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Will be a blind buy for me, unless I catch it at the cineplex.

Finally got started on the novel upon which the film is based. I have read about 25 percent of it and like it so far. My concern about the Cloud Atlas film is that, despite its 172 minutes runtime, I wonder how it can adequately tell a story as long, 500 plus pages, complex, and multifaceted as Mitchell's novel is. The upside to the film for me is that IMDb voters have really liked it, giving it an average vote of 7.9 Stars out of 10. Looks like I missed in the theater but will probably rent the BD when it is released.
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The WBs have never really disappointed me and have often thrilled (puts firesuit on).
For that reason, they get a blind buy from me.

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Finally got started on the novel upon which the film is based. I have read about 25 percent of it and like it so far. My concern about the Cloud Atlas film is that, despite its 172 minutes runtime, I wonder how it can adequately tell a story as long, 500 plus pages, complex, and multifaceted as Mitchell's novel is. The upside to the film for me is that IMDb voters have really liked it, giving it an average vote of 7.9 Stars out of 10. Looks like I missed in the theater but will probably rent the BD when it is released.


Stieg Larsson’s books were almost 700 pages and I thought they did a good job with those, so keep the faith. smile.gif
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I thought it was a visually stunning movie, definitely worthy of a theatrical viewing as well as a BD purchase down the line, but admit to being -- as Daniel Boone once put it -- "a mite confused" at times. tongue.gif Probably due to the complexity of the book and so many different stories with the same actors unfolding more or less simultaneously. I'm sure it's a fantastic read, though.
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The WBs have never really disappointed me and have often thrilled (puts firesuit on).
For that reason, they get a blind buy from me.

Except for Speed Racer, I can say I'm a fan of their work. The only thing that really disappointed me in the Matrix trilogy was how the "I know Kung-Fu" line was delivered* biggrin.gif other than that I loved the 3 films (there. I said it.) V For Vendetta is a favorite of mine, even Bound was good, for many reasons... wink.gif

..And their next project (which they're directing), Jupiter Ascending, looks interesting.



*but I like Keanu too.
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I thought it was a visually stunning movie, definitely worthy of a theatrical viewing as well as a BD purchase down the line, but admit to being -- as Daniel Boone once put it -- "a mite confused" at times. tongue.gif Probably due to the complexity of the book and so many different stories with the same actors unfolding more or less simultaneously. I'm sure it's a fantastic read, though.

Haven't read the book and thought they told the stories very well. The editing was well done and there was a point in the film where it all fell into place nearing the last hour. It feels like a repeat viewer for sure.
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Except for Speed Racer
I thought SR was incredibly creative with the CGI.
The BD is stunning (except for the lossy audio mad.gif).

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I gotta go check into this....smile.gif

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I guess they should have hired Chris Hardwick to pimp it and #hashtag superfan it.

I still loved it. Bought the soundtrack too.

Chris Hardwick did have all three directors on his podcast... :-)

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The WBs have never really disappointed me and have often thrilled (puts firesuit on).
For that reason, they get a blind buy from me.

I agree that the Wachowskis do good work as both directors and writers. The first Matrix movie was a great film, and I use the word, great, advisedly. They also wrote the screenplay for V for Vendetta, another of my favorite films
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Stieg Larsson’s books were almost 700 pages and I thought they did a good job with those, so keep the faith. smile.gif

I have the Millennium Trilogy films on BD and love them. They really are a good example of how films can sometimes match the quality of the books upon which they were based. In fact, apostasy though it may be, I think the films may be even better than Larsson's novels in some ways.
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Chris Hardwick did have all three directors on his podcast... :-)

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I gotta go check into this....smile.gif
Here is a quick synopsis from IMDB concerning Jupiter Ascending:

In a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, a young destitute human woman is targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe because her very existence threatens to end the Queen's reign.

Shooting is scheduled to begin this spring.

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I'm pretty sure they're not brothers anymore.



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I confess that I flunked my political correctness test big time when I referred to the Wachowskis as "brothers."smile.gif Sometimes my failure to pay attention to the details of popular culture gets me in trouble..

For your crimes against pop culture you are sentenced to Alexander Salkind's Santa Claus The Movie.
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For your crimes against pop culture you are sentenced to Alexander Salkind's Santa Claus The Movie.

