It feels strange to feel nostalgic for the Bush years, yet here we are. There is some expected aging to the jokes here ("There are only two members in the White Stripes!" and "Shut it, Love Actually! You want me to hole-punch your face?") but hell if this movie doesn't steamroll through so many punchlines that if you miss one peel you'll be cracking up at the next one.
With Wright closing out his 'Cornetto' trilogy he crafted his most fleshed out character yet, Gary King. King is the guy who never pulled past his heyday of being at the top of the social order in high school (though flashbacks at the beginning reveal that might have just been his self-perception to begin with). He's the guy who not only listens to the same favorite band when he was 16, he wouldn't have a better tattoo idea than the…
David Lynch presents his greatest stride, giving us a surrealist pop dream that is as irresistible as it is confounding, raising a huge middle finger to Hollywood conventions while never compromising entertainment. Perhaps what the movie accomplishes best is the feeling of unease and disorientation - the camera twists and turns as much as layered plot and the constant dichotomy of tone never gives a comfortable dwelling. For every tender or erotic moment there is an underlying distortion, giving a…
Film #1 of Scavenger Hunt #4 Challenge!
Task #1 : Film featuring reincarnation!
As a huge fan of David Mitchell's style-driven, genre-smashing novel Cloud Atlas, I was hesitant about this film. How would the Wachowski's match Mitchell's penchant for capturing the different stories and ages through his use of language? And how would they wrap six vastly different, tangentially related stories into a single cohesive film?
Well they did it, and the result is fantastic. Six stories…