I'm glad Cloud Atlas, The Master, and Holy Motors came out in the same year. They're very similar films philosophically, in that the whole is far greater than the sum of their parts. Much can be said or inferred about the all of the minutiae you can eagle-eye in these films, but when taken out of the context of the rest of the film they just feel like tidbits, or incomplete paintings. The three films are engrossingly engaging as experiences; true pieces of cinema that deserve to be discussed philosophically and not nit-pickingly.
Unfortunately, the economics didn't show that the rest of the world wanted to have that discussion. That's sad. Though what is there to say about the nature of history-making films released in the age of the Internet? We remember many films from yonder that did not get the recognition they deserved in their day, but that has really only become apparent because of an interconnected digital world.
(Yes, I know film conservators have been around for decades, and the Criterion Collection preceded the Internet. In the grand scheme of things, though, it's impossible to notice how prevalent this behavior has become since the Internet gained critical mass)
I'm curious to see how Cloud Atlas lives on, as I do The Master and Holy Motors. I can only hope that their popular resurgences as masterpieces comes sooner rather than later.