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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) *****