The new Tom Hanks flick Cloud Atlas comes out today, and judging by the trailer, it’s a whole lotta movie. It takes place in both the future and the past, has actors playing different ages, genders, and races, and those who haven’t read the book have absolutely no idea what the story’s about. (Safe bet: there’s no Full House slam poetry, though.)
So until we figure out just what the hell is going on in Cloud Atlas, here’s a toast to nine other movies that honor the atmosphere in their titles!
9. Up In The Air
George Clooney fires people for a living, and Anna Kendrick comes up with a way for him to do it more efficiently. This title has a clever double meaning — not only does George's character spend most of his life flying from one city to the next, but it's also about the "up in the air" status of both his life and the people he has to fire throughout the movie.
7. Vanilla Sky
Is there anything more beautiful than a vanilla sky at sunset? Okay, maybe Penelope Cruz, who plays Tom Cruise's love interest in one of her early English-language roles, and Cameron Diaz, who plays the kooky lady who drives him off a bridge and scars him for life. But let's not think of that scary stuff! Let's just look at all the pretty sky cinematography, inspired by the paintings of Claude Monet.
The polar opposite of a vanilla sky — we don't even want to think about what flavor this one would be. Twister's tagline was "the dark side of nature," and this 1996 disaster flick starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton featured all kinds of things in the sky that shouldn't be — like pickup trucks, cows, and Cary Elwes. See? The sky can pretty terrifying when it wants to be.
5. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
Speaking of things that aren't meant to be in the sky, this one probably takes the cake. It's an animated film about a scientist whose invention turns water into food, with disastrous (but delicious) results. We'd be lying if we said hamburgers raining from the sky sounds like a totally bad idea.
4. Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow
Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow actually takes place in the world of yesterday, 1939. It was one of six Jude Law movies released in 2004, and one of the first to feature live action actors existing in a totally computer-generated world. But the real draw: Angelina Jolie in an eyepatch!
3. Singin' In The Rain
The classic musical contains Gene Kelly's iconic title number, in which he manages to dance and sing cheerfully despite getting soaked in the gloomy weather. How come Gene Kelly can tapdance through a storm, and we just buy cheap umbrellas that we'll inevitably leave in a Starbucks?
One of Pixar's most beloved animated triumphs is about an old man who decides to take his house to South America after the death of his wife. How? By tying a lot of balloons to it, of course! Up may not be the most aeronatuically accurate film you'll ever see, but if it doesn't make you cry, your soul is broken.
Cloud Atlas isn't the only altitude-obsessed film to be release this fall. Even James Bond is getting in on the action with Skyfall, which, like most 007 titles, is probably just utter nonsense. (See also: Die Another Day, Live And Let Die, You Only Live Twice, Quantum Of Solace.) Plus it's the name of Adele's theme song, so how could it not make the list?
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