Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 005: Cloud Atlas (2012)

For Episode 005, Karl and Jason tackle the cinematic mammoth, “Cloud Atlas.” We also bring you 13 Mini Reviews — seven of which are horror movie reviews to help you celebrate Halloween this week. So, if you’re looking for some good Halloween flicks, Jason has you covered.

I. Intro
II. Mini Reviews
Jason: Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988), Dance of the Dead (2008), Mask Maker (2010), Chain Letter (2010), Grave Encounters (2011), Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011), Zombie Death House (1987)
Karl: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) — Revisited, Here Comes the Boom (2012), Warrior (2011), Seven Psychopaths (2012), Alex Cross (2012), A League of Their Own (1992), Stir Crazy (1980), Elementary (TV series 2012- )


Ratings and Recommendations for CLOUD ATLAS
Jason = 7 ( Theater / Rental )
Karl = 8.5 ( Theater )
IV. Trailer Talk:
Silver Linings Playbook
Iron Man 3
V. Wrap-Up

NEXT WEEK’S MOVIE: The Man With the Iron Fists with special guest, Hammer, of Zombie Reckoning Podcast

Other Links:

Jason appears on Forgotten Flix: Ep. 84 – Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

Jason appears on Zombie Reckoning Podcast: Ep. 002 – Battle for Vincent Price

Follow Movie Podcast Weekly on Twitter: @MovieCastWeekly

Jason’s Podcast on NBC’s “Revolution”: Podcasting Revolution

We’d also like to thank The Dave Eaton Element and Dave Eaton himself for the use of his music for our theme song.

If you like what we do here at Movie Podcast Weekly, please subscribe and leave us a review in iTunes. If you want to support the show, we have PayPal buttons in our right-hand sidebar where you can make a one-time donation or you can become a recurring donor for just $2 per month.

You can always contact us by e-mailing Or you can call and leave us a voice mail at: (801) 382-8789. And you can leave us a comment in the show notes for this episode.

Thank you for listening, and join us again next Monday for Movie Podcast Weekly.

4 thoughts on “Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 005: Cloud Atlas (2012)

  1. Good show guys. I feel your pain on having to explain this thing. As Jason knows I wanted no part of trying it. I actually think the trailer isn’t as good as you guys think, it doesn’t appeal to a wide audience, it needs a super-reflective type audience willing to think to appreciate the trailer and hence want to see the film. I guess they probably get an audience who will enjoy the film in showing it in that way, but that’s why it only made 10% of its budget on opening weekend. They should have shown the aircraft scene and every action sequence in the film and it would have made at least 30 million and would only have a 6 rating on imdb.

    I agree whole-heartedly about Iron Man 3, I think it looks okay, but wow I’m tired of the suits. Actually both films have been him fighting someone using his technology. I hope in this film it is just due diligence in that when The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) attacks he just tries to give himself the upper hand be destroying the suits and its little more than that. Mandarin has special rings or something ad I think he can even call upon a dragon or something, so it could be different.

  2. Thanks Hammer! And good points as well. I agree with you about showing more action stuff in the trailer probably would have resulted in better opening weekend.

    It hadn’t dawned on me that both Ironman movies were him fighting his own tech.

    One additional faux pas I meant to point out about Cloud Atlas was that when Halle Berry’s VW Bug goes off the bridge and into the lake – they chose the absolute wrong car to show it sinking immediately! As anyone who knows anything about VW Bugs knows, if the doors and windows are shut that car will literally float for hours! They were air-tight back then!

    Silly movie people. :)


  3. Hi Hammer,
    Thanks for commenting. The interesting thing about the “Cloud Atlas” trailer (especially the first 50 seconds of it), is that some of the “heart-to-heart” or “touching” moments that are being said actually occur in the film in a different context. So, after watching the movie and knowing the weight of the surrounding dynamics and events, the trailer plays differently. It’s brilliant to me, in this way, because you can hear it without having seen the film and simply dismiss it as pensive and touching, but those bits of conversation are weightier than they seem.

    I would totally be up for seeing a dragon in “Iron Man 3.” Totally. I think the franchise focuses so much on the suits (obviously) because they nailed that aspect of this adaptation. The suit does look amazing. But yeah, I’m with you, the Iron Man suit enhances and even enables the story, but it’s not the story. Thanks for writing.

    Listeners (and readers), today is Halloween day, and our friend, Hammer, here just released a Zombie Reckoning Podcast on “The Battle for Halloween.” Listen here:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *