How refreshing... that the year 2013 in film will likely always be… MoreHow refreshing... that the year 2013 in film will likely always be associated with "GRAVITY," a technical marvel that shows exactly how exciting and awe-inspiring a blockbuster can be without sacrificing the artistic vision of it's creator.
It's so simple, so beautiful, and so perfectly paced and choreographed that you will be floored with not only how all of this was made and conceived, but how Alfonso Cuarón managed to pull all of it off cohesively in a 90 minute package (without the whole production feeling like a glorified tech demo). Cuarón is one of our premiere visionaries, and "Gravity" is his opus to date. I haven't even mentioned Sandra Bullock's career best work here that sells this story and keeps us emotionally invested; even through some undeniably hokey dialogue and the odd suspension of disbelief.
As with any groundbreaking, special effects-laden Masterpiece in the CG age, it's a great curiosity as to how GRAVITY will hold up over time (even AVATAR is already showing signs of aging). Will it even work at all outside of a theater experience? But this much is clear; right now, GRAVITY is state of the art, it is stunning, and I don't see that changing any time soon. GRAVITY and Cuarón are fully deserving of the universal acclaim they have received. They are the real deal!
A shining example of effortless realism in modern independent cinema,… MoreA shining example of effortless realism in modern independent cinema, "Short Term 12" is a glorious rendering of emotional subject matter; a docu-drama that puts it's down-to-earth camera styling to great effect against a (seemingly improvised) script of utmost insight and raw power.
The setup, chronicling the daily workings of a foster-care facility, has been seen before but never handled as convincingly as director Destin Cretton's feature length adaptation of his own short film of the same name. There's a pulse to this film that is absent in many realist dramas, attributed in no small part to a stellar cast... most notably Brie Larson in the lead who is an absolute revelation here.
In fact, everything about this modest production is praiseworthy. From it's memorable supporting turns, to a dedication for not taking the obvious or easy route through a potentially familiar, overly sentimental narrative, "Short Term 12" sings. It's arguably the finest films to ever deal with underprivileged youth and those who dedicate their lives to helping them. A film deserving of it's universal acclaim.