Hypable Movie Review: ‘Cloud Atlas’

10:00 am EDT, October 26, 2012

Beautifully weaving six stories together, Cloud Atlas examines how humankind is connected through past, present and future, and how one’s life can directly impact another’s life long they’ve passed.

The six stories are set throughout both time and space – an 1850s sea voyage from the South Pacific to America, 1930s pre-WWII Europe, 1975 Cold War America, modern day Great Britain, Seoul in 2144, and the post-apocalyptic world some significant time in the future. Each individual plot is directly affected by the story which chronologically occurs before theirs, demonstrating how one’s life can have a direct impact on the future long after one has died. Furthermore, the overarching theme that everything is connected throughout time is demonstrated through the actors portraying a different role in each of the six stories. Additionally, the main character of each plot is marked by having a small birthmark in the shape of a comet, physically showing reincarnation through time and space.

While the plots of the six stories drastically differ from each other, they all pull on very similar themes that examine how human nature remains constant through history. At one point in the film, Halle Berry’s 1970s character Louisa Rayes poses the question: “Why do we keep making the same mistakes?” which is a question many historians have asked over time. The answer is demonstrated though the paralleling examples of human nature: each of the plots show human kind experiencing power, suffering, greed, kindness, loyalty, and love. Cloud Atlas rightfully features love as the most predominant and powerful emotion in human existence, as the story depicts how love carries on throughout time and is never truly lost.

Each member of the star-studded cast, which features Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, Keith David, and James D’Arcy, wonderfully highlights their acting abilities in Cloud Atlas due to each actor portraying multiple – and extremely different – roles. Hanks once again proves his superb talent and it wouldn’t be surprising in the least if his work in this film was nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars next year. It also wouldn’t be surprising if Cloud Atlas won Best Makeup at the Academy Awards – the physical transformation each actor went through for their multiple roles was astonishing, as they were sometimes completely unrecognizable. The makeup was so well-done that it wasn’t until the ending credits when I learned each of the roles all of the actors played.

The film was adapted by Tom Tykwer and Andy and Lana Wachowski from British author David Mitchell’s novel of the same name  – the three screenwriters also co-directed the film. I can imagine that both writing the book and adapting the film were huge feats to overcome. Mitchell interwove six stories together in a crafty way that they were all distinct plots, yet all connected, and Tykwer and the Wachoskis had to work to the same awesome accolades and high standards Mitchell’s novel already received and to intertwine the plots into a film that would keep the audience intrigued. Although the film is a little lengthy at just shy of three hours, the three screenwriters overall fantastically adapted the humankind epic for the big screen, keeping the seriousness of the story while perfectly inserting some rip-roaring comedic moments. I would be highly surprised if this screenplay adaptation wasn’t nominated for an Academy Award. If one hasn’t read the novel before viewing the film, it may take the entire first third of the story to really wrap one’s mind around the film’s structure, but is easy to follow once done so.

While the film didn’t receive a high amount of publicity, don’t let that be a reason to deter seeing the film. Cloud Atlas is an underrated masterpiece that will most likely receive multiple nominations, and probably a few wins, at the 2013 Academy Awards. The story and themes on human nature are timeless and relateable to anyone who watches the film. David Mitchell, Tom Tykwer, and Lana and Andy Wachoski created masterpieces that will carry on long after they’ve passed. Because of their wonderful creations of the novel and film respectively, their work and lives can be summarized into a statement that one of Ben Whishaw’s characters makes in the film: “My life extends far beyond the limitations of me.”

Grade: A-

Rated: R (for violence, language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use.)

Cloud Atlas opens in theaters on October 26, 2012.

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.

After filing for divorce from Johnny Depp earlier this week, Amber Heard has now filed a restraining order against the actor after alleged domestic abuse.

TMZ reports Heard went into a Los Angeles courtroom this morning to file the restraining order and shared photos of physical abuse by Johnny Depp, including bruises from this past weekend. “Heard claims after he allegedly hit her he offered her money to stay quiet, but instead she filed for divorce first thing Monday morning,” TMZ says. Heard reportedly “has video of one of the beatings.” TMZ’s report includes a graphic photo of the bruises the actress received from Depp.

Update: The restraining order has been granted.

Heard says she’s been physically assaulted “various times during their marriage,” according to TMZ, and believes there’s “an immediate threat of harm.” Hence the restraining order.

