Stuff You Need to Know: Hey You Get Off of My Cloud Atlas

The highlights of scads of pop culture news, put through a strainer and placed in a single post to save wear and tear on your mind and productivity. Enjoy.

Cloud Atlas Concept Art

  • The book is Cloud Atlas and it’s been adapted into a movie, produced by the Wachowskis and directed by Tom Twyker, who brought you Run Lola Run. And it looks like somebody tried to take The Fountain, turn it into an even bigger budgeted TV miniseries, then compress it to three hours of cinema. What. The. Hell. Is this.


  • By | 2017-09-24T22:30:44+00:00 July 26th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    Wayhomer Review #98: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

    Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)


    Episode #98 for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011), in which our protagonist talks the evolution of Lisbeth, thinks he might have the fifth Best Actress nom (maybe) and speaks out on behalf of characters who get overtly manipulated by their creators.

    *–I bring this up in the video but my questions regarding how much you can appreciate the film if you have not read the book have only deepened since the recording. I welcome any comments/insights you might have in the comments.

    By | 2017-09-24T22:34:02+00:00 January 1st, 2012|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|7 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: Daniel Day-Lewis is Abe, Honestly

    Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln

    The frustrating thing about pop culture websites is they try to slam you with update after update–and most of it you simply don’t need to know. One post a week, catching you up with everything. That’s what we do. Pour some espresso and get your dose.

  • The Lincoln biopic, helmed by Spielberg, is a month into production and Hollywood Reporter had the first glimpse of Daniel Day-Lewis in full makeup as Abe. And damn. That’s pretty awesome. Cosette’s response: “Did he build a log cabin this time?” Yes. And studied his lines off a shovel. Is it just me or does this just make you want to see Day-Lewis fight vampires? Also, note that Variety says Jared Harris (the upcoming Moriarty–who, holy shit, that’s Richard Harris’ son!) will play Ulysses S. Grant and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.
  • Akira reworked plot points pointed out over at io9. Dindrane and fans of the original are warned to stay away, as you will have a severe allergic reaction. Here’s a taste: “Kaneda (Garret Hedlund) is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted by government agents led by The Colonel (Ken Watanabe).” And on from there.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:34:43+00:00 December 1st, 2011|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment

    Up (2009) – Movie Review

    Up movie poster

    Written by: Pete Docter & Bob Peterson, based on a story by Docter, Peterson and Thomas McCarthy
    Directed by: Pete Docter
    Starring: Ed Asner, Jordan Nagai, Christopher Plummer, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo

    My Advice: See it in 3-D by all that is holy.

    Carl Fredericksen (Asner) is reaching the end of his life. And the great adventure he thought his life would be turned out to be a completely different adventure, with fellow life explorer Ellie. But now that she’s gone, he’s a bit rudderless. That is until circumstances force him to A) rethink that whole original adventure thing and B) get out of town. Since he couldn’t bear to leave the home he shared with his wife, he’ll just have to take it with him…

    I always talk about the fondness I have for things that work on two levels. A recent example I bring up often is the book Coraline: exciting thriller for kiddies, even more of a nailbiter for adults. A more perennial example are the Looney Tunes cartoons, which can be enjoyed by kids but were made for adults and work perfectly on both levels.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:02:42+00:00 June 1st, 2009|Movie Reviews|8 Comments

    At Last, Doctor Parnassus Has a Trailer

    Friend of Needcoffee Terry Gilliam has a new film in the works, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Soon it will overcome all obstacles and blast onto cinema screens everywhere. We earnestly hope. In the meantime, a trailer has been released to the wild via The Imaginarium of Doctor Plume, aka Quick Stop Entertainment.

    Update: Of course, they’ve taken down the trailer. Free advertising for a film? Madness!

    By | 2012-09-13T12:05:11+00:00 September 13th, 2008|Archives|0 Comments

    A Study in Holmes

    Sherlock Holmes statue

    So now we have not one but two Sherlock Holmes films coming out, giving added credence to Doc’s excellent research into Sherlock’s Law, that two years must not pass before someone else attempts to make some version of a Sherlock adaptation.

    In addition to the previously announced Guy Ritchie directed version (which will see Jason Statham in some role–we allege) now we’ve got Judd Apatow co-producing a Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) scribed Sherlock comedy with Will Ferrell as Watson. Which is all well and good, but the interesting bit is Sacha Baron Cohen as Holmes. Interesting because Will Ferrell is pretty much Will Ferrell in all of his movies. This is not a slight, as if you watch early Bill Murray, Bill Murray is almost always playing the same Bill Murray character–and it’s funny. But Cohen is like the comedic analog of Gary Oldman (who should really do more comedies IMO)–Cohen can do comedies all day long and really become the role, so you’re not really watching Cohen just like you’re not really watching Oldman. So Cohen becoming Holmes should be fascinating.

    So we decided to take this moment (nay, excuse, let’s be honest) to throw down a bunch of Holmes interps. This is by no means an exhaustive representation of Holmes adaptations, because there’s a pantsload. But this will just give you a quick lunchtime’s worth of overview.

    Here’s what’s supposed to be the first film of Holmes, entitled Sherlock Holmes Baffled, from 1900. And you will be baffled too when you watch this. Because it appears to be the first appearance of The Vanisher, which we had thought was an X-Men villain. You learn something new everyday.

    By | 2017-09-24T23:16:16+00:00 July 2nd, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Disney Schedule Through 2012

    Walt Disney Pictures logo

    Disney has announced the ten animated feature films that make up their new release schedule through 2012. Plus some Tinker Bell direct to video bits. And you really don’t want the hoobah of the press release talking about how great it is and ooh aren’t we lovely. No, let’s cut straight to the list.

    Oh, wait. You do want to know this bit, though:

    Starting later this year with the release of Disney’s “Bolt,” all Disney and Pixar animated features will be presented in state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3-D(TM). Additionally, newly converted 3-D versions of the beloved classics, “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” are set to debut in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Films are not presently scheduled past 2012 due to the impending singularity, or as John Hodgman would call it: Ragnarok.

    That last part we had mentioned previously. And I’ll go ahead and tell you: Incredibles 2 is not on the list. Damn you, Disney. Damn you for breaking my heart. Again.

    Oh, one last thing–where is Chazzie-award winning director Brad Bird? Making a live action co-produced film for Warner Brothers and Disney/Pixar, apparently, so he’s not on the list. Come back, Brad! Bring me my Incredibles sequel! Please!

    Okay, list. What follows is trimmed from their press release. Our additions and comments are in italics.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:20:28+00:00 April 8th, 2008|Headsup|2 Comments

    12 Monkeys (1995) – DVD Review

    12 Monkeys DVD cover art


    Written by David Webb Peoples & Janet Peoples, based on the film “La Jetée” by Chris Marker
    Directed by Terry Gilliam
    Starring Bruce Willis, Madeline Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer, Frank Gorshin


    • Running audio commentary by director Gilliam and producer Charles Roven
    • “The Hamster Factor” making-of docu
    • Production notes
    • Photo and artwork gallery
    • Trailer

    Released by: Universal.
    Rating: R.
    Region: 1
    Anamorphic: Yes.

    My Advice: Buy it if you don’t have it already.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:56:54+00:00 July 7th, 2005|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments