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A 4th collaboration between German filmmaker Tom Tykwer's One Fine Day Films, and Nairobi (Kenya)-based Ginger Ink, has begun production in Nairobi. S&A has covered every film that's been developed under the One Fine Day Films/Ginger Ink banners - Soul Boy, from director Hawa Essuman, Nairobi Half Life, from director David Tosh Gitonga, and most recently, Something Necessary, from another Kenyan filmmaker in Judy Kibinge. After launching a casting call for actors early last month, the production companies are currently shooting their next feature, which is titled Veve, and is written by Natasha Likimani, and is being »
- Tambay A. Obenson
We've been following the progress of Kenyan filmmaker Hawa Essuman's supernatural feature Djin, for about 2 years now, as it's picked up financing in bits and pieces, via various film markets, co-production initiatives, grants received and more, including, most recently, the Director’s Eye prize at the 9th African Film Festival of Cordoba (Spain), which comes with 25,000 euro (or about $32,600) to be used for development. The acclaimed director of Soul Boy, her 2010 feature film debut (which was produced by Tom Tykwer - director of Run Lola, Run, Cloud Atlas), saw her Djin awarded the Director's Eye prize from a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Chicago – There’s a large part of me that wants to wholeheartedly recommend and embrace “Cloud Atlas” for two reasons. One, it’s based on arguably the best book of the millennium so far, David Mitchell’s stunning masterpiece. And if more people see the movie, more are likely to read a book that everyone should experience. Two, I do agree with those who love the film that Hollywood doesn’t take risks like this often enough, and if we don’t encourage risks, we won’t get rewards. However, “Cloud Atlas” still frustrates me more than it thrills me. Maybe the book was simply un-adaptable as so many have theorized. But I think mistakes were made on top of the inherent difficulty in Mitchell’s novel.
I stand by what I said in my theatrical review, “It comes down to this — “Cloud Atlas” is a book that possibly »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Tom Tykwer and Andy & Lana Wachowski have adapted a piece of fiction that most considered unfilmable. Cloud Atlas is a massive-scaled story, detailing life, death, love, faith and many more intricate themes spread out across both time and space and quite frankly it’s one of the most moving films ever made. Cloud Atlas is the most daring and experimental film from an editing and storytelling standpoint to see a wide release in 2012 and it’s also a film that pushes the medium beyond its limits. It’s not without its flaws, but with repeat viewings it becomes something special that both entertains and challenges you as an audience member.
To simply describe the plot of Cloud Atlas would be criminal. It would be to rob the viewer of the free-flowing nature of the entire story, which is deeply-rooted and highly intricate. Cloud Atlas spans over six different stories, which »
- Jeremy Lebens
Cloud Atlas, the ambitious film from the directing trio of Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, is now available to purchase on Blu-ray and DVD. Starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in multiple roles each, the film explores the idea that each individual person and their life affects the past, present and future.
Thanks to Warner Home Video, we have three copies of the Blu-ray and DVD combo pack of Cloud Atlas that are up for grabs in this contest. You can take a shot at winning one by filling out and submitting the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased with each additional entry allowable on a once-per-day basis. You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.
Future. Present. Past. Everything is connected. An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, »
Running Time: 2 hrs 52 mins
Due out: May 14, 2013
“Cloud Atlas“ available Now on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and Digital Download
Plot: The actions of individuals impact the entire world over the course of thousands of years. From the past, present and future, different souls have the chance to be villains and heroes.
Who’S It For? Want something that feels original, yet very familiar? Are you a fan of big, grand attempts of cinema? Desperate for six different performances by Tom Hanks? See the film.
Connect the dots. Unless you have little ones at home, it has probably been a long time since you’ve connected the dots to form a full picture. Cloud Atlas allows you the chance, »
- Jeff Bayer
Not every film that makes an impact on popular culture makes that impact during its theatrical release. Some must first suffer the bitterness of failure before tasting the sweetness of public validation. Thanks to home video, a flop can turn into a hit so thoroughly that no one remembers it any other way. When the Wachowski siblings' and Tom Tykwer's ambitious Cloud Atlas came out last year, it failed to do much at the box office. But perhaps a second life on home video lies in its future. Its overall quality and underlying weirdness makes it a great candidate to join the ranks of these other home video success stories.
