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2012-09-09 07:57:23 AM
The same descriptor for Terence Malick's Tree Of Life? Uh huh. Well,it had better be warranted this time.
 
2012-09-09 08:11:43 AM
I read some reactions(tweets mostly) of people who saw it at TIFF. They said the crowd gave it a standing ovation through several minutes of the credits. A couple of them said they had never seen anything like it(the movie and the ovation)
 
2012-09-09 08:14:56 AM
I thought only one of them was transcendent.
 
2012-09-09 08:27:10 AM
I think even 'Over The Top' got a couple good reviews to put on their poster. I'll see it when the video is at the library for free, just like everything else.
 
2012-09-09 08:29:31 AM
The book is absolutely amazing. Seriously, it is one of the best novels written in the last decade if you haven't read it go and buy it today. I"m skeptical it can be made into a good movie but at least the review makes it sound possible.
 
2012-09-09 08:32:46 AM

Crewmannumber6: I think even 'Over The Top' got a couple good reviews to put on their poster. I'll see it when the video is at the library for free, just like everything else.

 
Hit play for free online already.
 
2012-09-09 08:35:23 AM
Shut up and take my money?
 
2012-09-09 08:37:04 AM
Well, based on the trailer (never read the book) this movie has to be either completely amazeballs or totally suck.

The trailer leaves no room for 'kinda ok'
 
2012-09-09 08:37:34 AM
Wachowski 'siblings'

Lol. .
 
2012-09-09 08:40:56 AM

robohobo: Wachowski 'siblings'

Lol. .


You gotta hand it to the normal one for continuing to support and work with 'Lana'. That had to be a prolonged, creepy adjustment period
 
2012-09-09 08:44:18 AM

Crewmannumber6: robohobo: Wachowski 'siblings'

Lol. .

You gotta hand it to the normal one for continuing to support and work with 'Lana'. That had to be a prolonged, creepy adjustment period


I speak from lack of experience, as a guy who's sister insists she's a boy, it's not farking worth it.

/lack cause I haven't interacted with that crazy mess for years
 
2012-09-09 08:56:09 AM

delathi: Well, based on the trailer (never read the book) this movie has to be either completely amazeballs or totally suck.

The trailer leaves no room for 'kinda ok'


The trailer looks very promising. After reading this thread I've just ordered the book. I hope it doesn't suck.
 
2012-09-09 08:58:55 AM
* watches trailer *

so... The Fountain?
 
2012-09-09 09:03:00 AM
Based on the trailer, it looks like this is one that people will either love it or hate it.

The use of Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith) talking about natural order gets huge points from me, so I already am inclined to want to like it.
 
2012-09-09 09:05:42 AM

antron: * watches trailer *

so... The Fountain?


The Fountain copied Cloud Atlas a bit but it never was able to put together a coherent story. The Fountain was a movie that needed an extra 60 minutes of film time to make sense. At 3 hours hopefully cloud atlas doesn't have the same problem.
 
2012-09-09 09:40:45 AM

robohobo: Crewmannumber6: robohobo: Wachowski 'siblings'

Lol. .

You gotta hand it to the normal one for continuing to support and work with 'Lana'. That had to be a prolonged, creepy adjustment period

I speak from lack of experience, as a guy who's sister insists she's a boy, it's not farking worth it.

/lack cause I haven't interacted with that crazy mess for years


But I have been assured by many Farkers that such people are completely sane, and we should all respect their belief than women are men and vice-versa. Do you suggest these Farkers are mistaken?!
 
2012-09-09 09:42:11 AM
FTFA: In the end, "Cloud Atlas" is a film that dares to imagine something beyond what is typically done in big-budget filmmaking, dense and daring, and as with "Speed Racer," I'm sure some people will be thrown by the basic cinema vocabulary on display.

Should have stopped at "daring", bro.
 
2012-09-09 09:57:49 AM

dugitman: I read some reactions(tweets mostly) of people who saw it at TIFF. They said the crowd gave it a standing ovation through several minutes of the credits. A couple of them said they had never seen anything like it(the movie and the ovation)


They also said a number of people walked out. I've got a feeling anyone willing to take the ride is going to be rewarded, but the general audience is going to hate it because they couldn't turn off their brains to watch it.
 
2012-09-09 10:03:43 AM

LDM90: robohobo: Crewmannumber6: robohobo: Wachowski 'siblings'

Lol. .

