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PostSubject: Gravity (2012)   Fri May 10, 2013 2:30 pm

From Alfonso Cuaron, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. In theaters Oct. 4.



I think this and Elysium are the only movies I'm going to see this year, though Sandra Bullock in a sci-fi lead is a bit of a head-scratcher.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Sat May 11, 2013 11:48 am

It looks stunning, and genuinely scary to boot. What could be more terrifying than being surrounded on all sides by immediate, crushing death, even under controlled conditions? For that to go wrong is frightening.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:44 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:26 am

So, I'm wondering how the whole film will play out. It's a very interesting concept.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:51 am

I just found out I should be able to get 20min on the phone with Cuaron tomorrow a.m. Have enough questions to go for triple that, just based on the three trailer bits released. VFX look 99% convincing and in terms of how ambitious the approach is, I'm just flabbergasted by results, like SPACE COWBOYS on steroids, with genuine respect for inertia and very convincing lighting.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:57 pm

It certainly looks the business, though I must confess the concept is one that gets to me even without seeing it play out on screen, could be very intense.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:51 am

Straight from the horse's mouth - no sound in space (unless she is touching something, in which case you have a kind of an aural vibration) except musical score. He is seriously downplaying comparisons to 2001, saying the length of time the films took from idea to release are about the only similarities.

My anticipation for this DWARFS what I had for PROMETHEUS ... but I don't think I'm going to be disappointed this time.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:35 am

Control wrote:
So, I'm wondering how the whole film will play out. It's a very interesting concept.
Yeah, if there isn't more to it than it seems, then I wonder if the film can really sustain itself.

I love the idea of this film, but I wish the film were starring lesser-known actors. The fact that it's Clooney and Bullock takes me out of it a bit.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:02 am

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Straight from the horse's mouth - no sound in space (unless she is touching something, in which case you have a kind of an aural vibration) except musical score.

I hope the score doesn't end up defeating the (admirable) purpose of the film's no-sound-in-space aspect.

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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:56 am

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trevanian wrote:
Straight from the horse's mouth - no sound in space (unless she is touching something, in which case you have a kind of an aural vibration) except musical score.

I hope the score doesn't end up defeating the (admirable) purpose of the film's no-sound-in-space aspect.


I think it may depend sequence to sequence. I mean, you can go for awhile cutting from 'inside' her suit to outside to go sound and silence, and do it rhythmically to build suspense, but I don't think you could go like that for extended periods (and he wouldn't anyway, because he doesn't like cutting.)

I like the model used in the Kaufman BODY SNATCHERS where the sound effects and the music composing were done in concert, so there are times when the handoff between them isn't really distinct. You could have a certain tone of music that builds to the friction sound of somebody beginning re-entry ...

All of a sudden I'm imagining the 2001 spacewalks without the breathing sounds, hmm.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:47 pm

Is there anything more to this, or any hint to anything more to this, than what's in the trailers? Because so far that seems like the whole story.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:57 pm

I like to believe there's more to it, and that this is simply an attempt at only giving you an idea without giving too much away. I'll wait for the word of mouth on that.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:24 am

Reviews from test screenings suggest there isn't really much more to the story.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:47 am

I read a script summary a few days ago. What you see is what you get.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:35 am

How does it end?
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:45 am

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How does it end?

With a whimper.

Just as Clooney realises the meaning of life his oxygen runs out.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:50 am

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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:48 am

Have any of our Merican cousins seen this yet?
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:58 am

Loved it. A great theatrical experience and a film that finally takes real advantage of all the digital technology to really put us in another environment. The story is very simplistic, the joy and novelty is in seeing this physics problem writ large across the screen sprinkled with human drama. I dont know if it really stands up to repeat viewings because its so simple but that first viewing is a knockout.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:06 am

Digital technology? Ho-hum, it's the fall of great cinema. [/bondandbeyondcrankmode]

Really though, I look forward to it. Dunno when I'll get to catch it, but hopefully soon. I liked some of CuarĂ³n's past flicks.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:13 am

CHILDREN OF MEN was one of the worst films of the last decade, I tell you.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:32 am

You're one of the worst films of the last decade, I tell you.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:42 am

How did it end?
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:45 am

I don't give away spoilers.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravity (2012)   Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:06 am

Saw it Friday night and thought it was quite incredible. I'm not a fan of 3D at all, but Cuaron really did it right with this one because the visuals really are downright stunning. I agree with Sykes about the story being very simple, but I don't think the film was really trying to be anything other than a survival story in the most spectacular of places (space). In that regard, I think GRAVITY succeeds brilliantly.

Curious to see what the rest of the board's take on it is (especially Harms and trevanian). What's the release date for your folks on the other side of the pond?
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