good way.

He captures beautiful images, he really does. And then puts them together in this really bold, experimental, “I don’t care if you don’t like it, I don’t care if you don’t get it” fashion. The movie isn’t meant to make sense. It’s trying to make other things. Feelings. Impressions. Questions. Inspirations.

It’s not a movie for everyone, certainly. But I’m grateful that artists like Malick aren’t concerned with making movies for everyone. What a dumbed down, disinteresting world that would be. Instead they have the balls to aim high. And if people don’t care for it, fine. They’re going to put their vision out there, commercial success or critical reception be damned.

Everyone on this list was awesome. Woody Allen created this incredibly lighthearted joyful movie that completely took us off guard. Fincher added to his growing collection of dark masterpieces. Payne served us one of the best family dramas ever. Funny, real, touching and meaningful. And Refn “announced his presence with authority” with the super cool drive.

But “The Tree of Life” is stunning. Daring. Unconventional. Remarkable. It’s the type of movie that makes me want to write about it.

Terrence Malick. The 2011 FMR MAJOR Award Winner for Best Director

17 thoughts on “The 2011 FMR MAJOR Award Winner for Best Director

  1. I am really interested to see Tree of Life. It looks very good, but I have never seen a Malick movie that I actually liked. I fell asleep in the theater watching “The New World,” literally.

    • Not a good sign. LOL :D

      But you have a few things going for you. 1) Its home market now, so if you decide to jettison, its no biggie 2) It’s pretty much impossible to go in to it and be surprised at WHAT it is now. You know right up front the type of movie you’re checking out.

      So at the very least, that removes that “WHAT THE %$#& IS THIS?” that I’m sure a lot of people experienced when it opened.

      Its worth the gamble of checking out. Because if it does pay off for you, it will be in a big way.

      • I will give it a chance. Expectations are half the battle with art-house flicks and I generally enjoy this kind of introspective film, just haven’t had good luck with Malick.

    • Thank you for hanging out, man. Cmon, now!

      And I dont know man. I dont know. He and Spielberg both let me down. I had them pencilled in in this category in my head all year long, and then…

      They both put out good movies, but there’s just stuff I cant get behind deeply interwoven in “Hugo” and “Warhorse”

  2. I liked The Tree of Life, didn’t love it but there is no denying Malick’s extraordinary craftsmanship. One of the greatest directors ever. Badlands is in my top 10 of all time. Great choice, Fogs!

    • WHOA!

      The middle ground… :o I did NOT think it possible with this movie. LOL. Ok, ok, that’s cool. :D

      Thanks for the support on it Blain. It was just an amazing thing to watch, wasnt it? Sometimes a little crazy…. but really an incredible flick.

      Thanks again man!

      • Its definitely a film I will be revisiting time to time to unlock its secrets lol. The voiceover was a little grating, and I wasn’t as emotional moved as I thought I was going to be, but IT’S SO BEAUTIFULLY SHOT! Plus, you don’t see ambition like this very often nowadays. Malick being one my favorite directors helps too.

  3. After watching this I’ll probably be like…..
    In a meadow
    and there are flowers
    and the sky is blue with big puffy clouds
    There are birds, big ones!
    and happy little trees
    and that turtle over there, he’s making sense
    But I’m completely looking forward to that!

    This looks interesting thank you for the recommendation

  4. congrats Terrence Malick. The only reason I’m happy about this win is that we share the same first name. LOL.

    Thinking of Malick directing this movie and his boldness reminds me of Gene Hackman’s statement to Will Smith in Enemy of the State: “You’re either incredibly smart, or incredibly stupid!”

    Will Smith/Terrence Malick: “We’ll see in a minute!” ha!

    To some, Tree of Life was incredibly smart, and to some it was incredibly stupid. congrats Malick!

  5. Great pick and write-up. I completely agree. Malick took a more ambitious approach to film than I have seen in a long time.

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