What Alfonso Cuaron lacks in quantity of films made, he damn sure makes up for in quality. He’s only made seven movies over almost 25 years but it’s as if he somehow gets exponentially better with each and ever one.
I admit to not knowing much about his first feature, Love in the Time of Hysteria, but it allowed him to two whimsical crowd pleasers, A Little Princess and Great Expectations. From there, he directed the sexy, provacative Y Tu Mama Tambien then switched gears entirely by doing arguably the best (and most influential) Harry Potter film of the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. From there, he blew minds with the masterpiece, Children of Men and finally won the Oscar for Best Director for his amazing work on Gravity.
It’s a short but insanely impressive list and below you can relive them all in a tribute to Alfonso Cuaron films. Read More »
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has been critical of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity in the past, and in particular, some of the film’s scientific inaccuracies. For the latest edition of their insanely popular “Everything Wrong With Movies” feature, CinemaSins was able to get Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson to narrate a 9-minute long Everything Wrong With the movie Gravity video. Yes, this is really Neil deGrasse Tyson narrating this video, and not a stupid parody. Tyson participated in the fun video to help promote his podcast Star Talk Radio. You can watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity revolved entirely around the fact that it’s really, really hard for humans to survive in space. We require expensive equipment just to get there, and high-tech spacesuits to survive for more than a few minutes. Then, even when we’re wearing those, a single mishap can be enough to send us hurtling toward a painful death. Space is terrifying that way.
But space isn’t nearly as much of a challenge for, say, Superman. And Gravity might have been an extremely different movie if Christopher Reeve‘s Kryptonian hero had been around, as evidenced by this “alternate scene” cut from the start of the space-set thriller. Watch it after the jump.
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If you’ve got an hour to spare (and you know you do) then why not spend it with Alfonso Cuarón? The director recently sat down for a long talk on stage at BAFTA to give a detailed overview of his life and career. It’s as detailed a talk as one could expect to get in the space of an hour. The conversation is good both as an introduction to the director for people who have just found him via the Oscar-winning Gravity, and also a more intimate portrait for those who have been following him for many years.
Cuarón’s interests and great personality shine through his conversation, as he talks about the origins and casting of Gravity, his real thoughts about his film Great Expectations, and the early cinematic influences on his tastes and ambitions. Watch below. Read More »
Most artists have a style. A unique, original look for their art that distinguishes it from the rest. Most artists, however, aren’t Kevin Tong or Martin Ansin. Just when you think either artist is best at one thing, they’ll change it up and do something totally different. Realistic, exaggerated, mechanical, lyrical, Tong and Ansin are unique for being so diverse. And now, the pair are teaming up for a Mondo Gallery show based on fantasy and sci-fi.
Ansin and Tong’s show opens at 7 p.m. March 14 and remains on display through April 12 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. Below, check out some of the work including new posters for Alien, Aliens, The Wizard of Oz, Flash Gordon, Prometheus and Psycho. Plus, find some info on the latest Mondo vinyl: the score for Gravity. Read More »
Here are your 2014 Oscar Winners from the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
Ellen DeGeneres hosted the big event, which featured one of the tightest Best Picture races in years. In the end 12 Years A Slave took home the big prize, but the rest of the awards were spread between Gravity (which won 7 Oscars total) and Dallas Buyers Club, which took home the two male acting awards. Other multiple winners included Frozen and The Great Gatsby; you can read the full list as well as our live blog below.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
Gravity was one of the unqualified successes of 2013, earning universal acclaim, awards season love, and approximately a gazillion dollars at the box office. But the road to the theater wasn’t exactly easy. One of the tricky aspects was the casting. In 2010, Gravity was practically a revolving door of movie stars.
Two that were attached to star for some time were Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr. Eventually, both dropped out and were replaced by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. In a new interview, director Alfonso Cuaron explains why, exactly, the original casting failed to work out. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Even before we found out “everything is awesome” in The LEGO Movie, LEGO movie stuff was pretty “awesome” on the internet. The LEGO video games made new fans, and reimagined posters using the construction toys are fairly common place. Huge trailers are regularly adapted into stop motion LEGO versions. Even so, those adaptations are usually for “blockbuster” cinema, big summer and superhero movies.
Now the gang over at Old Red Jalopy have remade the posters for all 9 Oscar nominees for Best Picture with LEGO. It makes sense for some, like Gravity, but 12 Years A Slave? Nebraska? The fricking Dallas Buyers Club in LEGO? Check them out below. Read More »