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Andy and Lana Wachowski, while not universally beloved, are undoubtedly two of the most interesting and confident filmmakers in Hollywood. Who else could have possibly followed up the ludicrous eye candy of 2008.s Speed Racer with a highly cerebral adaptation of the once-thought unfilmable David Mitchell novel Cloud Atlas? Their next effort, the science fiction space opera Jupiter Ascending, is less of a departure for the duo, but the trailer above makes me think this might actually be the most accessible film of their high-concept careers. And that.s saying something, considering it stars an oddly-bearded Channing Tatum in eyeliner and elf ears playing an alien military man whose genetic make-up was combined with a wolf. You can always count on a Wachowski movie to feature visual splendor that works just as well when the volume is muted, and they.ve created an entire universe for Jupiter Ascending that will »
Andy and Lana Wachowski’s Cloud Atlas may have been a hit with the critics but the epic, star studded sci-fi adventure (co-directed by Perfume’s Tom Twyker and based on the novel by David Mitchell) couldn’t reach the same commercial heights as their Matrix trilogy. Still, Warner Bros. were impressed enough and subsequently offered up another wedge of cash for their futuristic follow-up Jupiter Ascending.
The talented stunner Mila Kunis leads the film, in which humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, as a desperate young woman targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe as her existence threatens the evil monarch’s reign.
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. »
- Craig Hunter
When it comes to the films of Andy and Lana Wachowski, it's virtually impossible to guess what they might come up with next. In 1999 they unleashed their groundbreaking vision for the future of science-fiction film with the smash hitThe Matrix. In 2012, they transformed David Mitchell's dense novel Cloud Atlas into an ambitious and vivid film despite the recurring refrain from naysayers that the book was "unfilmable." As follow-up to this incredible undertaking, the Wachowskis are working on Jupiter Ascending, which Lana has recently described to MSN as "a science-fiction space opera." Having recently wrapped the production that stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum, the Wachowski siblings have moved into postproduction on Jupiter Ascending. The American filmmakers stepped away from overseeing its edit and visual effects for a night to attend an Australians in Film awards dinner. The two are notoriously press shy, but they did drop some details about »
A few weeks ago, we posted this mysterious trailer for a new project from the mind of J.J. Abrams. Now, the second half of that teaser has been released along with some details on what exactly that project is. It seems that Abrams mystery box not only encompasses the world of television and movies, but now books as well. This new project, titled simply S., has been revealed as a collaboration with author Doug Dorst (Alive in Necropolis) and appears to be every bit as much a mystery as Abrams' previous works. Blending the use of crossed paths of multiple characters in David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas with the unconventional presentation of Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, S. tells the story of the final novel of an enigmatic author and two readers who find each other through the margins of the book. Hit the jump for both trailers and the book's synopsis. »
- Dave Trumbore
The average year in cinema looks, broadly, a lot like a sandwich. Stay with us on this. The year begins with awards season (or bread, if you will), continues into blockbuster season (the generous filling, which nowadays starts in April and runs through to August), and segues pretty quickly back into pre-awards season (another slice). You see?
Some highlights on the bread front included Steven Spielberg's sweeping Lincoln, Kathryn Bigelow's meticulous Zero Dark Thirty and Tom Hooper's ambitious Broadway adaptation Les Misérables. Meanwhile, the filling offered up some surprisingly rich, character-focused flavours thanks to Shane Black's Iron Man 3 and Jj Abrams's Star Trek Into Darkness.
And so, with half of the sandwich now eaten, we've assembled our ten favourite films of the year so far.
10. Iron Man 3
Why it's great: The course of the threequel never did run smooth, but Marvel have a »
With Spike Lee's Us remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy due in cinemas this autumn, the Korean maestro makes his own English-language feature debut with Stoker (2013, Fox, 18). Adapted from a long-admired script by Wentworth Miller (with contributions from Erin Cressida Wilson), this tale of innocence lost and power regained is a skin-prickling symbolic treat. When a mother (Nicole Kidman) and daughter (Mia Wasikowska) lose their husband and father respectively, the deceased's creepily seductive brother (Matthew Goode) arrives to fill the gap in their lives, and bring out a darkness lurking in the shadows of their relationship. Soon enough, boys are disappearing, the police are asking questions and the family is undergoing a generational shift. While the title and brooding imagery signal toward the vampirism of Dracula, Miller cites Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt as his touchstone text. Park »
- Mark Kermode
Running Time: 172 minutes
Extras: Focus Point: A Film Like No Other
Men dressed as women, Halle Berry as a white woman, Hugo Weaving looking like ‘The Hitcher’ from The Mighty Boosh. With these elements you could be forgiven for thinking Cloud Atlas is a mess lost up its own backside – but how wrong you’d be. Adapted for the screen by the Wachowski’s and Tom Tykwer from David Mitchell’s novel, the trio have accomplished a work of hypnotic beauty spanning continents and timezones.
