Back Seat Producers Season 08 Shows

BSP Episode 275: Cloud Atlas

(From your happy note-taker:  If ever I needed a reminder as to why I need to see the movie before doing show notes… THIS IS IT)

Release date – 10/26/2012

Warner Bros. Pictures

Directed by

  • The Wachowskis
  • Tom Tykwer

Produced by

  • Grant Hill
  • Stefan Arndt
  • Lana Wachowski
  • Tom Tykwer
  • Andy Wachowski

Screenplay by

  • Lana Wachowski
  • Tom Tykwer
  • Andy Wachowski

Based on Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cast (each playing numerous characters)

  • Tom Hanks
  • Halle Berry
  • Jim Broadbent
  • Hugo Weaving


  • Cat anatomy!
  • And the movie…
  • Some parts good, some parts cheesy.
  • Hugo Weaving IS Nurse Ratched.
  • Jim Broadbent’s story line is the best.
  • You have to really pay attention to this movie.
  • David digs vignettes.
  • Certain story lines climax early… oh yeah…
  • Soylent Green is people!
  • Every story, in some way, advances the idea of being free.
  • Hugo Weaving was great in every character.
  • Tom Hanks was a weak person (character) who becomes strong.
  • Hugh Grant = old, crust Mick Jagger.
  • How to survive a disaster & self-defense tips from your hosts.
  • If you can make your way through the whole movie, there’s a good payoff.
  • Don’t watch the movie in parts; you need to see it all at once.

Trivial bits:

  • The film was shot with two parallel filming units, one under the helm of Tykwer and one under the direction of the Wachowski siblings.  They shared no crew members beside the cast and the directors themselves.
  • With a budget of over $100,000,000, Cloud Atlas is one of the most expensive independent films to date.
  • The character played by actress Amanda Walker (Veronica Costello) is based on Elvis Costello’s song Veronica, which tells the story of an old lady that is spending her final days in a nursing house, like the Veronica from this movie.
  • All the characters played by Hugh Grant and Hugo Weaving are villains.

Your Producers for this episode were:

  • Tony
  • Darrell
  • David

This episode was recorded:  6/19/13

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