- Evan Saathoff
Cloud Atlas - Warner Bros. - Blu-ray and DVD Director: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving,Jim Sturgess. Full cast + crew People often complain about the Academy robbing their favorite films of wins or nominations. Most of the time this is just a way of showing off that they really did love a movie so much more than everybody else, including the supposed authorities on what is and isn't award worthy. Having said that... there are many, many more people who love Cloud Atlas with a greater passion than I, and yet even I have to admit that this beautiful film was robbed at the Oscars. Nothing for score or makeup or wardrobe -- and that's okay, those tend to be fluffy awards...
- Peter Hall
David Mitchell’s book Cloud Atlas was long considered one of those infamous “unfilmable” books. However, that didn’t stop the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer from giving it a go when they made the epic sci-fi/historical/mystery drama. Tying together six different stories in six different genres, the film was seen as a triumph by some and a mess by others. Running close to three hours, and starring a cast of actors in multiple (and sometimes marginally offensive) roles, Cloud Atlas can be a bit of a challenge to get through, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be given a chance. You might need some liquid courage to make it to the end, that is the true-true, and that is fine. Just don’t be surprised if you start seeing double (or triple or quadruple). That’s just interesting casting and lots of prosthetics. And now, to cover our butts… This »
- Kevin Carr
This is the dumping week for movies. Really, the lowest common denominators are available for purchase today. The newest Texas Chainsaw is available but do you really want to purchase this? Cloud Atlas came out today but are you really going to buy it when you barely got through it at the theater? Today will officially be called Redbox Tuesday.
- Jonathan Silva
Cloud Atlas The Wachowskis and co-director Tom Tykwer tackled some interesting things with Cloud Atlas and it had one of the best scores of last year, but I can't deny the fact I really have no interest in returning to it. The Blu-ray does have a large number of features to explore and perhaps a little more discussion could improve my impression, but after seeing it in Toronto last year, and discussing it there, I'm not sure there is much that could be revealed to change my opinion that much.
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Written and directed by Roman Coppola, this one arrived shortly after he and Wes Anderson were nominated for an Oscar for their Moonrise Kingdom screenplay, but the reviews and comments I've seen don't suggest this is a film worth searching out and, in all honesty, the involvement of Charlie Sheen turns »
- Brad Brevet
Cloud Atlas Tom Tykwer teams with Andy and Lana Wachowski to take on the epic task of adapting David Mitchell's sweeping novel that occurs in different times and places. The filmmakers enlist a crew of A-list actors, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Jim Broadbent, to play several versions (and races) of themselves. Their interweaving stories prove how the present can be affected deeply by the past, and despite its cast and how visually impressive it is, Cloud Atlas is a letdown. The DVD comes with the featurette, "A Film Like No Other." 68% A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman collaborate with writer/director Roman Coppola for this self-absorbed turkey of a film. Sheen is Charles Swan, a graphic designer whose life falls apart when his true love (Katheryn Winnick) breaks up with him. Set in a stylized Los Angeles, »
- Maggie Pehanick
This week: Tom Hanks and Halle Berry play several different characters over many lifetimes in the beyond-ambitious time-traversing think piece "Cloud Atlas," written and directed by the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer.
Also new this week is horror icon Leatherface's return in the sequel "Texas Chainsaw 3D," Charlie Sheen in Roman Coppola's comedy "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" and a new mastered-in-4K Blu-ray of "Ghostbusters" that is optimized for Ultra HD TVs.
Box Office: $27 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 68% Fresh
Storyline: Combining sci-fi, drama, mystery, action and romance, "Cloud Atlas" weaves together six stories that span centuries as characters reunite from one life to the next. Written for the screen and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski, this 172-minute epic stars Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whisaw, James D'Arcy, Zhou Xun, »
- Robert DeSalvo
I'm sitting here in front of my laptop trying to distill my opinion on Cloud Atlas into around 500 or so words, and that may well be an impossible task.
