Film Junk Podcast Episode #758: Cloud Atlas


0:00 – Intro: Projectors, Junk Mail and Tech Talk
26:35 – Film Junk Re-Review: Cloud Atlas
1:00:20 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Invisible Man (2020), Family Romance LLC, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, Family Ties, Citizen K
1:27:00 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
1:29:30 – Outro

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  • schizopolis

    Sean, earlier this year I bought cheap bluetooth earbuds on Amazon and gave a not-so-great review. They were okay, but only at the gym, the left earbud would cut out. The next day the company emailed me and offered me a replacement or $40 Amazon gift card to take the review down.

  • pcch7

    Doing a first playthrough of a game with a guide is just wrong

  • M

    Is it possible for the intro and outro music to be listed on the iOS podcast app info?

    Love the show

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  • devolutionary

    Amazon is not above the payola! Who knew? ;) For some reason this Twiiter hoax #ripjeffbezos has been trending lately.

  • Sean

    Yeah I had an experience with a roofing company that tried to bully us into taking down a negative review online a few years ago. Controlling negative reviews is a big thing, especially since people are much more likely to leave a negative review than a positive one. But this was the first time I had seen such a major incentive to leave a positive review.

  • Sean

    I’m sure we can do that but which app are you referring to? The Patreon app?

  • Deven Science

    I definitely feel like they couldn’t get away with the cross-racial casting now, which is a shame in a weird way. I understand why people are angry about it, but I also see it as a challenge for actors. Linda Hunt won an Oscar for playing a Asian man.

  • Beat_C

    i haven’t rewatched “cloud atlas”, but i remember the effect of western make-up on eastern actors and vice versa having a very strange, disconcerting effect. so it wasn’t just casting the “wrong” race, and that’s why it somehow worked.

  • Lior

    Haven’t listened to the show yet, but Cloud Atlas is one of my favorite movies of the last decade. A truly unsung masterpiece in my opinion. If any of the hosts gives this less than 4 stars I will be truly disappointed.

  • Lior

    The movie is dealing with reincarnation, so there is a very strong reasoning for casting the same actors in different roles, different races, genders etc. Your race and gender, your physical identity, is just something you borrow for this lifetime. Next lifetime you will be something else. That’s why identity politics and attachment to identity is so… missing the point. Today of course this movie could not be made because it’s not politically correct. It doesn’t matter that the subject matter justifies the form. Thank god the Wachowskis got it in before the thought police rose to power.

  • Kevin Cardoza

    Sean – The book is in chronological order, followed by reverse. In other words, the first half of the book is half of each story in the order of time it happened, and then the other half is the other part going backwards, so the book ends on the same story it started with which is pretty much where the movie ends. Also, each story is written in a different literary style – the first story on the ship is written in olde English journal style, the one about the reporter is written like a 70s political thriller, etc.

  • Deven Science

    Prepare to be disappointed.

  • Lior

    Lol, yeah, I heard. Frank, if you need a guide, drop me a line!

  • Lior

    Most of Carl Reiner’s late 70’s/early 80’s output is still sadly one of my cinematic blind spots.
    However, the exception to this is All of Me, a film I’ve seen multiple times and a film that features one of the most astonishing performances from Steve Martin. It’s another movie that will never get made today because it will probably be perceived as offensive to… someone, but seeing Martin play a woman trapped in the body of a man is a sight to behold. It’s also a pretty tough movie to find these days, it’s not on any streaming service that I know of and there is no blu-ray release, only an ancient DVD that is long out of print. Maybe it’s on itunes, I dunno.
    Anyway, it’s well worth seeking out, a great comedy.

  • Falsk

    Came here to say the same thing. I feel like Steve Martin films can very quickly veer into boomer humor, but his physical comedy in All of Me had me ROLLING. Granted, I haven’t seen it in YEARS, but I remember it fondly.

  • MartyMcFlyJr

    Hey Frank, you guys did review Cloud Atlas on the show. Episode 386. You gave it 4/4 and 4.5/5.

  • Blake in Boston

    Just catching up with this now. Frank, thank you for citing my inspirational Game Junk Prototype comment; conversely, stop using guides and being a slave to the Plat. It will set you free.

    Jay, you’ll be hearing from my lawyers.