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Wed May-08-13 01:49 PM by Frank Longo

  

          

Here's a brief cock tease of the trailer that drops tomorrow.

http://youtu.be/yveFKSg74bQ

Look at that camera work.

You niggas are not prepared for the 17 minute opening shot. I could watch that shit for hours.

This movie is gonna slay everything that drops this year.

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dudes been on semi-goat status since CoM, honestly
May 08th 2013
1
Nigga...he is one of the GOAT
May 08th 2013
2
LOOK AT THAT FUCKING POSTER!!!!
May 08th 2013
3
Come on, dude, lol.
May 08th 2013
4
You say that. But you have yet to witness the 17 minute opening shot
May 08th 2013
5
      Highly doubtful for two reasons, lol.
May 08th 2013
7
           My nigga, do you forget. This is OKP
May 08th 2013
8
                I suppose.
May 08th 2013
9
                     One thing I've learned from this place is to expect the unexpected
May 08th 2013
10
                          I've been there. Fair enough.
May 08th 2013
11
                               nah you are right
May 11th 2013
36
                                    Stay the fuck out this post then.
Aug 27th 2013
66
IS THAT A STUNT DOUBLE?
May 08th 2013
6
What's so special about it?
Sep 12th 2013
82
I can't think of a movie in recent memory I've been more excited for...
May 08th 2013
12
Ladies and gentlemen I present the trailer
May 09th 2013
13
Also, the official site
May 09th 2013
14
Piano is the new BWOOOOONG
May 09th 2013
16
I don't need or want to see anything else.
May 09th 2013
17
awesome.
May 09th 2013
18
wow, that looks brutal
May 09th 2013
19
Nah, that 2001 font isn't intentional at all, lol
May 09th 2013
20
ur hyperbole was already making me hate it, BUT
May 10th 2013
21
LMAO @ People Spinning: The Movie
May 10th 2013
22
And here's my proof Longo
May 10th 2013
24
      Proof of what?
May 10th 2013
25
      Proof of CLOONEY
May 10th 2013
27
           SEE LRANK!!!! I TOLD YOU!!!!!
May 10th 2013
28
      Please don't, lol.
May 10th 2013
29
           I DO WHAT I WANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 10th 2013
32
Holy shit.
May 12th 2013
39
RE: Ladies and gentlemen I present the trailer
May 25th 2013
42
I'm in.
May 09th 2013
15
I CANT FUCKING WAIT FOR THIS
May 10th 2013
23
Not buying those leads as astronauts but I'll still give it a shot
May 10th 2013
26
I have the same issue, especially with Bullock
May 10th 2013
33
i'm not sure either
May 11th 2013
37
i am all the way the fuck in
May 10th 2013
30
Damn. Now that's what you call a trailer.
May 10th 2013
31
So this movie is basically Open Water meets space
May 10th 2013
34
God, I hope they find space sharks.
May 10th 2013
35
      w/ friggin laser beams attached to their heads
May 13th 2013
40
Looks tight.
May 12th 2013
38
If there is a God, he'll let this screening happen on Monday night
May 25th 2013
41
man ya'll getting me too hype for some shit i gotta wait 5 months for
May 25th 2013
43
This shits gonna open the 2013 Venice Film Festival *swipe*
Jul 03rd 2013
44
2 for 2 so far w/ the audience laughin @ this trailer in the theater
Jul 03rd 2013
45
Every audience I've seen the trailer with so far, it plays like gangbust...
Jul 03rd 2013
46
same here.
Jul 04th 2013
47
      haha
Jul 25th 2013
55
New trailer/clip
Jul 23rd 2013
48
that would be the scariest death ever. can't wait.
Jul 24th 2013
49
WOW
Jul 25th 2013
52
Another trailer/clip continuing from where the previous left off.
Jul 24th 2013
50
man, im gonna have a panic attack in the theater.
Jul 24th 2013
51
      My hands got sweaty
Jul 25th 2013
54
They save the best trailer/clip for last.
Jul 25th 2013
53
Are they going to save any footage for the actual movie?
Jul 25th 2013
56
Me too dawg. Me too.
Jul 25th 2013
57
damn it got pushed back to October? Question
Jul 25th 2013
58
I think this looks great. Cuaron has my trust.
Jul 25th 2013
59
Saw it this morning on tha 8 story IMAX. Shit is truly an experience.
Aug 26th 2013
60
RE: Saw it this morning on tha 8 story IMAX. Shit is truly an experience...
Aug 27th 2013
61
My nigga, I don't give no fucks. The fact that I'm kickin it wit a model
Aug 27th 2013
62
i need to see this shit RIGHT NOW!!!!
Aug 27th 2013
63
#1 she's incredibly fly, even a lunch amongst friends is a come up
Aug 27th 2013
64
Daps my nigga.
Aug 27th 2013
65
Fo?!
Aug 28th 2013
68
      Don't hate me nigga
Aug 28th 2013
69
           Ha
Aug 28th 2013
70
                NNNNNNIIIIIIGGGGGGAAAAAAA!!!!!! You need to see it ASAP!
Aug 28th 2013
71
Early prasie from Venice...*links and swipes*
Aug 28th 2013
67
Sep 05th 2013
72
I'm beginning to think this won't be appropriate for a pregnant wife
Sep 05th 2013
73
gonna need a barf bag at the 3D Imax for sure..
Sep 05th 2013
74
I had a hard time keeping my breath with that one
Sep 12th 2013
79
tickets at the arclight copped.
Sep 07th 2013
75
im taking a day off from work.. cant wait
Sep 07th 2013
76
so if all the praise for this movie is right...
Sep 08th 2013
77
I don't say this often, but I'm not sure I can do this one.
Sep 11th 2013
78
yall need to calm the fuck down
Sep 12th 2013
80
LOL no movie has been or will be as amazing as bwood thinks this is
Sep 12th 2013
81
Believe the Hype. It's phenomenal
Sep 17th 2013
83
how and when did you see it
Sep 17th 2013
84
I was a guest at a screening tonight
Sep 17th 2013
85
Did you see in IMAX?
Sep 17th 2013
86
      Nope
Sep 17th 2013
87
Lot of great things about this.
Sep 18th 2013
88
Not a near lock, fam. Stone cold lock.
Oct 04th 2013
100
Still liked Sunshine better but this is a must see in IMAX3D
Oct 01st 2013
89
Copped my IMAX 3D ticket for this Friday
Oct 01st 2013
90
This movie is going to cause people to have panic attacks
Oct 02nd 2013
91
doubt it...people are overreacting WAY too much
Oct 02nd 2013
92
basically. Trailer looks like the most horrifying thing to me, personall...
Oct 03rd 2013
97
Nothing about this is exciting or desirable to me ...
Oct 02nd 2013
93
So stay the fuck outta the post then.
Oct 03rd 2013
94
      LMAO! GO IN
Oct 03rd 2013
96
      BOOM
Oct 04th 2013
104
      let this be said for all tyler perry film threads
Oct 07th 2013
201
Saw this for 3rd time last night. And yes it's as good as I say it is.
Oct 03rd 2013
95
the way they used silence in this film made it so tense ...
Oct 04th 2013
117
just got back... WHAT A FUCKING RIDE!!!!!!!!
Oct 03rd 2013
98
i know right, i'm going back sunday !!!
Oct 04th 2013
118
Wildly conventional story, but the visuals are astonishing.
Oct 04th 2013
99
RE: Wildly conventional story, but the visuals are astonishing.
Oct 04th 2013
102
It's definitely not a waste of time. It's very worth your time.
Oct 04th 2013
103
      RE: It's definitely not a waste of time. It's very worth your time.
Oct 04th 2013
105
I definitely agree with this part:
Oct 04th 2013
106
RE: Wildly conventional story, but the visuals are astonishing.
Oct 05th 2013
141
There was a story?
Oct 07th 2013
209
      RE: ^^^^^waiting on MIB4^^^^^^^
Feb 05th 2014
252
I agree with nearly everything David Edelstein writes here: (swipe)
Oct 04th 2013
101
I'm assuming this is worth spending the extra $$$ for IMAX 3D...
Oct 04th 2013
107
saw it once for free & not in 2d but yes
Oct 04th 2013
110
Damn, none of the (actual) IMAX's are showing it around here
Oct 04th 2013
108
It'll be an awe-inspiring experience on whatever size screen.
Oct 04th 2013
109
      Thanks for that, I'll probably go for the regular screen
Oct 04th 2013
113
save for the visuals
Oct 04th 2013
111
That's like saying...
Oct 04th 2013
112
      not the same thing
Oct 04th 2013
114
Visually, that was a lovely experience
Oct 04th 2013
115
Saw it again today. Worked better for me on a story level.
Oct 04th 2013
116
the silence,the tension,the acting...the VISUALS ..just wow!
Oct 04th 2013
119
prob the most satisfying movie experience i've had this year...
Oct 04th 2013
120
hated it.
Oct 04th 2013
121
RE: hated it.
Oct 05th 2013
122
LOLOLOL!!!!
Oct 05th 2013
123
He mentioned seeing it with a friend.
Oct 05th 2013
124
I didn't mind the comments, either. Just thought it was funny
Oct 05th 2013
126
      Comversation? LOCK it to win.
Oct 05th 2013
128
No aliens.
Oct 05th 2013
139
i pretty much agree
Oct 05th 2013
134
^^obviously trolling & didnt see it
Oct 06th 2013
147
*pats head*
Oct 07th 2013
179
Why'd I just picture this?
Oct 15th 2013
246
RE: ^^^^^^^waiting on MIB5^^^^^^^^^^^
Feb 05th 2014
253
left theater 40min ago. holy shit. I still have anxiety. it was INCREDIB...
Oct 05th 2013
125
Same here
Oct 05th 2013
127
      indeed...
Oct 05th 2013
132
           Same here. Plus I was nauseous.
Oct 05th 2013
140
Absolutely stunning cinematography... echoing the "must watch in IMAX 3D...
Oct 05th 2013
129
yo
Oct 05th 2013
130
2nd time in 3D
Oct 05th 2013
131
Emmanuel Lubezki - Gravity cinematographer interview
Oct 05th 2013
133
Thanks for posting. Awesome interview.
Oct 05th 2013
135
thanks. great interview.
Oct 05th 2013
137
this movie was very damn good
Oct 05th 2013
136
Hella phenomenal.
Oct 05th 2013
138
Mr.Cuaron does a little shopping..lol
Oct 05th 2013
142
RE: Mr.Cuaron does a little shopping..lol
Oct 06th 2013
143
estimated 55 Million dollar haul for this first weekend?
Oct 06th 2013
144
this was AWESOME!
Oct 06th 2013
145
Fucking hyperbole out the ass with this one. SPOILER
Oct 06th 2013
146
If you didn't like it, then you didn't like it.
Oct 06th 2013
149
You should try reading before you hit reply' next time.
Oct 06th 2013
151
      Why do you feel the need to be a condescending asshole all the time?
Oct 06th 2013
153
           Nobody came in looking for a fight but you champ.
Oct 06th 2013
155
                Look at your first post. You're clearly throwing shots to start a fight.
Oct 06th 2013
157
                     Yes, I knew some people would come at me.
Oct 06th 2013
158
                          The problem is you are intentionally negative from the get go.
Oct 07th 2013
174
                               what "shots"? you can twist this shit. a million ways
Oct 07th 2013
180
agreed
Oct 06th 2013
150
I really really liked it, but I understand your reaction.
Oct 06th 2013
161
for those of who have seen the film...
Oct 06th 2013
148
nah. We didn't get that.
Oct 06th 2013
152
i thought the same thing
Oct 07th 2013
202
10 Things To Know About Gravity (swipe)
Oct 06th 2013
154
Great read.
Oct 06th 2013
156
clooney really needs to turn down the clooney
Oct 06th 2013
159
Clooney, or the writer? Because I'm certain Clooney didn't write his rol...
Oct 06th 2013
160
clooney. definitely clooney.
Oct 07th 2013
169
If I recall, I think it was originally a Robert Downey Jr. role.
Oct 06th 2013
162
RE: If I recall, I think it was originally a Robert Downey Jr. role.
Oct 06th 2013
163
matters quite a bit who's in the clooney role
Oct 07th 2013
171
      RE: matters quite a bit who's in the clooney role
Oct 07th 2013
173
RDJ is overthinking it. just give it to tom hanks.
Oct 07th 2013
170
RE: RDJ is overthinking it. just give it to tom hanks.
Oct 07th 2013
175
RE: If I recall, I think it was originally a Robert Downey Jr. role.
Oct 07th 2013
185
his character was absurd.
Oct 06th 2013
165
he was still trying to get the draws AFTER he detached the line
Oct 07th 2013
172
If there's a chance for reincarnated rectum...cloon gon get it
Oct 07th 2013
182
That was the second worst Clooney moment if we're going there.
Oct 07th 2013
196
yeah, Clooney was too much & i wish i'd seen it in 2D.
Oct 07th 2013
176
**SPOILER**
Oct 07th 2013
177
All this Clooney hate.. LOL Dude did hid cool Astronaut thing!
Oct 07th 2013
192
Is this worth it in 3D?
Oct 06th 2013
164
not if you don't like 3D.
Oct 07th 2013
178
Yes.
Oct 07th 2013
188
an exhilarating tech demo.
Oct 07th 2013
166
RE: an exhilarating tech demo.
Oct 07th 2013
186
My Review and I never review (spoilers)
Oct 07th 2013
167
RE: My Review and I never review (spoilers)
Oct 07th 2013
168
You're right
Oct 07th 2013
181
      Will_5198 summed it up perfectly.......
Oct 07th 2013
183
           RE: Will_5198 summed it up perfectly.......
Oct 07th 2013
184
           take Dramamine before seeing the movie in 3D.
Oct 07th 2013
190
                or just know that your eyes don't work
Oct 07th 2013
198
                     sure.
Oct 07th 2013
206
RE: ^^^^^^^^waiting on MIB6^^^^^^^^
Feb 05th 2014
254
this is going to make a TON on repeat viewings... 2001 of our era, IMO
Oct 07th 2013
187
Saw the Movie twice (Real 3D and IMAX 3D)! Shit was dope.
Oct 07th 2013
189
The CLOONEY hate is kinda weird and extra.
Oct 07th 2013
191
Damn! You just gave a post #192 detailed explanation. Dope!
Oct 07th 2013
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RE: The CLOONEY hate is kinda weird and extra.
Oct 07th 2013
194
But see, I don't even have a problem with his personality here.
Oct 07th 2013
195
      Plus, it was his character's coolness that got Ryan to focus.
Oct 07th 2013
197
      I don't disagree with this.
Oct 07th 2013
200
           Yes
Oct 07th 2013
203
this reply is weird and extra.
Oct 07th 2013
207
Sure.
Oct 07th 2013
211
nah, his performance was indefensible and you know it
Oct 07th 2013
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      Nah, no self-arguments, I think I nailed the silly shit fairly well
Oct 07th 2013
210
           you're bad at reading
Oct 07th 2013
213
           Key part here:
Oct 08th 2013
219
                lolROTFlmao etc
Oct 08th 2013
221
                     . . .
Oct 08th 2013
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                          RE: . . .
Oct 08th 2013
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                               . . .
Oct 08th 2013
225
pretty good.
Oct 07th 2013
199
good movie. Beautifully shot, but not the best plot
Oct 07th 2013
204
It had a plot?
Oct 07th 2013
214
Wish I coulda enjoyed the latter Clooney scene.
Oct 07th 2013
205
Open Water >>>> Gravity
Oct 07th 2013
212
so what did y'all think about the evolutionary theme? (i.e. Darwin)
Oct 07th 2013
215
I tend to dislike reading into movies in that way. (SPOILER)
Oct 08th 2013
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I would definitely agree it's ambiguous, but I'd insist it's intentional
Oct 08th 2013
217
      I dunno if he intended those darwinian elements, but you and I illustrat...
Oct 08th 2013
218
           I do think the question of afterlife is an interesting motivator, too...
Oct 08th 2013
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                Agreed, and to me, that was the biggest strength of the film
Oct 09th 2013
230
Sounds plausible to me
Oct 08th 2013
222
good take. would read again.
Oct 09th 2013
229
      yeah, "I wanna hear you say you're gonna make it"...
Oct 10th 2013
238
Oct 08th 2013
220
I thought it was like high-powered ham radio, right?
Oct 08th 2013
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      RE: I thought it was like high-powered ham radio, right?
Oct 08th 2013
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      yeah that's what it was
Oct 10th 2013
240
           RE: yeah that's what it was
Oct 12th 2013
243
Indescribable technical achievement but lacks a heart
Oct 09th 2013
231
RE: Indescribable technical achievement but lacks a heart
Oct 09th 2013
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RE: Indescribable technical achievement but lacks a heart
Oct 09th 2013
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RE: Indescribable technical achievement but lacks a heart
Oct 09th 2013
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      RE: Indescribable technical achievement but lacks a heart
Oct 09th 2013
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           Agreed
Feb 05th 2014
255
agree completely, btw -- if contemplating mortality is trite...
Oct 10th 2013
239
close thread
Oct 09th 2013
236
My wife saw it and loved it.
Oct 09th 2013
233
falls short of being a classic but great nonetheless
Oct 10th 2013
241
The entire earth sequence was tremendous
Oct 10th 2013
242
imax 3d last night. i thought it was absolutely marvelous.
Oct 12th 2013
244
I took 3 pre-teen girls
Oct 15th 2013
245
Just saw this, it's great. Probably #2 so far this year...
Oct 15th 2013
247
great
Oct 29th 2013
248
someone above said it was like open water in space
Feb 08th 2014
258
Released in London tonight
Nov 08th 2013
249
Gravity spinoff: "Aningaaq," Written and Directed by Jonas Cuaron (link)
Nov 20th 2013
250
this is awesome...it's nice to see the other side of that story
Nov 21st 2013
251
Liked it
Feb 05th 2014
256
RE: this, this, this film..................................
Feb 05th 2014
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1. "dudes been on semi-goat status since CoM, honestly"
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that flick blows me away every single time.

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2. "Nigga...he is one of the GOAT"
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To do Y Tu Mama Tambien, then Harry Potter 3, and then Children of Men is elevated to another status for me. Nigga is the man.

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3. "LOOK AT THAT FUCKING POSTER!!!!"
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http://collider.com/gravity-poster/

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4. "Come on, dude, lol."
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Children of Men is probably my best of the decade, and this is atop my anticipated list this year...

... but the hype man shouting is getting silly now. It's a poster, lol. A cool poster, but it's not revolutionary.

We're already excited, friend... just let that excitement marinate in the crockpot. No need to keep cranking up the temperature, lol.

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bwood
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5. "You say that. But you have yet to witness the 17 minute opening shot"
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which will have have speechless. And then you'll be with with me on the Flavor Flav tip.