The report adds, “We’re told cops told Amber they would find Johnny and arrest him if she gave a statement about the alleged violence, but she refused. Officers told her if she changed her mind she could call them. As far as we know, she has not gone back to the cops.”

Johnny Depp is currently in the middle of promoting Alice Through the Looking Glass, which opens in theaters Friday.

Depp and Heard married last year after three years of dating. A photo of the couple at this year’s Grammy Awards is below.

DCOM marathon schedule: See full list of movies and when they air

The mega marathon begins Friday, May 27 and runs into June!

10:00 am EDT, May 27, 2016

The highly-anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie marathon began Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m. eastern and runs through the holiday weekend. See the complete DCOM marathon schedule here!

When Disney Channel says they’re running a DCOM marathon, they mean it. The network will be airing 51 DCOMs from Friday to Monday ahead of this summer’s release of their 100th DCOM, Adventures in Babysitting (debuting June 24). Who needs Memorial Day festivities when you can sit inside and enjoy Disney Channel classics all weekend?!

After Monday they’ll continue to air a couple more movies every night until they eventually air all 100 DCOMs. That’s right! Every single one of ’em is returning to television between now and late June.

Below is the complete list of DCOMs airing from Friday, May 27 into the middle of June. Since many are airing in the overnight hours, you’ll probably want to set up your DVR. Or in case you want to watch them again. And again.

DCOM Marathon Schedule

Friday, May 27

10:00AM Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
11:20AM Read It and Weep
12:55PM Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
2:40PM Jump In!
4:15PM Lemonade Mouth
6:15PM Zapped
8:00PM High School Musical 2
9:55PM The Cheetah Girls 2
11:45PM Zenon the Zequel
1:25AM Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
2:55AM Twitches Too
4:25AM Alley Cats Strike!

Saturday, May 28

6:25AM You Wish!
8:05AM The Proud Family Movie
9:50AM Quints
11:25AM Horse Sense
1:10PM Cow Belles
2:50PM Twitches
4:30PM The Even Stevens Movie
6:15PM Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie
8:00PM Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
9:50PM Princess Protection Program
11:30PM The Cheetah Girls: One World
1:05AM Zenon: Z3
2:40AM Halloweentown High
4:20AM The Thirteenth Year

Netflix DCOMs High School Musical

Sunday, May 29

6:00AM Right On Track
7:45AM Full-Court Miracle
9:35AM Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off
11:20AM Brink!
1:10PM Double Teamed
2:55PM Rip Girls
4:35PM Motocrossed
6:20PM Cloud 9
8:00PM Teen Beach 2
9:55PM Bad Hair Day
11:40PM How to Build a Better Boy
1:20AM Pixel Perfect
2:55AM The Other Me
4:30AM Genius

Monday, May 30

10:00AM Stuck in the Suburbs
11:30AM Halloweentown
1:05PM Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century
2:55PM Smart House
4:25PM High School Musical
6:15PM Camp Rock
8:00PM Descendants
10:05PM Teen Beach Movie
11:55PM Cadet Kelly
1:50AM The Cheetah Girls
3:35AM Johnny Tsunami

Camp Rock DCOM

After Memorial Day Weekend, Disney Channel will air two more DCOMs each night. Here’s the schedule so far (again, set your DVRs because these air late!)

Wednesday, June 1
12:00AM Return to Halloweentown
1:40AM Can of Worms

Thursday, June 2
12:00AM Going to the Mat
1:40AM Miracle in Lane 2

Friday, June 3
12:00AM The Suite Life Movie
1:40AM Ring of Endless Light

Saturday, June 4
12:00AM Invisible Sister
1:40AM Now You See It…

Sunday, June 5
12:00AM Girl vs. Monster
1:40AM Phantom of Megaplex

Monday, June 6
12:00AM Tru Confessions
1:40AM Tiger Cruise

Tuesday, June 7
12:00AM Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire
1:40AM Under Wraps

Wednesday, June 8
12:00AM Den Brother
1:40AM Go Figure

Thursday, June 9
12:00AM Avalon High
1:40AM Jett Jackson: The Movie

Friday, June 10 and beyond
As of right now Disney Channel hasn’t released the schedule beyond June 10.

Which DCOMs do you plan to watch during the Disney Channel Marathon?

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Next week we’ll be launching a fun new game here on Hypable where we’ll seek your help in ranking every single DCOM in the history of DCOMs. It’s probably a good idea to watch as many of these as possible so you can brush up on your knowledge base and rank them accurately!