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Ranking The 20 Greatest, Most Celebrated Long Takes

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 27, 2014 2:39 PM
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Long Takes
This weekend, “The Raid 2” opens, in all its chop-socky glory, in limited release and will expand in the weeks to come. Continuing on from the original “The Raid,” though by all accounts (ours included) creating fight scenes even more fluid and flabbergasting than its predecessor (which was pretty much all one fight scene), it employs many takes of above-average length to give an extra edge of realism and dynamism to the old ultra-violence. This approach characterized Gareth Evans' shooting style last time out too and still feels like a refreshing counterpoint to the hyper-kinetic Michael Bay school of editing, which often feels like it’s hiding as much as it’s showing.

10 Films To Watch Before & After 'Gravity'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 3, 2013 3:05 PM
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Films To See Before Gravity
Sitting in the dark, holding your breath throughout Alfonso Cuarón’s terrifying, beautiful “Gravity,” it can seem like the film simply spun up at you out of the void; it’s a work of such precision and simplicity that it almost feels like it came out of nowhere. But unlike, say, a sliver of space debris that glints in the distance a moment before hurtling in to wreak silent destruction on your space station, Cuarón’s hugely anticipated film (review here) not only had a gestation period of unforeseen length, but even back at concept stage it had its influences and its inspirations. So while it certainly feels unlike anything you’ve quite seen before, in realising his singular vision, Cuarón in fact refers to and borrows from several cinematic forebears, and, after the fact, we can see not only their imprint on the finished film, but also its kinship with several other titles.

Alfonso Cuarón Explains Why Robert Downey Jr. Wasn't "Compatible" For 'Gravity,' Says George Clooney Rewrote A Scene

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 22, 2013 9:51 AM
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It says a lot about director Alfonso Cuarón that, in the midst of major franchise announcements and sizzle reels at San Diego Comic-Con, his film focused on two actors in space stood as one of the most anticipated events. “Gravity,” starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, promises the director in typically fine form, and while the film weathered a nearly five-year journey to the big screen, Cuarón recently shared what made those years so useful and challenging together.

Watch: All The Long Takes From Alfonso Cuaron's 'Children Of Men' Edited Into One Remarkable 30 Min. Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2012 1:59 PM
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While we wait to see what Alfonso Cuaron has in store with his hugely ambitious 3D sci-fi flick "Gravity" starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and lots and lots and lots of CGI, here's an opportunity to revisit one of his best films, "Children Of Men," with a bit of twist.

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