Cloud Atlas is not a film that fits neatly into a "good" or "bad" category. It doesn't fit into a particular genre, and it doesn't conform to anything that can be considered a recognizable formula. I don't know how to judge it on its artistic merits; I don't know how to judge it on the levels on which it succeeds or fails.
I find myself only able to judge it based upon the scope of its ambition and the emotions and feelings it intended me to feel, and on that level it is a movie that stands entirely alone.
Good or bad, Cloud Atlas is the most ambitious movie of the 21st century - it may not merit either praise or disdain, »
Talk about ambitious. The Wachowskis (that would be Lana and Andy) and Tom Tykwer have combined their immense talents to tackle David Mitchell’s “unfilmable” book “Cloud Atlas” and made it, well, filmable. Many years in the making, the sprawling epic is definitely one of those movies where a Blu-ray player (or DVD player for those of you still clinging to such things) is preferable over a theatrical viewing, because let’s face it, you’re going to have to see this movie at least twice, if just to catch all the actors in all their different roles. Try that while the film is still in theaters and you might end up having to hawk an arm just to pay for the privilege. (In case you haven’t noticed, going to the movies is insanely expensive these days.) In fact, while watching the Blu-ray, I realized it was much easier »
When it was released last year, many people didn't know what to make of "Cloud Atlas," the complex, layered film from the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. It was too big, too odd for most mainstream audiences, but it wowed such a big portion of the critics that it seemed destined for a long life beyond its theatrical run.
Now that "Cloud Atlas" is coming to Blu-ray and DVD, the film will hopefully be able to find a bigger audience, that will be able to dive into like it needs to be.
The disc hits shelves on May 14, but we have an exclusive look at one of the behind-the-scenes featurettes. You can check out the clip in the player above!
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Genre: Sci-Fi | Drama | Mystery
MPAA Rating: R
Run Time: 172 minutes
From acclaimed filmmakers Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski, the powerful and inspiring epic drama “Cloud Atlas” explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future.
Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future.
Teaser Trailer: Cloud Atlas – Own it on Digital Download April 30th
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Cloud Atlas completely escaped me when it was in theaters, not because it didn’t look good when I saw the trailers, but mostly »
- Jess Orso
Summer 2014 is already full of immensely anticipated blockbusters, and Jupiter Ascending is one of the few I’m most looking forward to, by far.
Production has officially begun here in Watford over at Warner Bros.’ Leavesen Studios. And the official press release, announcing that the film began shooting at the start of the month, brings with it the first synopsis:
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on »
- Kenji Lloyd
Siblings and filmmakers Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski don't make simple narratives. After earning indie cred with their subversive debut Bound, they exploded onto the mainstream movie scene with the mind-bending blockbuster The Matrix. Of course, their efforts have not always met with success. Their latest, Cloud Atlas, earned mixed reviews and struggled at the box office. Still, weaving together six storylines through different settings while recasting its actors in various roles throughout time and space, no one could accuse the Wachowskis or co-director Tom Tykwer of lacking ambition. This has lovers and detractors of Cloud Atlas alike anticipating the Wachowski Siblings' next venture Jupiter Ascending. Previously titled Jupiter Rising, the original science fiction action feature penned by the Wachowskis first hit our radar in the summer of 2011. By the fall, it was called Jupiter Ascending, and A-listers like Natalie Portman and Channing Tatum were being eyed. This spring Tatum »
Filming on Lana and Andy Wachowski’s latest sci-fi epic, Jupiter Ascending, has begun today at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden. The big-budget fantasy follows the sibling duo’s critical hit, yet commercial failure, Cloud Atlas (which was co-directed by Tom Tykwer) and is headlined by Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. It’s expected the production will remain the UK until June and will then move to Chicago.
That news has saw Warner’s release this press release revealing the plot synopsis and full cast for the film hitting cinemas in 3D on 25th July 2014.
Filming is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “Jupiter Ascending,” an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski. Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in the film, which began shooting at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden on April 2, 2013.
From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, »
- Craig Hunter
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