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

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on Blu-ray

Any film that brushes up against terribly painful, real-life events runs the risk of leaving its obligations to those affected by the event unfulfilled. Indeed, there’s never been a film that uses the attacks of September 11th in way that didn’t feel a bit exploitative to me. The closest to feeling anywhere near appropriate was Paul Greengrass’s United 93. And the worst, Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center in 2006 (I’m... Read More