You gotta hand it to the normal one for continuing to support and work with 'Lana'. That had to be a prolonged, creepy adjustment period

I speak from lack of experience, as a guy who's sister insists she's a boy, it's not farking worth it.

/lack cause I haven't interacted with that crazy mess for years

But I have been assured by many Farkers that such people are completely sane, and we should all respect their belief than women are men and vice-versa. Do you suggest these Farkers are mistaken?!


Religious people claim God literally speaks to them. Are they crazy too?
 
2012-09-09 10:08:49 AM

Crewmannumber6: I think even 'Over The Top' got a couple good reviews to put on their poster. I'll see it when the video is at the library for free, just like everything else.


0/10. 'Over The Top' is easily one of the top 10 greatest arm-wrestling movies of all time.
 
2012-09-09 10:12:03 AM
This thread makes me want to put on Speed Racer again.
 
2012-09-09 10:13:38 AM
www.hollywoodreporter.com

Run, everybody else, run!
 
2012-09-09 10:17:19 AM
I read the book. it made no sense to me.
 
2012-09-09 10:19:07 AM

antron: * watches trailer *

so... The Fountain?


My thoughts exactly. Which is why there is no way in hell I'm going to watch this depressing movie. (how do I know it is depressing? See reference to The Fountain)
 
2012-09-09 10:34:59 AM

delathi: Well, based on the trailer (never read the book) this movie has to be either completely amazeballs or totally suck.

The trailer leaves no room for 'kinda ok'


This, there is no room for ok, either it will be epic or an unmitigated disaster.
 
2012-09-09 10:35:18 AM

BalugaJoe: I read the book. it made no sense to me.


What part made no sense? It is about how people and groups prey on and abuse one another.
 
2012-09-09 10:47:50 AM
Carth: antron: * watches trailer *

so... The Fountain?

The Fountain copied Cloud Atlas a bit but it never was able to put together a coherent story. The Fountain was a movie that needed an extra 60 minutes of film time to make sense. At 3 hours hopefully cloud atlas doesn't have the same problem.


Huh?

The Fountain made perfect sense. The big issue was lack of support and a population that can only count to potato.

You got to remember, Inception was straining fro most people. A movie where everything was explained in dialogue, and was pretty straight forward recursion.
 
2012-09-09 11:19:48 AM
ecx.images-amazon.com

Another winner!
 
2012-09-09 11:21:00 AM
plus it has a white boy in yellow face. thats always funny to see. holy shiat no one farking likes male asians.
 
2012-09-09 11:21:04 AM
This movie has Bae Doona in it, so I will see it.

She is amazingly good in several films (and okay in a lot of television dramas).
 
2012-09-09 11:27:07 AM
FTFR: 'Don't expect conventional punchlines here. Instead, these stories push moral and ethical buttons in some unusual and even oblique ways,'

Really?

So we won't be seeing the usual Leftist claptrap about how corporations are bad and making money or profits is bad and personal freedom is bad and diversity is good but not if you have differing political opinions?

Yeah, I'd go see that but that movie hasn't been made.
 
2012-09-09 11:32:10 AM

douchebag/hater: FTFR: 'Don't expect conventional punchlines here. Instead, these stories push moral and ethical buttons in some unusual and even oblique ways,'

Really?

So we won't be seeing the usual Leftist claptrap about how corporations are bad and making money or profits is bad and personal freedom is bad and diversity is good but not if you have differing political opinions?

Yeah, I'd go see that but that movie hasn't been made.


I think the author was referring more to sex, as though that moral button hasn't been pushed a billion times already.

/yawn
 
2012-09-09 11:55:33 AM
Wachowskis hit a home run as reviews call 'Cloud Atlas' 'transcendent'

Also, "messy and disappointingly unimaginative."
 
2012-09-09 12:07:55 PM

TyrantII: You got to remember, Inception was straining fro most people.


It really wasn't. And the reception, both box office and critics/audience, was very positive.
 
2012-09-09 12:37:50 PM

thisiszombocom: plus it has a white boy in yellow face. thats always funny to see. holy shiat no one farking likes male asians.


Not just one either.

I did the ARD for this a few months back and not one of us guessed who the guy that owned 'Papa song's' was until the director told us.

We just thought he looked like a freaky retarded looking oriental geezer but turns out he is a 'famous' British actor under heavy makeup.

I always regarded him as a terrible actor until I saw this.
 
2012-09-09 01:46:11 PM

Carth: The Fountain copied Cloud Atlas a bit but it never was able to put together a coherent story. The Fountain was a movie that needed an extra 60 minutes of film time to make sense. At 3 hours hopefully cloud atlas doesn't have the same problem.