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7. "Highly doubtful for two reasons, lol."
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1. I'm not going to watch that shot until I watch the movie. I don't even really like previews, much less opening scene previews or "extended previews" which are becoming far too popular for my liking.

2. I'm not big into non-silly-action-movie-related hype. I was blown away by one of the films that'll be at Cannes when I saw it a few months ago, but I'm just sitting and waiting. I'll drop an early "wait til you see this" post, then I'll sit and wait. If it looks like it'll tank, then I'll crank up the volume.

But everyone on this board is hype for this already... I know you're enjoying making everyone jealous that you've seen the beginning (as is your right as someone who gets to see a lot of very cool stuff very early), but it's all tantamount to preaching to the choir IMO. I doubt anyone's entering this post going, "man, I thought this would be shitty... but then I saw that poster!" Know what I mean? lol

Now if it's a Brendan Fraser CGI fest, bust out the all caps in the subject line, by all means.

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8. "My nigga, do you forget. This is OKP"
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>But everyone on this board is hype for this already... I know
>you're enjoying making everyone jealous that you've seen the
>beginning (as is your right as someone who gets to see a lot
>of very cool stuff very early), but it's all tantamount to
>preaching to the choir IMO. I doubt anyone's entering this
>post going, "man, I thought this would be shitty... but then I
>saw that poster!" Know what I mean? lol
>
>Now if it's a Brendan Fraser CGI fest, bust out the all caps
>in the subject line, by all means.

Niggas will hate on anything just to hate. And you will become Flavor Flav, cause I have that feeling in my gut that this movie will underperform. Just watch as soon as you leave the theater, you're gonna be typing all caps telling everyone to see this.

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9. "I suppose."
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I'd be willing to bet the majority of folks will be heading into this film expecting to enjoy it (one would hope everyone would walk into every film that way), even if they'd never seen the poster or the opening shot or what have you. Children of Men united most of PTP in a way very few films have.

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10. "One thing I've learned from this place is to expect the unexpected"
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And do you. Cause no matter what, someone's gonna try and shit on something you like and clown you for it.

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11. "I've been there. Fair enough."
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36. "nah you are right"
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this dude is highly annoying

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66. "Stay the fuck out this post then."
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6. "IS THAT A STUNT DOUBLE?"
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82. "What's so special about it? "
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It's just a regular poster.

You have a writing credit in there somewhere or something?

  

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12. "I can't think of a movie in recent memory I've been more excited for..."
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Ready for Cuaron to go for the crown with this one.

  

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13. "Ladies and gentlemen I present the trailer"
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http://youtu.be/ufsrgE0BYf0

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14. "Also, the official site"
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http://gravitymovie.warnerbros.com/

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16. "Piano is the new BWOOOOONG"
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Great trailer. Best I've seen in a while.

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17. "I don't need or want to see anything else."
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I shouldn't have even watched that, lol.

Just bring me in blind, baby.

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18. "awesome."
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will def be my first imax feature of 2013.

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19. "wow, that looks brutal"
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20. "Nah, that 2001 font isn't intentional at all, lol"
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I might camp out for this shit.

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21. "ur hyperbole was already making me hate it, BUT"
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That shit looked INSPIRED, immaculate, and incredible

  

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22. "LMAO @ People Spinning: The Movie"
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24. "And here's my proof Longo"
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For now on I get to type in all caps when I want.

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25. "Proof of what?"
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27. "Proof of CLOONEY"
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I don't know

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28. "SEE LRANK!!!! I TOLD YOU!!!!! "
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29. "Please don't, lol."
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All that will do is make more people want to hate it. You won't convert anyone with caps, dude, lol. Least of all Ceej.

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32. "I DO WHAT I WANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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Fri May-10-13 02:50 PM by bwood

  

          

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39. "Holy shit."
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Wow, I'm definitely on board for this.

  

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42. "RE: Ladies and gentlemen I present the trailer"
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foh, not watching shit until i'm planted in an imax chair w/ 3D goggles



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15. "I'm in."
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Now I get what the hype is about.

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23. "I CANT FUCKING WAIT FOR THIS"
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....and i refuse to see or read anything else about this movie ...i already wish i could un-see the trailer

  

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26. "Not buying those leads as astronauts but I'll still give it a shot"
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33. "I have the same issue, especially with Bullock"
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37. "i'm not sure either"
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but its cuarón so it gets the benefit of the doubt
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30. "i am all the way the fuck in"
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im ready to shit myself from the tension alone.

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31. "Damn. Now that's what you call a trailer."
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34. "So this movie is basically Open Water meets space"
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35. "God, I hope they find space sharks."
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40. "w/ friggin laser beams attached to their heads"
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38. "Looks tight."
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41. "If there is a God, he'll let this screening happen on Monday night"
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Got a call from the WB rep saying that they can possibly sneak me in to a screening Monday night. I hope this happens.

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43. "man ya'll getting me too hype for some shit i gotta wait 5 months for"
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44. "This shits gonna open the 2013 Venice Film Festival *swipe*"
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This film is fantastic BTW.

http://collider.com/gravity-venice-film-festival/

The Venice Film Festival is set to open this year with Alfonso Cuaron’s highly-anticipated new film, Gravity. The sci-fi picture centers on a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) who is stranded alone in space with a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) following a catastrophic event aboard their spacecraft. It will be the first 3D picture to ever kick off the Venice Film Festival, and definitely a big change of pace from last year’s Venice opener, Mira Nair’s independent political thriller, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Getting Gravity as the opener is a very encouraging sign for Cuaron’s movie since Warner Bros. could run the picture through the festival circuit up to its opening on October 4th in order to be a major player during awards season. Cuaron is no stranger to Venice and his previous films Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children of Men both won awards when they played at the festival.

Personally, I’m hoping for a North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, but we’ll have to see how far the studio is willing to take the picture. It’s worth noting that a majority of last year’s Venice features made the jump to TIFF Hit the jump for the press release.

I’ve put the film’s official synopsis in bold:

70th Venice International Film Festival

Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón,
starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney,
is the opening film of the 70th Venice Festival

Gravity, the new, much-awaited film directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Y tu mamá también, Children of Men), starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, is the opening film (Out of Competition) of the 70th Venice International Film Festival (August 28 – September 7, 2013). The Festival is directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta.

The world premiere of Gravity will be screened in 3D on August 28th in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony.

Cuarón’s history with the festival dates back to 2001, when his film Y tu mamá también won the Golden Osella for Best Screenplay (by Carlos and Alfonso Cuarón) and the Marcello Mastroianni Award (Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna). Alberto Barbera was also the director of the Festival that year. In 2006, Cuarón’s Children of Men won the Golden Osella for Best Cinematography, honoring Emmanuel Lubezki, who is also the Director of Photography on Gravity. And in 2007, Gravity’s co-writer Jonás Cuarón premiered his directorial debut Año Uña during Critics’ Week in Venice.

Gravity, from Warner Bros. Pictures, is a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. In the film, Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth… and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

The last time Venice opened with a science fiction movie was in 2000 with Space Cowboys by Clint Eastwood, at the 57th Film Festival, directed by Alberto Barbera.

Gravity was written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón. It was produced by Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman (the Harry Potter series). Chris deFaria, Nikki Penny and Stephen Jones are the executive producers. The credits also include Emmanuel Lubezki (Children of Men, Y tu mamá también, The New World) as director of photography, production design by Andy Nicholson (Alice in Wonderland), and costume design by Jany Temime (the Harry Potter series). The visual effects supervisor is Tim Webber (The Dark Knight). Music is by Steven Price (Attack the Block). Gravity was filmed entirely at London’s Shepperton Studios. It will be distributed worldwide in 3D and 2D, and in IMAX®, by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros Entertainment Company.

Alfonso Cuarón is one of the most celebrated directors of his generation. His debut film in 1991 Sólo Con Tu Pareja, a dark comedy starring Daniel Giménez Cacho and Claudia Ramírez, was the biggest box-office hit in Mexico in 1992 and garnered Cuarón an Ariel Award as co-writer. Impressed with the feature film debut, Sydney Pollack hired Cuarón to direct Murder, Obliquely, an episode of the neo-noir Fallen Angels series on Showtime (joining the ranks of fellow Fallen Angels directors Steven Soderbergh, Jonathan Kaplan, Peter Bogdanovich and Tom Hanks). The episode, starring Laura Dern and Alan Rickman, won Cuarón the 1993 Cable ACE Award for Best Director.

Cuarón made his first American feature film with the critically acclaimed motion picture adaptation of the beloved children’s book A Little Princess (1995), which was nominated for Academy Awards® for Best Cinematography and Art Direction, and won the L.A. Film Critics New Generation Award. This was followed in 1998 by a contemporary adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations, which starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, Anne Bancroft and Ethan Hawke.

Cuarón next returned to Mexico to direct a Spanish-speaking cast in the funny, provocative and controversial road comedy Y tu mamá también, for which he received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay (written with his brother Carlos) and BAFTA nominations for Best Foreign Film and Best Original Screenplay. This was followed in 2003 with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third in the series of phenomenally successful adaptations of author J.K. Rowling’s novels; Rowling herself named Cuarón’s film as her personal favourite in the series.

Cuarόn’s next project, Children of Men, which he co-write with Timothy Sexton, was one of the most talked about films of 2006, and was celebrated by critics and film fans for its ground breaking techniques, including several high-impact tracking shots. The film was nominated for a multitude of awards, including three Academy Awards® for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Achievement in Film Editing, and went on to win two BAFTAs for Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.

After producing friend Guillermo del Toro’s globally acclaimed Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), he formed the independent production company Cha Cha Cha with fellow Mexican-born filmmakers del Toro and director Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu, which thus far has produced Iñárritu’s Academy Awards® and BAFTA nominated Biutiful (2010).

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45. "2 for 2 so far w/ the audience laughin @ this trailer in the theater "
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Hangover 2 & Man of Steel

That closing shot aint resonatin

  

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46. "Every audience I've seen the trailer with so far, it plays like gangbust..."
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Niggas be getting hyped off of it.

But this is an excellent film.

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47. "same here."
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both times I saw Fast & Furious 6, folks laughed at this trailer.

granted it's built for a different audience, but still.

  

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55. "haha"
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>both times I saw Fast & Furious 6

  

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48. "New trailer/clip"
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4pcg7bXgmU

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49. "that would be the scariest death ever. can't wait."
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You know it's drama, but it sound real good.

  

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52. "WOW"
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50. "Another trailer/clip continuing from where the previous left off."
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV-UEca2W9U

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51. "man, im gonna have a panic attack in the theater. "
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53. "They save the best trailer/clip for last. "
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56. "Are they going to save any footage for the actual movie?"
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I want to avoid seeing any of it until I arrive. Putting clip after clip out there is going to make that exceedingly difficult for me.

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57. "Me too dawg. Me too."
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But I can't help it. I'd put a bitch into prostitution to see this.

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58. "damn it got pushed back to October? Question"
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Anyone got any info on how much is CGI and how much is built stage sets?

  

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59. "I think this looks great. Cuaron has my trust."
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60. "Saw it this morning on tha 8 story IMAX. Shit is truly an experience."
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I had a headache for a hour after this was over due to the tension, but wow does this film really push cinema forward. I wanted the movie to be over 45 minutes in because the film was causing me so much anxiety and stress. You want Sandra Bullock to survive because YOU wanted to survive. As you're watching the film you feel as if you're an astronaut floating side by side with her and let me say there's some shots I gotta see again because HOLY SHIT!!! Adding to the tension, stress, and anxiety is the score done by Steven Price which fits this movie like a glove.

I expect some of you to find this movie boring. I expect some of you wanting it to be over due to the stress. Just know whatever you are feeling, this film is an experience and one to be beholden upon in terror, fear, awe, wonder, and bewilderment all at once.

*SIDEBAR* Felicia Porter was sitting next to me. She's a really cool chick. Talked to her for a while before and after the film. Got the digits and gonna hang soon. As friends only though :/.

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61. "RE: Saw it this morning on tha 8 story IMAX. Shit is truly an experience..."
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I can't wait to see this.

And damn Felicia friend zoned thee entire FUCK OUT OF YOU, SON!

LOLOL

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62. "My nigga, I don't give no fucks. The fact that I'm kickin it wit a model"
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is good enough for me. And I'm gonna try to pop that bubble.

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63. "i need to see this shit RIGHT NOW!!!!"
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64. "#1 she's incredibly fly, even a lunch amongst friends is a come up"
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#2 man this will play on so many levels of fear, I can't wait to see it.

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65. "Daps my nigga."
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68. "Fo?!"
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I hate you.

>*SIDEBAR* Felicia Porter was sitting next to me. She's a
>really cool chick. Talked to her for a while before and after
>the film. Got the digits and gonna hang soon. As friends only
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69. "Don't hate me nigga"
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I'm just doing me.

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70. "Ha"
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>I'm just doing me.


Word.

*tips hat*

This Wednesday morning hype is now making me consider Gravity for TIFF. Was gonna skip on some "catch it later" shit, but these reviews are getting to me.

  

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71. "NNNNNNIIIIIIGGGGGGAAAAAAA!!!!!! You need to see it ASAP!"
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And they showing on IMAX at the festival too? Sheeit. Don't even give it a second thought.

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67. "Early prasie from Venice...*links and swipes*"
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/28/gravity-reviews-venice-film-festival_n_3828863.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment

Since the first trailer for Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" debuted in May, audience anticipation for the space-set two-hander has been tumbling through cyberspace with an untethered excitement. Judging from the early reviews of "Gravity" after its Venice Film Festival bow on Wednesday, interested parties likely won't be disappointed.

"As scripted by Cuaron and his son Jonas, this tale of one woman’s grim expedition into the unknown is a nerve-shredding suspenser, a daring study in extreme isolation, and one of the most sophisticated and enveloping visions of space travel yet realized onscreen," wrote Variety critic Justin Chang in one of the many initial rave reviews. "It falls among that increasingly rare breed of popular entertainments capable of prompting genuine 'How did they do that?' reactions from even the most jaded viewers, even as its central premise is so simple and immediately gripping that one might just as readily ask, 'Why didn’t anyone do it sooner?'"

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in "Gravity," which, in keeping with Cuaron's previous film, 2006's "Children of Men," utilizes long-takes and precious few cuts to drive the action. Initial reports suggested that the opening of the film was shot in one, continuous 19-minute take, but the Venice Film Festival reviews suggest that the "Gravity" opener is a mere 13-minutes of unbroken cinema wizardry.

"At once the most realistic and beautifully choreographed film ever set in space, 'Gravity' is a thrillingly realized survival story spiked with interludes of breath-catching tension and startling surprise," wrote Todd McCarthy for The Hollywood Reporter. McCarthy's review, which contains a little too much information about the film's plot, does confirm something Clooney had said in earlier interviews about the film: there are no aliens.

"It is a very odd film, really," Clooney told USA Today in 2011. "Two people in space. No monsters."

Both Clooney and Bullock are being praised in the early reviews for their work, with many critics singling out Bullock for giving one of her best performances yet. That kind of validation is likely music to Cuaron's ears, who had initially cast Angelina Jolie and then Natalie Portman in the role, before landing Bullock.

"Without giving too much of the plot away –- rest assured there are plenty of twists and turns –- this is very much Sandra Bullock’s film," wrote Mark Adams for Screen Daily. "Much has been made of Angelina Jolie turning the role down, and it only coming Bullock's way after Nathalie Portman's pregnancy, but Bullock's combination of intelligence and straight-forward charm works perfectly here, plus she convinces in the physicality of the role, whether it be flying through space or fighting fires inside a space craft."

Warner Bros. is set to bring "Gravity" to the Toronto International Film Festival in early September, and with an October release date, it's clear that the studio has awards season on its mind for the film. Regardless of what happens between now and next year, though, at least Cuaron might want to get his tuxedo dry-cleaned.

"The film’s technically perfect, of course, from the terrific sound design to the impeccable effects (the exact extent of the CGI is difficult to say, because pretty much everything looks photo-realistic, even when things head indoors)," Oliver Lyttelton wrote for The Playlist. "But it's also cleverly written, and more than anything phenomenally directed, from the way that he uses every available surface to tell his story (someone’s going to write a book one day on the use of reflections in this film) to the way he and Lubezki shift the light to vary the color palette, preventing it from becoming repetitive. Almost every decision is inspired."

More "Gravity" reactions can be found in the tweets below. The film is out in 3D and IMAX on Oct. 4.

http://variety.com/2013/film/reviews/gravity-review-venice-film-festival-1200589689/

Alfonso Cuaron's white-knuckle space odyssey restores a sense of wonder, terror and possibility to the bigscreen that should inspire awe among critics and audiences worldwide.
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About halfway through Alfonso Cuaron’s astonishing “Gravity,” Sandra Bullock, playing a lost astronaut stranded 375 miles above Earth, seeks refuge in an abandoned spacecraft and curls into a floating fetal position, savoring a brief respite from her harrowing journey. Of the many sights to behold in this white-knuckle space odyssey, a work of great narrative simplicity and visual complexity, it’s this image that speaks most eloquently to Cuaron’s gifts as a filmmaker: He’s the rare virtuoso capable of steering us through vividly imagined worlds and into deep recesses of human feeling. Suspending viewers alongside Bullock for a taut, transporting 91 minutes (with George Clooney in a sly supporting turn), the director’s long-overdue follow-up to “Children of Men” is at once a nervy experiment in blockbuster minimalism and a film of robust movie-movie thrills, restoring a sense of wonder, terror and possibility to the bigscreen that should inspire awe among critics and audiences worldwide.
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Opening Oct. 4 Stateside following its Venice and Toronto premieres, the Warner Bros. release offers in abundance the sort of eye-popping, screen-filling spectacle that demands to be viewed in a theater. Not unlike earlier triumphs of 3D and vfx innovation such as “Avatar” and “Life of Pi,” though conceived along less fantastical, more grimly realistic lines, “Gravity” is at once classical and cutting-edge in its showmanship, placing the most advanced digital filmmaking techniques in service of material that could hardly feel more accessible.

As scripted by Cuaron and his son Jonas, this tale of one woman’s grim expedition into the unknown is a nerve-shredding suspenser, a daring study in extreme isolation, and one of the most sophisticated and enveloping visions of space travel yet realized onscreen. It falls among that increasingly rare breed of popular entertainments capable of prompting genuine “How did they do that?” reactions from even the most jaded viewers, even as its central premise is so simple and immediately gripping that one might just as readily ask, “Why didn’t anyone do it sooner?”

