On the monitor screen, Tom Hanks’s eyes, in extreme closeup, flickered through a complicated sequence of emotions: hatred, fear, anger, doubt. “Cut!” Lana Wachowski shouted. The crew on Stage 9 at Babelsberg Studio, near Berlin, erupted in a din of professional efficacy, preparing for the next shot, while Hanks returned to his chair to sip coffee from an NPR cup. Lana and her brother, Andy, who are best known for writing and directing the “Matrix” trilogy, were shooting “Cloud Atlas,” an adaptation of David Mitchell’s 2004 best-selling novel of the same name.
Read more at The New Yorker. I typically skip these kinds of pieces, but this one kept me up the other night when I made the mistake of reading it past my bedtime. Cloud Atlas, which will either be one of the greatest movies ever made or the worst, seems to be pretty damn good if this journalist is to be believed.