Movie Review: Gravity

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Just like the title, this movie will suck you in and not let go

Alfonso Cuarón said he’s always wanted to do a movie about space. 

Well, did he ever do a movie about space.

I’m going to say, flat out, right now, that this is the best movie I’ve seen in a while. It’s visually breathtaking, mind numbingly expansive and edge of your seat intense. 

It boasts an extremely small cast for a movie nowadays, with a total of seven actors/actresses in all and only a mere three are actually seen.

This flick is all about the visual and it does it just as well as any other movie you’ve seen; yes, including Avatar. The effects are so difficult to describe as they are something that need to be seen to be fully appreciated, but when I say they are the best part of the entire thing, trust me, it’s true. 

And that’s impressive to say the least, because both Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone and George Clooney as Matt Kowalski were brilliant. Cuarón had a lot of scenes that were single, drawn out shots; almost Kubrick-like. There is one scene where Stone is in a space shuttle, listening to a radio link to Earth, and the scene lasts a good couple minutes. Her speech and acting in general are displayed at full force in this long shot and for anyone who appreciates the highest level of acting, it’s fantastic.

Clooney too, while not in the film nearly as much as Bullock, pulled off a great performance as the confident and kind Kowalski. He made you completely believe in his character right from the get-go and somehow got the audience trapped in liking him well within the opening minutes.

The story was great, as always. No aliens. No other spaceships coming for them. Just one woman trying to survive the shards from a Russian satellite that come whizzing around Earth every 90 minutes. As expected, there are tons of trials Stone has to overcome and nearly everything that can go wrong does, bringing her to her breaking point a few times. But she preservers and shows the power human resolve can truly have.

One of the best parts of the film is how Cuarón made the entire thing so realistic. Not only were his visual effects done to a tee, but his sound effects were spectacular as well. So many movies have things exploding in space and such, with the normal sounds it would make if it occurred on Earth. 

Not in this movie.

Things are done right and there is zero sound in space; save for the music of the movie. Anything that happens in space is soundless. It’s strange too, when the characters touch a space station or try to hold onto something, because you hear a muffled sound come out of it and realize that it must be what they’re hearing inside of their spacesuits. 

It’s the first film in space where I’ve seen the sound done so well. 

Gravity will be at the Oscars, no doubt. I hope to see Bullock nominated as well because she was really that good; the peak of her acting abilities. If you’re considering see this film (I myself went and chose it over Runner Runner and Prisoners), do.

You won’t be disappointed.

Howe to Houston; take us home.

Rating out of 100: 93

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Late Night Rant: Andrew Wiggins, Tom Clancy and

Why, hello there again! Pleasure to see you back here. I have no idea what you come for when you see me post one of these online, but I hope you get something out of it. 

Because I’m all about learning something new. Yep. Edu-macation. 

Anywho, here’s what’s on tap for tonight:

1. The High Flyin’ Canadian Baller, Andrew Wiggins, Takes Flight

If you are a basketball fan and you are Canadian, then this is something you simply cannot ignore. Andrew Wiggins finally hit the court the other day for an intra-squad match with the rest of his Kansas buddies that allowed for people to come and watch.

Of course, when one of the players participating has been heralded the next big thing in basketball ever since he was scouted in high school, then everyone is going to take notice. ESPN posted a highlight video of the kid’s night on YouTube, which I’ve so very nicely posted for you below. 

This is the first time I’ve seen highlights of Wiggins in a college level anything, so you can bet I was excited, being the hoops fanatic I am and Andrew didn’t disappoint. He made the entire game seem like a dunk contest with the way he flew to the rack at every chance he got, soaring above his teammates and throwing down jam after vicious jam. 

Wiggins looked comfortable and happy; a good sign of course. But the competition is teammates gave him didn’t seem to be enough as the young superstar seemed to be toying with them the entire game, never once having to actually take anything seriously. 

Now, I know this was just an intra-squad game (for those who don’t know, a scrimmage with his teammates), but you have to wonder when a team will come along that will actually make Wiggins sweat. 

My bet is on Kentucky this season, by the way.

Wiggins‘ first real game as a college player is October 29th.    

2. One of the Greatest Writers of our Generation dies in Tom Clancy

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If any of you have parents like my dad, then they’ve likely read at least one Tom Clancy book. The dude was a legend; he wrote a total of 28 books and was preparing to come out with number 29 when he died at the young age of 66. 

Clancy was an extremely popular spy/mystery novelist, who was also one of the richest authors in America. He was known for video games too, such as the classic, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. In one way or another, Clancy touched the lives of many people.

As a fellow writer, it saddens me to hear of one of the greats passing on, but I am very thankful for what he has done in terms of the writing community. He’s been the inspiration that got many writers into the craft and his mind was one of the best at creating spy-stories, which are seriously lacking these days. 

This sort of thing is what happens as you grow up; people older than you die. But it never makes it any less shocking. I wish all of the best for the Clancy family and anyone closely associated with him. 

He was a legend.

3. This Pug knows how to Rock

So I know the last thing was a little depressing. 

Thus, I’ve found one of my awesomely hilarious videos that I always love to put at the end of my late night posts. My friend, who consistently seems to find better viral videos than I, discovered this video and showed it to me.

If you enjoy cute things, dogs or even just a classic song, then watch this short video. I guarantee you’ll enjoy it or at least find it amusing in some regard. 

So without further ado, end your night/early morning with a smile!

That’s all I’ve got for you tonight, guys. 

Stay frosty.