Jupiter Ascending: A Real Letdown

Review of Jupiter Ascending, Directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana WachowskiThis is the story of how the movie Jupiter Ascending was written.Two little boys got together and said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could rollerblade and fly at the same time? And isn’t outer space awesome? And isn’t Mila Kunis hot? Let’s make a movie!”OK, not really, but might as well have been.Jupiter Ascending was an awkward travesty of a movie — at times painful to watch, with plot holes galore.I will attempt to e … [Read more...]

Weirdness at its most effective

Review of Cloud Atlas Directed by Tom Tykwer and the WachowskisBy COYLE NEALDon’t let the title fool you—there is neither cartography nor meteorology in the latest entry in the “I read a philosophy book once” series of films by the Wachowski brothers siblings starship. As with their previous movies, Cloud Atlas contains a goodly mix of action, humor, fantastically imaginative settings, pseudo-philosophical one-liners, and Elrond. Weighing in at just under three hours, this lengthy tale is … [Read more...]

Why We Fight: Searching for Justice in an Unjust World

 A Review of Cloud Atlas, directed by Tom Tykwer and Wachowski StarshipBy ALEXIS NEALEvery once in a while, you see movies advertised as offering ‘something for everyone,’ and it’s usually just so much marketing malarkey. Cloud Atlas is an exception. This deeply strange film includes: a period adventure on the high seas (complete with abolitionist sub-plot); a tragic Gothic love story full of secrecy and betrayal; a 1970’s conspiracy thriller; a screwball madcap comedy caper; a dystopian … [Read more...]