Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 62: Cloud Atlas, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Flight, and The Sessions

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6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.

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Cloud Atlas.  Take six of Tom Hanks’ worst films, place them in different time periods, watch them all at the same time, and that’s sort of what Cloud  Atlas is like.

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Lincoln.  It’s Steven Spielberg’s big screen version of “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.”  Lucky for Spielberg, he’s got Daniel Day-Lewis instead of an animatronic robot.

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Life of Pi.  To paraphrase Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, “Zebras, hyenas, and tigers, oh my!”  But in this film, there’s also an orangatang, some meerkats, and a cannibalistic island.  Oh dear.

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Flight.  “Get ready to have your world turned upside down.”  Skymall magazine.

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The Sessions.  The R rating is a warning that the film is for adults, but a more appropriate warning would let you know that it actually treats you like an adult–an experience you might not be prepared for.

Thanks for listening!  We’ll be back in two weeks.
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2 thoughts on “Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 62: Cloud Atlas, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Flight, and The Sessions

  1. I haven’t yet seen Life of Pi or Flight, but I couldn’t agree more with your assessments on the mediocrity of Lincoln and the brilliance of The Sessions (see The Intouchables for a similarly great movie about a similar subject).
    I do think you guys missed the boat on Cloud Atlas. Yes it is bad, but it is so bad I would deem it a masterpiece. A train wreck so amazing it will live on in memory much longer than Daniel Day Lewis’ third Oscar.

    • Here’s the sad thing about The Sessions. I work in the film department at UCLA, and I know a lot of people who go to see films regularly. Whenever I talk movies with them, I always bring up The Sessions, but not only have they usually not seen it, most of them don’t know what I’m talking about—probably haven’t even heard of it. I don’t really care a whole lot about who gets nominated for or wins an Oscar, but I’m hoping at least Helen Hunt and John Hawkes get nominated. The Oscars are probably the last chance people are going to have to find out about this film. Even a nomination or two might not be enough to get anyone out to see it, but if it doesn’t get any nominations, it’s just going to disappear, and everyone will have missed out on one of the best—if not the best—movie of the year.

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