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August 29, 2013


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Dan C.

A convincing bud-nipping, although I haven't managed to see Gravity yet. Meanwhile, I've always thought that "Kaleidoscope" must have inspired the ending of John Carpenter's Dark Star.


Rest assured, Harlan Ellison will find something about to sue them over.

I cannot wait to see this one. For me, the rest of the movie year is 1. GRAVITY, 2. INSIDE LEWYN DAVIS, 3. everything else.


Bettencourt - Add "This is Martin Bonner" to that list. I'll probably get pummeled for the endorsement, but in spite of it's shortcomings I thought it did a good job of accomplishing it's goal. And Paul Eenhoorn is quite good.

"Gravity" is thankfully one film for which the trailer is merely a teaser and nothing more. I'm excited to learn where Cuaron goes with it. "Children of Men" was IMHO quite inspired and superbly executed (even if the symbolism was a bit heavy-handed), and so I my expectations for "Gravity are that much higher.

Chris L.

"3.everything else"
For me, this category would certainly include Spike Jonze's "Her," based on early word from the NYFF selectors. I'm also hoping a distributor brings out Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" before year's end (another much-awaited return, like Cuaron). And at this early stage, we might as well give McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" the benefit of the doubt, for the very gifted Ejiofor if nothing else.

As for "Gravity," the trailer has me leery of spending most of 90 minutes with a character under imminent threat of asphyxiation and God knows what else. Not my favorite vicarious movie sensation, but these reviews have made it a must-see in spite of such quasi-phobias.

Chris L.

Revision: From the instant reactions and its addition to NYFF, sounds as though there's very little doubt about the excellence of "12 Years a Slave."

So much potentially great stuff to take in over the next few months.


Maybe you should also consider that the novel 'Gravity' by Tess Gerritsen was written in 1999, 10 years before the Cuarón script synopsis appeared on the internet and involves a female astronaut stranded in space after a shuttle accident and a damaged space station.

The discussion boards on IMDb concerning this similarity (which have now mysteriously disappeared) suggested that the long gestation period for the film Gravity was in part due to legal battles over copyright or plagiarism.

Many thought it highly unusual that a A-lister action film like this would sit in the can for over 2 years. Past the point at which the Space Shuttle was decommissioned, which must have blighted the story somewhat.

There were two plausible explanations given by the studio for the delay. First that there was a difficult 2-D to 3-D conversion under way in post. Second was that they had to come up with new special effect techniques to marry the picture together.

Whilst it is certainly visually stunning and even received praise for visual realism from some real astronauts (Buzz Aldrin), they made some howlers with the scientific authenticity. Even if you put these to one side to enjoy the story, you cannot but help think that there are massive similarities with other people's work, even Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscope.

I certainly hope that the Academy thinks hard before awarding any nomination in the original screenplay category, because there might be the sort of nasty disputes we've seen in the past concerning who should actually be up on stage to collect the Oscar!

Jeff McMahon

Hello, troll.
Gerritsen's novel is, unlike Cuaron's film, a medical thriller. This film didn't "sit in the can for over 2 years", it started shooting in the summer of 2011 and the extensive post-production work would have taken at least a year to complete. And IMDB discussion boards are worthless in most aspects, but especially as a news resource.


...believe I'll stay home and reread Kaleidoscope...

Robert Carnegie

You seem to be thinking also of "The Haunted Space Suit" by Arthur C. Clarke.

As you will see if you look it up. Or you may guess.

"Station!" I gasped, "I'm in trouble! Get records to check my suit-"

I never finished; they say my yell wrecked the microphone. But what man, alone in the absolute isolation of space, would not have yelled when something patted him softly on the back of the neck?

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