The Cloud Atlas Trailer
I enjoy trailers, so here’s a few. The first is for the Cloud Atlas, a romp across time by the Wachowski Brothers, better known for the Matrix. I won’t say trilogy cause only the first one was necessary. And Speed Racer. Ech. One hopes they do better, it looks more promising than their recent past. However, it’s not the Wachowski Brothers anymore (and I don’t know why I capitalize that). Larry Wachowski has gradually changed his gender and is Lana Wachowski, as you can see in the video below.
It’s quite interesting, largely in how little interest or controversy this has caused. People can decide their gender and it is fine. Good to see that it is fine, in a social sense. The best sign that our prejudices are starting to fade is that they don’t even have to be discussed much.
This is the trailer for Samsara, which is worth loading and watching in HD. This is from the makers of Baraka, a film that blew my mind when I was a teenager. It’s called a stoner movie in the sense that you can get lost in it, but it’s much more than that. We watched in a friends basement completely sober and it still changed the way I looked at the world. Baraka was a collection of shots, moving photographs really, with no particular story attached, but you just got the feeling that the world had opened a thousand magical windows and you could peep in.
Samsara is a similar film, in this case a non-guided visual meditation on the interconnection between all things.
Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern. (via Vimeo)
It’s interesting that both these filmmakers and the Wachowski siblings are exploring rebirth. I don’t believe in it, but I’ve always felt there was something there, at least metaphorically. Something to learn about or from. Monks I revere have said they’ve seen past lives in moments of deep insight, but I haven’t (seen, or really had). Perhaps.
And finally, something not so serious. This is the trailer for Skyfall, the new Bond film. I’ve seen almost every Bond movie and always enjoy them, but I must say that Daniel Craig is my favorite. He takes what can be a farcical role and gives it a depth and a weight, at least in Casino Royale. I’m looking forward to the next iteration.