The answer to both questions is that Cuaron, in another remarkable collaboration with longtime cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and visual effects supervisor Tim Webber (“Children of Men”), has pushed the relevant technologies to their limits in order to tell this story with the sort of impeccable verisimilitude and spellbinding visual clarity it requires. The long, intricate tracking shots the three devised for the earlier film were a mere warm-up act for what they unleash here, as is clear from the stunningly choreographed opening sequence — an unbroken, roughly 13-minute long take that plunges us immediately into the deafening silence of space. Specifically, we are in the atmospheric layer known as the thermosphere, the Earth’s massive form looming large in the widescreen frame as an orbiting shuttle gradually cruises into focus.

Three members of the crew have left the shuttle to help repair the Hubble telescope, though dramatically, the picture is concerned with only two of them: Matt Kowalsky (Clooney), a seasoned astronaut leading his final mission, and Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock), a medical engineer on her first. The mood is relaxed initially, even humorous; radio music plays in the background as the astronauts exchange banter with mission control. Kowalsky, drifting lazily about in his harness, brags that he’s about to break the official record for longest spacewalk. The far less experienced Stone nervously tries to stay focused on her task, not the easiest thing to do for someone still adjusting to the woozy effects of zero gravity.

“Houston, I have a bad feeling about this mission,” Kowalsky quips early on. Yet all joking ceases when Houston suddenly reports that a cloud of debris, triggered by the self-destruction of a nearby Russian satellite, is headed their way. The camera, having gracefully bobbed and weaved around the astronauts without a single cut so far, continues to observe with unblinking concentration as the ship is pelted with shrapnel, killing the third astronaut, causing widespread damage and severing all communications with Houston. Amid the chaos, Stone comes untethered and finds herself spinning, alone and helpless, in the vast emptiness of space, an experience the audience will soon share to a deeply unnerving degree.

In one continuous shot, the film has not only introduced its central crisis — will Stone survive? — but also completely immersed us in the beauty and majesty of a dark, pitiless universe. While “Gravity” is hardly the first film to send characters into orbit, few have so powerfully and subjectively evoked the sensation of floating right there with them. As it glides nimbly around the action, the camera induces a deeply pleasurable feeling of weightlessness (the film might just as well have been titled “Dancing With the Stars”) that can suddenly turn from exhilarating to terrifying, leaving us gasping for oxygen alongside the characters.

The filmmakers’ technical command here is so precise that they’re able to shift perspectives at will; more than once the camera zooms in tighter and tighter on Stone until it seems to enter her helmet, sharing her frightening view of the great, black expanse before her. Exactly what she sees and endures over the course of her journey would be unfair to reveal. Suffice to say the script modulates the tension expertly, deftly preying on the claustrophobic and the agoraphobic alike, and maintaining an unflagging sense of peril as it carefully throws Stone one lifeline
after another.

The most crucial of these lifelines turns out to be Kowalsky, who initially comes off as the film’s most obtrusive element, a glib smart-ass who’s there to help Stone and the audience find their bearings, and to provide a measure of comic relief. Yet while Clooney’s flippant leading-man charm may seem incongruous in this context at first, his tough-and-tender rapport with Bullock pulses with understated feeling, never more so than when the two astronauts are tethered together, trying to make their way to safety. Clooney gets one particularly audacious scene that perhaps only a star of his stature could have managed, pulling the viewer through various states of shock, disbelief and finally bittersweet understanding; it’s a haunting moment that firmly ties “Gravity,” for all its uncompromising realism, to the soul of classic Hollywood.

There are glimmers of artifice, too, in the script’s conception of Stone, who turns out to have a tragedy in her past, an unhealed wound that feels rather needlessly engineered to provide the viewer with a psychological entry point, as well as a deeper stake in her survival. It’s the one on-the-nose element in a screenplay that, given its rigorous intelligence in all other departments, might have done well to trust the audience to stay invested in Stone’s journey without the benefit of an emotional hook. (Providing a fascinating contrast is J.C. Chandor’s upcoming stranded-at-sea thriller “All Is Lost,” in some ways a purer, more radical storytelling experiment in which words, motivations and explanations have been almost completely expunged.)

Nonetheless, Bullock inhabits the role with grave dignity and hints at Stone’s past scars with sensitivity and tact, and she holds the screen effortlessly once “Gravity” becomes a veritable one-woman show. In a performance that imposes extraordinary physical demands, the actress remains fully present emotionally, projecting a very appealing combo of vulnerability, intelligence and determination that not only wins us over immediately, but sustains attention all the way through the cathartic closing reels.

The outstanding post-production 3D conversion enhances our sense of immersion in this foreign environment at every turn. Images of outer space give new meaning to the term “deep focus,” while the scenes set in enclosed environs provide a pleasing visual balance and contrast, with floating objects supplying a natural depth of field. As visual an experience as the film is, it would be far less effective without the exceptional sound work by production mixer Chris Munro and sound designer Glenn Freemantle, which makes especially potent use of silence in accordance with the laws of outer-space physics. Helping to vary the soundscape is Steven Price’s richly ominous score, playing like an extension of the jolts and tremors that accompany the action onscreen.

All in all, it would be impossible to overestimate the difficulty of what Cuaron and his top-of-the-line crew have pulled off, or to guess at the staggering number of decisions that were made regarding specifics of camera placement and movement; the motion-control robots that were used on the actors to plausibly simulate zero-gravity conditions; the marvelous scope and detail of Andy Nicholson’s production design; and the meticulous integration of visual effects, all-digital backgrounds, traditional lighting schemes and other live-action lensing techniques. But perhaps the boldest risk of all was the decision to combine these elements in a manner that would hold up under the prolonged scrutiny of the camera, in single-shot sequences of such breathtaking duration and coherence. Somewhere, one imagines, the spirits of Stanley Kubrick and Max Ophuls are looking down in admiration.

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72. ""
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73. "I'm beginning to think this won't be appropriate for a pregnant wife"
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I get stressed out everytime I watch one of these trailers.

  

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74. "gonna need a barf bag at the 3D Imax for sure.."
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79. "I had a hard time keeping my breath with that one"
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Damn I want to see this.

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75. "tickets at the arclight copped. "
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77. "so if all the praise for this movie is right..."
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Sandra bout to get another best actress oscar nod, ain't she?

this comes out on my birthday October 4th, AND i'm off from work?

oh this is *TRULY* going to be watched in IMAX.

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78. "I don't say this often, but I'm not sure I can do this one."
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It's hitting a sweet spot of things that make me extremely uncomfortable. Just the trailers are creating really uncomfortable anxiety.

But it looks incredible.

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80. "yall need to calm the fuck down"
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81. "LOL no movie has been or will be as amazing as bwood thinks this is "
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All the OH MY GOD THIS IS THE GREATEST EVENT IN HISTORY hyperbole has me half expecting to receive 24 hours of no-limits fucking with Sandra Bullock with the enthusiastic insistence of my wife when I swipe my Regal Crown Club Card, which we can all agree would be well worth a $6 ticket.

Since that's not happening, there's absolutely no possible way this movie even approaches the level bwood's rapid enthusiasm places it at.

I do expect an excellent movie though, but my expectations are more realistic.

  

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83. "Believe the Hype. It's phenomenal"
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Cuaron coming for the crown with this one.

  

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84. "how and when did you see it"
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85. "I was a guest at a screening tonight"
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See it in 3d and go in knowing as little as possible is my advice. My only "complaint" was I found the score to be good but a bit indistinct. Other than that, I was blown away. Sandra Bullock is the best she's ever been and Clooney does nice supporting work.

  

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I'm def doing that new Mann's Chinese IMAX 3d for round 2.

  

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88. "Lot of great things about this. "
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Without going into too much detail, it's basically a parable about overcoming grief and finding the will to forge ahead in the face of tragedy. That was hammered home so forcefully that I felt like the tail end was bordering on being almost too sentimental. That's not that big of a complaint, though, because ultimately I really enjoyed the overall experience.

Visually, yeah, I can't imagine it won't meet many people's undoubtedly high expectations. The opening long-take is as good as advertised. I literally thought to myself while I was watching it that if Orson Welles came back from the grave today and watched the opening scene, his head would explode. FWIW, I think it's worth seeing in 3D.

Also, I had no idea Emmanuel Lubezki shot this shit!

Cuarón really showed a fantastic ability to build and sustain suspense and tension. The whole auditorium was white-knuckling it for about 85% of the movie. He also did a nice job in my estimation of making you feel what the astronauts are feeling - when Bullock at one point starts spinning uncontrollably, the camera keeps spinning with her. For a long time. It's gets pretty relentless, but it achieves its goal of getting you in her frame of mind.

90 minutes was a perfect run-time, too. Any more near-catastophic episodes would have been approaching overkill.

Bullock is great. Near lock for an Oscar nomination. It was refreshing to see a strong female protagonist carrying a movie for a change.

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100. "Not a near lock, fam. Stone cold lock."
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>Bullock is great. Near lock for an Oscar nomination. It was
>refreshing to see a strong female protagonist carrying a movie
>for a change.

Agreed, although I'm sure some could kvetch about how she needs everything explained to her by Clooney, a man.

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89. "Still liked Sunshine better but this is a must see in IMAX3D"
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First few minutes had me wondering if I wanted to be an astronaut as a kid like many others did. Seemed like a cool profession up until the chaos hit.

My concerns for not buying Bull & Cloon in those roles were immediately alleviated. They've got great chemistry & he conveys a lot w/ just his voice.

Tense at times but I actually had a lot more fun than anxiety while watching this. I think the trailer does a good job of throwing you for a bit of loop (npi) & it wasn't quite as dreadful & hopeless as it was made out to be. For those of you on the fence that think you might not be able to handle it, I say give it a shot

Cuaron's direction is undeniable as is Lubezski's cinematography but I absolutely adore that Steven Price score. Figured AC must've too when it was used insteada disaster sound effects during one of the final crash sequences.

  

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90. "Copped my IMAX 3D ticket for this Friday"
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I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!

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I'm not sure I wanna see it now. LOL

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more fun than fear

  

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since Abyss. The vastness of space and the deep water are two things I can't handle.

  

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nothing ...

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hahahahahahahaha

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95. "Saw this for 3rd time last night. And yes it's as good as I say it is."
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I never squirmed in my seat so much during a film in a long time !I loved this amazing film !


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....i NEVER go to see movies twice in a theater, but I just bought tickets to go again tomorrow night ...looking up at the stars tonight after seeing this movie is such a surreal feeling, i literally feel like I was in space an hour ago

  

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99. "Wildly conventional story, but the visuals are astonishing."
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EDIT: My full review, after seeing it again, here: http://exm.nr/GB870i

I had hoped, especially with how it began, that it wouldn't stray sort of exactly where you would expect most movies like this to go... but it does. It goes there pretty much every time.

Which is fine. The score persistently blares when the movie should remain silent IMO, but it is terrific. Bullock has a couple of very typical monologues towards the end, but again, she's a hell of an actress, so she makes it work.

I'd compare it to a roller coaster in space.

But man, the sheer spectacle is unlike anything. Space has never looked and felt like this, really. The lengthy shots make the tension all the more unbearable. I stayed for the credits to try to figure out how the hell they made this movie.

So while I was hoping for a braver ending, it didn't diminish my overall enjoyment. As a story, it's... fine, but as an experience, it's insane.

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102. "RE: Wildly conventional story, but the visuals are astonishing."
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>So while I was hoping for a braver ending, it didn't diminish
>my overall enjoyment. As a story, it's... fine, but as an
>experience, it's insane.

This is what I was afraid of. The audio/visual aspects interest me a little bit, especially since I have access to the Lincoln Center IMAX mega screen here in NYC, but if the story is predictible, I'd feel like I wasted my money and time going to see this. Sorry to seem as if I am doubting your judgement, but is your POV regarding the story the consensus in terms of reviews for this flick?

  

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103. "It's definitely not a waste of time. It's very worth your time."
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I don't want to undersell how extraordinary the visual achievement is here, or the audio achievement for that matter. That part of it is unpredictable. You simply can't anticipate the rush of the experience.

The story? Sure. I was hoping for something either more akin to 2001, utterly unpredictable in its plot machinations and structure, or if it was going to be purely survivalist, something more akin to the upcoming All Is Lost (this film's cousin in a lot of ways), where we wouldn't delve into the typical backstory . But this movie does have back story injected into the mix, occasionally on the nose, and the plot is a series of ticking clock devices which you can usually guess how they come to pass. Which after a fairly atypical first 30-40 minutes I admit was initially somewhat of a letdown. (MILD SPOILER: you can sort of pinpoint the moment where the movie switches gears, where. Clooney essentially asks Bullock, "so, what's your life like back on Earth?")

HOWEVER, even if you know where the film is going, you'll be gripping your armrests as you get there. Just because the story is simple and/or corny doesn't mean you won't be in fear of it departing from that path. This is largely thanks to the extraordinary, extraordinary visuals. THEY keep you guessing, even if the story really doesn't. If that makes sense.

I'd read the Edelstein review I posted below. He nails it: sure, the story turns corny and predictable, especially by the end, but the experience it, as he puts it, "infuckingcredible."

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105. "RE: It's definitely not a waste of time. It's very worth your time."
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>I don't want to undersell how extraordinary the visual
>achievement is here, or the audio achievement for that matter.
>That part of it is unpredictable. You simply can't anticipate
>the rush of the experience.
>
>The story? Sure. I was hoping for something either more akin
>to 2001, utterly unpredictable in its plot machinations and
>structure, or if it was going to be purely survivalist,
>something more akin to the upcoming All Is Lost (this film's
>cousin in a lot of ways), where we wouldn't delve into the
>typical backstory . But this movie does have back story
>injected into the mix, occasionally on the nose, and the plot
>is a series of ticking clock devices which you can usually
>guess how they come to pass. Which after a fairly atypical
>first 30-40 minutes I admit was initially somewhat of a
>letdown. (MILD SPOILER: you can sort of pinpoint the moment
>where the movie switches gears, where. Clooney essentially
>asks Bullock, "so, what's your life like back on Earth?")
>
>HOWEVER, even if you know where the film is going, you'll be
>gripping your armrests as you get there. Just because the
>story is simple and/or corny doesn't mean you won't be in fear
>of it departing from that path. This is largely thanks to the
>extraordinary, extraordinary visuals. THEY keep you guessing,
>even if the story really doesn't. If that makes sense.
>
>I'd read the Edelstein review I posted below. He nails it:
>sure, the story turns corny and predictable, especially by the
>end, but the experience it, as he puts it,
>"infuckingcredible."
>

Thanks for your time there with the response. I'll catch the mattinee for this tomorrow, although I'm still on the fence since the story is somewhat boilerplate according to what you first said. This will be my first 3D IMAX movie, and the Lincoln Center IMAX screen is a huge one, at least I'm hoping the screen they use is the mega large one, so hopefully that will temper any ill feelings I may have towards the possible subpar story.

  

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106. "I definitely agree with this part:"
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>So while I was hoping for a braver ending, it didn't diminish
>my overall enjoyment. As a story, it's... fine, but as an
>experience, it's insane.

The conventionality of the story was more explainable or excusable to me in that it was very obviously intended as a sort of spiritual parable (which I kind of tried to allude to in my initial post above), so it almost had to have the arc that it had. What I'm trying to say is, it's conventional because it's had to be, given what Cuaron wanted the story to be. If that makes any sense.

I agree with you though, as soon as you realiz what Cuaron is going for (at the exact place you pinpointed below, too, which is when she first tells Clooney about the tragedy in her past), the ending was never in doubt at all. Especially after the late scene with Clooney.

Fuck it though. The plot is not the draw here - the draw is the fucking mindblowing visuals, and they don't disappoint. Very memorable experience.



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141. "RE: Wildly conventional story, but the visuals are astonishing."
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>Which is fine. The score persistently blares when the movie
>should remain silent IMO, but it is terrific. Bullock has a
>couple of very typical monologues towards the end, but again,
>she's a hell of an actress, so she makes it work.

Yeah, I thought the musical cues took away from a deal of the suspense in the movie, in particular the first time there's adversity in the movie. More than pleased I was able to catch this at a matinee price and get the IMAX 3D experience.

  

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101. "I agree with nearly everything David Edelstein writes here: (swipe)"
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Some suggestions of spoilers, so read at your own peril.

http://www.vulture.com/2013/09/movie-review-alfonso-cuarons-gravity.html

On one level, Gravity is nothing new: state-of-the-art Hollywood technology in the service of an old-fashioned supernatural (i.e., religious) theme. The premise: Two shuttle astronauts played by two of our biggest stars (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney) get marooned in space when speeding debris from an exploded Russian satellite takes out their craft and kills everyone else, on- and off-board. So the drifting, shell-shocked, motion-sick medical engineer, Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock), and the gregarious veteran astronaut, Matt Kowalski (Clooney), must find a working shuttle to get them to Earth—fast. Possibly it’s in the nearby Russian space station, possibly not. It’s a mess up there. Woven amid the multiple bombardments and cliffhangers is a stark spiritual odyssey: A woman who is dead inside must find (or refind) her faith, letting go to be born again. (Twelve-steppers like to say, “Let go and let God.”) The movie is as cornball as all get-out and—once you discern the narrative arc—as predictable.

But then there’s the part that’s—as we serious cinephiles like to say—infuckingcredible.
The first shot of Gravity is very, very long and entirely sinuous. We see a slice of the Earth and then a dot that turns out to be a shuttle moving toward us, faster than we anticipate, with three figures attached—two working on the craft, one floating free. Of course it wasn’t done in real time—it’s computerized—but it’s still one (count it) shot that goes from macro (the planet) to almost micro (a dislodged bolt floating into the camera). It’s in these first pre-catastrophe minutes that the real and mind-expanding subject of Gravity manifests itself: the Higher Math.

My own puny brain goes haywire attempting to sort out the variables, but computer programmers and Princeton mathematicians will find their own version of heaven onscreen. Is the camera moving toward the shuttle or vice versa or both? Or is it the Earth’s rotation that’s controlling the shot? Or are all three variables working in tandem? Are there equations (or logarithms) for the way the bodies drift vis-à-vis the Earth’s rotation in zero gravity while the stars move in the background? What about the characters’ limbs, weightless but subject to other forces, internal and external? How do you determine the momentum and impact of an astronaut’s body as it collides with another or the side of a spacecraft with a head-rocking oomph? What about the debris? The shuttle comes apart the way something really would in oxygenless outer space—not with a Star Wars–like explosion of flames but in splinters and hard shards that spin (lethally) our way.

All this isn’t irrelevant to the human story. Sandy and George—I have a hard time calling them Ryan and Matt—have to calculate these variables themselves in order to live, all while worrying about their fuel and O2 levels. (“O2 down to 2 percent …” “Take shallow breaths …”) If and when your child whines, “Why do we need to know math anyway? How will we ever use it?,” you can take him or her to Gravity and point not just to the awe-­inspiring physics that put humans in space but the gods of cinema who made George and Sandy float.

