Will the Wachowskis’ Flick ‘Cloud Atlas’ Deliver? — 10 Things To Check Out This Week
The most ambitious movie of the year opens this week -- the same week we’re getting a reissue of one of the best sci-fi films of all time, a new comic book series that’s being called “an instant classic,” and the glorious return of Krysten Ritter’s legs to TV.
Read on for 10 Things to check out this week.
Can the Wachowskis redeem themselves for the muddled ‘Matrix’ sequels with their ambitious, star-studded new effort, ‘Cloud Atlas?’ All signs seem to point to … maybe. Critics are mostly split on ‘Cloud Atlas,’ the Wachowskis’ three hour-long genre-hopping collaboration with ‘Run Lola Run’ director Tom Tykwer. Many are praising the film’s massive scope, bravery and imagery while others say the picture starts with promise but is too unfocused and shallow deliver a real emotional impact. ScreenCrush’s Matt Singer liked it, but he suggests it’ll take more than one viewing to absorb all of the film’s finer points. Singer writes, “a second viewing sounds like an absolute pleasure rather than a chore.” All we know is, we never thought we’d be excited about a movie in which Halle Berry plays six roles. ‘Cloud Atlas’ opens Friday.
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Hey, this looks like fun. We haven’t had a dumb video game adaptation in theaters for a while, and this one’s got Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Radha Mitchell, and Malcolm McDowell! In 3D! Promise at least three beheadings and one topless scene before the third act and we’re in. ‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D’ opens Friday.
‘Blade Runner’ 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray
Director Ridley Scott’s final cut of the classic sci-fi mindfrak gets a re-release this Tuesday, and it’s packed with extras like lobby cards, documentaries, screen tests, and several versions of the film, including the dark “Workprint” version.
‘Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter’ on Blu-ray
Honest Abe’s vamp slaying adventures kinda sorta bombed at the box-office, but we’re rooting for Timur Bekmambetov’s action-horror fantasy to become a hit on home video. Enjoy all the historically inaccurate bloodletting on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday.
‘Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23’ Season 2 premiere
Two Words: Krysten Ritter. Three more words: Krysten Ritter’s legs. Oh, and the jokes are pretty funny too. ‘Don’t Trust the B—’ premieres Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
We told you about MC Jelly Donut and rapper Daveed Diggs’s hilarious music video ‘Yoga Boner’ over the weekend, but we thought it deserved another mention here. Let’s help make this awesome clip the hit it deserves to be.
Alan Robert’s Killogy
Check out the first bloody issue of writer-illustrator Alan Robert’s ‘Killogy’ The new IDW four-part series blends comedy, horror and crime with crazy characters based on celebs like Brea Grant, Marky Ramone and ‘Goodfellas’ actor Frank Vincent. Fangoria calls it “an instant classic.” It’s hard to argue with that!
‘Lost Songs’ by … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Austin, TX assault rockers … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead release their eight studio album this week, ‘Lost Songs.’ The LP is reportedly inspired by Russian punk collective Pussy Riot and their protests and struggles with the leadership in their home country. A new Trail of Dead album is always a reason to celebrate for rock fans.
‘Born to Quit’ by Smoking Popes Reissue
Side One Dummy Records reissues Chicago punk band Smoking Popes’ brilliant sophomore album ‘Born to Quit.’ Punk hasn't sounded this blissful since 1994 (when the LP was first released). The ‘Born to Quit’ reissue hits stores today. Stream a free MP3 at Diffuser.fm.
Lana Del Rey models for H&M
No one blends sexy and awkward quite as skillfully as Lana Del Rey. Check out these hot shots of the gorgeous singer modeling for the Winter 2013 H&M campaign.