Gravity (2013)

Gravity (2013)

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón — also did Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001), one of my favorite films. 

Gravity is incredible. I'm sorry I didn't see it huge in theaters. It's so cathartic. Why? Why is this space-survival movie so cathartic? I have no idea. It's extremely intense. It's about survival against all the odds...

And it's a (not so) subtle metaphor on birth / re-birth. 

I think the subconscious theme of Gravity is something along the lines of: cyclical physical survival leads to cyclical spiritual re-birth. Something like that.

Anyway, I love the new breed of cinema from the last 15+ years, pioneered by David Fincher & David Lynch (The Davids). High ambient shoegaze drone dark-lighting moody genre intensive-immersion cinema. Inland Empire, Inception, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Gravity, ArrivalHereditary, etc...

The duration of this movie is fascinating. While the narrative itself is epic in scope, the movie's duration is a clean 90 minutes. A perfect hour & a half. 

Within the movie the idea of a 90 minute duration coincidentally is talked about a bit. Inside the reality of the movie, every 90 minutes (which happens about once every 30ish minutes), the catastrophic space debris that kick started the whole plot shoots by the astronaut's like a cloud of meteorites. So they time their actions to 90 minute intervals.

The 90 minute duration makes Gravity a pop first watch and an easy re-watch. That the movie references its own duration, as a plot device, is a curious thing.

The sound design is exquisite; Sandra Bullock's performance is spectacular; and George Clooney embodies Buzz Lightyear... The movie avoids cliches while keeping you on the edge. And the few times it gets shocking, the image really delivers. Sublime & beautiful.

Punishment Park (1971)

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They Live (1988)

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