I saw Gravity in 3-D, and so should you, sitting as close as you dare to the biggest screen possible, preferably in a seat like the one I had, which rocked back and forth as I recoiled from the impact of light, sound, and my own bedazzled (and bewitched and bewildered) senses. Almost from the start, director Alfonso ­Cuarón puts you inside the frame and subject (in your pummeled, suggestible state) to the primal fight-or-flight instincts engendered by disorientation. The impact of the shuttle’s destruction sends Sandy spinning into space, and we see the world (planet, stars) from her point of view, up-down-up-down-sideways-up, the lights stabbing and streaking. The sound or its lack is essential to the illusion: barely discerned NASA-speak on multiple channels … a theater-shaking roar … and ­silence. High frequencies go in and out, underscored by a nearly omnipresent heartbeat that works its way into the music by Steven Price. Before the disaster, there are passages of conventional awe—heavily orchestral—but then the score gives way to crackles and the terrible sound of silence.

George plays it hearty and hail-fellow-well-met—his star power manages to come through even in his astronaut suit. But it’s Sandy’s movie. She’s our most down-to-earth A-list superstar, which makes her the perfect person to connect with us in outer space. At first she’s ashen and blank-faced. Then comes the sequence aboard a space station where she wriggles out of her space suit and floats—in a T-shirt and black undies—in zero gravity. There she is, in the fetal position, suspended in the film’s version of amniotic fluid, about to swim through the birth canal that is a creaky, clanky Soyuz—it’s the most expressive ballet ever captured in a sci-fi film and apparently achieved with the help of super-puppeteers from the War Horse play. Will she surrender to despair or be born again? She’s Sandy Bullock. She’s faith-based.

I winced through some of the film’s climactic spiritual contortions, but I had plenty of awe of my own for visual-effects supervisor Tim Webber and his team of obvious geniuses. And I don’t think my reverence for the math is on an entirely separate track from the religious journey of the movie’s protagonist. Gravity is a crowd-pleasing version of what scientists and mathematicians are said to experience in their rarefied sphere—a wondrous fusion of faith and science. It’s the Higher Corn.

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107. "I'm assuming this is worth spending the extra $$$ for IMAX 3D..."
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110. "saw it once for free & not in 2d but yes"
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108. "Damn, none of the (actual) IMAX's are showing it around here"
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Still worth full price on a regular screen, or should I go for a Liemax?

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109. "It'll be an awe-inspiring experience on whatever size screen."
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I usually abhor the Liemax up tick, but this may be the case where it's worth it? I saw it on a normal screen and was pretty goddamn drawn in.

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113. "Thanks for that, I'll probably go for the regular screen"
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If it's as impressive as everyone says, I'm sure I'll enjoy it on any screen.

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111. "save for the visuals"
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this movie was just okay. didn't really care
about any of the characters. also couldn't
imagine seeing this in 2d.

overall, it's a bit overrated.


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Save for the three Super Bowls, Tom Brady's career is a little over-rated...

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114. "not the same thing"
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imo, visuals should enhance the story but not BE the story.
i would have been a bit more peeved had i seen it in 2d.

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115. "Visually, that was a lovely experience"
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I agree with Longo in that the story was mad basic, but that was more than made up for with the beautific visuals and Sandra Bullock's performance

And got-damnit, CLOONEY was CLOONEY, even in space, which is fantastic

I actually would suggest people plunk down the extra bread for the IMAX 3D

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116. "Saw it again today. Worked better for me on a story level."
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There are still a couple of lines where I reeeeeally long for silence, and there's still a part of me that really longs for a cut without any music-- just bathed in the silence of space. The visuals don't require the added aural suspense.

However, this time I went in not really expecting something more than a simple parable, and it worked better for me. Primarily because Bullock is so terrific. One or two of her final monologues are corny as all get out, but goddamn does she make them work. I appreciated her performance far more this time than the first viewing.

Still can't get over the visuals. Again, I wish the whole thing had been composed of that crazy long "uncut" takes-- the movie's weakest parts are when the editing becomes more conventional. The first two shots make up what seems like 30 minutes, easily, and it's no coincidence they're the highlight of the film. The ISS sequence has a few long shots as well, also highlights (highlights of the year, mind you-- not just the film). That stuff is all-timer stuff... perhaps that's what makes me long for a flawless execution, nothing but the highs, as it makes the "lows" more noticeable.

Still, those highs.

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119. "the silence,the tension,the acting...the VISUALS ..just wow!"
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OMG..OMG...OMG...OMG- me while watching this film..lol
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120. "prob the most satisfying movie experience i've had this year..."
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...simple as that...

saw it in imax 3d...well worth it for the sound alone. not sure if the 3D is needed, but the visuals were wonderful, engaging and real.
great score btw....

cant think of another film i've seen this year that satisfied me on more levels than this one...

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121. "hated it."
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1. the 3D was entirely obnoxious. there was no end to the space junk floating at the screen. for no good reason.

1a. the camera work made me nauseous w/all the floating around and upside down stuff and whatnot.

2. it was very pretty...and i was done w/the prettiness after the first 20 minutes or so.

3. it was like Open Water in space. and i didn't go see Open Water for a reason.

4. i don't do sci-fi.

5. i think the movie was well-done for what it's worth. and my homie who saw it w/me thought it was phenomenal. he could've watched another 90 minutes. meanwhile i was counting the minutes until it was over.

6. it wasn't my kind of movie. but i'd recommend it for ppl who dig these kinds of movies.

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122. "RE: hated it."
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>4. i don't do sci-fi.
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Then why did you see it?

  

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123. "LOLOLOL!!!!"
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124. "He mentioned seeing it with a friend."
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I assumed upon reading that that the friend selected the film that night.

That or SoWhat likes to see the Oscar contenders every year, as I generally end up seeing at least one movie a year I know I'm unlikely to like just so I can be in the convo.

I didn't mind the comments. Folks who don't like sci-fi for sure aren't going to like this. (Cue debate about whether this belongs to the sci-fi genre or not.)

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126. "I didn't mind the comments, either. Just thought it was funny"
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As far as Oscar noms, do you think this has a shot? I figure it's got to be at least in the conversation for best cinematography. I have no idea how they shot some of those scenes.

  

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128. "Comversation? LOCK it to win."
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>As far as Oscar noms, do you think this has a shot? I figure
>it's got to be at least in the conversation for best
>cinematography. I have no idea how they shot some of those
>scenes.

It's a lock for noms in nearly every tech category (minus makeup and original song), and it's a lock IMO to win Cinematography, the Sound awards, Visual FX, and probably editing (editing sometimes goes funky... but it SHOULD win).

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139. "No aliens."
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fuck you.

  

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134. "i pretty much agree"
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it's like having an encounter with the most perfect
looking man(or woman) that you've ever seen. then you
actually spend a little bit of time with the guy and
find out he's just blah.

again, visuals were stunning but, after awhile i needed more and
wanted more. for me, it just didn't happen here.


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147. "^^obviously trolling & didnt see it"
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179. "*pats head*"
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fuck you.

  

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246. "Why'd I just picture this?"
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253. "RE: ^^^^^^^waiting on MIB5^^^^^^^^^^^"
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125. "left theater 40min ago. holy shit. I still have anxiety. it was INCREDIB..."
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127. "Same here"
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Very few movies have made me FEEL the tension like that. My girlfriend said she needed a xanax after it was over lol.

  

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132. "indeed..."
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...first thing i said to my wife when the movie was over was 'damn, i'm gonna need a drink!'

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140. "Same here. Plus I was nauseous."
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It was more than I could handle. Lol

Very well done.

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129. "Absolutely stunning cinematography... echoing the "must watch in IMAX 3D..."
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Not my favorite movie though... felt the writing was a bit ham handed and overbearing.

Coincidentally enough, this aerospace engineering commercial** featuring terribly out of date equipment is released right in the midst of a government shutdown, which closed national agencies like NASA... how appropriate.

** - This is used tongue-in-cheek. I actually hope this movie does spur a minor pop culture rejuvenation in science and technology.

  

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beyond my expectations. absolutely loved it. i need to see this again.

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131. "2nd time in 3D"
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There's so much shit to take in it was watching it for the first time. I was weary of Bullock's casting at first but I can't imagine anyone else in the role now.

Warning to fellow Angelenos: The Rave theater in West LA isn't showing it in their IMAX theater for some reason. I guess I'll going for a 3rd time at the new IMAX in Hollywood.

  

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133. "Emmanuel Lubezki - Gravity cinematographer interview "
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Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone in 'Gravity.' Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

OCTOBER 03, 2013 BY BRYAN ABRAMS
He is one the greatest cinematographers alive, the man directors call when what they want has never been attempted. He has shot films for a slew of legends (Mike Nichols, Tim Burton, Michael Mann, Terrence Malick, Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers), but it’s Emmanuel Lubezki‘s relationship with his childhood friend from Mexico, director Alfonso Cuarón, that’s truly one of the great partnerships in the history of the medium. If this sounds overblown, then you probably haven’t seen their work together, which can now be acclaimed, 22 years after their first feature film together, as one marked by a commitment to making films that are marvels of innovation, technique, and most importantly, visceral emotion.

Lubezki’s (known as ‘Chivo’) last two collaborations with Cuarón required new technology to achieve their goals. Children of Men, which premiered in 2006, stunned the film community (and the too-small number of people who saw the film) with shots that put the viewer into an intense emotional proximity with Clive Owen (Theo). Set in 2027 in a dystopian, sterile world (we mean that literally—a baby hasn’t been born in 18 years), Children of Men delivered one immensely harrowing moment after another. Lubezki’s camera sunk right down into the disorienting terror of an apocalyptic England as it relentlessly followed Theo from café to pub to train and finally into a reconnection with his ex-wife Julian (Julianne Moore), the leader to a revolutionary force known as the Fishes, which bears major secret—they’ve found a young, pregnant African woman, Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey). Kee is a potential savior.



In a film filled with standout scenes, two have become legends. The first is the uninterrupted one-shot “ambush” of Theo, Julian and Kee’s getaway car, in which Lubezki’s camera moves in, around, and out of the moving car in a spectacularly prolonged and tense five-minute sequence. This scene required trick car seats, a windshield, and a host of brand new technology to achieve. The second is an equally terrifying but even more explosive scene in a war-torn city during which Theo moves from alleyways to bullet-pocked walls as gunfire and ordinance explode all around him as he desperately searches for Kee. At one point, blood splatters on the camera, and by the time Theo has made it into a building (he can hear Kee’s newborn wailing) the scene has at some point been cut (no more blood on the camera), but it’s impossible to tell precisely when.

Reverse Shot, an independent film journal, said this of Lubezki’s role in Children of Men, and his chops overall—and this was in 2006: “Yet Children of Men is as much Lubezki’s accomplishment as it is Cuarón’s; years from now when critics look back on his work here and with Terrence Malick in The New World, Lubezki will be regarded as one of the era’s great film artists.”



This statement was valid in 2006 and with the release of Warner Bros. Pictures Gravity today, Lubezki’s place among the pantheon of greatest cinematographers is secure. An astonishing achievement technically, visually, and emotionally, Gravity is the reason you go to the movies. When an accidental explosion and a cloud of debris maroons two astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) in space, you begin a cinematic journey that stands as testament to the daring and passion of every filmmaker involved, from Cuarón and Lubezki to their FX wizard Tim Weber to every last member of the cast and crew. Gravity also works as an invigorating argument for the use of 3D. It’s one of the very great theater experiences you will have, this year or any other.

We spoke to Lubezki about what it took to create this masterpiece, the many scary moments on set, and his long, fruitful, and warm relationship with Alfonso Cuarón.

This is the first film you shot entirely digitally—how did this change your process?

I’ve been working with digital cameras for a while, but I’ve never done a fully digital film. When we started doing prep for Gravity and began figuring out how to shoot it, we quickly realized that film was not an option.

Lost in space. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.
Lost in space. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

Why not?

That had to do with what happens with the film grain in 3D, because the film grain lives in a very specific place in the depth of 3D that just looks weird. It almost looks like a curtain, so we couldn’t use film. And then the other thing we realized is that because of how long the shots are, and how complicated it was going to be for me and Alfonso to be near the actors, we liked that digital cameras and their monitors allowed us to have a very good idea of how the film was going to look and what the actors were doing. We could really watch, with very high detail, their expressions. Also talking to Tim Weber about the fact that we were going to do all the digital compositing, we realized we had to do the movie digitally.

This is not the first time you’ve worked with Alfonso in which the degree of difficulty was, to put it mildly, severe.

Well it’s because when the director has this vision, my job as cinematographer is to try to translate that vision into images, to capture or create these images. There was no equipment around that I could rent and there was nothing already built for me, so you put together a team of people you trust, that have the same drive as you, and you start to do tests and create your own gear. Obviously it makes it much harder in the sense that you create this equipment that is custom built and there are no doubles or spare parts, so if something goes wrong it’s just very scary. You also need the support from the studio. They need to know that it’s a very delicate proposition and things could go wrong. So there’s a whole team of people who give you the support you need to have and also the insanity and stubbornness (laughs) and appetite of the director that you work with.

Can you touch upon some of the pieces of technology and equipment that were created to make Gravity possible?

To make this movie we used many different methodologies. For one of them, we invented this LED box that you’ve probably read about, which is basically this very large LED monitor that is folded into a cube. So all the information and images that you input into this monitor lights the actors, and you can input all of the scenes that were pre-visualized to create the movie—all the environments that we had created—and you can input them into this large cube so space itself is moving around the actors.

Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and director Alfonso Cuarón. Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures
Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and director Alfonso Cuarón. Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

So it’s not Sandra Bullock spinning around like crazy, it’s your cameras.

Yes, instead of having Sandra turning in 360s and hanging from cables, what’s happening is she’s standing in the middle of this cube and the environment and the lighting is moving around her. The lighting on the movie is very complex—it’s changing all the time from day to night, all the color temperatures are changing and the contrast is changing. There were a lot of subtleties that you can capture with the box, subtleties that make the integration of the virtual cinematography and the live-action much better than ever before.



Can you give us an example?

If you zoom in on Sandra’s eyes, sometimes you can see the earth moving around—things like that would have been almost impossible to do without the box. So we built the box, but that wasn’t it. To be able to shoot inside the box, we had to build a special rig that holds the camera and moves with motion control. So we had people build a very narrow, lightweight but sturdy rig to control the camera. If you imagine the big box of LEDs, it has a gap that is almost a foot and a half or two feet wide, and the camera has to go into the box and make all these moves to make the audience believe that Sandra is turning and turning, but it’s really the camera and the environment in the box that is moving. So we built the box, the rig, and then used a company called Bot & Dolly. These guys are from San Francisco, and they use robots from the automotive industry. They redid all the software for us, so we were able to use these robots to move the cameras and the lights around the actors.It was just a big ballet of gadgets and new technology for the film.

What kind of snafus did you have to deal with?

When we built the box, we had our idea of the box, we did our tests, and we started working on it to see how accurate it was. Then we realized that you could not go into the box because there were so many electromagnetic fields that if you touched it, you would get a shock. So there were a lot of things that were unpredictable happening as we were rushing to shoot the film. A week before Sandra arrived, we were still trying to figure out how we were going to keep her safe in the box so she didn’t get shocks every time she gets in it. There’s a lot of little stories like that that now are funny, but at the time were really, really scary.

That’s a lot of pressure, and it’s not like film sets are notorious for being relaxed environments to begin with.

Once we brought Sandra in, she would start acting in the scene and everything is working, the motion control is working, it’s perfectly in sync, and she would say, ‘You know guys, it’s not feeling right because it’s too short. I need two seconds more here and three seconds more there.’ So we would have to reprogram everything for Sandra to be able to perform the way she wanted and to be able to improvise. It’s very hard to be able to improvise with this kind of equipment, and we had to, little by little, make it that way so the actors could have their space and perform, so Sandra’s emotions could be what they are in the movie.

George Clooney as Matt Kowalski. Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures
George Clooney as Matt Kowalski. Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

There was another very interesting problem the first rig we built for George. We started building it a couple of months before we started the shoot, and I suggested to Alfonso he talk to George and ask him if he was going to be comfortable performing at a certain degree—he was not going to be standing up, he was going to be, let’s say, at almost ninety degrees. George said okay, but I didn’t think he knew how complicated and long the shoot was going to be. So when we brought him in we realized in a few seconds that the scene could not be shot like that, because it was so strenuous. We could feel the tension on his body, so we stopped it and had to reprogram it and go back and rethink how to shoot that moment with him. It was a bumpy, a very bumpy, road, but I’m glad we did it.

There are very few director/cinematographer teams working today as well known for a certain aspect of filmmaking as you and Alfonso are, which is that long extended take, or the seamlessly edited take. What it is like actually shooting those scenes?

I’m going to tell you something, the reality is that the movie was so new that when we finished a shot we would get so excited people would scream on set—probably me before anybody else. There were moments when we were shooting and Alfonso said ‘cut’ we would all just jump and scream out of happiness because we’d achieved something that we knew was very special.

In Children of Men, we also had moments like that. When we finished the first shot inside that car , the focus puller started crying. There was so much pressure that, when he realized he had done a great job, he just started crying.

As the cinematographer, you must feel an insane amount of pressure yourself.

You know for me it’s an incredible pressure, but for Alfonso it must be fifty times more because he has to deliver something, and he’s getting notes, people saying you shouldn’t do it in one take, it’s not going to work, why don’t you do it the way everybody else does it? And one thing I want to say is that Alfonso is not doing these shots because he wants to show off, or because they are tour de forces shots of an auteur, or because they are gimmicks. I think he does it from a very honest perspective. It’s that he’s doing them because he wants to capture a certain emotion, and he believes—I hate to talk for him because he might not agree with me—but my feeling is he does these shots because it is the only way to capture certain emotions, and it’s the only way to get the audience immersed as deeply as you get immersed in moments like in that scene, or in Gravity. When you feel things are happening in real time and there’s that immediacy with the actors, and the camera is doing all of these elastic shots that are very objective shots that then become subjective shots, and you see what Sandra’s going through, you see it through her eyes, and then you also see objectively from the audience’s point of view, I think all that creates an energy, a tension, and a feeling of being immersed that otherwise you cannot achieve.

And that experience is only heightened now with the use of 3D in Gravity.

was a decision truly made from an honest filmmaker who is trying to capture emotion in a different way. One thing that I love about working with Alfonso is he’s a true artist. I like that he uses all the tools of filmmaking really well. He could do the movie by himself—he’s a great cinematographer, he’s a great sound man, he’s a great actor, so he really uses all the tools. And he uses the tool that I love the most, cinematography, in a way that he’s not using to illustrate text. He uses it to capture emotion and to deliver emotion. I’m very lucky to work with him.

