“Cloud Atlas” Star Halle Berry @ Variety’s 4th Annual Power Of Women Event

Halle Berry @ Variety's 4th Annual Power Of Women EventPhoto Credit: WENN

As one of the 2012 Lifetime Impact Honorees, Halle Berry’s shined a spotlight on her charity of choice, The Jenesse Center. Here’s more about the non-profit from Variety’s website:

Jenesse Center is a national non-profit domestic violence intervention and prevention organization that provides a holistic, comprehensive program to nurture victimized families back to a place of mental, financial, physical and emotional well-being. Founded in 1980, Jenesse Center has housed more than 15,000 victims and survivors of domestic violence in its emergency shelters and transitional housing apartment facilities. Through the Jenesse Domestic Violence Legal Clinic and outreach and educational programs, Jenesse has educated more than 100,000 women, children, young adults and men about the issue of domestic violence. Through media outreach, including its website, www.jenesse.org, Jenesse has reached more than eighty million people locally, domestically and globally on the issue of domestic violence. To learn more about Jenesse Center, visit www.jenesse.org. If you know a person in need of help or a family in crises, please call the confidential 24-hour Jenesse Hotline at 1-800-479-7328.

As for Halle’s latest project, hope you bastards are ready for “Cloud Atlas.” It’s the latest film by legendary “Matrix” creators the Wachowski Brothers, who’ve since, thanks to medical science, transformed into the Wachowski brother & sister after Larry Wachowski chopped off his wee-wee & changed his name to Lana. The wildly anticipated film, which hits theaters on October 26, stars a deep cast that includes the likes of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving & many others. Here’s some plot action:

An epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present, and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution.[Source]

The flick screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, so here’s what some of the critics thought:

Variety described it as “an intense three-hour mental workout rewarded with a big emotional payoff. […] One’s attention must be engaged at all times as the mosaic triggers an infinite range of potentially profound personal responses.” James Rocchi of MSN Movies stated “It is so full of passion and heart and empathy that it feels completely unlike any other modern film in its range either measured through scope of budget or sweep of action.”[30] The Daily Beast called Cloud Atlas “one of the year’s most important movies”.

Inside movies described the film as “utterly, wonderfully epic”.[2] Michael Cieply of The New York Times commented on the film “You will have to decide for yourself whether it works. It’s that kind of picture. […] Is this the stuff of Oscars? Who knows? Is it a force to be reckoned with in the coming months? Absolutely.

However, the film was criticized by Slant Magazine reviewer Calum Marsh, who called Cloud Atlas a “unique and totally unparalleled disaster” and commented “[its] badness is fundamental, an essential aspect of the concept and its execution that I suspect is impossible to remedy or rectify”.[2] The Guardian stated “At 163 minutes, Cloud Atlas carries all the marks of a giant folly, and those unfamiliar with the book will be baffled.”