What? No. Aronofsky had been trying to get The Fountain made for a decade already.

Also, I love The Fountain, but it was not too short. They already repeated so many of the scenes as to almost make it tedious. And yes, the repetition was part of the point but it did NOT need another hour.
 
2012-09-09 01:57:12 PM

Free Radical: LDM90: robohobo: Crewmannumber6: robohobo: Wachowski 'siblings'

Lol. .

You gotta hand it to the normal one for continuing to support and work with 'Lana'. That had to be a prolonged, creepy adjustment period

I speak from lack of experience, as a guy who's sister insists she's a boy, it's not farking worth it.

/lack cause I haven't interacted with that crazy mess for years

But I have been assured by many Farkers that such people are completely sane, and we should all respect their belief than women are men and vice-versa. Do you suggest these Farkers are mistaken?!

Religious people claim God literally speaks to them. Are they crazy too?


That's essentially conditioned schizophrenia.

... though who isn't crazy in some way?
 
2012-09-09 02:00:10 PM
media.tumblr.com

Groin-grabbingly transcendent!
 
2012-09-09 02:01:57 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Carth: The Fountain copied Cloud Atlas a bit but it never was able to put together a coherent story. The Fountain was a movie that needed an extra 60 minutes of film time to make sense. At 3 hours hopefully cloud atlas doesn't have the same problem.

What? No. Aronofsky had been trying to get The Fountain made for a decade already.

Also, I love The Fountain, but it was not too short. They already repeated so many of the scenes as to almost make it tedious. And yes, the repetition was part of the point but it did NOT need another hour.


Aronofsky is the one who said he had to cut back on the length and scope after they lost half their funding when Pitt left. He talked about it in the DVD commentary he put up on his site. The movie was good but at 96 minutes it felt disjointed and it was clear watching the documentary DVD extra that he wanted to include a bunch of things he wasn't able to.
 
2012-09-09 02:26:00 PM
I wonder what the diagnosis for "people who are really way, way, WAY too concerned with what other people have in their pants, to the point where they will bring it up when irrelevant in order to bash people they don't know" would be.

What's funny about you guys going back and forth reassuring each other that nope, you're 100% super confident in your own sexual orientation and aren't those he/shes just subhuman and crazy is that time and time again we've seen that the only people who seem invested in reflexively bashing people who are gay, trans, or anything other than straight/cisgendered are people who themselves are gay, trans or anything other than straight/cisgendered and deeply troubled by it.

Seriously, any time someone starts in with the bashing based on orientation or identity, the rest of us just set our stopwatches to see how long it will be before you're found sucking some dude off in a public toilet or found to enjoy dressing up like a pretty, pretty princess and called a slut while your ass gets pounded by strange men you meet off Craigslist.
 
2012-09-09 02:29:28 PM

antron: * watches trailer *

so... The Fountain?


I've always maintained that The Fountain was a prime example of the perils of giving a successful producer/director carte blanche to make whatever movie he/she wants to make, with zero consideration for the expected audience.

Aronofsky got his with The Fountain. Its well-documented that it was a deeply personal campaign of his, and only after switching studios and scaling back the budget was he able to pinch out his overtly philosophical turdling.

M Night Shyamalan got his with the lambastable Airbender, which alienated the only real audience for the film--fans of the cartoon. One would have thought the Wachowski siblings would have already had their ego-project comeuppance with the garish, ill-conceived failure of Speed Racer. And yet, here we are. The trailer for Cloud Atlas plays out like a muddled, less-coherent Crash.
 
2012-09-09 03:04:15 PM

Funbags: antron: * watches trailer *

so... The Fountain?

I've always maintained that The Fountain was a prime example of the perils of giving a successful producer/director carte blanche to make whatever movie he/she wants to make, with zero consideration for the expected audience.

Aronofsky got his with The Fountain. Its well-documented that it was a deeply personal campaign of his, and only after switching studios and scaling back the budget was he able to pinch out his overtly philosophical turdling.

M Night Shyamalan got his with the lambastable Airbender, which alienated the only real audience for the film--fans of the cartoon. One would have thought the Wachowski siblings would have already had their ego-project comeuppance with the garish, ill-conceived failure of Speed Racer. And yet, here we are. The trailer for Cloud Atlas plays out like a muddled, less-coherent Crash.


