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Review: Cloud Atlas (2012)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS, HERE***

DIRECTOR: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski.

CAST: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Doona Bae, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, James D’Arcy, Hugo Weaving, Keith David, David Gyasi, Xun Zhou, Susan Sarandon.

SYNOPSIS: Six stories from different moments in time become intertwined as random acts change the course of history. From modern-day farce to post-apocalyptic warfare, everything is connected.

David Mitchell’s 2004 novel, Cloud Atlas, is a magical mixture of six seemingly unrelated historical yarns that weave together through time to become interlinked by specific, consequential ripples. With a formidable artistic trio at the helm, Mitchell’s majestic and lauded work has been transformed into a lovingly crafted, jaw-dropping epic from Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis.

Where the novel is read as separate chapters within the sextet’s respective timelines, Alexander Berner’s remarkable editing results in a singular, fluid tale. Slices of sci-fi, historical spectacle, political thriller and good, old-fashioned slapstick are layered harmoniously with unprecedented ease – an impressive feat that should not be undervalued. A modern-day caper set in an old people’s home may appear farfetched, but where the low-key comedy is merged seamlessly into the expansive world of Neo Seoul, you feel safe that these directors can master any genre. Continue reading

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What I’m Watching – February 2013

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry. Embargoed films get their respective star ratings when allowed.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Dir: Brad Bird, 2011) ****

Beware The Gonzo (Dir: Brian Goluboff, 2010) **

Everything Must Go (Dir: Dan Rush, 2010) ***

Butter (Dir: Jim Field Smith, 2011) ***

Young Adult (Dir: Jason Reitman, 2011) ****

6 Days To Air: The Making Of South Park (Dir: Arthur Bradford, 2011) ***

Cloud Atlas (Dir: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, 2012) *****

Vertigo (Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) ****

Rust And Bone (Dir: Jacques Audiard, 2012) ***

Chaplin (Dir: Richard Attenborough, 1992) *****

I Love You Phillip Morris (Dir: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, 2009) ****

The Big Lebowski (Dir: Joel Coen, 1998) *****

Online Film Critics Society Award Winners

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After leading the nominations, it’s no surprise that Paul Thomas Anderson won Best Director, but apart from Philip Seymour Hoffman’s award, it doesn’t really make much of a mark here.

Daniel Day-Lewis and Jessica Chastain are old news and mortal locks for Oscar nominations, with their respective chances of walking away with the grand prize on the night rather easy to visualise.

Argo took Best Picture and Anne Hathaway wins another trophy for what is surely one of the world’s largest mantlepieces. Cloud Atlas (yeah, you heard – still so excited about seeing this), Skyfall and Moonrise Kingdom are also recognised.

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2012 Houston Film Critics Society Nominations

Houston, you’re so boring. Apart from including Cloud Atlas, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and the wonderful Matthew McConaughey, I guess. But maybe I’m just bitter because you nominated Anna Karenina for Worst Film of 2012.

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2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Winners

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San Diego hand their top honours over to Mr. Ben Affleck, with the majority of their remaining winners slighty off centre, too.

Daniel Day-Lewis may have won yet another prize for his title role in Lincoln, but Best Actress and Supporting Actress are a nice talking point here, especially when the two ladies in question are far from expected to receive an Oscar nomination. But it sure does make a welcome change to think outside the box.

Stay classy, San Diego.

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2012 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Winners

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Though Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln led the nominations, Zero Dark Thirty seems to be dominating pretty much everything at present.

Daniel Day-Lewis may have taken Best Actor, but Bigelow and Chastain are looking to be a formidable force in regards to Best Picture, Director and Actress.

WAFCA showered more love on Anne Hathaway and Philip Seymour Hoffman, with Les Miserables beating a lot of stiff competition to Best Ensemble and the brilliant ParaNorman taking the spotlight off Disney momentarily.

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