The movie’s so mind-bogglingly special, so groundbreaking, that I had to assemble the Gravity crew to gush on a quick podcast about why we were transfixed by Cuaron’s masterpiece. I guarantee you will not hear a more spirited discussion on Gravity … at least, not until the movie opens on Oct. 4 and you guys can join the conversation!
The first feature that Cuaron has directed since 2006's Children of Men, the new film stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer who is sent to space for the first time so that she can help work on a failing satellite. Paired with astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), the mission is going fine until they learn of a debris cloud that is coming right for them.
"When I stood up as the final credit rolled, I don’t mind admitting that I immediately had to sit down again, a Bambi-like wobble coursing through my limbs, as if I'd just re-encountered gravity myself. For sheer transference of experience upon the audience, I can think of no film quite like it,"
Even though it stars two of the most famous people in the world, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is really going to sell itself on one thing: its effects. And it's not about CGI monsters or giant explosions or anything you might expect
In the movie, which was written by Cuaron and his son Jonas, Sandra Bullock stars as Dr. Ryan Stone, a scientist who is in space fixing a satellite when things go horribly wrong. The craft is hit by a field of space debris that leaves her and astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) stranded in space and losing oxygen.
It’s a rare thing when a movie markets itself at the nerdvana that is San Diego Comic Con before making its world premiere at a cinema celebration as prestigious as the Venice Film Festival. But this is exactly the incredible journey Alfonso Cuarón’s upcoming Gravity is making.
Set up in Hall H this afternoon at Comic-Con is Entertainment Weekly's Visionaries panel, which celebrates some of Hollywood's current "uncompromising directors" who have been electrifying audiences with their work, and who have some highly anticipated projects coming up. For Marc Webb, it's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
From San Diego, Gravity continues its goodwill press tour by shifting into a more conventional awards season trot. As we reported earlier, Cuaron’s film – which follows a pair of astronauts stranded after a space explosion – will open this year’s Venice Film Festival. After that, it’s expected to stop at the Toronto International Film Festival and, possibly, Telluride.
We may be neck deep in summer blockbuster season, but fall really isn't that far away-- and if you count the beginning of fall as the start of the film festival season, it's really not far. The Venice Film Festival may be far away and expensive to reach, but it's a major component of the autumn rush toward Oscars, and one contender we've been eyeing for years has just staked its claim on Venice's share of awards buzz
Whether you're a fan of smart sci-fi or of Children of Men or of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, you've got a reason to look forward to Gravity. We've had it high on our most-anticipated list before it even started shooting, and now that the first trailer has debuted online, well… can we skip summer and head straight to October?
This, I hope, will be the last Gravity story I write for CinemaBlend. This is one of those movies I need to see pure, to see clean. I don’t want the experience ruined for me by Vine videos and commercials for teasers for trailers. I want to see it in IMAX, in its entirety.
We don't know much right now about Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, but all it takes is the barest details to get us interested-- Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and the director of Children of Men, working together on a tense drama set in outer space. The film has been kept under wraps since it went into production in 2011
Children of Men director Alfonso Cuaron, who’s still putting the finishing touches on his sci-fi thriller Gravity, could be circling Episode VIII and, possibly, Episode IX. And that’s not all. MarketSaw tosses Simon Pegg’s name back into the fire, saying they “can't say why, but let’s just say I have a strong feeling about that.”
For a while we hoped that Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity would be a player in this year's Oscar race, or at least a fall release we could look forward to at the end of this year. But back in May the film was bumped from its planned November 21 release date and into next year, with an undetermined release date and a lot of fans of the Children of Men director
The list contains "seven or eight names, all men," but the Times is only revealing three of them-- Cuaron, Babel director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and surprisingly enough, David Cronenberg, the director behind landmark genre films like The Fly and Videodrome