You guys have known each other for so long, is it the trust you guys have from growing up together in Mexico that makes you such a formidable filmmaking partnership?

I’m inside this equation so I truly don’t know, but I met Alfonso many, many years ago. We went as teenagers to the same parties, talked about the same girls, we danced together, and we went to film theaters together. We spent many hours watching what you guys call foreign films in the late 70s and early 80s, and he was always a little bit of a teacher for me. We’re almost on the same frequency–sometimes he doesn’t call me for a year, but when he calls and says, ‘Oh I have this idea for this movie,’ it just happens to be exactly what I would like to be doing. It’s very strange, even though we don’t see each other every day, there is something very close in what we like about film, and art in general.



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137. "thanks. great interview. "
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136. "this movie was very damn good"
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It's definitely a lock for one of the best picture slots at the oscars (i bet it wins if it's nominated);

it's SO getting most of the below the line awards (cinematography, visual effects, sound effects, editing-maybe, etc.) and Bullock TRUTHFULLY has to be a lock for a Best Actress nomination (because from what i hear with August: Osage County, the studio is still trying to figure out how they're going to campaign for Roberts and Streep (I hear Roberts is Leading actress, Streep is supporting, though from friends I know who've seen this already, Streep is CLEARLY leading)...

and the screenplay slips in for Best Original Screenplay.

It is quite the experience in 3D, and that really the only way you should see JUST to get the full experience.

this is definitely on my top ten of 2013 movie list, but 12 Years A Slave is THOROUGHLY knocking Gravity down to 2 on my list. Period.

but outstanding film.

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138. "Hella phenomenal."
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Great film.

  

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142. "Mr.Cuaron does a little shopping..lol"
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143. "RE: Mr.Cuaron does a little shopping..lol"
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absolutely hilarious!

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144. "estimated 55 Million dollar haul for this first weekend?"
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Solid article about the movie, some folk behind the team and the current box office standings (at the bottom). And, I believe Gravity is primed to make money overseas as well as is currently in a few markets...

http://www.deadline.com/2013/10/gravity-opens-to-1-4m-in-thursfri-late-shows/

SUNDAY 12:30 AM, 5TH UPDATE: The big get bigger despite an otherwise soft weekend. Total moviegoing is $115M (-20% down from last year) with 2/3s of it coming from just the Top Two films both in 3D: newcomer Gravity and holdover Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2. Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D- and IMAX premium-priced space drama starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock is looking at a record-setting $45M weekend for what execs tell me is the largest October opening weekend of all time. Good thing then Warner Bros Pictures chief Jeff Robinov took this script out of turnaround at Universal after Cuaron and his reps asked for it back when David Linde left. After all, Cuaron really freshened WB’s Harry Potter franchise with the Prisoner Of Azkaban. This Oscar-buzzed original thriller scripted by Cuaron with his son Jonas about astronauts with its dazzling VFX earned an impressive ’A-’ CinemaScore from audiences. So the studio is predicting it’ll have long legs. Pic did $17.5M Friday (including $1.4M for Thursday 10 PM late shows and Friday midnights), then bumped up +35% to $23.5M Saturday in what is a traditionally slow time at the domestic box office which has been lagging of late. ”Would create a new window for a tentpole release,” Warner Bros Domestic Distribution czar Dan Fellman predicted Friday – and proved correct. Two of the studio’s previous Best Picture Oscar winners — The Departed (2006) and last year’s winner Argo — opened on the exact same weekend. Gravity already has the same awards buzz. With runs in 3,575 locations, it’s also important to note that a whopping 3,150 of those are premium 3D as opposed to only 425 plays in 2D as well as 323 IMAX. It would be too simplistic to say that the enthusiastic reviews for Gravity were solely responsible for the 1.4% uptick in IMAX shares Friday morning — ending this week’s startling 10% drop. But the film took in $420,000 from 323 IMAX theaters in late shows so poised to provide a “noticeable jolt” to investor expectations, according to Wall Street analysts. Lots of debate over the budget of this pic ranging from $80M to $120M.

British producer David Heyman of eight Harry Potter films fame brought Cuaron aboard for Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, but, this time around, it was Cuaron who asked Heyman to get involved on Gravity and produce it with him. Cuaron’s idea to take the spacecraft and flip it (because it was coming in top-up) took 10 weeks – one shot, two minutes, $100K. Film went from Comic-Con to all three big fall festivals – Venice, Telluride and Toronto – where it became one of the best reviewed films of 2013. Critics relished the rarity of a female-driven action movie where one character is alone for a lot of the time. As Deadline’s awards columnist Pete Hammond predicted this week, ”This bodes well for Warners’ upcoming Oscar campaign. One studio source said they expect at least 10 nominations including Best Picture, Actress, Director and of course across the board in below-the-line areas where the film is the odds-on favorite to actually win.” The marketing strategy was to ”harness the visceral, intense, terrifying, beautiful, breathless experience of the film,” Warner Bros told me. ”We leveraged the breakthrough visuals, the director’s pedigree, and the standout performances.” The TV, print, and online campaign launched theatrically in May with the 3D teaser trailer on the studio’s The Great Gatsby. In lieu of one main trailer, studio’s President of Worldwide Marketing Sue Kroll decided on 3 different ‘movie moment’ pieces playing with Wolverine. A final trailer further developed Bullock’s character with the ‘Don’t let go’ tagline and launched in September. An experiential website was built featuring a spacewalk of the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Tiangong Space Station.


Saturday was huge for #2 Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 from Sony Pictures, up 100% from Friday, and aided by sneaks of the studio’s Tom Hanks-starring true life thriller Captain Phillips. Toon ended with $21.5M with a strong -37% hold and new $60.5M cume. “The 800 sneaks of Captain Phillips look to be at least 75% of capacity with sell-outs reported in every major city,” Sony tells me. Looks good for Sony and Hanks who both need another hit.

In #3, Twentieth Century Fox/New Regency’s Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake starring thriller Runner Runner grossed just $2.8M Friday (including $200K for late shows before opening in 3,024 theaters) and +13% for $3.1M. Studio didn’t expect more than a meager $10M-$12M for the weekend but now that estimate has flatlined to $7.8M. Brad Furman directed this flop about the less-than-riveting realm of offshore online gaming that earned a dismal ‘C’ CinemaScore from audiences (who couldn’t get into Gravity?). Also, can we just declare Justin box office poison and be done with him? New Regency financed and produced the drama for what it claims is under $30M, knowing that domestic would underwhelm but international could be solid. Fox says that overseas the outcome is better: $15.8M gross coming into this weekend from 4,000 screens in 43 markets, #1 in 11 of them. The best was Russia at $3M from 1,231 screens and decent openings in SE Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Mideast. Pic still has 30 markets to release, including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Germany, Spain, Holland. Runner Runner was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, as well as its scripters Brian Koppelman & David Levien. The trailer debuted on the Yahoo homepage whhile the pic itself had a Las Vegas premiere at the Planet Hollywood Casino. Timberlake was central to the marketing campaign which sought to leverage his fanbase of over 26 million across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (As if that did any good…) The digital campaign also featured the first-ever official film site from Fox built on Tumblr while two emerging platforms were used - Stipple, an interactive photo application, and Videogram, an immersive video tool. No matter: pic bombed.

Coming in a surprise #9 from fewer than 400 theaters is another joint cross-cultural venture between Lionsgate and Televisa. Their Pantelion Films’ Pulling Strings follows success of Instructions Not Included, which last weekend became the highest grossing Spanish Language film ever released in the U.S. with a cume of $38.5M in its 5th weekend at the U.S. box office. With a story split between Spanish and English, the mariachi-flavored rom-com Pulling Strings set in Mexico City stars Jaime Camil and Laura Ramsey and surprisingly Stockard Channing and Tom Arnold directed by Pitipol Ybarra from a script with four credited screenwriters.

Here’s the Top 10 list based on Friday estimates:

1. Gravity 3D (Warner Bros) NEW PG13
Friday $17.5M, Saturday $23.5M, Weekend $55.0M

2. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 3D (Sony) Week 2 PG
Friday $4.7M, Saturday $9.4M, Weekend $21.5M (-37%), Cume $60.5M

3. Runner Runner (Fox) NEW R
Friday $2.7M, Saturday $3.1M, Weekend $7.9M

4. Prisoners (Alcon/Warner Bros) Week 3 R
Friday $1.7M, Saturday $2.6M, Weekend $5.7M, Cume $47.8M

5. Rush (Imagine/Universal) Week 3 R
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $2.0M, Weekend $4.5M, Cume $18.2M

6. Baggage Claim (Fox Searchlight) Week 2 PG13
Friday $1.3M, Saturday $2.1M, Weekend $4.5M (-50%), Cume $15.5M

7. Don Jon (Relativity) Week 2 R
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $1.8M, Weekend $4.2M (-49%), Cume $16.1M

8. Insidious: Chapter 2 (FilmDistrict) Week 4 PG13
Friday $1.1M, Weekend $3.7M, Cume $74.6M

9. Pulling Strings NEW PG
Friday $757K, Weekend $2.7M

10. Enough Said (Fox Searchlight) Week 3 PG13
Friday $601K, Weekend $2.1M, Cume $5.4M

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145. "this was AWESOME!"
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I love it when a movie captivates you with a very simple story. Stripped down. Get from point a to point b. Everything in this had my attention. If i was to pick flaws, I really would be nitpicking. I guess in such a great movie the flaws were only noticeable because of how rare they were. So I guess ill pick at them, but none of them were even remotely close to ruining the film:

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1) She lost her daughter and obviously was traumatized by it. If she was to go into space she would have failed the psychological test and never would have been permitted to go. I understand that they were banking on that whole angle of her battling her demons and it was important for the drama, but its just one little thing that stood out. No way would she be permitted to go.

2)Her talking to herself and the whole "lets go home" moments were a bit much. Again, probably made to dramatize it a little but was just a little too cliche'

3)the sequence of events was pretty unbelievable and might be a bit of a reach. Yet again its understandable that it all needed to happen to keep you captivated, as it did just that.

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146. "Fucking hyperbole out the ass with this one. SPOILER"
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First of all, I liked it a lot. It's an intriguing concept. As a kid, I used to wonder what it must have been like for those in the Challenger for those few seconds. Did they realize something was amiss? Was there even 10 seconds where they knew shit was going down? What would that have been like? Sure, I can imagine it would be like OMG WE'RE GONNA DIE!!!, but you can never *truly* understand what that sort of fear is like I suppose.

When Columbia broke into a million pieces, how long did they know? Was it instantaneous? So the idea of someone who is stuck up there and pretty much fucked and how the deal with that intense level of pressure is interesting to me, and they did a pretty damn good job. I can't really recall these stories being told in such a way, and that all by itself sold me. They did a superb job telling this story. I can't imagine the 3D though, because IMO it would have felt like a Universal Studios ride with all that debris. I couldn't handle that for 2 hours, personally.

It had a very gratifying ending. Had it gone another way, I would have been OK with that, but not in the same way. There came a point where I said "they better not do all that just to kill her now".

Honestly, I would have preferred to see her spend much more time just out in space without her getting into each of those space stations. I was much more curious about how they would tell a story about her just kind of floating out there. Obviously she'd have one hell of a story if this shit really went down.

It was a pretty good movie, but in the end, people are losing their shit over something that's nowhere near as good as their reactions make it out to be. From the standpoint of bwood and the way he sold it, it was a disappointment. It didn't even reach the solar system of that level of hype. Then again, what possibly could? People were so insanely hyped over the movie even the POSTER was met with orgasmic OMG!!!!!! responses.

I can definitely see the Oscar buzz for Bullock, especially with that monologue. While this was a pretty good movie, it was nowhere near the end all, be all movie to end all movies that it was made out to be. The way it was hyped by a few people here, you would have thought the movie ticket came with a billion dollars, the gift of flight, wolverines claws and healing factor, a suit of Iron Man MK 2000 armor, telepathy, telekinesis, a CIA debriefing with cold, hard, irrefutable evidence of the truth of the JFK assassination, the moon landing, Roswell, space aliens, all culminating with a sit down meeting with Jesus Christ himself in Heaven who would then explain the meaning of life and the reason for our human existence.

***I already know the usual suspects (one in particular who always does it when I'm not feeling the shit he is on the same level) will come in with some bullshit GOD DAMN WHY YOU SO MAD!!! nonsense.

  

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149. "If you didn't like it, then you didn't like it."
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Your not the first person, nor the last to not like this shit. That's your opinion.

No need for the fucking sideways shots.

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151. "You should try reading before you hit reply' next time. "
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I liked it a lot, actually, so sorry to burst that bubble. Had you actually read my post instead of seeing read the second you saw the word 'hyperbole' in the header and running in to post about how mad you were about it, you'd have known that.

>No need for the fucking sideways shots.

Spare me. You hyped this shit like it was the Second Coming. It wasn't. I took note of that. Fucking cry about it already.

  

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153. "Why do you feel the need to be a condescending asshole all the time?"
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There was seriously no need for any of this but, as always, you came in here looking for a fight. Why?

Even when someone posts their opinion it has to become a battle with you. Do you really feel like you have to argue 90% of the time with people on a message board?

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155. "Nobody came in looking for a fight but you champ. "
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>There was seriously no need for any of this but, as always,
>you came in here looking for a fight. Why?

Looking for a fight? Because I said it was good but nowhere near as good as you made it out to be? You're the one who took that shit so personally and decided it was worth fighting over.

>Even when someone posts their opinion it has to become a
>battle with you. Do you really feel like you have to argue 90%
>of the time with people on a message board?

-someone posts an opinion
-someone else posts their own opinion
-someone else has an opinion contrary to another opinion
-said parties go back and forth

Guess what? That's how message boards work, always have, and always will.

Don't play this WHY DO YOU ALWAYS BLAH BLAH BLAH bullshit to justify your tantrum. I said the hype on this hyperbole in a big way and that it didn't measure up to that.

YOU took that shit in the ass and threw a fucking tantrum about it. Don't project your emotional reaction to someone not sucking this movie's dick the way you do onto me. That's your problem. Deal with it.

  

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157. "Look at your first post. You're clearly throwing shots to start a fight."
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You could've said it didn't live up to the hype and left it at that. Then you had to go and say I know a few posters are gonna come at me.

You were clearly looking for a argument. That last little blurb in your post was not needed at all. The rest of what you posted was fine as that's how you felt. But like I said earlier there was no need for the sideways shots and you had to be an asshole and say no I'm not buying it.

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158. "Yes, I knew some people would come at me. "
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>You could've said it didn't live up to the hype and left it
>at that. Then you had to go and say I know a few posters are
>gonna come at me.

Yep, because that's the way it is. I know you and others like to believe every instance of snark around here is done by me and me alone, but that's quite far from the truth. Deal with it. The fact that you point to me noting that as 'proof' that I'm looking for a fight is hilarious because the logic doesn't even add up. It's' telling that you didn't even READ MY FUCKING POST to begin with, because you just assumed I didn't like it despite clearly saying I did. So, who came looking for a fight again? Because you only read the damn header and threw a fit over that, and your own post proves you didn't read it.

>You were clearly looking for a argument. That last little
>blurb in your post was not needed at all. The rest of what you
>posted was fine as that's how you felt. But like I said
>earlier there was no need for the sideways shots and you had
>to be an asshole and say no I'm not buying it.

Nope, sorry. I know you would like me to post some bullshit "didn't live up to the hype" post that ended in the header, and KIM, buuuuuuut unfortunately it doesn't work that way. The hype was insane, and I illustrated what the hype was like.

YOU read that and decided to throw a tantrum. That's on you champ. I'm sorry you over hyped the shit out of a good movie, but I'm not sorry I took note of it. If you can't handle that, you need to grow thicker skin.

Edit: I'm more than happy to keep going back and forth with you, and you're more than welcome to keep insisting that I baited you. If anything, it shows that you were dumb enough to fall for it, but I digress. You can continue to derail this post with your hurt ass feelings, or you can let it go and let the thread get back on track.

Your call.

  

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174. "The problem is you are intentionally negative from the get go."
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>>You could've said it didn't live up to the hype and left it
>>at that. Then you had to go and say I know a few posters are
>>gonna come at me.
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>Yep, because that's the way it is. I know you and others like
>to believe every instance of snark around here is done by me
>and me alone, but that's quite far from the truth.

Actually no I don't. It just you come through more times than not with a bitter attitude.


Deal with
>it. The fact that you point to me noting that as 'proof' that
>I'm looking for a fight is hilarious because the logic doesn't
>even add up. It's' telling that you didn't even READ MY
>FUCKING POST to begin with, because you just assumed I didn't
>like it despite clearly saying I did. So, who came looking for
>a fight again? Because you only read the damn header and threw
>a fit over that, and your own post proves you didn't read it.

My beef is the shots you're taking not the opinions of how I over-hyped it or if you did or didn't like the movie. I think it's valid if you think I over-hyped and it didn't meet that so stop bringing that point up cause that has nothing to do with what I'm trying to get at.

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>>You were clearly looking for a argument. That last little
>>blurb in your post was not needed at all. The rest of what
>you
>>posted was fine as that's how you felt. But like I said
>>earlier there was no need for the sideways shots and you had
>>to be an asshole and say no I'm not buying it.
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>Nope, sorry. I know you would like me to post some bullshit
>"didn't live up to the hype" post that ended in the header,
>and KIM, buuuuuuut unfortunately it doesn't work that way. The
>hype was insane, and I illustrated what the hype was like.
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Fine.


>YOU read that and decided to throw a tantrum. That's on you
>champ. I'm sorry you over hyped the shit out of a good movie,
>but I'm not sorry I took note of it. If you can't handle that,
>you need to grow thicker skin.
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No. You gotta have a better attitude towards things. But I see you don't want to and if you want to continue being an asshole then fine.

>Edit: I'm more than happy to keep going back and forth with
>you, and you're more than welcome to keep insisting that I
>baited you. If anything, it shows that you were dumb enough to
>fall for it, but I digress. You can continue to derail this
>post with your hurt ass feelings, or you can let it go and let
>the thread get back on track.
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>Your call.

So then let this be it. You just said that came in here baiting a fight. You could've said the movie was fine, but bwood hyped it up more than it should of instead of once again going for insults, that don't help help your point.

In the future how about just trying to post about the movie instead of making a whole tirade of how the world hates me cause guess what 90% of the time you bring up very valid points that get lost in the negativity that makes up more than half your posts.

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180. "what "shots"? you can twist this shit. a million ways"
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But therr were no shots taken at you. You overhyped it like crazy. I pointed out what the expectations were based on that hype. I took a cynical slant, sure. After I wrote it, I realized how a handful of people would likely responda amd noted as much. That, by itself, usually disarms people.

Not you though.