Note that I deleted your post before you posted yours. That was because in my earlier post about the writers and directors of Cloud Atlas, I called them, "the Wachowskis," not, "the Wachowski brothers." Now, that you have outed me, though, I have to live with my ignorance having been revealed.smile.gif
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Note that I deleted your post before you posted yours. That was because in my earlier post about the writers and directors of Cloud Atlas, I called them, "the Wachowskis," not, "the Wachowski brothers." Now, that you have outed me, though, I have to live with my ignorance having been revealed.smile.gif
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Note that I deleted your post before you posted yours. That was because in my earlier post about the writers and directors of Cloud Atlas, I called them, "the Wachowskis," not, "the Wachowski brothers." Now, that you have outed me, though, I have to live with my ignorance having been revealed.smile.gif
"Brothers" is easier to spell.
I guess we could refer to them as "The Wachowskis, formerly known as The Brothers."

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Finally got to watch this. Beautifully shot and well edited but didn't move me in any profound way. Five storylines didn't connect and watching Tom Hanks in various roles took me out of the movie at times. 6.9/10



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"Brothers" is easier to spell.
I guess we could refer to them as "The Wachowskis, formerly known as The Brothers."

I guess I'll settle for the "wachowskis"... After all, I have no issue whatsoever with Wendy Carlos's former first name, Watler. Why should I be bothered with Lana Wachowski? It must not have been an easy life for her/him, I'm certainly not judging. There aren't many filmmakers these days who take risks with ambitious and difficult projects. They do, and I like them for it. The end result might not be the "prefect film" but at least they're trying to do something different, on their own terms. I'm always interested in what they have on their table... smile.gif
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There aren't many filmmakers these days who take risks with ambitious and difficult projects. They do, and I like them for it. The end result might not be the "prefect film" but at least they're trying to do something different, on their own terms. I'm always interested in what they have on their table... smile.gif
Agreed, they always bring something different to the party.cool.gif

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Was anyone else offended by the "Chinese eyes" the actors sported in the Neo Seoul segment. Reminded me of the 60's Hollywood treatment of Asian characters.


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I certainly wasn't "offended" but I did think it looked horrible.

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Was anyone else offended by the "Chinese eyes" the actors sported in the Neo Seoul segment. Reminded me of the 60's Hollywood treatment of Asian characters.

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I certainly wasn't "offended" but I did think it looked horrible.


They reminded me of Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice! wink.gif

...Not really convincing indeed, spcecially when we know who's behind the makeup, but I had no problem with it as far the storyline is concerned. Kind of like old visual effects...you know it's fake, it looks fake, but that's fine! smile.gif
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I certainly wasn't "offended" but I did think it looked horrible.

I was more offended by Hugo Weaving in drag. smile.gif

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I was more offended by Hugo Weaving in drag. smile.gif

 

Because he's prettier than that?



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Well, I need to re-watch this again. Before I do, I'll read the book first.

For the movie itself, I need to put on the subtitle for this one which sorts of slowing me down. Not sure how the book was written in terms of story sequencing, but my head was spinning, especially the first 30-40 minutes. Having the same actor played different roles and sexes further confused me (getting old and senile). I love the ending dialogue between the Hugo Weaving and his screen son-in-law, referring to the ocean analogy.

The author is British, so I find the story line is not the typical western philosophy, rather odd but I'm OK with it, such as "one door opens".

The make-up did not bother me; some of the actors are extremely hard to recognize, such as Hugh Grant.

Will buy this one on Blu-ray.
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One of the stories reminded me of Metropolis (the anime).

As for Doona Bae, I'm going to re-watch The Host (Korean) and the 1st part of the Vengeance Trilogy.
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As for Doona Bae, I'm going to re-watch The Host (Korean) and the 1st part of the Vengeance Trilogy.

 

She absolutely nails her role in Sympathy for Mr Vengeance.



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Not sure how the book was written in terms of story sequencing, but my head was spinning, especially the first 30-40 minutes.

The book has a completely different story structure. It's been desribed as a "Russian nesting doll" format. It starts in chronological order, telling half of the first story. Then stops and tells half of the next story, stops and tells half the one after that, etc. Until it gets to the final story, which it tells all the way through, then reverses direction and tells the back-half of each story in reverse order until getting back to the first story again.

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For anyone interested, Amazon has the BD for 15 bucks.
Blind buy for me.smile.gif

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