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Gravity (2013) - dir. Alfonso Cuaron

Cinematic perfection is a feat achieved so rarely that its a wonder a man like Cuaron can continue to make films that are nothing short of breathtakingly terrific. Gravity is a cinematic achievement, nothing less. The 3D is astounding and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki has never been better (including Malick’s Tree of Life). The two leads, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, are both superb - though Clooney’s character is far more interesting, so he seems better. What’s most impressive about the film?

You believe it, and, not only that, you believe in it. There’s such honesty and meticulousness paid both to science and moviemaking. It’s farfetched, sure, but so is every other great science fiction film. If I were to get nitpicky (as I have a tendency to do) the only person that didn’t bring their “A” game was Steven Price. The score was borderline brilliant… but the rest of the film was flawless so it still stands out like a sore thumb. Bravo.

9.3

anonymous said:

they portrayed ryan as scared, nervous and panicky while matt was cool, calm and collected. she even needed a hallucination of ryan to pep talk her into surviving. just because the protagonist is female doesn't mean she's empowering.

Yes, she was scared because she was inexperienced. Yes, she was scared because she was out by herself in outer space. But she is a HERO because she managed to save herself. Maybe she needed a hallucination. But it was a figment of HER imagination. SHE was the one who piloted the spacecraft home. SHE overcame her fear, her doubt, her weaknesses. In my book, THAT is a hero.

I keep seeing that graphic here on tumblr that says “Screw writing strong women, write interesting women, write scared women, etc, etc, etc.” Well, Dr. Ryan Stone IS THAT WOMAN THAT THEY WERE REFERRING TO. She wasn’t perfect. She wasn’t Black Widow from THE AVENGERS. She wasn’t able to solve everything flawlessly without breaking a sweat. She was a HUMAN BEING. A scared, flawed, terrified human being who conquered her fears and made it home.

If you think that that isn’t the definition of a hero, then I don’t know what to say to you.

"Houston, this is Dr. Ryan Stone, do you copy?"

Static.

"Houston…this is Dr. Ryan Stone, I am inside the Shenzhou…do…do you copy?"

is anybody there?

"I…Houston…I am getting out of oxygen. Shenzhou was hit by the debris…I…Houston, do you copy?"

Sara…

"I…I’m getting tired Houston…we…we need to get that drink when I…when I..back…"

Sara…your shoes.

"Houston…Ryan…this is…Dr…Dr Stone. Copy?"

Where are your red shoe?

"Hou…Ryan…this is Ryan…I…air…"

We need to get home and try to find it.

"Houston…I…cop…do…Stone……."

Static.

"………………………………."

Let’s go Sara.

(movie spoilers below)

Actually I think he’s taking the title at face value. Gravity doesn’t denote the obstacle or the thematic enemy. Gravity refers more to what was lost.

Dr. Stone lost her daughter and lost any true will to live. She withdrew more and more until the cold quiet of space drew her to becoming an astronaut. Now being faced with death, with her life on the line in a very real and immediate sense, she’s going to have to regain the will to live. Her fight for survival forces her to confront the will to live, to stare back into the black of space, unblinking, and decide to live and to fight. Only if Stone survives can she return home, to gravity.

Her taking that step, standing her ground, fighting against gravity: proclaiming her will to live, to not let go. And, in contrast to Neil Armstrong’s footprint on the moon in micro-gravity, her footprint on earth against gravity is a likewise giant leap. As if every conscious step a person takes to living their life is a moment conquered, a triumph for each man. Gravity is the title because it’s what Ryan Stone finds, what she comes back to. And it’s something one can only find when they stand against it.

Movie Review: 'Gravity'

Movie Review: ‘Gravity’

by Alicia Glass, contributing writer

Studio: Warner Bros.

MPAA Rating: PG 13

Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Review Rating: 7

A seasoned astronaut and a rookie medical engineer struggle to survive when a series of catastrophic accidents leaves them stranded in space!

There is something to be said for finding some manner of beauty in the depths of utter despair and darkness. Or perhaps not. The film…

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The film tells the story of 3 people in space on a routine mission. When unexpected events happen, only one person is left, and she must try and work her way across space in order to get a shuttle back to Earth.

The film does quite well being shot “in space” – the camera work is great at disorientating you not only when it is still, but when the action is happening. Also the sound design is great, not only when it is telling you there is danger present, but sometimes just in the silence of it all.

In our hero, we almost see her give up right at the beginning, and we realise that she has given up before. But she pushes through it, wanting to live – we see her talking to herself, just to keep her morale up, and even when someone else sacrifices themselves for her, she can’t dwell on the death and must solider on. It shows how she relies on herself, but also how people cope when being alone. The girl’s mind creates someone in order for her to not only survive but to realise how to survive.

The film works as a way for her to face death, but also how to move on with her life.

On a sidenote – the film is a “curb your enthusiasm” of Space Missions, with not only one thing going wrong, but many things going wrong, and seeing how the person deals with it. 

bigbardafree said: too bad the premise of that movie scares the pants off me. the director and del toro are friends so id figure it would be full of great characters. but dang if i cant get past the space thing

I won’t bullshit you. If you’re afraid of space then this film isn’t for you. There isn’t a trigger warning big enough that I could give you right now.

But for what it’s worth, Dr. Ryan Stone gives Mako Mori a run for her money in terms of my favorite female protagonist of the year.

And I wrote an ACADEMIC ARTICLE on how much I loved Mako Mori.

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Untethered from the space station she was working on by a freak accident, scientist Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) must race against time, and further impacts, in order to try and save her own life.

A lot of people really love Children of Men for its stunning visuals and long, single take shots. However, while it is technically very impressive, it didn’t have an engaging enough character base or story to really interest me all that much. Fast forward to last year when Gravity was getting a lot of praise for its stunning visuals and long shots brought to you by Alfonso Cuarón, the director of Children of Men, and I got a bit of an inkling as to how I was going to feel about Gravity…

I can absolutely see why everyone was raving about it when it was in theatres. It is visually gorgeous, with the best representation of space and weightlessness I’ve seen in a movie. There are a lot of beautifully created shots as well; several of which seem to go on in one big extended sequences. I also imagine it’s very atmospheric when witnessed in 3D IMAX, especially with its wonderful sound design which really cements that feeling of isolation. From a technical stand point, you cannot fault this film…but from an engaging narrative perspective it’s a different story.

I’m a characters and story guy. I can forgive a movie the most horrendous effects work or the most glaring plot holes, as long as it tells a compelling story. I can enjoy the most high brow intellectual art house film to the most mindless action B movie as long as it tells a good tale. Gravity, for all its absolutely top notch technical achievements, does not tell a good story.

Gravity’s story is obvious, it’s predictable, its main plot points are telegraphed a mile away and its characters are caricatures with implied depth but are really rather two dimensional. Both Bullock and George Clooney are fine actors, but Clooney was being Clooney and Bullock was a grab bag of troupes. Her character doesn’t earn any of her big moments, they’re just there to manipulate the audience for the sake of evoking an emotion in that instance.

I like some of Cuarón’s other works, so it can’t just be his directorial style, and I absolutely think it deserves all the technical accolades it achieved, but for me, Gravity will go down with Children of Men as just one of those films everyone wets themselves over and I think is pretty but lacking the core of what makes a good movie. 3/5

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