Britain’s foremost silent movie accompanist Neil Brand and I talk about his favourite film of the year - Gravity.

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by Harry Limes Shadow

    on 7 Jan 2014 16:27

    Two days ago, i saw Gravity for a second time, and on a smaller screen the 3D feels redundant. But what made the film better, and will probably make it stand up on repeat viewings, is the emotional power of the story. Now i admit that all cod spirituality is hokey, but it works, i was immersed in the story due to my emotional engagement not the 3D and this time i even shed a few tears. Also, i have to say that all the people on this blog knocking Gravity, just aren't on this planet.

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by PinkyGreen

    on 30 Dec 2014 19:18

    I really wanted to like it as sci fi films are often my favourites but i must admit i felt very underwhelmed. Was expecting a better story from the guy who made Children of Men. I dont think its a bad film but cant see why so many are raving about it.
    I dont agree that its the new bench mark for special effects either. Some of the stuff looked quite good but I feel its more of a step back, a final surrendering to the idea that theres no need to build models when a computer can do it, but for me, its not a patch on the effects Doug Trumbull pioneered decades ago. Maybe its my own aversion to modern cgi, which i think often looks too much like a computer game. The 3d still looked like flat cardboard cut outs being moved across the screen so maybe it just doesnt work at all for my eyes.
    Ive been known to change my mind on second viewings in the past so I will have another look at it again someday away from all the hype and alienating 3d, but i have to be honest, it did bore me a bit at times and i found the hollywoodesque nature of the script a let down, especially as i know Cuaron is capable of far more nuanced work.

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by WSV

    on 29 Dec 2013 15:29

    What makes 'Gravity' so great? The truthful answer is, not a lot. Not the script; not the acting; not the direction; just the technical effects.

    I've now seen 'All is Lost' staring the lonesome Robert Redford. It's a comparable film as far as they both have an isolated character that is caught up in a disaster and needs to survive. But that's where the comparison ends.

    'All is Lost' makes 'Gravity look like a pantomime, Redford makes Bullock look like an amateur, JC Chandor makes Alfonso Cuarón look ham-fisted.

    'Gravity' has a veneer of greatness - 'All is Lost' is great to the core.

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by hostile17

    on 26 Dec 2013 20:27

    It was so funny... I kept laughing. Was it meant to be a comedy?

    I would love a Team America style remake of it.

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by Brian - New Forest

    on 26 Dec 2013 14:26

    I was a bit "meh" about Gravity. I thought it was wondrous to look at, but I wasn't hooked by the wafer thin characters, and an offhand remark I'd heard about the one-damn-thing-after-another nature of the "plot" had me regarding it more as a fairground ride than a properly told story. That said, the sound and music particularly impressed me. Early on, when the cross radio control chatter just fades in, there was an odd moment when I almost felt someone near me in the cinema was having trouble with their cell phone, the feeling that the noise was coming from a particular direction in the room was quite distinct.

    I liked most of the music as it seemed unconventional and as Neil Brand remarks, you can't quite pinpoint where the cues are coming in. However, I did feel let down when the "stirring music" kicked in over the climactic sequences, not that it was bad "stirring music", but because the thin story and characters had left me so blasé, I felt that the "stirring music" was just there to poke me in the ribs so that I would feel that Sandra's random poking of buttons to squeak her way to the next crisis was some kind of achievement. In a way it might have been better to leave any stirring for the final shots, as the point where it kicks in only really serves to tell you, hey we're going to be rapping this up soon, we need the seat you're sitting in for the next group on the ride, and you must be this tall if you want to go on it, again.

    Hearing Mark and Neil talk about it and seeing the clips does make me want to see it again on the big screen, perhaps in a lighter frame of mind.

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by robert paulson

    on 26 Dec 2013 09:46

    If Cate Blanchett is a dead cert for the best actress Oscar then Gravity must have the sound and visual effects categories sewn up.

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by I_am_I

    on 25 Dec 2013 14:20

    While I haven't yet seen 'Gravity' (might pick it up on DVD which I know won't do it justice) I'm still dubious as to the technical plaudits it is getting. For example, how does it stack up next to something like 'Apollo13'? Ron Howard made the cast perform in *real* zero-G, and CGI was used only sparingly for exterior shots. That is pretty hard to beat, IMO.

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by Vincent

    on 25 Dec 2013 06:55

    IRT: 12. Mihai Pomarlan

    I did not research the film or the making of the film before seeing it, just like the majority of the film goers I would imagine. The fact that it was The Hubble escaped me; I had to Google the film just now. Did they mention it during the film? I am not going to watch it again to double check, even if I have an Unlimited card LOL! I'm not sure if it follows an elliptical or circular orbit, however, the orbital height is listed as 559km with an orbital period of 96-97minutes. Of course it can be calculated to give you are more accurate figure, but I'm not going to bother; I leave that open to you to lambast me for accuracy LOL. Even if we are not talking of a geostationary satellite, the point about the Russian satellite debris still stands. For it to be in the same orbit as the Hubble it has to have the same orbital height and velocity - so if the speed increases, it would break that orbit, geostationary, Low Earth Orbit, or whatever!

    I don't know why you are so defensive about the film. I'm glad you 'care about physics' and I'm glad you purport to '...know a few things about it...' - far for me to stop you from posing or bragging :) - and you are entitled to your opinions about Cuaron and even me, just as everyone else are entitled to their own opinions. Which leads me to your point about Phil Plait - that is his opinion! If you or he can enjoy the film with all these inaccuracies, and they do not scream at you as they do to me without thought, then good for you. It did spoil the film for me. The science behind the points I raised are covered in any A Level curriculum and there are many A Level Physics students out there, so I would hardly say that it was posing, as you seemed to think it was. I can always consult a relative who has a First in Physics and is currently doing a doctorate in the subject, as I majored in something else, but I do not think I will bother him on such basic matters.

    Doesn't bother me, but I see you've conceded my other points.

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by jayfurneaux

    on 24 Dec 2013 20:45

    Gravity may have re-launched Bullock’s career but she may have the distinction being in both the best and worst films of the year.

    Bullock’s other film this year was The Heat. Dreadful doesn't even come close to describing how bad this is.

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by babyfacemichael

    on 24 Dec 2013 19:26

    Gravity is NOT a great film. I went with four colleagues , and we were all disappointed. Yes its visually beautiful, yes the 3 D works, but the main characters are boring , the script is just incredulous. I`m glad I saw it on the big screen , but its definitely a case of been there, done that. I dont want to watch it again , I dont need to own it. Great films, are great, because you need to see them again and again. When your stuck for what to watch, they grab your hand on the shelf, they pull you in. I rewatched Devil Advocate last night, now Pacino is priceless , that scripts a killer.. I dont remember one word from Gravity or even the names of the characters , Greatness, just no, time this film came down to earth.

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