I want to rub this trailer all over me – Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas is a 2004 novel by British author David Mitchell. It won much acclaim upon its release, it was even shortlisted for the Booker Prize.  It consists of six stories that take place in different time periods, from the South Pacific in the 19th century, to the distance, post-apocalyptic future.  Like Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, all these seemingly unrelated stories end up being related. It’s perfect fodder for... Read More

The Tempest

I am not so much a fan of Shakespeare. I think too much of his work was force fed to me too early in my life to really have an appetite for it as an adult. And, I’ve been wracking my brain for what must literally be minutes now to recall an film adaptation of Shakespeare’s work that I’m fond of. The best I could come up with his Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. Of course, I’m not including the looser adaptations like... Read More

Brideshead Revisited

It’s difficult to compare this movie to the novel it’s based off of when I’ve never read it.  But if the film is similar to the book, I think that I’ll probably pass on it (no offense to Evelyn Waugh).  There is so much content shoved into this 1 hour and 40 minute film, I never really quite understood what direction director Julian Jarrold wanted to go. The first third of the film was incestuously and erotically charged... Read More