The magnificence of Cloud Atlas is not merely the direction and the performances, both of which are excellent, it is in the near astounding editing by Alexander Berner (criminally overlooked at Oscar time) and the wondrous score. Reinhold Heil, »
- Sam Carey
Hanks, who played multiple linked roles in the sprawling opus based on David Mitchell's science fiction novel, will take the lead role of a struggling businessman who quits the Us for Saudi Arabia in an ambitious last-ditch attempt to keep his financial head above water and pay his daughter's college fees.
Tykwer has also adapted the screenplay from Eggers's book, which was a Us National book award finalist last year. The author is »
- Ben Child
Tom Hanks and Tom Tykwer last collaborated on the ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas to disappointing box office results. Here's hoping a second run will prove more fruitful. Hanks and Tykwer are teaming up to adapt the Dave Eggers novel, A Hologram for the King. The story centers on a failed American businessman (Hanks) who travels to an up-and-coming Saudi Arabian city for one last chance at success, which is his last hope to keep his fracturing family together. Tykwer adapted the novel and will direct. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reported on the news that Hanks and Tykwer would take on A Hologram for the King. Hanks will next play the title role in Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips on October 11th, and he plays Walt Disney in John Lee Hancock's Saving Mr. Banks alongside Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell, with Disney releasing the »
- Dave Trumbore
The Wachowski/Twyker collaboration Cloud Atlas debuts on home theater this week. The film adaptation of David Mitchell‘s epic novel interweaves six stories spanning multiple generations, continents, and characters who shapeshift through ethnicity, time, and space. The Wachowskis and Twyker took a risk with Cloud Atlas by releasing themselves from the bounds of linear storytelling, and [...]
- Romney J. Baldwin
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, »
Cloud Atlas The Wachowski sibs' incredibly ambitious race-time-gender-space-crossing sci-fi drama based on David Mitchell's massive novel features an all-star cast in six tales that weave and wander from the 19th century to a distant post-apocalyptic future. Along the way you meet Tom Hanks as, among other things, a Hawaiian tribesman; Hugh Grant as a cannibal warrior; Halle Berry as a whistle-blowing journalist; Jim Broadbent as an aging composer and Hugo Weaving as a villain in all six stories. Though three hours may be a tad long, it's pretty much always entertaining, with eye-popping action sequences, beautiful visuals and a romantic through-line that drives home the movie's theme "everything is connected." Most giggle-worthy: the parade...
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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
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
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 »
“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.
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- Dan Bullock
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th February 2013...
After being toppled last week by Bruce Willis, Wreck-It Ralph returned to the top of the UK box office chart in its third weekend on screens, reclaiming first place with a solid £3.42 million - just £16k less than it pulled in the previous weekend. Wreck-It Ralph has now amassed a healthy £18.62 million so far, and looks on course to overtake Pixar's latest offering Brave, the Academy Award-winning feature having banked £22.17 million during its release last year.
Despite dropping 50% of its takings, A Good Day to Die Hard managed to hold on to second place with £1.65 million, while the Guillermo del Toro-produced Mama opened in third with £1,512,297. Les Misérables continued to pull in the crowds, retaining fourth place and banking another £765k to give the musical an impressive £37.8 million after seven weeks on screens, »
- Flickering Myth
Disney's Wreck-It Ralph maintains its momentum at the UK box office as half-term gave a lift to children's films
It lost the best animated feature Oscar to Disney stablemate Brave, but Wreck-It Ralph scored a victory at the UK weekend box-office. Takings for the film were almost the same as the previous weekend (£3.42m v £3.44m), as families slotted in a cinema visit before the end of school half-term. Over the 10 days of the school holiday (15-24 February), the video-game-themed adventure grossed an impressive £11.54m, for a total so far of £18.62m. Audiences will decrease now children are back at school, but Wreck-It Ralph should bump along for a few more weeks and is well placed to overtake the totals for 2012's Madagascar 3 (£22.74m) and Brave (£22.17m).
- Charles Gant
Cloud Atlas, 2012.
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
If ever there was a film that would test the limits of film criticism and analysis, it is Cloud Atlas: a meandering, swirling, talky movie of such epic proportions and ideas, it’s a test of steel and nerve just to experience it, let alone try to write a review of it.
The Wachowski Siblings, who over recent years have not only treated us to some visually stunning movies, »
- Flickering Myth
So David Mitchell's novel was filmable after all – but will you want to see it twice?
Dai Congrong's bestselling Chinese translation of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake and the film version of David Mitchell's 2004 Booker shortlisted novel, Cloud Atlas, both complex fictions about the cyclical nature of life, should warn us against calling anything unfilmable or untranslatable. They are not necessarily proof, however, that they're worth filming or translating.
In a charming introduction to the new paperback edition of his novel, Mitchell expresses his good fortune that it fell into such "capable hands" as Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, the film's co-directors and adaptors. The Wachowskis love intricate narratives and the world of ideas; their Matrix trilogy has, I believe, been used in introductory philosophy courses at American colleges. Tykwer's Run Lola Run, a German action movie telling the same story thrice, with events taking different courses, »
- Philip French
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