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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Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Tomorrowland, the brainchild of director Brad Bird and screenwriter Damon Lindelof, has been filming in Vancouver, BC for a few weeks now. The pair took a brief detour to the D23 Expo to tease audiences with a mysterious 1952 box and then went back to shooting the holiday 2014 release, leaving fans just as curious about the movie as we were months before hand.
Disney has now officially announced the start of production (they tend to wait a few weeks just to be safe) and while most of what’s in the release is well-known (the cast, the crew, etc.) there’s also the first official plot synopsis of the film. Though merely one sentence, it confirms long-rumored plot descriptions while also pushing focus away from the literal mystery box we saw at the D23 Expo. Read More »
Here’s the first trailer from The Monuments Men, the new film from director George Clooney. It’s based on a true story, and features Clooney and Matt Damon as two members of a team that ran through the battlefields of World War II trying to save art from destruction by various war machines. As Clooney’s character says in the trailer, ”if you destroy an entire generation of people’s culture, it’s as if they never existed.”
It’s a noble purpose, and since these guys weren’t soldiers — they were museum directors, curators, and art historians — there’s some opportunity for comedy, too. That’s why the rest of the cast includes actors like John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and Hugh Bonneville.
Check out the footage below.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland has been the subject of all sorts of rumor and speculation since it was first announced a while back under the title 1952. Heck, for a time, there was even a wild theory going around that it was secretly Star Wars Episode VII. But now the film’s about to take a more concrete shape as production gets under way this week.
And as those cameras prepare to roll, Bird’s rounded up another name for the starry cast. Judy Greer is in negotiations for the mysterious sci-fi pic, which also features George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, and Britt Robinson. Hit the jump for the latest updates on the project.
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Thursday August 8, audiences will get their first look at George Clooney‘s latest directorial effort, The Monuments Men. Featuring one of the most impressive casts in recent memory (Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban), it’s the true story of art historians who attempted to protect the world’s greatest pieces of art from a thieving Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. It’s scheduled for release December 18.
The trailer will be out Thursday, but below, check out the first image from the film. Read More »
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 »
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Sadly, you’ll have to wait to see the glorious footage from Gravity that was screened this past weekend at Comic Con. The long sequence shown in Hall H was spectacular — in fact, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. That footage showed the two astronauts played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as they work on the Hubble Telescope, and are warned that conditions around them are about to change for the worse.
We’ve heard a lot about Alfonso Cuaron‘s plan to use long apparently unbroken takes in the movie (which are, in fact partially, stitched together from multiple shots) and the footage we saw was primarily comprised of one long shot in which the camera was completely free to rotate around the characters and other objects in the scene. It was stunning, but just as impressive was the panel conversation about how the effect was achieved. Now you can see most of that conversation, below. Read More »