I got very excited about The Fountain and then watched about 30 minutes of it before I couldn't stand it anymore. It felt pretty much like the cinematic equivalent of someone telling you in excruciating detail about a dream they once had that was incredibly meaningful to them but pointless noise to you

I'm cautiously optimistic about this movie - there's been a bit of interest for me in everything the Wachowski's have done, even if it hasn't always/ever been realized in a way that ultimately worked. I can see what they were trying to get at in their other films - and where those films failed due to being overly ambitious in trying to combine too many elements.
 
2012-09-09 04:04:16 PM

Funbags: I've always maintained that The Fountain was a prime example of the perils of giving a successful producer/director carte blanche to make whatever movie he/she wants to make, with zero consideration for the expected audience.


If you make a film the audience wants to see you're a hack and personally Hollywood's got 1 Michael Bay too many as it is.
 
2012-09-09 04:33:36 PM

She comes in colors everywhere: Wachowskis hit a home run as reviews call 'Cloud Atlas' 'transcendent'

Also, "messy and disappointingly unimaginative."


I read that review and the author made an error about The Wachowskis bringing bullet time to cinema. Though it originated in a The Gap ad, the first movie that featured it was that abortion Wing Commander.
 
2012-09-09 04:35:16 PM

TyrantII: You got to remember, Inception was straining fro most people. A movie where everything was explained in dialogue, and was pretty straight forward recursion.



Yes but was he dreaming at the end?
 
2012-09-09 04:35:52 PM

douchebag/hater: FTFR: 'Don't expect conventional punchlines here. Instead, these stories push moral and ethical buttons in some unusual and even oblique ways,'

Really?

So we won't be seeing the usual Leftist claptrap about how corporations are bad and making money or profits is bad and personal freedom is bad and diversity is good but not if you have differing political opinions?

Yeah, I'd go see that but that movie hasn't been made.



Relevant username
 
2012-09-09 04:56:31 PM

MadSkillz: She comes in colors everywhere: Wachowskis hit a home run as reviews call 'Cloud Atlas' 'transcendent'

Also, "messy and disappointingly unimaginative."

I read that review and the author made an error about The Wachowskis bringing bullet time to cinema. Though it originated in a The Gap ad, the first movie that featured it was that abortion Wing Commander.


I thought Wing Commander had time progression during their "bullet time." That's what made The Matrix different. I could be wrong though.
 
2012-09-09 05:03:37 PM
Er, no time progression in Wing Commander. Whoops.
 
2012-09-09 05:39:17 PM
first I have heard of this book/movie. Sounds interesting, though I thought of The Fountain as well. I'll check it out.


Funbags: antron: * watches trailer *

so... The Fountain?

I've always maintained that The Fountain was a prime example of the perils of giving a successful producer/director carte blanche to make whatever movie he/she wants to make, with zero consideration for the expected audience.

Aronofsky got his with The Fountain. Its well-documented that it was a deeply personal campaign of his, and only after switching studios and scaling back the budget was he able to pinch out his overtly philosophical turdling.

M Night Shyamalan got his with the lambastable Airbender, which alienated the only real audience for the film--fans of the cartoon. One would have thought the Wachowski siblings would have already had their ego-project comeuppance with the garish, ill-conceived failure of Speed Racer. And yet, here we are. The trailer for Cloud Atlas plays out like a muddled, less-coherent Crash.




I would say the bolded statement describes Shyamalan/Last Airbender more than it does The Fountain. The Last Airbender had a built-in audience that, from what I understand, was largely ignored in favor of someone unfamiliar and/or indifferent to the film's source material. What built-in audience did the Fountain have?
 
2012-09-09 06:24:40 PM

Carth: The All-Powerful Atheismo: Carth: The Fountain copied Cloud Atlas a bit but it never was able to put together a coherent story. The Fountain was a movie that needed an extra 60 minutes of film time to make sense. At 3 hours hopefully cloud atlas doesn't have the same problem.

What? No. Aronofsky had been trying to get The Fountain made for a decade already.

Also, I love The Fountain, but it was not too short. They already repeated so many of the scenes as to almost make it tedious. And yes, the repetition was part of the point but it did NOT need another hour.

Aronofsky is the one who said he had to cut back on the length and scope after they lost half their funding when Pitt left. He talked about it in the DVD commentary he put up on his site. The movie was good but at 96 minutes it felt disjointed and it was clear watching the documentary DVD extra that he wanted to include a bunch of things he wasn't able to.


And that's a good thing, is what I am saying.
 
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