Larry Wachowski

Larry Wachowski

Larry Wachowski Quick Links

News Film RSS

At The Movies: Cloud Atlas Review Roundup


Tom Hanks Halle Berry Tom Tykwer Larry Wachowski Lilly Wachowski

We’ve taken a look at some Cloud Atlas reviews to see whether the Tom Hanks epic is worth your hard earned cash. Enjoy!

Based on the 2004, Booker Prize nominated book of the same name by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. It’s basically Love Actually for sci-fi fans, but what did the critics think? Well, they couldn’t really decide, culminating in a rather mediocre media response. “This is by no means the best movie of the year, but it may be the most movie you can get for the price of a single ticket,” wrote New York Times review A.O Scott, in a fairly positive review. However, The Newark Star Ledger condemned the film as a finished product: “If the talented Wachowskis are ever going to achieve true artistic nirvana, they're going to have to be more disciplined with their grand ideas, more ruthless in their rewrites.”

MSN Movies were perhaps the most succinct in their decision on the movie, writing: “It's kind of astonishing that for all its ambition and accomplishment, and for the ostensibly subversive philosophy it pushes, Cloud Atlas ends up being just another platitudinous overblown pummel-you-into-submission movie-machine.” Did we say succinct? We meant the opposite. To surmise, Cloud Atlas is a film for: a) movie lovers, b) fans of the book or c) fans of confusion and inevitable derision, or all three. Have fun. 

Continue reading: At The Movies: Cloud Atlas Review Roundup

The Matrix Revolutions Review


OK
With their third (and hopefully, final) Matrix movie, the Wachowski brothers have delivered a dud so disappointing, they may as well have bussed in Ewoks to save Zion.

To understand why, let's just dive right in.

Continue reading: The Matrix Revolutions Review

Assassins Review


Very Good
Okay, I admit it. I was expecting something horrible like Judge Dredd when I sat down for Assassins. Instead, imagine my surprise to find a nicely-crafted action thriller that does not feature Sylvester Stallone making a bunch of "witty" remarks.

Assassins is essentially an updating of a well-established story line. Robert Rath (Stallone) is the best in the world at what he does--killing people for money. But he's getting tired of it all and wants out of the business. Unfortunately, you can't just give two weeks notice to your faceless hit contractor; it's a bit more difficult than that. So it's understandable that Rath barely flinches when he finds out Miguel Bain (Antonio Banderas), the #2 assassin, is after him.

Continue reading: Assassins Review

The Animatrix Review


Very Good
Somewhere between The Matrix and Reloaded lies The Animatrix. If you're a hardcore Matrix geek, this DVD has plenty of material to quench your thirst for the backstory that Reloaded so seriously lacked. Of course, if you're that heavy into this sci-fi saga, you've probably already bootlegged most of these shorts online.

In short, The Animatrix consists of nine animated short films. Best known among these is Final Flight of the Osiris, which serves as a prequel to Reloaded, and explains what the hell everyone was talking about in that opening scene. Directed by Andy Jones, Final Flight bears much of the look and feel of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, on which Jones served as animation supervisor. As with Final Fantasy, this brief adventure does more to advance the cause of CG animation than to convey any kind of meaningful story. Instead, it spends roughly half of its runtime in a VR sword fight that is reminiscent of Neo's first bout with Morpheus, except that in this version the fighters get naked. If you're the type who finds cartoons arousing, then this bit is for you. Otherwise, it's just wearying.

Continue reading: The Animatrix Review

The Matrix Revisited Review


Very Good
The Matrix stands as one of the greatest films of the 1990s, and it's one of the most important ones, too. And why not give such a milestone film the mega-documentary treatment?

The Matrix Revisited is now on hand to tell anyone who cares to listen and learn about the most minute facets of the making of The Matrix, exploring everything from the studio's early nervousness to fight training to storyboards to wardrobe to the pioneering and widely-copied "bullet time" camera trick. While you've seen a lot of these before on endless behind-the-scenes documentaries. (In fact, you've seen some of this on the original Matrix DVD, which some correctly feel is robbing us, at least a little, by not simply including this documentary with it in the first place.)

Continue reading: The Matrix Revisited Review

Larry Wachowski

Larry Wachowski Quick Links

News Film RSS
Advertisement

Occupation

Filmmaker


Larry Wachowski Movies

The Matrix Revolutions Movie Review

The Matrix Revolutions Movie Review

With their third (and hopefully, final) Matrix movie, the Wachowski brothers have delivered a dud...

The Animatrix Movie Review

The Animatrix Movie Review

Somewhere between The Matrix and Reloaded lies The Animatrix. If you're a hardcore Matrix geek,...

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews