Trying to review 'Cloud Atlas' an hour after you've seen it is like trying to recite the Bible from memory after you've read it for the first time. I'll definitely be able to cover the big points, but the fine details are going to get lost: there's no way to take it all in on just one viewing.
Whatever its missteps, directors Tom Tykwer, and Andy and Lana Wachowski have crafted a staggeringly ambitious piece of cinema -- or really six pieces of cinema, strung together and interwoven and speaking to one another in all kinds of ways. Sitting here a short while after I saw it for the first time, I can't really say I fully understand a lot of the "why" -- why this character is so important to the fate of humanity, or why that character needs to activate that particular device -- but the "what" is always so compelling, I was happy to be puzzled. I still am.
Don't think it too terribly presumptive of us to say, but we should all be able to admit that movies are officially dead forever, and the TV has come to dominate the galaxy. Fresh off of 'Cloud Atlas,' The Wachowskis are the next filmmaking dynamos to make their first foray into television developing a mysterious new project with 'Babylon 5' creator J. Michael Straczynski. So just what is 'Sense8,' and when can we expect to see it on the small screen?'
It's interesting to see how Warner Bros. is marketing their upcoming release, 'Cloud Atlas,' since it's obvious that it isn't an easy sell. A multi-layered, time-jumping, 164-minute epic that combines elements of several different genres, has a big cast filled with recognizable name, but it's not even close to a sure thing at the box office. Now, with the release of a couple of new TV spots for the film, we can see two different ways WB is going about pitching this unique picture. Check out both ads after the jump.
Yesterday, we heard official confirmation, straight from the man himself, that Ben Affleck would not be helming the 'Justice League' movie. Now, right on cue, there is a new rumor swirling about the internets about who may be taking the director's seat. Well, make that director's seats.
'Speed Racer' was the last movie by the Wachowski's, a costly affair that lost a whole lot of money and tanked at the box office, despite being one of the most visually impressive films to hit theaters in years. Even with 'Tron: Legacy' we have yet to see anything that even comes close to how cool that 2008 movie looked. Is it going to take another Wachowski project like 'Cloud Atlas' to topple it? We'll find out this year.
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