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Review: Alfonso Cuarón's Visceral, Knuckle-Chewing 'Gravity' Starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 3, 2013 7:01 PM
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Gravity
Since JFK vowed to put a man on the moon in 1961, space has represented untold possibility, hope and optimism. But once we actually got there, we realized what a terrifying place it can be. An endless void, freezing and/or burning, a place without air or life. But most terrifyingly of all, if you die in space, you die alone: thousands of miles above and away from your loved ones. And more than anything, aren’t we most afraid of dying alone? Alfonso Cuarón seems to think so, as that’s the fear that drives his new film, the extraordinary “Gravity.”

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.

"We Can Shoot It In One Year And We’re Out”: 5 Things Learned About Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 2, 2013 4:09 PM
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"We can shoot it in one year and we’re out,” director Alfonso Cuaron once said of his latest film, “Gravity” (our review) to his cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki; And in Cuaron’s mind when the frequent collaborators first discussed the project in 2009, the intimate, performance-driven drama in space could theoretically fit that production window. But as filmmakers including David Fincher and James Cameron warned him of technology’s limits in bringing his vision to the screen—not to mention that Cuaron’s natural tendencies aimed as ambitious as possible—the full process from conception to Venice premiere ended up clocking in at nearly five years in total.

10 Films To See In October

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • October 2, 2013 12:25 PM
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10 Films To See In October
You could be inclined to believe October is just like any other month, especially since there’s only one major horror movie set for wide release to scare your pants off on Halloween. Sadly this must-see slate of ten won’t sate your bloodlust, but it does feature awards-contenders, smart indies and survival thrillers that will have you grabbing the person closes to you. And moreover, these are ten good movies that we think are worthy of your time and money over the next thirty days. So let's dive right in....

Watch: Sandra Bullock Is Desperate To Survive In New Clip & TV Spot For Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 12:05 PM
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Gravity, Bullock
The theme of the fall seems to be survival. Tom Hanks will soon square off against a band of desperate pirates in "Captain Phillips" while Robert Redford will try to maintain against Mother Nature herself in "All Is Lost," but first up will Sandra Bullock in "Gravity." And her journey is perhaps most perilous of all.

Alfonso Cuarón Says Most 3D Films Are "Crap" As RealD CFO Pushes Studios & Directors To Keep Using The Format

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 12:46 PM
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Gravity, Cuaron
Is it time to have yet another debate about 3D? Well, whether you like it or not, it's going to happen. This past summer, theater owners were beginning to wonder where the audiences were for the format, as 3D screenings began making up for just the fraction of ticket sales for some pretty big movies (25% of the total domestic gross of “Turbo,” 31% of “Monsters University” and 34% for “World War Z”). And while the reason why ticket buyers are being more cautious about paying to wear those uncomfortable glasses is up for debate, Alfonso Cuarón has summed it up pretty nicely.

Watch: Go Behind The Scenes Of Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity' With New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2013 2:00 PM
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George Clooney and Sandra Bullock making "Gravity"
We're less than a week away from the lift off of Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" in theaters nationwide, and after everyone experiences the space adventure, the first question they'll ask is, "How'd they do that?" Well, some new pics and a featurette try to help answer some of those questions.

Alfonso Cuaron Considers Psychological Horror Film, Says He'll Never Do A Movie As Big As 'Gravity' Again

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 12:21 PM
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Gravity, Cuaron
It's taken four years, casting headaches, technological leaps, release date bumps and more, but next week, Alfonso Cuaron's space adventure "Gravity" will finally arrive in theaters. And mostly, he just seems glad to have survived the process at all. “Film is my means of survival, and 'Gravity' was a miscalculation of time. It’s not the best investment I’ve ever made,” he told Vulture. However, most critics would disagree.

Watch: 30-Minute Interview With Alfonso Cuarón & New TV Spot For "Tiny Sundance Film" 'Gravity'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2013 2:56 PM
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Gravity, Bullock
It's all about perception, we suppose. While the forthcoming "Gravity" boasts no shortage of dazzling visual effects, heart pumping thrills and yes, 3D, it's still relatively lean in both size and scope. Running 90 minutes and featuring two main characters, it's far from the bloat of most blockbuster movies, a fact that isn't lost on director Alfonso Cuarón.

Listen: Steven Price's Full & Excellent 'Gravity' Score Plus Check Out 3 TV Spots For The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2013 9:05 AM
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Gravity
Wowing audiences at Venice, Telluride and TIFF, Alfonso Cuaron's space thriller "Gravity" will soon dock in theaters and while much attention has been given to impressive visuals, and nail biting tension, there is another element we're sure is going to start getting some buzz. Namely, the score by Steven Price.

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