I love the Wachowskis, especially Lana, don’t get me wrong- and I read David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas and thought it was… okay… but given that the interviews the artists gave about this film were beautiful, and although I think I get what the Wachowskis and Twiker were trying to do… alas looking at these gifs I realize again I just wished the entire film had consisted of the NeoSeoul segment expanded and that it had been given the 4 act treatment that the short story inside of the novel didn’t get. It was the best story by far and due to the unique split of that storyline both at the beginning of the book and the latter half, the rest of the stories just felt like delay tactics in the way of the second half of the NeoSeoul world. The siblings directing sci-fi feels fucking incredible to watch. Everything is so tight. As a hollywood vfx artist I can say most directors just buy vfx and get lost in them and have a hard time directing the complexity, but the W’s are able to reign them and mold them into a symphony of flow and camera movement— and that’s really hard to do… harder than you think… to orchestrate the 200 people it takes to make this kind of sequence look like it was just a kid with a camera and some models is like herding a stadium of cats. Most directors get lost and clammed up in the grayscale playblasts of the previs because at the moment when the actual magic of the moves and the flow are getting worked out and decided in the vfx process, the directors are looking at crap that looks like nothing this polished. They have to be able to visualize such disparate and disconnected elements to get it to all gel. There is no “set” to look at. These Neosouel sequences suffered from the same problem the Matrix 1 suffered from which was- a case of the amazings….ideas dramatized in the most cutting edge way. Unfortunately the rest of the movie felt like it suffered from the same problems as the matrix 2&3 which is to say, thin intellectualization over dramatization. But I’ll take it. I’ll take an artist’s genius with their faults. [Veiled Cloud Atlas Spoilers Ahead] Even if Soylent Green is people in the end… Looking forward to Jupiter Ascending.
Alright ya lovelies who occupy this supposed vast cyberpunk net of connectivity. Please bring it. I imagine you’re there. I hope you’re there all the time. My entire fetishization of this sub-genre has to do with the idea that somewhere out there on this hardwired grid of connectivity exists a space absent of lonely. And now I suddenly need it. Anybody out there feeling that vacant hole of meaning and connectivity because you had the misfortune of spending some quality time with blood relatives? The kind you feel no intellectual connection with? Thank Spaghetti Monster I’m good and sauced with bubbles and tryptophan… Ask me anything. Probe away. What do you want to know. I’ll delete it in the morning… most of it.