After about a month of neglecting a few key household duties, I finally found time again this week for things like laundry, cleaning, cooking, organizing, taking down Thanksgiving decor, etc. So the name of the game this Friday night was relaxation — Redbox style. I surprised Tim by bringing home The Tree of Life — he’s been wanting to see it but thought I wouldn’t be interested. Though it was a tad slow-paced throughout the two+ hours, it was overall a truly beautiful piece of art. The film — which, by the way, has almost no dialogue — is all about the battle between grace and nature, and I love the idea of Hollywood giving us something religious every now and again. The New York Times reviewer said its purpose is “to shine the light of the sacred on secular reality,” and I think that’s a perfect description. There are (overly) lengthy scenes illustrating the creation and development of the universe, but the music throughout is very moving. This movie surely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it does make you think. Oh, and my favorite element was the “afterlife,” which is just how I’ve always pictured it — a beautiful, peaceful beach.