You're determined to be super offended by it and that's on you. I qas pretty damn cynical, by that's because I'm a smart ass, not because I want to be an asshole ti you. I poker dyn at your stance all the way thro ugh. Its called busting balls. Don't rake that so personally.

  

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150. "agreed"
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161. "I really really liked it, but I understand your reaction."
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The visuals left me OMG, but it's easy to see the story leaving folks underwhelmed.

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148. "for those of who have seen the film..."
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Did they do a lighting cue in your theater -i guess you would call it,were they dimmed the lights completely right as clooney and bullock are about to thrust to the international space station? Wondering if this was just in my theater or theater- wide?

If this was Cuarón's instruction to projectionist- I liked that a lot!

  

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152. "nah. We didn't get that. "
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I'm assuming u saw the imax 3d version too. We might just be tripping lol

  

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154. "10 Things To Know About Gravity (swipe)"
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http://mentalfloss.com/article/53047/10-things-know-about-gravity

Director Alfonso Cua­rón’s latest film, Gravity, hits theaters today. The sci-fi flick is receiving rave reviews from critics and other filmmakers alike. Here are a few things you should know about the production. Warning: Spoilers below!

1. ITS PREMISE ISN’T FAR-FETCHED.


Russia’s planned destruction of one of its own satellites kicks off the events in Gravity. Debris from that event destroys Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney)’s shuttle and strands them in space. It might seem like no nation would ever do this, but, in fact, it’s actually happened: In 2007, China took out one of its own defunct weather satellites, sending a cloud of shrapnel “hurtling at nearly 16,000 mph along the main thoroughfare used by orbiting spacecraft,” according to Popular Mechanics. That debris joined the veritable garbage dump already orbiting above Earth, which consists of everything from rocket boosters to paint chips.

“On all of my missions, some warning from Mission Control about possible conjunctions—possible close approach by orbital debris,” former astronaut Tom Jones said at a special Popular Mechanics screening of Gravity. “You can see on radar everything that’s bigger than your fist. NORAD tracks it, and if you have to, you can maneuver the shuttle—even the has some small thrusters where it can nudge itself out of a critical path. So far we haven’t had any big impacts on human vehicles, but we’ve lost a couple of satellites from space debris.” Even small debris, traveling at those speeds, harms space infrastructure. Jones said the 2007 Chinese ASAT test doubled the debris risk to astronauts on the ISS. (Debris in space does eventually succumb to Earth’s orbit and burn up in the atmosphere, but depending on the size of the object and its orbital height, that process can take decades.)

The dangerous chain reaction of destruction seen in Gravity has a name: Kessler Syndrome, when there’s so much debris in space that everything crashes into everything else, creating more debris and therefore more collisions, rending space exploration too dangerous. It was a direct inspiration for Cua­rón and his son, Jonas, when they were writing the film.

2. IT TOOK 4.5 YEARS TO MAKE…


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Often, the only real things in a shot are Clooney's and Bullock’s faces. Everything else, from their space suits to Mother Earth, is computer generated. So Cua­rón and company created the entire film as animation first, working with sound effects, music, and lighting. “Then all that animation translated to actual camera moves and positions for the lighting and actors,” Cua­rón told Wired. “We did a whole exploration of the screenplay, every single moment; we made judgments about everything. Once we began shooting, we were constrained by the limitations of that programming.” The animation process lasted almost 2.5 years before they even began shooting with the actors.

3. ...AND THEY HAD TO INVENT NEW TECHNOLOGY TO DO IT.

“You want to pretend this is going to be easy,” Cua­rón told TheWrap. “Then it’s months and months of trying to figure out how. You come to the theory, and then you have to apply the theory, meaning to develop the technology.”

Among the new technology created for the film was a 12-wire rig devised by Special Effects supervisor Neil Corbould and his team that was controlled by puppeteers (from the play War Horse) to give the illusion that Bullock was floating through space; specialized rigs that could rotate or lift the actors at many different angles; and huge, computer-controlled robot arms typically used for car manufacturing that instead wielded cameras.

But the piece de resistance was what the filmmakers call the Light Box, a hollow cube with interior walls fitted with LEDs. The brainchild of Director of Photography Emmanuel Lubezki—who got the idea from LED lighting effects and projects at a concert—and visual effects supervisor Tim Webber, the Light Box was necessary because animators had to match up the lighting in the animation with the live action shoot perfectly. Cua­rón told ComingSoon that the finished box was raised on a six-foot-high platform and was 9 feet by 9 feet on the inside. It was fitted with 4096 LED bulbs that could show any CG image—the Earth, the sun, the stars—to get the correct lighting. According to The Wrap, about 60 percent of Gravity was shot in the box.

All of the technology could be synced with computers so that the filmmakers could move the universe around the actors.

4. REJECTED STRATEGIES FOR FILMING "MICROGRAVITY" INCLUDED USING WIRES AND FLYING IN THE VOMIT COMET.

Typically, wires have been used to suspend actors and give the illusion of floating, and Apollo 13 famously built sets and filmed inside a parabolic plane, which plummets for 25 seconds to create Zero Gravity. But though they were both considered, ultimately the filmmakers determined that neither would work because of Cuarón’s love of long takes (Gravity opens with a single, 15 minute shot). Bullock, who had signed on when the Zero G plane was still the plan, was relieved when it was scrapped. “I’m petrified of flying,” she told Vogue. “Plummeting out of the sky was not my idea of how I wanted to work with Alfonso Cua­rón. But at one point I sat down and said, ‘What is it about this movie that is telling me to get off my ass and get over something that has paralyzed me?’” Cua­rón said the system they eventually came up with was painful for Bullock, “but after not having to do the Vomit Comet, she was so happy, she didn’t care.”

5. BULLOCK TRAINED TO MIMIC MOVEMENT IN MICROGRAVITY.

Her background as a dancer certainly helped Bullock pull off Gravity’s most difficult trick: Making it appear as though she was in microgravity. She worked with a pair of Australian dancers to retrain her body “from the neck down, to react and move as though it’s in Zero G, without the benefit of Zero G moving your body,” she told Collider. “Because everything that your body reacts to, with a push or a pull, and on the ground, is completely different than it is in Zero G.”

6. AND SHE GOT ADVICE STRAIGHT FROM THE ISS.

Bullock told Collider that Dr. Cady Coleman called her from the ISS to impart some advice. “I was able to literally ask someone who’s experiencing the things that I was trying to physically learn about how the body works, and what you do, and what I need to re-teach my body to do, physically, that cannot happen on earth,” Bullock said. “It’s just the oddest thing to reprogram your reactions. It was just a really coincidental, fortuitous thing that happened, over wine, that got me the final piece of the information that I needed.”

7. CUA­RÓN CONSULTED WITH ADVISORS, TOO.


The director very much wanted to make a film that was based in reality, with technology astronauts use today. (Even though the shuttle program has been discontinued, he made a decision to include it as a touchpoint for the audience.) He told ComingSoon that after he and Jonas wrote the first draft of the screenplay, they began involving experts because “we realized all the stupid things that we have described that would be completely implausible. Then, throughout the process, we kept on having advisors, not only NASA and astronauts and other people that are experts in different fields, but also physicists, trying to explain to us how objects react in micro-gravity and zero resistance. That was probably the toughest innovation, because what happens in micro-gravity and zero resistance is completely counter-intuitive.”

8. WHILE TAKING LIBERTIES, THE FILMMAKERS TRIED TO BE PRETTY TRUE TO REALITY.

“We went through pains to make sure that the behavior of objects in micro-gravity and no resistance was as accurate as possible,” Cua­rón told the Huffington Post. At this same time, “this is not a documentary. We took certain liberties. Part of the liberties we took were in the sense of we would stretch the possibilities of certain things.”

There’s no sound in space, so Cua­rón mostly stuck to silence (there is a score, though). “The only sound you hear in space in the film is if, say, one of the characters is using a drill,” he told Wired. “Sandra’s character would hear the drill through the vibrations through her hand. But vibration itself doesn’t transmit in space—you can only hear what our characters are interacting with. I thought about keeping everything in absolute silence.” Another big no-no: Fires. “There’s no fire in space. At one point there’s an explosion, and the only fire you see is the bit that was inside the shuttle and then extinguished.”

9. ASTRONAUTS HAVE GIVEN GRAVITY THEIR SEALS OF APPROVAL.

In the Hollywood Reporter, moon walker Buzz Aldrin wrote that “I was so extravagantly impressed by the portrayal of the reality of zero gravity. I was happy to see someone moving around the spacecraft the way George Clooney was. It really points out the degree of confusion and bumping into people, and when the tether gets caught, you're going to be pulled—I think the simulation of the dynamics was remarkable.”

At the Popular Mechanics screening, Jones called Gravity “probably the most realistic space film that I’ve seen,” pointing out that, in particular, the tethers outside the spacecraft in the film behaved as they do in real life. Jones told mental_floss that “When she’s moving inside the spacecraft, and she’s seeing things drifting around her, the helmet floating around, all of that was really realistic. That’s what was the most evocative of my experience.” Jones even watched a part of the ISS he helped build be destroyed, and said that the inside of the station was just as he remembered.

Not that the filmmakers got everything right: Aldrin notes that he and his crew weren't as carefree as Clooney's character, and Jones said that "in that initial collision, they’re bouncing around so much, your suit can’t withstand that—it would rupture," Jones said. "The movie would be very short! That's where they took some license." They also took a little license with the location of the orbiting spacecraft, placing the Hubble Space Telescope, the ISS, and the Chinese space lab Tiangong 1 all in the same orbit, when in fact, they're all in different orbits. In an interview with Space.com, the director said that "we did a draft where we tried to respect everything. Everything was just about explaining to the audiences all of that stuff, so we had to try to create a balance."

10. EVEN JAMES CAMERON LOVED IT!

“I was stunned, absolutely floored,” the director and innovator told Variety. “I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I've been hungry to see for an awful long time.”

  

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156. "Great read. "
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Good to see James Cameron give someone else dap for once too. You know good and well that shit took a piece of his soul and probably a few years off his life span. He always seems to hate other people's movies the way the GOP hates Obama for sleeping at night.

  

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159. "clooney really needs to turn down the clooney"
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he's the worst part of the movie, and it's not close. like, at some point you have to realize you're playing a guy in a spacesuit who's floating off to a dark cold death where your body will never be found. might want to turn down the panty-wetting charm a notch there. like, we all get that you're the experienced astronaut who's seen it all and been there before, but again... floating off to your death, you haven't really been there before, have you? so, you know, act like that's happening and get out of ocean's 11 mode once.

other than that, awesome flick. saw it in 2D, missed nothing.

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160. "Clooney, or the writer? Because I'm certain Clooney didn't write his rol..."
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The fact that he was so calm under pressure was a great contrast to Stone. He was the grizzled vet who was tasked with getting her to safety, and it's no shock that someone would be able to muster some serious strength in that situation. Why must he panic? Not everyone reacts that way, and to be honest, if anyone can pull of such icy cool in such a situation on TV, it's Clooney. To be honest, that was what was needed in such an otherwise bleak film.

  

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169. "clooney. definitely clooney."
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did the writer tell him to give sandy the wink and the gun as he detached his line and floated off to his death? i mean, i'm exaggerating, but come on. act! act like you're dying and not ordering a dry martini at a political fundraiser. breathe heavier maybe? turn down the charm ever? anything? something to let us know that you're in a movie and pretending to be someone other than george clooney in a situation that george clooney isn't currently in.

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162. "If I recall, I think it was originally a Robert Downey Jr. role."
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And although I love Cloon Dogg, I did wonder after the initial screening if RDJ wouldn't have been an improvement.

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163. "RE: If I recall, I think it was originally a Robert Downey Jr. role."
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>And although I love Cloon Dogg, I did wonder after the
>initial screening if RDJ wouldn't have been an improvement.

RDJ was the first choice, but he dropped out and it went to Clooney.

Honestly, you could have had any A list actor in the role and it wouldn't have matter. This was *CLEARLY* Ryan Stone's movie.

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171. "matters quite a bit who's in the clooney role"
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it's the difference between the movie being a minor sci-fi masterpiece, which it kind of is, or being the crowning jewel of sandra bullock's career, which is how it'll be remembered. especially if she wins an oscar for it. a stronger supporting turn makes it a wow movie, not just a wow performance in a really good movie.

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173. "RE: matters quite a bit who's in the clooney role"
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>it's the difference between the movie being a minor sci-fi
>masterpiece, which it kind of is, or being the crowning jewel
>of sandra bullock's career, which is how it'll be remembered.
>especially if she wins an oscar for it. a stronger supporting
>turn makes it a wow movie, not just a wow performance in a
>really good movie.

does it? because RDJ dropped out, and Clooney took his place?

how does his role matter if the movie is carried by Bullock?

And who would be a suitable replacement for RDJ and Clooney since the studio had say in who played what, etc.

just curious. in terms of the movie, his part didn't matter in the scheme of things because SHE was the star and we were invested in HER story: i.e. would Ryan get back to earth? would she survive, etc.

i think it's clearly both: a minor sci-fi masterpiece (though you will be debated by folks in here) and the crowning jewel of her career, which it potentially is....

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170. "RDJ is overthinking it. just give it to tom hanks."
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is he not allowed to play an astronaut twice in his career? seems like an insanely obvious choice.

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175. "RE: RDJ is overthinking it. just give it to tom hanks."
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>is he not allowed to play an astronaut twice in his career?
>seems like an insanely obvious choice.

who said he wasn't?

did I? I dont think I did.

I know that he was UP for the role, had it and dropped out.

I don't know if was doing the avengers and iron man movies that took him out of contention or if RDJ felt that the Kowalski (sp?) role wasn't high profile enough for him, etc. we may never know.

but, Tom hanks would have been great. They could have gotten really ANYONE that's an A list actor or on his way to being A list and it would have been fine.

the reality is that the movie was Ryan Stone's and the ultimately success of it would squarely be on the actress who got the part.

Bullock was it and she carried the movie well.

Will she get an oscar nomination? Probably. Something tells me that Meryl and Julia will cancel each other out because the studio behind August: Osage County isn't sure on HOW to campaign for them, etc.

and save for Blanchett (who I think will, as of right now, WIN for Best Actress, and it's about time cause she's consistently been giving best actress work for years...), Bullock is definitely a sure bet to get a nomination...

as for them other three slots....shit only time will tell.

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185. "RE: If I recall, I think it was originally a Robert Downey Jr. role."
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oh fuck, word? RDJ would have KILLED this shit

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165. "his character was absurd."
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"remember, you're almost out of oxygen, so let me ask you a bunch of pointless questions"

if you want to insert back story through conversation, cut the need for witless oxygen countdown tension.

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172. "he was still trying to get the draws AFTER he detached the line"
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even ghost clooney from the dream sequence was trying to talk her into a weekend at lake como.

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182. "If there's a chance for reincarnated rectum...cloon gon get it"
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196. "That was the second worst Clooney moment if we're going there."
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>"remember, you're almost out of oxygen, so let me ask you a
>bunch of pointless questions"
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>if you want to insert back story through conversation, cut the
>need for witless oxygen countdown tension.

The first worst being Clooney letting go of the tether and floating away... IN SPACE. All she had to do was yank that motherfucker! There's no force propelling him away once she grabs on!

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176. "yeah, Clooney was too much & i wish i'd seen it in 2D."
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both Clooney and the 3D were too much, actually.

fuck you.

  

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177. "**SPOILER**"
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Yeah, it felt as if the movie was making fun of Clooney, especially the scene when Bullock's character was hallucinating and Clooney came back into the Russian pod and sipped on the vodka calmly like he was James Bond. The 3-D and special effects took away any ill feelings I had regarding his performance, but it was clownable material.

  

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192. "All this Clooney hate.. LOL Dude did hid cool Astronaut thing!"
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Yeah, he was calm, kept the conversation going, talked shit, but that was the brilliance of his character. OVER THE TOP COCKINESS and he was Maverick without Goose. Kowalski had no fear and a superhero complex and Clooney did that shit up Big Time.

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164. "Is this worth it in 3D?"
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I don't like 3D.

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178. "not if you don't like 3D."
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IMO the 3D effects were obnoxious. it was mostly just space junk flying at the screen. the 1st time it seemed to be played for laughs. at least most of us in the theater laughed b/c the move was so gratuitous. but then it just kept happening.

and i think the 3D is part of what made me so nauseous. i was also looking at a relatively small screen and i was up close and off to the left.

if i see this again i'd see it in 2D.

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This was the first time the 3D was worth it to me. I didn't catch Avatar in 3D, but everything I've seen in 3D was wack. I wouldn't see this movie in 2D.

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166. "an exhilarating tech demo."
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there are three or four scenes here that rank among the most awe-inducing I've ever seen. it's rare for any film to have that kind of raw, shocking power -- I felt like I was seeing a new benchmark, like Jurassic Park's CGI, Cinemascope or the first talkie.

unfortunately, Cuarón didn't bother to fill out the rest of the movie. the script is shockingly weak, with notes of spirituality and perseverance that seem to lampoon his own prior work. not that I needed more ambition -- simple is good. but simple overdressed with painful banter, bad characterization, and thematic orchestral cues that would make John Williams cringe is not good.

it's the new Avatar: a movie with absolutely no substance, but successful as an experience. see it in 3D this month or not at all.

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186. "RE: an exhilarating tech demo."
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>it's the new Avatar: a movie with absolutely no substance, but
>successful as an experience. see it in 3D this month or not at
>all.


not sure what you consider "substance" because the visual/emotional substance was off the charts. the use of juxtaposition alone throughout the film was phenomenal (i.e., hot/cold, earth/space, safety/danger, etc)

Substance doesn't always need to come from dialogue. and IMO, films often achieve way more with less of it as it forces you to interpret meaning subjectively.

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167. "My Review and I never review (spoilers)"
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The movie "Gravity" is absolutely the worst shit I have ever seen. We went and saw that shit tonight and all I can say is I'm glad the movie theater we went to sells drinks because that shit was pure TRASH.
The best part of that movie was shown in the commercial.

IF you want to see somebody cry in space for 2 hours by all means waste your money.

That shit was so bad George Clooney floated out of that bitch and didn't come back until the end because even he knew it was some huff.
I want all money made from this movie donated to sending the film makers back to film school to finish the GD movie.
This movie needed aliens, lazers, and more alien niggas. That is my review. Good Night.

  

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168. "RE: My Review and I never review (spoilers)"
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>That shit was so bad George Clooney floated out of that bitch
>and didn't come back until the end because even he knew it was
>some huff.


I agree almost entirely with your review. This shit was as about thrilling and exhilarating as mom's apple pie but people won't admit it.

The first 40 minutes of "Alien" were exhilirating. This was just an overblown, overhyped exercise in Hollywood ego.

