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‘Gravity’ Starring Sandra Bullock Amazes And Breaks October Box Office Record! – Review By David E.

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Do you have a movie shame list? You know, a list of movies that despite all the good things you’ve heard and or read about them you just haven’t gotten around to watching? Well, up until last week a 2006 movie directed by Alfonso Cuaron called “Children of Men” was pretty high up on that list for me but after seeing the 50,000th TV ad for “Gravity” also directed by Cuaron, I decided to finally sit down and watch it as kind of a primer. Now I know, this is a review for Gravity not Children of Men, but I gotta say I was an idiot to have not seen it sooner. If you haven’t seen it yet,  do so ASAP! With that said, my expectations for Gravity going in were pretty high.

 

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The movie takes place presumably in the present day where miles above the earth a space shuttle crew works to make repairs to the Hubbell telescope. The repair mission is abruptly cut short when they receive news from mission control that debris from a destroyed Russian satellite is heading their way. Mission specialist Matt Kawolski (George Clooney) and the software engineer (Sandra Bullock) are not able to return to the ship before the debris arrives and as a result find themselves adrift in space with no help in sight.

 

Director Alfonso Cuaron with Bullock and Clooney onset.
Director Alfonso Cuaron with Bullock and Clooney onset.

First off, this movie’s sound and visuals make the film immersive and just flat out gorgeous! The visuals of space and more importantly, earth are breathtaking, and Cuaron masterfully uses sound flipping back and forth from the noisy commotion aboard the shuttle and inside the crews helmets, to the deep silence that is the vacuum of space. I saw this movie in 3D which intensifies the experience and couldn’t imagine seeing it any other way–considering that the majority of this movie takes place in zero gravity.

 

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Clooney, as the always calm happy go lucky veteran astronaut is nothing really new here, but when you contrast it with Bullock’s performance as the inexperienced over her head panicked engineer the movie sucks you in and doesn’t let go save for a couple of down moments that let you catch your breath. The movie only has four people in it and two whom we never see (Ed Harris as the voice of mission control and Phaldut Sharma as the third part of the Hubbell repair team) so Clooney and Bullock do all the heavy lifting with the lion’s share of that going to Bullock. I’ve never really been a fan of Sandra Bullock and I don’t think she deserved the Oscar for her role in The Blind Side, but her performance in this movie is outstanding and if she’s not nominated for an Oscar I’d be shocked. The only negative I can find with this film is that towards the end this movie seems to try really hard with its soundtrack to wring out every bit of emotion possible , which I found unnecessary since this movie had me emotionally involved almost from its beginning.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who ran to the theater to see this film, via Variety:

In a record-setting debut, Warner Bros.’ 3D space epic “Gravity” scored a starry estimated $55.6 million, of which mega-screen exhibImax — a significant partner on the film, considering the push the studio gave helmer Alfonso Cuaron’s cutting-edge filmmaking — contributed $11.2 million domestically. Both totals were records for October.

…Internationally, “Gravity” estimated $27.4 million from 27 markets, including Russia, which led with $8.1 million, followed by Germany and Australia, each contributing north of $3 million.

The overall three-day domestic gross for “Gravity,” boosted by a whopping 80% from 3D, eclipsed the month’s previous record holder, “Paranormal Acitvity 3,” which earned $52.6 million in 2011. (Interestingly, the 3D share was less overseas, at 70%.)

Overall, Gravity is a near flawless movie that must be seen. See it in 3D. See it in IMAX if it’s available to you. GO SEE IT AND BE AMAZED.

Happy Birthday, George Clooney!

Happy Birthday, G!

Mr. George Clooney is celebrating his 51st birthday today, although he doesn’t look a day over 45. He’s been gray for like, ever. He’s also been Batman, a thief numerous times, a football player, a doctor, Mr. Fox and attacked by killer tomatoes. He has brought attention to the problems in Darfur and the Sudan, even willing to get arrested for protesting. George was one of many big names to participate in Dustin Lance Black‘s play 8 about the federal trial that overturned the Prop 8 ban in California.

Goofballs.

George isn’t always our favorite, but at least we can say the man looks damn good in a suit, especially when he’s hanging out with his Oceans‘ co-stars.

So happy birthday, George, and whoever you’re spending it with this year.

A Star Studded White House State Dinner

The Camerons and The Obamas

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Some famous faces were invited to the White House State Dinner for British P.M. David Cameron and his wife Sarah. The couple posed with the President and First Lady, both Sarah and Michelle wore beautiful blue dresses. Mrs. Cameron wore a London-based designer, Alessandra Rich, while Mrs. Obama wore Marchesa. The designer of the gown, Project Runway AllstarsGeorgina Chapman was in attendance with her husband Harvey Weinsten. She of course, also wore blue.

Georgina Chapman (Mrs. Harvey Weinstein)

Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour showed up in Chanel, while Idris Elba and George Clooney looked sexy in their tuxes. Clooney, who has been in Washington talking about the troubles in Sudan, got a prime seat next to the first lady.

Sigh. That Anna Wintour Woman
"Daaayum, Girl." - Clooney's Inner Monologue
Oh MY, Idris.

Warren Buffet, Sir Richard Branson, who I imagine showed up in a spaceship, and the star of Homeland Damien Lewis partied at the dinner. Homeland happens to be the President’s favorite show. There were also performances by Mumford & Sons and John Legend.

I need to get invited to one of these, or maybe I could sneak in.