TIFF Review: ‘Gravity’ Soars Above the Rest

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Director Alfonso Cuarón is finally back, and he’s showing us truly amazing things.

Gravity is a technical marvel, an optical treat of the highest order. However, it can also lay claim to being one hell of a narrative, combining genius-level visuals with a taut script; the end result coming together as something really special. On the face of it, it’s the story of two NASA astronauts on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, and the obstacles they’ll have to overcome to survive in space. Really, Gravity is the age-old set-up in which humankind attempts to operate in an environment designed to kill. Indeed, though a far different film than Children of Men, both thematically and in terms of scope, Cuarón has created another film with weight, resonance, and a strong sense of style.

George Clooney and Sandra Bullock easily carry this briskly paced film, Bullock in particular (as Mission Specialist Ryan Stone). She turns in a remarkable performance, more textured and compelling than anything we’ve seen from her prior, including The Blind Side. Making the hostile setting of space the focal point of a film certainly comes with a huge element of risk, but I’m pleased to say everyone involved pulled it off. They’ve made a 90-minute cinematic gift for us.

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With a month to go until Alfonso Cuaron‘s latest film, Gravity, finally (and I do mean FINALLY) hits theaters, I personally have come to a breaking point. I’m done with looking at stills, trailers, or anything from the film until I finally see the movie. My anticipation for Cuaron’s space drama is so incredibly high, I don’t want anything to change that.

But don’t let my feeling influence you. If you’re still rabidly devouring all things Gravity, and I salute you for it, here’s a new taste that’s probably very sweet. A twenty minute sampling of the film’s score, written by Steven Price (Attack the Block, The World’s End), is now online. Listen below. Read More »

‘Gravity’ Trailer: Life in Space Is Impossible

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Here’s a new full trailer for Gravity, the Alfonso Cuarón movie that has wowed audiences, and earned a rave from James Cameron. It uses some of the same footage we’ve seen in the past, but does a little extra work to put it into context. The idea seems to be to tell audiences that might not know anything about the film just what the situation is, and (for those without imaginations) why it is so dire.

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James Cameron is a filmmaker with high standards. His last two films were both the highest grossing film of all time and each took multiple years to get just right. In the interim, he’s been working to advance performance capture technology, high frame rate technology, 3D technology and probably more. So he knows what’s up. Cameron also helped director Alfonso Cuaron overcome some technical obstacles on his new film, Gravity. He’s an intelligent guy.

Gravity hits theaters October 4, and praise for it has been over the moon. No praise, however, has been higher than Cameron’s. The director of Avatar, Titanic, Aliens and Terminator recently saw the film and called it the “best space film ever done.” Read More »

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven long years since Alfonso Cuarón released his last movie, the dystopian sci-fi Children of Men. But at least he’s made his new film worth the wait, if early Venice Film Festival reviews are anything to go by.

Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two astronauts — she a newbie, he a veteran. While on a mission, a bit of floating debris knocks into their shuttle, sending them floating into outer space and struggling to survive.

Reactions from an early test screening last year were mostly quite positive, and now that the film’s complete the praise is even more glowing. Hit the jump to see what the critics are saying.

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When we ran a video of the full Gravity panel from Comic Con, I lamented that for the time being, most people would have to digest the conversation without having the context provided by the long clip shown off in Hall H.

Things have changed. Warner Bros. has released what amounts to a new trailer, comprised of nearly two minutes of that footage, sans cuts. It is intense, scary, and demonstrates what looks like insanel accomplishment on a technical level. As astronauts played by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock work during a spacewalk, debris from a destroyed satellite comes hurtling toward them, and their routine mission turns deadly. Check it out below.

Updated: Warner Bros. has released a second single-shot “trailer” for Gravity, added below. We’ve also added a third clip/trailer, which features more conventional editing but is no less impressive.  Read More »

Alfonso Cuaron shooting Children of Men

Most people think Comic-Con is nothing more than a house of madness where people sleep for hours to see 30 seconds of brand new exclusive footage. Granted, that aspect of the Con is a big thing. But there are also moments of quiet genius stuffed in between the big events. One such moment took place during Entertainment Weekly‘s Visionaries panel, which featured directors Alfonso Cuaron, Marc Webb and Edgar Wright talking about their films, new and old.

At one point, Wright asked Cuaron about the infamous moment in his 2006 film Children of Men when blood splattered on the lens during an incredibly complex long take. Cuaron told the story of how it happened, how he tried to stop it, and why it stayed in there. Now you can watch the director explain this piece of modern film history. Read More »

Edgar Wright, Alfanso Cuaron and Marc Webb

One of the more interesting panels that happened at Comic Con during the week wasn’t covered much by the geek blogs as it didn’t present any news or footage — Entertainment Weekly’s Visionaries panel with filmmakers Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim, Shaun of the Dead), Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men, Gravity) and Marc Webb (Amazing Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer). During the discussion, an audience member asked about the comments made recently by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas about what they believe to be an upcoming implosion of the film industry due to overblown budgets.

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