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I respect the technology and visuals but the story was ass point blank

  

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183. "Will_5198 summed it up perfectly......."
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wILL_5198'S post was absolutely DEAD ON:

"there are three or four scenes here that rank among the most awe-inducing I've ever seen. it's rare for any film to have that kind of raw, shocking power -- I felt like I was seeing a new benchmark, like Jurassic Park's CGI, Cinemascope or the first talkie.

unfortunately, Cuarón didn't bother to fill out the rest of the movie. the script is shockingly weak, with notes of spirituality and perseverance that seem to lampoon his own prior work. not that I needed more ambition -- simple is good. but simple overdressed with painful banter, bad characterization, and thematic orchestral cues that would make John Williams cringe is not good.

it's the new Avatar: a movie with absolutely no substance, but successful as an experience. see it in 3D this month or not at all."
- Will_5198

This movie had some "next level" type visuals, but the story was strongly lacking. ONLY SEE THIS MOVIE IN 3D. If you won't see it in 3D, don't bother watching it at all. Preferably IMAX 3D, but regular 3D should be okay. I saw it in IMAX 3D.

For people who enjoy movies for the story. You will not like this movie. For those who are intrigued and stimulated by the visuals and experience of the visuals and effects, you will like this movie.




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184. "RE: Will_5198 summed it up perfectly......."
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>For people who enjoy movies for the story. You will not like this >movie. For those who are intrigued and stimulated by the visuals and >experience of the visuals and effects, you will like this movie.

BINGO was his name-o

Gravity aka "Clooney gotta eat"

  

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190. "take Dramamine before seeing the movie in 3D."
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just in case.

fuck you.

  

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198. "or just know that your eyes don't work"
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not everyone can handle 3D. if you can, it's not a problem

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206. "sure."
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though i've never had a problem w/any other 3D movie, so i dunno if i had a problem b/c of the visuals in this one in particular or maybe something else.

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254. "RE: ^^^^^^^^waiting on MIB6^^^^^^^^"
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Benedict the Moor
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187. "this is going to make a TON on repeat viewings... 2001 of our era, IMO"
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i already copped a two more IMAX tickets for me and my girl. and will likely go at least once more after that.

clooney was definitely overdoing it in places and the camp was strong especially in that one scene. baring that, this movie is nothing short of phenomenal.

i won't repeat the praise that's already been given so I'll just point out some shit that was crazy innovative (MILD SPOILERS)

1) tear ice.
2) the long takes with the temperature change. cmon dawg, holy shit...
3) THE MORE OR LESS ACCURATE PHYSICS
4) the use of sound
5) the GODDAMN earth revolving in the background! astronomy buffs will shit their pants
6) THE FIRST 10 MINUTES OF THE FUCKING MOVIE
7) the POV of the camera... yooo the camera beasted throughout the entire movie!
8) the end!!! anyone who didn't like the ending.. kill yourself

I highly recommend those who smoke marijuana to smoke A LOT before entering the theater. if you don't smoke marijuana, I strongly suggest picking up the habit for this film.

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MainSource
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189. "Saw the Movie twice (Real 3D and IMAX 3D)! Shit was dope."
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Anyone hating on this movie was born with a birth defect call Habitcheshaetus.

The cinematography was brilliant, the especial effects are awesome, the score was good and the Sandra Bullock gave a great performance. The fact that the movie dealt with ones ability to face their mortality in isolation and over come the fear of the unknown is a deep illustration about life. If people missed that fact, then they have obliviously missed the richness that the movie provided.

People who loved Gravity can appreciate it's predecessors like 2001: A Space Odyssey as well as Star Trek.

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ZooTown74
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191. "The CLOONEY hate is kinda weird and extra."
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Considering the fact that he's in the movie for a grand total of, like, 8 minutes, and basically serves the purpose of being the Calm Jaded Veteran with Space Experience, the voice of reason while Sandra's "Ahhh..."-ing, "Oh Nooooo..."-ing, and "Oh Godddddd..."-ing her way through the movie. Fuck was he supposed to be doing, freaking out alongside her? Not to mention, the role also doesn't quite work if he's cold and clinical and exacting, either.

And as far as any critiques about him "acting a different way because he's going to a cold death in space," yeah, that's also horseshit. Did you not pay attention to his tone when he was telling those Earth stories? I'm not sure why it was hard to understand that this was a guy who, based on his affinity for stories set back in 1987, was a veteran astronaut who had a past, had seen it all, and had lived a full life. Hell, if anything his demise was *too* telegraphed and cliche, since this was The Last Mission Before Retirement. Even so, what's wrong with the character simply accepting his fate, rather than having ZOMG conniptions and/or crying like a bitch? What "shading" was supposed to be added to this character that would have served as a better contrast to Ryan's?

CLOONEY's job in this movie is to sell calm veteran leadership, as well as help sell the larger, theme-related idea of a life well-lived, the life that Ryan hasn't earned yet. He's not just there to be there, a simple pawn that can be picked off by the evil cold space debris. His death isn't designed to be a thrill, full of heavy breathing and tears and freakouts. That's not the fucking point of his story (or of the movie, for that matter). He's done his thing on Earth, space is beautiful, therefore he's good with what's going to happen to him. Ryan, on the other hand, has a life she still has to live, even though she lost a child.

What kind of fucking leader is cool and calm to a certain point then starts freaking out when he's about to sacrifice himself for his charge?

It's always strange to castigate characters on the screen for acting in ways that we think they *should* act, as opposed to how the characters would actually act based on the way they're actually drawn. Just because you would freak the fuck out in space as you're going to your "cold death" doesn't mean that particular character, a grizzled veteran astronaut on the verge of retirement (and it's implied) nothing really to return home to, would.

It's also kind weird to ask a secondary character to sell the same sort of OMG Freakout!!!!!!! thrills-and-chills anxiety that the lead character is selling and is going to sell long after the secondary character dies. Especially considering, again, that he's the LEADER in this scenario. I mean, I keep reading that people "get that," but based on the critique, I'm not so sure.

I mean, were people THAT thrown by his co-billing in the credits? Jesus Christ.

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MainSource
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193. "Damn! You just gave a post #192 detailed explanation. Dope!"
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194. "RE: The CLOONEY hate is kinda weird and extra."
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i think it has more to do w/ clooney sort of being typecast in 90% of his roles. from dusk to oceans to o brother to burn after reading, dude always seems like the same guy. nothing different about this film really. not saying clooney's a bad actor - he's not - but for some people i guess his personality didn't mesh w/ the overall tone of the film.

i personally didn't have an issue w/ dude but could see why someone would.

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195. "But see, I don't even have a problem with his personality here."
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I'm really trying to figure out exactly HOW he was supposed to play this 8-minute role.

Like, I see people bringing up Robert Downey, Jr. How else does he play this character without it being some boring, dry slog, or a male screaming and hollering variation on Ryan, which is also boring and unbelievable and misses the entire point of the character/story? Say RDJ were cast, and if he didn't give cats some of that snarky Iron Man/Sherlock Holmes flavor, then they would have been pissed about that, too.

It's just a really weird criticism to throw out. I could see if CLOONEY lasted the entire movie and just kept his cool throughout and ultimately survived. THEN I could at least see some sort of legitimate complaint. But the whole "he plays the same role in every movie its annoying GOD" thing just smacks of some weird gripe with "overexposure" and "the hype" that has nothing really to do with this particular story, which is in fact led and dominated by a woman.

Again, for this particular role, I really don't see a problem with CLOONEY "playing the same role he plays in every movie god it's annoying." The character calls for a voice of reason (and ultimately, hope) to exist somewhere, and I'd rather it come from an actor who's "keeps playing the same role in every movie god its annoying" than have it come from some other contrived place that has nothing to do with the intimate story being told here.

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197. "Plus, it was his character's coolness that got Ryan to focus."
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Clooney's character kept Ryan calm in times of trouble and helped her to realize that there was something to live for. Iy was his conversation about her home-life and self-worth/value to the world that kept her going, snapped her back from the brink of giving up and kept her from accepting a morbid death alone in space.


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200. "I don't disagree with this."
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>Like, I see people bringing up Robert Downey, Jr. How else
>does he play this character without it being some boring, dry
>slog, or a male screaming and hollering variation on Ryan,
>which is also boring and unbelievable and misses the entire
>point of the character/story? Say RDJ were cast, and if he
>didn't give cats some of that snarky Iron Man/Sherlock Holmes
>flavor, then they would have been pissed about that, too.

And I like Clooney and what he usually brings to the table.

I only brought it up because RDJ has that "flip-from-cool-to-super-earnest" mode that's unparalleled among contemporary actors in my opinion. That and, yknow, the casting.

I think people would've railed against whoever played it because of the character's role-- people rarely like the "Character Who Exists Mostly To Asks Questions To Reveal Main Character Backstory" part, regardless of the actor. The flaws inherent in the part reside with the writer/filmmaker, not with the actor, in this case, IMO.

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203. "Yes"
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>The flaws
>inherent in the part reside with the writer/filmmaker, not
>with the actor, in this case, IMO.

The 'CLOONEY as Basil Exposition' note mentioned above is completely valid to me; complaining that he's playing the same guy he always plays and that he should "react differently in the face of cold space death" is straight silliness.

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207. "this reply is weird and extra."
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fuck you.

  

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211. "Sure."
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208. "nah, his performance was indefensible and you know it"
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'cause instead of actually addressing anything anyone said, you're pretending like people are asking clooney to scream and claw at his helmet. no one said that. you're also in a later post pretending like people are complaining that clooney plays the same character in every role. again, literally no one said that. you're having a very spirited argument with yourself right now. go back and reread.

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210. "Nah, no self-arguments, I think I nailed the silly shit fairly well"
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Your main criticism of the film was to position CLOONEY as... wait for it... a preening astronaut!!!!!!!!!! (he kinda was, that kinda was the point) who was too cool in the face of impending cold space death (as opposed to behaving... how?), and declaring that this, somehow, was "the worst part of the movie and it's not close."

I guess he was supposed to supply some space tears and sniffle loudly as he let go of the latch so he could float off. Also, according to you, he should have been... doing something else less "panty-wetting" and charming as he was on the verge of imminent space death (something like talk about how beautiful the view is when he floats off, which is what he actually did?). I didn't make that shit up, that's your actual argument.

Sometimes, people like me exaggerate (not "argue against myself," that's just fucking stupid) to make a point to people who do shit like declare a minor supporting role the bane of a film's existence.

You're right, though, I shouldn't have wasted so many paragraphs on this curious-ass shit, that's my bad. You can carry on with the bad defense of that critique of yours, and this time I'll try to stifle my laughter while refraining from posting...

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213. "you're bad at reading"
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219. "Key part here:"
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>while refraining from
>posting...

good stuff.

fuck you.

  

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221. "lolROTFlmao etc"
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Y'all sure do get upset about the dumbest shit

And I still haven't heard an answer to the question at hand

But y'all continue taking umbrage and shit

Nigga said his performance was "indefensible," as if he showed up in blackface or some other shit

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223. ". . ."
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>Y'all sure do get upset about the dumbest shit

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224. "RE: . . ."
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225. ". . ."
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199. "pretty good."
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not great, but a good, short, flick.

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204. "good movie. Beautifully shot, but not the best plot"
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And I agree with Longo, the movie would have been more effective with less music.

I dug it, one of the best films of the year so far, but this year has been shitty so far though

  

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214. "It had a plot?"
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205. "Wish I coulda enjoyed the latter Clooney scene."
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For the first many seconds I was on my "But...How did she not immediately die? Covering her face won't solve that."

Obviously when you realize it's a dream sequence later it makes sense but I wish I didn't have those thoughts.

  

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212. "Open Water >>>> Gravity"
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MUCH more terrifying and unsettling, and the ending actually has impact.

Gravity is a cool little style over substance piece though, I'll give it a B. But I BETTER not hear any type of comparison to 2001. It's not in the same realm whatsoever.

  

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215. "so what did y'all think about the evolutionary theme? (i.e. Darwin)"
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One of the conversations I overheard when I left the theater was someone saying, "I thought it was a little too much with the all the dead kid stuff..." which really seems like an aimless complaint to me.

Personally, I thought the point of Stone's dead child was to REMOVE the pat theme of "going home" to a postcard setting of a family home lined with Sears annual photos and a golden lab running up to greet you. It was to establish Stone as a person who, by many people's measure, had nothing to live for -- no husband, no child, career aspirations which have just been met, then dashed. She had no greater motivation to go through the hell she did in space except the sheer individual drive to survive. If anyone had the motivation to give up and take nihilistic walk into the endless abyss, it would be Stone, not Kowalski.

But despite all that, despite her grief, despite the impossibility of her odds (which is mirrored in our tour of the sheer impossibility of what human beings have accomplished in space), Stone's innate survival instinct drives her forward. Yes, there's the moment where Saint Kowalski appears to give her that extra nudge in her lowest moment, but such an apparition can be explained by the skeptic (as hallucination / space madness) as well as the believer. It's a great little point of ambiguity in what is otherwise the stuff rationalist's dream about on Christmas Eve.

I also think it was a neat conceit in the story to find a way to have Stone tour the various space stations of those cultures who have made it outside earth's atmosphere. The American shuttle sends a Marvin the Martian doll floating out into the emptiness -- cute WB tie-in, sure, but still effective an effective symbol of America's global cultural legacy vis a vis the global impact of our creative entertainment. In Russia's station we see chess pieces floating by. in China's, a ping pong paddle finds its way through the frame. And of course we see the various religious iconography of these cultures, because one doesn't leave faith behind when embarking on a mission into space. All of these items are symbols of our cultural past littered throughout our frontier in space. To reduce it to space junk just to serve the 3D is to miss the point entirely...

And then, of course, the final scene of Stone emerging from the water and finding the strength to walk. The person who has no mate, has no child, has a "home" only filled with ghosts from the past, finds the strength to take those steps onto land simply because our instinct is to step forth.

This is the story of evolution. It's not "intelligent design," it's not "family before god" or "god before family" or anything like that, it's simply the individual's will to survive. The origin of species is creatures adapting to their environment. We've moved from the water, onto land, into advanced modern civilizations, past faith into an age of science, as we're driven to look into space above to find the next frontier. Chinese, Russian, American, we're all driven by the innate biological desire to survive, adapt, and explore.

Or maybe it was just pat heartstring-pulling to create a conflict of overcoming grief for Stone, but I think there was more intention than just emotional manipulation by creating the character the way Cuaron did...

but yeah -- anyone else? or was that just me?

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216. "I tend to dislike reading into movies in that way. (SPOILER) "
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I prefer to view it as-is, at face value with a pinch of salt, unless the intent is expressed and overt. I think plenty (not all) of subtext is created in the minds of consumers, but ultimately isn't the intent of the writer. People have a way of reinforcing their own worldview when interpreting art, and that's telling. That isn't to say every interpretation is filtered entirely through ones own belief system, but from what I've seen I am lead to believe it to be a sound rule of thumb.

I get the impression that you're a firm believer in everything you took from the movie. Personally, you could easily view the Clooney Ghost as the Hand of God, as you alluded to.

It could be viewed quite simply as the general power of the human spirit (little s, not big S) without attaching a darwinian or religious tone to it. Many will view that through the scope of prevailing belief systems, but it's not necessary.

The simplest answer, and potentially the most obvious and profound, is that she simply felt she owed a debt to Kowalski. He died so that she might live, and how awful would it be for his well meaning sacrifice to be made in vain? That level of personal conscience can be a powerful spark if you ask me.

Why would people have that drive?

Evolution! God!

Not really. It can just be. People can consciously choose to want to live, in much the same way Kowalski could consciously choose not to panic and flip out and keep his cool. You could attach all manner of ideology to it, however the final word comes from the individual and their stance. Some people will say they simply want to live, and no matter what perspective *you* or *I* attach to that drive, it's very possible that it has zero bearing on them.

To me, writing a character that DOESN'T seem to have much to live for is much more interesting than someone who is scrapping tooth and nail to get home to their proverbial American Dream. That's a much more powerful tale if you ask me. In the end, that slant naturally creates the question of why. Not in a speculative, Sopranos "what do you think happened?" sort of way, in in the way that you would ask Stone herself what drove her.

To me, wondering what her driving motivators is infinitely more interesting and thought provoking than "Well, it's in our DNA to survive". Of course, that would also beg the far greater philosophical questions of why humans generally make so many choices that are antithetical to survival of their genetic material up to and including suicide.

  

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217. "I would definitely agree it's ambiguous, but I'd insist it's intentional"
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>I prefer to view it as-is, at face value with a pinch of
>salt, unless the intent is expressed and overt. I think plenty
>(not all) of subtext is created in the minds of consumers, but
>ultimately isn't the intent of the writer. People have a way
>of reinforcing their own worldview when interpreting art, and
>that's telling. That isn't to say every interpretation is
>filtered entirely through ones own belief system, but from
>what I've seen I am lead to believe it to be a sound rule of
>thumb.

Of course meaning is created by the consumer. I wouldn't argue against that premise at all. So yeah -- I'm a skeptic, that colors my viewing, (and this movie was like skeptic porn to me). But I think intelligent, sophisticated artists (i.e. Cuaron) realize the nature of how the viewer creates meaning and create art which feeds into that. Such as...

>I get the impression that you're a firm believer in everything
>you took from the movie. Personally, you could easily view the
>Clooney Ghost as the Hand of God, as you alluded to.

Yes, it's ambiguous and I think that's clever, but I also think it wasn't just a visual gag when a frog swam by Stone as she struggled to free herself from her spacesuit when trapped underwater. That's another symbol of life that has adapted to many different environments, a reminder that we (human beings) emerged from the water while others (amphibians) stayed and adapted so that it would be their home. It's not just a joke, it's a clear, concise illustration of evolution.

And I still want to see it again, but there was the (what I would expect some to mock as a heavy-handed) scene when Stone makes it into the first airlock, strips off her spacesuit, and then slowly rotates in an extremely clear in utero image, complete with random hosing forming the umbilical cord behind her. this oxygenated atmosphere is humanity's womb, where we came from; space is the cold, deadly world outside it. While I'd be open to hear other interpretations of what the imagery might mean, I think it's impossible to dismiss as unintentional on Cuaron's part.

Or one of the few, stark edits in the Soyuez (sp? the Russian escape capsule) and again in the Chinese capsule, where Cuaron cuts to a shot just of their religious iconography -- the card of some church something or other in the Russian capsule, the Buddha in the Chinese. Rarely in the film does the camera click over onto a single object like that, but in those instances Cuaron jumped out of our journey with Stone to linger on just those items.

Also, simply the imagery of emerging from the water then bravely, impossibly standing upright -- surely that strikes you as clear imagery of SOMETHING right? I don't think for a second that final moment was simply to show us the strength of Stone; my interpretation is that was a clear Darwinian image, but no matter what I think you have to examine that moment as an IMAGE, intentionally created by Cuaron to be open to metaphorical interpretation.

