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Post by notsheigetz » Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:12 am

Saw it last night in IMAX-3D. Great movie but not sure it would work the same in normal 2D. You wouldn't get to see Sandra Bullock's tears come floating towards you in space (and speaking of S.B. she has an incredible body for a 50-year-old woman).

I thought life of Pi was the best use of 3D I had ever seen in a movie, but I think I have to give the award to Gravity now.
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Post by dualstow » Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:54 am

I think Life of Pi was actually in 3.14D
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Post by moda0306 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:12 pm

It was insane.  There aren't many times I've been as visually floored and emotionally drained than this movie.

The 3d supplemented the unbelievable visuals, but I don't know if the 3d was quite as immersive as life of pi.
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Post by notsheigetz » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:14 pm

moda0306 wrote: It was insane.  There aren't many times I've been as visually floored and emotionally drained than this movie.

The 3d supplemented the unbelievable visuals, but I don't know if the 3d was quite as immersive as life of pi.
Can't really argue about life of Pi as I nearly went to see it again the next day. I think the big difference for me was that I actually was in a typhoon in the South China sea (interestingly around the same time as the Apollo 13 misadventure), so the effect it had on me was that of rekindling a memory. I've never been in space however and I have to figure Gravity was about as close as I'll ever get to experiencing it.

As for being emotionally drained, I don't want to give away the ending but I thought the final scene just before the credits rolled was a brilliant way to summarize how the movie left me feeling.
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Post by moda0306 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:39 pm

It really has to be one of the most persistently stressful movies I have ever seen, but had the right amount of humor and happiness at the right spots to let you sit back for a bit.  I don't mean this as a bad thing, though. I think you're supposed to feel as worn out, frustrated and afraid as the characters are the whole movie, especially as things get to their most difficult.

I'm trying to think of a few movies where I felt as visually amazed...

Jurassic Park, Avatar, Life of Pi...

I'm probably forgetting some, but Cuaron guy deserves an Oscar... and a Nobel Prize.
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Post by whatchamacallit » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:53 pm

I saw it in IMAX 3D as well and really enjoyed it. I don't go to the movies very often so I figured I would go all out.

I was afraid it was going to be too intense going into it but I was able to keep my eyes on the screen.

There was a survival movie called Frozen http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1323045/ that I could barely handle watching.
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Post by notsheigetz » Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:04 pm

whatchamacallit wrote: I saw it in IMAX 3D as well and really enjoyed it. I don't go to the movies very often so I figured I would go all out.

I was afraid it was going to be too intense going into it but I was able to keep my eyes on the screen.

There was a survival movie called Frozen http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1323045/ that I could barely handle watching.
I saw Frozen too, with a free trial on Netflix, as I recall it. Survival stories are my favorites, especially true ones, but Frozen was based on a Stephen King short story so I would put it more in the category of horror.
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Post by moda0306 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:24 pm

I like survival films but only in doses. It took me months to bring myself to watch The Grey when I knew I wanted to. They're a very different kind of film and very emotionally draining.
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Post by MediumTex » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:56 am

I saw the movie last night.

Really good film.

The word of mouth should be strong and it should do well for several weeks.  It's always nice to see really good films do well.

One of my favorite things about the film is that it started without a lot of build-up and it ended without a lot of wind-down.  Another film maker could have easily made it over 2 hours long with 15+ minutes of exposition up front, and 15+ minutes more of ending.  The way it was done was taut for the entire film. 

Go to the bathroom right before it starts because you will not want to miss a second of it once it gets going.

Sandra Bullock was outstanding.  This was IMHO easily the best performance of her career.  Nothing else comes close.

Overall, it was a great trip to the movies.  I hope everyone who reads about it here will go see it.  You won't be disappointed.
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Post by Lone Wolf » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:03 am

Agreed with everyone above.  Best film I've seen in quite a while!

I've generally been skeptical of 3d as anything more than a gimmick but it was perfect for this movie.
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Post by moda0306 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:44 pm

Sandra Bullock did an amazing job... this is the guy who directed Children of Men, so I was super stoked about the concept of this movie, but wasn't too thrilled with the casting when I originally heard who was in it (thouh I "like" both actors, I'm not particularly impressed by either one), and wanted any move by Alfonso Cuaron to be as perfect as possible.

But Clooney was perfect for the character and life-outlook that he was supposed to represent.  He did his standard cocky/funny schtick, but it was perfect as the counter to Bullock's relatively uptight doctor who had been burned in life and just kind of went on auto-pilot... and man did her arc go well.  She was a different person at the end then the beginning.

I think that while the movie's message is simple, the analogies built into the nature of the crisis and characters are great, and the acting to deliver said message was even more top notch.

Oh, and nevermind the visuals that probably contributed to the overall stress I felt watching this thing in taking a year off my life.  There aren't many movies where you watch and you'll like "Well, Hollywood, you've pretty much mastered the medium of film... you really can't do any better than this."  This was one of them.  It's a cool feeling to think you're witnessing the pinnacle of a given talent or art-form for the first time, even as you know you've said this to yourself before and that they'll find a way to do things better.

Keep in mind, movies with difficult-to-film single-shot sequences are my all-time favorite cinematography "trick." The final "rescue" scene in Children of Men (or the car/murder scene) are to of my favorite of all time, and any movie that has a good one in it is almost automatically at least a "good movie" to me just because of how cool it is to witness.  So you guys can imagine how I felt watching Gravity.  I think it's spoiled me for single-shot sequences for life.
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Post by dualstow » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:04 pm

Went to Gravity tonight solely because of this thread and loved it. Thanks, guys.
We usually just rent discs, but this was an early showing and the seats were mostly empty. Perfect for this film.

I didn't look it up ahead of time, so I didn't really know what to expect.
I do remember watching the third Harry Potter film and thinking how dark and cool it was, an adult's Harry Potter if there can be one. Was pleased to see his name in the credits as the director of this one.

Inevitably, I found myself reading wikipedia about Soyuz and Shenzhou at home. Normally, that would make my eyes glaze over, but something about watching a fictional film with beautiful effects makes me want to read the real stuff.

We only saw Life of Pi in 2D. Sounds like we missed something. That was amazing though. Beautiful film.

Gravity and Indian food - a pleasant evening.
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