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 Way Back

I usually tend to avoid reading reviews of films before I write my own. So I feel like I have to say up front that I’ve being stewing all day over what Manohla Dargis had to say about Peter Weir’s newest film, The Way Back. And it has most likely influenced at least part of my opinion of the movie. The film is very loosely based on a book who’s authenticity is the subject of much debate by the name of The Long Walk, by Slawomir Rawicz... Read More

Heartless

I’ve never been a huge fan of Jim Sturgess (I’ve always felt that he’s a little overrated), and I’m not familiar with director Philip Ridley’s work. But Clémence Poésy and Eddie Marsan could get me to see anything. With those two lending their star power, and some really great buzz, Heartless seemed too interesting to resist. Sturgess plays a quite introvert with an enormous birthmark over half his face, neck and... Read More