(And I guess I should also say I just watched the documentary ROOM 237, the one about all the interpretations of THE SHINING, and that definitely colored my viewing as well. After spending two hours on interpretations of Kubrick's obsessiveness, then watching GRAVITY, a movie surely, undeniably informed by 2001 (complete with mini helmet lit montages within it), I just don't think it would be possible for Cuaron to spend years making a movie about space that's just about selling a lot of IMAX 3D tickets. I think the sort of visual language and visual metaphor that Kubrick loved would surely inform this film as well.)

>It could be viewed quite simply as the general power of the
>human spirit (little s, not big S) without attaching a
>darwinian or religious tone to it. Many will view that through
>the scope of prevailing belief systems, but it's not
>necessary.

Of course it functions on a smaller level, but with a filmmaker like Cuaron, I think you do his work a serious disservice if you think the movie he worked on for years and years is only dealing with lower-case letter themes. And yes, that's just my interpretation so I understand why you wouldn't necessarily want to follow me on that, but I do think there's sign posts in the movie pointing at something bigger.

>The simplest answer, and potentially the most obvious and
>profound, is that she simply felt she owed a debt to Kowalski.
>He died so that she might live, and how awful would it be for
>his well meaning sacrifice to be made in vain? That level of
>personal conscience can be a powerful spark if you ask me.

But what did you see in the movie to support that? What would you point at in the film to support that interpretation? I'm totally open to thinking of the film in that way, too, the fun of the game for me is then finding the elements of the film which would create that meaning...

>To me, writing a character that DOESN'T seem to have much to
>live for is much more interesting than someone who is
>scrapping tooth and nail to get home to their proverbial
>American Dream. That's a much more powerful tale if you ask
>me. In the end, that slant naturally creates the question of
>why. Not in a speculative, Sopranos "what do you think
>happened?" sort of way, in in the way that you would ask Stone
>herself what drove her.

AGREE! AGREE! AGREE! one hundred percent! That's why it kind of irked me when I overheard that conversation of, "Jeez, why so much with the kid?" Because it's MORE INTERESTING this way! Having a character with a difficult to locate motivation for survival is soooo much more interesting. All these people saying the story is "pat" or the themes are "simple" are totally ignoring this. The central question of the film is formed by removing a clear motivation for survival from Stone, which is exactly why it's open to interpretation, which is why it floored me so completely... I think, if there's any clear theme, it's the movie screaming WHY?!? at the audience s loud as it can.

>To me, wondering what her driving motivators is infinitely
>more interesting and thought provoking than "Well, it's in our
>DNA to survive". Of course, that would also beg the far
>greater philosophical questions of why humans generally make
>so many choices that are antithetical to survival of their
>genetic material up to and including suicide.

Well, just to be clear -- I'm not interpreting it to mean "Stone's motivation is in her DNA." I'd say my interpretation is just more that it's something like a Darwinian parable, or a Darwinian examination of culture and history. Stone represents all humanity. Her voyage into space is one of curiosity, to help Hubble see farther, and then when things go wrong, it becomes a story of survival, simply because survival is what motivates us all. And the film seems to be sending the optimistic message that humanity's next step will inevitably be in the stars.

Oh yeah, I did just re-watch CHILDREN OF MEN this week, too, to prep for GRAVITY, and I think it's safe to say that a "cycle of life," "long-term future of humanity," and "what motivates us absent reproduction" would be themes that interest Cuaron.

Anyway... as long as we're thinking "WHY?" after that movie, I'm happy. That's what I left thinking. That's why I'mma go see it again...

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218. "I dunno if he intended those darwinian elements, but you and I illustrat..."
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>People have a way
>>of reinforcing their own worldview when interpreting art,
>and that's telling.

I saw no symbolism in her struggling in the water only to pull herself upright on land in the end, and this is precisely why. I don't view life from an evolutionary perspective. I'm a believer in God and creationism, and I don't believe evolution points away from that belief. I don't believe the precise tuning of our universe is accidental or inevitable, but intentional, and I view evolution the way I view, say, a video game. Let's say GTA V. There's an incredible amount of depth and variety in that game, but there are set parameters. To complete the game, the player has to complete specific missions, however there is a ton of activity that takes place and is merely incidental.

I don't say that to start a debate. Lord knows how fruitless that usually is. I bring that up to further illustrate the fact that my own worldview renders much of the symbolism that was so clear to you as empty props. I saw a woman who crash landed into the ocean, struggled to get out, and was exhausted by the end of her journey. I didn't take note of the evolutionary parallel of that scene because it's simply not a part of my general perspective. I'm sure plenty of people with religious perspectives caught those themes,but just as there are those of us who become oblivious to certain things, there are others who are so entrenched that they can't help but notice everything that conflicts with their view of things.

>Yes, it's ambiguous and I think that's clever, but I also
>think it wasn't just a visual gag when a frog swam by Stone as
>she struggled to free herself from her spacesuit when trapped
>underwater. That's another symbol of life that has adapted to
>many different environments, a reminder that we (human beings)
>emerged from the water while others (amphibians) stayed and
>adapted so that it would be their home. It's not just a joke,
>it's a clear, concise illustration of evolution.

I hear you. I merely don't read it that way. You're probably close to the mark though, and you clearly know far more about the writer than I do.

>But what did you see in the movie to support that? What would
>you point at in the film to support that interpretation? I'm
>totally open to thinking of the film in that way, too, the fun
>of the game for me is then finding the elements of the film
>which would create that meaning...

Nothing, but again... for me, I like to view movies at face value. I don't like to view movies for subtext unless it's overt and expressed. I really just like to enjoy the ride much of the time. I like to speculate about the motives of characters and connect the dots of the story and and things of that nature, but I still tend to take those things at face value.

So for me, since I didn't see an overtly expressed reason for her drive, I can see several possibilities that are perfectly reasonable.

On a side note, as a father, whenever I'm faced with a hard choice or want to find settle on a course of action, I don't ask "what would Jesus do" or anything like that. I ask myself, how would I advise my daughter? I ask myself, how would I like to see her react?

If I were Stone, I would have given up pretty quickly. Fuck it. I've had enough. Then, I would think of my daughter. Even if she were dead, I would ponder the fact that I will be (or would be, as it were) raising her to treasure the value of her own life and to protect it fiercely. I will raise her to never give up, to never give in, to fight tooth and nail for her life. That, of course, is after instilling the value of her life as well as her fellow human beings.

So in the spirit of trying to be the best father I can be, even in the event of her death, I would ideally look at the way I would advise her, and thus giving up on my life would not be an option.

Now, that's probably far from the intent of the writer. I still watched at face value, but when pressed, that's more or less the way I arrive at that conclusion.

  

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227. "I do think the question of afterlife is an interesting motivator, too..."
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>If I were Stone, I would have given up pretty quickly. Fuck
>it. I've had enough. Then, I would think of my daughter. Even
>if she were dead, I would ponder the fact that I will be (or
>would be, as it were) raising her to treasure the value of her
>own life and to protect it fiercely. I will raise her to never
>give up, to never give in, to fight tooth and nail for her
>life. That, of course, is after instilling the value of her
>life as well as her fellow human beings.

Because when Stone realizes Saint Kowalski isn't real, she tells him roughly "Say hi to my daughter in the afterlife." But there's really nothing, up until that point, which shows that Stone is a believer in such things. And at that point, she is re-affirming her desire to keep fighting, against impossible odds, to make it safely home. She had just made peace with death and now she's coming to. A devout person might meet such a moment and embrace it as affirmation of the spiritual, but Stone embraces it as inspiration to keep fighting.

Either way ... I think the film really invites that sort of questioning and that's what I was drawn to in it. I think it's cool, even if you're not a skeptic, that exploring Stone's motivation in the film can interest you, too. If anything, I'd definitely say that's the central question of the film...

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230. "Agreed, and to me, that was the biggest strength of the film"
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Stone is definitely a memorable character worth discussing.

  

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222. "Sounds plausible to me"
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It would take multiple viewings for me to notice the things that are being pointed out

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229. "good take. would read again."
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you could also argue that her escaping and being the sole survivor of the initial catastrophe was an analogy to sperm racing to the egg. only one survives. at which point, she makes it to the space station or whatever it was i forget, and assumes the zero-G fetal position. definitely more going on here than face value.

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238. "yeah, "I wanna hear you say you're gonna make it"..."
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Kowalski could be interpreted as some kind of divine patriarch, complete with his apparition appearing at Stone's greatest moment of need. he is the unexplainable which provides the spark to transform Stone into a space-goer.

but yeah -- already making plans to see it again this weekend...

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220. ""
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question: what was dr. stone listening to exactly in the russian soyuz toward the end?

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226. "I thought it was like high-powered ham radio, right?"
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like one of those weird enthusiasts that blasts huge radio signals so they can talk to people around the world. basically Stone picked up a ham radio signal and was talking to some guy broadcasting from his home in the hopes that someone, anyone, would pick up the other side.

I could be wrong, it wasn't exactly spelled out in the film...

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228. "RE: I thought it was like high-powered ham radio, right?"
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*spoilers*

I hadn't even thought about that actually. I was confused during the scene because for a second I thought she was speaking with foreign astronauts in near orbit. Then I figured it was a recording that one of the astronauts had made singing to his kid.

Honestly that was one of my favorite scenes of the film. It really hit you how alone and isolated she was hearing a voice in another language as sort of an ironic reprieve before dying.

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240. "yeah that's what it was"
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I thought the guy she was talking to might be Mongolian but googling the name (Aningaaq) turns up this short that Jonas Cuaron filmed separately as a companion piece to Gravity. It tells the story of an Inuit fisherman, so the guy could've been anywhere in Canada, Alaska, Greenland or Siberia

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Loved that scene, I thought it added a lot to Bullock's character

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243. "RE: yeah that's what it was"
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whoa, nice find.

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231. "Indescribable technical achievement but lacks a heart "
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As anyone who has seen it can attest to, the level of technical achievement is astonishing...the visual immersion, continuous shots, sound, detail, editing...all combine to create an awe-inspiring and unsurpassed technical tour de force...but as we all know, technical achievement alone isn't what makes a masterpiece. There needs to be emotional resonance and that's where Gravity falls woefully short. The script was shockingly weak, Clooney was a ham (RDJ would have been perfect), and all the emotional attempts fell completely flat.

Still an incredible feat of technical filmmaking but lacking the content required to propel it into the stratosphere.

Edit: Saw it in 3D at a true IMAX....cannot recommend that combination enough.

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232. "RE: Indescribable technical achievement but lacks a heart "
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See, I don't really get this criticism. Granted, there are no tearjerker moments, but I thought the movie was pure emotion from beginning to end. Much of the emotion was conveyed in an unorthodox way, but it was certainly prevalent nonetheless.

(Spoilers)
You didn't feel emotional resonance when she was flung out perpetually spinning into space? You didn't feel emotion in the sheer vastness that is deep space? No emotion when she is finally able to get to the ISS and strip off her suit? What about her desperate attempt at human contact in the Russian satellite?

Co-sign the Clooney shit though. The only low points of the film are the scenes he's in.

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234. "RE: Indescribable technical achievement but lacks a heart "
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>See, I don't really get this criticism. Granted, there are no
>tearjerker moments, but I thought the movie was pure emotion
>from beginning to end. Much of the emotion was conveyed in an
>unorthodox way, but it was certainly prevalent nonetheless.
>
>(Spoilers)
>You didn't feel emotional resonance when she was flung out
>perpetually spinning into space? You didn't feel emotion in
>the sheer vastness that is deep space? No emotion when she is
>finally able to get to the ISS and strip off her suit? What
>about her desperate attempt at human contact in the Russian
>satellite?

Emotion to me isn't about tear-jerker moments or putting a character in a perilous situation, it's developing a character or relationship in order to earn an emotional connection and personal attachment with the audience. Yes, drifting in space is a frightening situation and Cuaron did an amazing job of representing that visually but it is also up to the writer and director to bridge the emotional chasm between viewer and movie. I was completely immersed visually but never engaged emotionally because outside of basic human decency and survival, I was never given a developed reason to care. Cuaron tried but with that script and limited time, it didn't work. The story of the movie for me was the technical brilliance, and the characters were just basic vehicles to show that off.

>Co-sign the Clooney shit though. The only low points of the
>film are the scenes he's in.

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235. "RE: Indescribable technical achievement but lacks a heart "
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>>See, I don't really get this criticism. Granted, there are
>no
>>tearjerker moments, but I thought the movie was pure emotion
>>from beginning to end. Much of the emotion was conveyed in
>an
>>unorthodox way, but it was certainly prevalent nonetheless.
>>
>>(Spoilers)
>>You didn't feel emotional resonance when she was flung out
>>perpetually spinning into space? You didn't feel emotion in
>>the sheer vastness that is deep space? No emotion when she
>is
>>finally able to get to the ISS and strip off her suit? What
>>about her desperate attempt at human contact in the Russian
>>satellite?
>
>Emotion to me isn't about tear-jerker moments or putting a
>character in a perilous situation, it's developing a character
>or relationship in order to earn an emotional connection and
>personal attachment with the audience. Yes, drifting in space
>is a frightening situation and Cuaron did an amazing job of
>representing that visually but it is also up to the writer and
>director to bridge the emotional chasm between viewer and
>movie. I was completely immersed visually but never engaged
>emotionally because outside of basic human decency and
>survival, I was never given a developed reason to care. Cuaron
>tried but with that script and limited time, it didn't work.
>The story of the movie for me was the technical brilliance,
>and the characters were just basic vehicles to show that off.
>
>

Fair enough. Though I think any additional character development would've jarred the pacing and overall tone of the film. Personally, I connected w/ Bullock's character as soon as Clooney left the picture. Her monologue was the icing.

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237. "RE: Indescribable technical achievement but lacks a heart "
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>Fair enough. Though I think any additional character
>development would've jarred the pacing and overall tone of the
>film.

I totally agree with that and that's why I'm not even mad...the primary purpose of the movie was the technical brilliance and I'm still shaking my head thinking about how ridiculously incredible some of the scenes were. However, if comparing it to true masterpieces, the lack of character development is a glaring issue. I still think Cuaron achieved what he set out to do.

>Personally, I connected w/ Bullock's character as soon
>as Clooney left the picture. Her monologue was the icing.

I connected with her on the superficial level of survival but nothing more than that.

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255. "Agreed"
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>I connected with her on the superficial level of survival but
>nothing more than that.
>
>

Which means less replay value
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239. "agree completely, btw -- if contemplating mortality is trite..."
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the whole scene in the Soyuz with Stone finally getting angry, howling at the moon, making a rambling confession to a complete stranger, only to have Kowalski come back to set her on the right path...

and man, I don't know how these other people are watching this, but those shots of earth at night, with the population centers lit up with human energy visible all the way into space, definitely stir some feeling sin me. yeah it's a visual achievement, in part just because the visuals make you feel a certain way.

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233. "My wife saw it and loved it."
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benny
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241. "falls short of being a classic but great nonetheless"
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I stayed away from pre-release articles like I usually do so the hype mostly flew over my head but I was definitely psyched to see it. The visuals were astounding, as was the sound design. Could've used a little more silence when it comes to the score (couple of cues were a little extra, I would've been happy with just playing a few Brian Eno or Johann Johannsson pieces as the soundtrack then STFU haha) and some dialogue but that wasn't enough to sour me on the flick. Loved the last scene and its representation of darwinism.

Also the list of things that the studio tried to incorporate in the movie is lol-worthy:

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/oct/09/gravity-alfonso-cuaron-studio-pressure

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LA2Philly
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242. "The entire earth sequence was tremendous "
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>Loved the last
>scene and its representation of darwinism.

Same here....that and the juxtaposition of actual gravity (one final tie-in with the title) and her sinking contrasting with all that we had just seen, genius.

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dula dibiasi
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244. "imax 3d last night. i thought it was absolutely marvelous."
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will sweep the tech categories and rightfully so. sandy was great too.

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denny
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245. "I took 3 pre-teen girls"
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and I gotta say....they were absolutely stoked when we left. Fathers.....take your daughters.

It occurred to me how boring this movie would be to watch at home on dvd though. It's gonna have very little replay value so I'd agree with others who've stated that it won't be a classic. The story just doesn't really add up. An astronaut in space with motivational problems? That's problematic.

I'll say this though.....I was pleased with the patience of the editing. Long shots. I'm so sick of constant and quick shot changes for action sequences. I felt like I was always aware of what was happening spacially. For such a big-budget, ambitiously visual film....I actually think they used some restraint. The explosions/collisions weren't gratuituous imo. I don't like many action movies cause I honestly can't follow what's going on when the fireworks start. Wasn't a problem here.

  

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247. "Just saw this, it's great. Probably #2 so far this year..."
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Of what I've seen... I'd say Captain Phillips is #1.

Gravity though... Captivating, and keeps Cuaron at the top of the list of the best directors out right now. Bullock was surprisingly great.

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Bruce Belafonte
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248. "great"
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horror film.

http://youtu.be/5o37GORoKUQ

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Bruce Belafonte
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258. "someone above said it was like open water in space"
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same thing i said right after i watched it. open water terrified the shit out of me. had me shook of the ocean for a minute.

http://youtu.be/5o37GORoKUQ

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Rolo_Tomasi
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249. "Released in London tonight"
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I went to the IMAX and saw it in 3D, it is visually sensational and some scenes are awe inspiring. Its short run time worked and its the first film i've paid to see Sandy Bullock. The hate in the thread for George is legit but I like him and the script is by far the weakest part of the film.

If there is one Oscar which seems decided already this year its Emmanuel Lubezki for Cinematography for his incredible for on Gravity.

  

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250. "Gravity spinoff: "Aningaaq," Written and Directed by Jonas Cuaron (link)"
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Somehow, niggas will find a way get mad at CLOONEY for this too...

*resumes "arguing with myself"*

*smh*

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gravity-spinoff-watch-side-sandra-657919

Anyway, now that the screener is out, I'm sure some intrepid person will edit this footage into the actual film

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251. "this is awesome...it's nice to see the other side of that story"
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256. "Liked it"
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Good but not great

Over hyped
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257. "RE: this, this, this film.................................."
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DAMN SURE IS THE BEST FILM OF 2013!

i am not even sure what to say. Gravity is a sparse, graceful and tension filled film. I would even say there is a small element of horror.
I thought people who said there was no story here missed the point. Isolation is a theme in the movie. The horror and isolation Stone experiences in Space mirrored her life on earth.

To much of backstory and/or prologue would have been a bunch of unnecessary clutter. The story was tight and focused.

There was no need for any Aliens. lol

The 3d was great, damn, i wish i could see it in 3d again.
Sandra Bullock really did her thing here.


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