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"Gravity" (2013), Co-Producer Director Alfonso Cuarí³n, Co-Producer David Heyman


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Those of you planning on going to the Uptown to see "Gravity" (and, yes, you certainly should see it--even if Sci-Fi movies aren't your cup of tea) and then popping into Medium Rare for a meal, might want to reconsider. While the 4:45 showing this afternoon was hardly packed, it seems that everybody else in the theater had the same idea we did. By the time we got there at 6:35 or so, there was an hour wait. We went to Spices, instead. Too bad, because it would have the first time any of the three of us had eaten at MR. We'll try again some other time.

But only see it in 3D!

This is the only movie I've seen in a theater in ... a year? Two years? Go ahead and discuss it - I'd be interested in your opinions.

Seriously, see it in 3D, preferably IMAX, or not at all.

Spoiler Alerts Must Be Clearly Marked

George Clooney Gets His Chance To Talk With Jon Karl

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But only see it in 3D!

This is the only movie I've seen in a theater in ... a year? Two years?

I cannot remember the last time I went to a movie theater but I went for this.  Improbable plot with an utterly realistic portrayal.  Remarkably riveting.  The whole movie looks like it was shot in two or three takes.  It is quite the work of art, and technology.

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I cannot remember the last time I went to a movie theater but I went for this.  Improbable plot with an utterly realistic portrayal.  Remarkably riveting.  The whole movie looks like it was shot in two or three takes.  It is quite the work of art, and technology.

Not a spoiler, but a general comment on the above statement:

Calling this plot "improbable" (despite the potential reality of Kessler Syndrome) is quite possibly one of the most "understated" descriptors I've ever read. :lol:

Utterly realistic yes! (I hardly feel qualified to say that, but you really do feel like you're *right* *there* despite some blatant physical impossibilities which are not obvious unless you go digging for them on the internet.)

Remarkably riveting yes!

Every single critic who has written about Gravity has mentioned what a 'nice touch' it is to use Ed Harris as the voice from Mission Control and I agree.

If you're at all prone to motion sickness, you may not want to see it in 3D. I'm not and I was still mighty queasy for the first half of the film.

That's because you're (q)weezy.

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Incidentally, because I woke up to this thread, I decided to take Matt to the 10:30 AM showing. It has been a *long* time since I've seen a movie in a theater a second time, but I want him to see it - Gravity's short run-time made this decision a lot easier.

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The was the first 3D movie I've ever seen and the person with us said that its use was nicely understated. I had read the review in the New Yorker, so was already aware of some of the quibbles about "reality." Still, I watched it with the knowledge that previous iconic films (the whole Star Wars series, along with the Star Trek series--not to mention all those super heroes) didn't engender the kind of "Could THAT Happen?" questions that this one surely will. Nevertheless, I had a lot of questions when the movie was over. It isn't a spoiler alert to say that the entire movie is focused on the astronauts on the Shuttle. I kept wanting to see how the Houston people were reacting to any of it--but that wasn't the movie that was made. At least we were also spared any shots of TV newspeople trying to report on something they couldn't know anything about. That was a blessing.

STILL, Gravity gets major, major points for having a scrappy girl (OK, so she's 50) as the protagonist. It's a given that Sandra Bullock will be nominated for every acting prize out there.

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Just saw this in the Style section of today's WaPo. As far as I'm concerned, it's the last word--and no spoiler alerts, either:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/mark-kelly-gives-an-astronauts-view-of-gravity/2013/10/11/2b4e5e6c-3286-11e3-9c68-1cf643210300_story.html

I don't entirely agree, but for reasons I don't have time to go into right now (just walked in the door) - this seemed like a piece written with something of an agenda. I'm not saying "I know, and he doesn't," merely that I don't see it as being the last word.

(Very minor spoiler alerts follow, including the review linked to)

When a certain person detaches, one must ask ... what forces, exactly, require this to be done. The movie is very flawed, both from a physical and dramatic level, but, as could be said, "it's one hell of a story."

Out of all the reviews I've read, this one comes closest to mirroring my feelings about the movie.

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I saw this in 2D last Thursday, and I got dizzy several times and had to look away. It must be beyond awesome in 3D, but I don't think I could watch it.

I bought into the premise and became more engrossed? involved? in the movie than I normally do. It is very dramatic, very suspenseful, and I could not have predicted the all of the plot twists and the ending. The acting is some of the best I've seen.

Whether you see it in 2D or 3D, it is well worth seeing in a theater on a big screen.  I think much of the effect will be lost when it is viewed on TV.

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I saw it in IMAX 3D and this first thing I said to my wife was 'I almost puked twice".

It is taut, riveting and intense; probably the most engaging and enjoyable film I have seen in years. It is a fabulous experience in IMAX 3D, just extraordinary. As I am neither a astrophysicist or an astronaut, I cannot comment on whether or not this is "realistic" in its portrayal, but DAMN was it fun to watch. And the feeling you get while watching in IMAX 3D is similar to that of a mild thrill ride at an amusement park. I was clutching my wife's hand or knee from the 5 minute mark until the end.

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My brother and I saw the trailer twice (thanks to Pacific Rim screwing up in Courthouse, and having to see it elsewhere).

While I dream of the day I can be in space, I have no desire to see this, just like no desire to see movies about drowning/sharks (the one where the folks were left in the water after a dive) or similar...

That being said, Sandra Bullock is a NoVA ex-pat, and I think she's nifty.

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I saw Gravity at its North American premier in September at Telluride.  I'm not sure it would have been screened there had Clooney not been in it. He was at the festival two years prior for The Descendants premier.

Gravity?  Content-free. Silly.  Great technical effects if that's your thing enough to justify the time and ticket.

Porcupine, Agree on Rush and Senna.  Grand Prix?  And, if you haven't already seen this, worth watching.

12 Years a Slave, just in theaters now, is a hard film to watch that everyone should see.

Two really funny, witty, clever and wonderful films due out soon:

Nebraska: Great stuff here. Alexander Payne's (Sideways) newest. Bruce Dern and June Squibb will both likely get Oscar nods...and deserve to win.  Will release just before Thanksgiving.

The Lunchbox:  Wonderfully interesting and endearing film from India revolving around a relationship that forms thanks to a wayward tiffin and defensive dabbawallah. Very much about food also so justifies my post here. :D   Due for a Feb, '14 release in the US.

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Two really funny, witty, clever and wonderful films due out soon:

Nebraska: Great stuff here. Alexander Payne's (Sideways) newest. Bruce Dern and June Squibb will both likely get Oscar nods...and deserve to win.  Will release just before Thanksgiving.

The Lunchbox:  Wonderfully interesting and endearing film from India revolving around a relationship that forms thanks to a wayward tiffin and defensive dabbawallah. Very much about food also so justifies my post here. :D   Due for a Feb, '14 release in the US.

ahem......I don't want to be nit-picky, but surely the release of this slipped your mind?

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It's best not to watch this (or even click on the link) until you've seen the film, but if you have seen the film, it's worth watching.

Gravity companion piece (7 minutes).

Little bonus for people who've seen the Van Damme / Volvo video.

At the festival where I saw Gravity premiered, many of the films screened opened with shorts preceding whichever main event. The Cuaron short preceded a different movie (forget which) unrelated to Gravity or space.  It took awhile for word to spread at the festival because that other movie (and thus the Cuaron short) wasn't as popular as Gravity so not many festival goers had seen both.  But, soon enough, people figured out the two were connected.  Very cool in a random head-scratching sort of way.  Agree with Don's guidance.

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