The powerful, inspiring epic Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. –TIFF
TOM TYKWER was born in 1965 in Wuppertal. “Peter Pan” was probably the first film he saw, and he says that the youthful fantasy of creating a magical parallel world remains an inspiration to this day. The dreamy, childlike sense of wonder in “Peter Pan” fascinated him, as did Vittorio de Sica’s “Miracle in Milan”. Another important cinematic experience was seeing “King Kong” – nine-year-old Tykwer realized that cinema was artificial, man-made. This particular film marked the start of his fondness for the horror genre. Tykwer also names James Whales’ “Bride of Frankenstein”, "Miracle in Milan” and John Carpenter’s “Halloween” as some other early discoveries. From this point on Tykwer’s adolescence revolved round his passion for the cinema. To get greater access to films he helped out in an art-house cinema, which also allowed him to circumvent age restrictions.
Tykwer started making Super 8 films at the age of eleven, a purely fan-driven exercise in which he essentially rehashed… read more
The younger half of the writing-directing-producing team The Wachowski Brothers, Andy Wachowski dropped out of Emerson College in Boston to pursue a career in show business. Collaborating with his older brother Larry, the duo completed their first script which was optioned by producer Dino De Laurentiis and eventually became the Warner Bros. feature “Assassins” (1995). Another writer polished the script, so the finished product, starring Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas as hit men, veered between generic actioner and character study and ended up a box-office disappointment.
The Wachowskis chose a chancy project for their directorial debut, “Bound” (1996), a romance-thriller featuring Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon as criminal lesbians in love. Drawing on influences as varied as Billy Wilder (“Double Indemnity” 1944), Roman Polanski (“Chinatown” 1974) and Sam Raimi (“The Evil Dead” 1983), the brothers set out to create a modern film noir that would invert the genre. With… read more
Born on June 21, 1965, in Chicago, Illinois, Lana Wachowski grew up as Laurence Wachowski with younger brother Andy. The two entered filmmaking as screenwriters and directed 1996’s film Bound before going on to helm the groundbreaking Matrix films. They later produced V for Vendetta, and directed the films Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas. Lana has also become a lauded spokesperson for transgender rights.Early Life and Career
Lana Wachowski was born on June 21, 1965, to parents Lynne and Ron Wachowski. Lana grew up as Laurence Wachowski (also known as Larry Wachowski) in Chicago, Illinois, with younger brother Andy Wachowski. Though biologically male, as a child Larry also identified with girls, existing between both genders and later struggling with depression and suicidal ideation due to social stigma.
Wachowski attended Whiney M. Young Magnet High School, taking on TV and theater programs, before going on to Bard College. She eventually dropped out to work for a… read more
Interesting to say the least. The film doesn't fail to captivate and leaves no room for boredom. The intertwining of story lines (past, present, future) was an interesting narrative device and it made for an experimental viewing along the way. Things could have been improved as far as concepts and overall ideas, but it was entertaining nonetheless.
Cloud Atlas is some kind of meteoric event, risking catastrophe at every turn and obliterating the sanctions of good taste.
Indiewire expands its gateway to criticism, William A. Wellman: A Dossier arrives, as does a book from Adrian Martin and a manifesto.
Excellent if at times ponderous film by the Wachowski siblings who previously brought us “The Matrix” movies ;-). The story is composed of a series of vignettes spanning from “140 years after… read review
What’s the most gasping moment in The Godfather? Right, that baptism/assassination intercut. The Usual Suspect? Right. That Kobayashi glass/Keyser Soze revelation intercut. Inception? Yep. That dream… read review
Most of the reviews you will be reading will try to remind you about the visuals, the plot and what not. Which is true, in every way it will be written, but hardly valid compared to the message of… read review