Spoilers for Gravity follow.

Alfonso Cuarón won a Best Director Oscar for Gravity, so it’s safe to assume he knew what he was doing when he made the science fiction thriller starring Sandra Bullock. And yet, the studio really wanted the filmmaker to change the picture’s ending. According to Cuarón’s pal Guillermo del Toro, producers tried to make Cuarón tack on a needless rescue scene during the Gravity ending, but Cuarón stuck to his guns – and took home an Academy Award for his troubles.

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Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron have been famously close-knit friends for decades, but that doesn’t mean that del Toro is going to offer only shallow praise to Cuaron’s magnum opus Roma. Del Toro took to Twitter on Sunday to offer some insightful film criticism that perfectly gets to the heart of why Roma is such a masterclass in storytelling — and makes all film writers jealous that they hadn’t written a full essay about this first.

Spoilers for Roma below.

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Our All-Time Favorite Long Takes in Movies

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “What is your favorite long take in movie history?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team, along with a special guest. This week, we are joined by Life director Daniel Espinosa.

If there’s a long, uninterrupted shot that really blows your mind, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our favorite long shots below!

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Our Favorite Action Scenes

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In honor of John Wick: Chapter 2, which hits theaters this week, we are taking a look at our favorite action scenes from movies and television history. But this isn’t just about us, it’s also about you. What did we get right? What did we get wrong? What is your favorite action scene? Leave your picks in the comments below!

/Answers is a weekly feature where all of the /Film writers and podcasters attempt to answer a pop culture related question. Last week, in honor of the Super Bowl, we answered: “What is your favorite sports movie?”

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What Are the Most Pirated Movies of 2014?

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Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 are shaping up to be the biggest hits of the year at the global box office. But in terms of the year’s most pirated films, they don’t even make the top 20.

Instead, the most popular movies among illegal downloaders in 2014 were some of the best loved films from 2013. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that this is the one popularity contest Frozen didn’t manage to win — it comes in at #2. So what was #1?  Get the top 20 most pirated movies of 2014 after the jump.  Read More »

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Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity did a fantastic job of showing how isolated one might feel in space. It also really pushed the emotions because of Steven Price‘s Oscar-winning score. Space is a silent vacuum, however, and to give Gravity fans a wholly new experience, an upcoming re-release of the Blu-ray will have a “Silent Space” audio track to give the viewer a sense of what the events of the movie might actually sound like in space. Read more about the Gravity silent space version below. Read More »

VOTD: The Films Of Alfonso Cuaron

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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 »

Everything Wrong With the Movie Gravity

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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LOL: What If Superman Was in ‘Gravity’?

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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 »