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MPAA rates Gravity PG-13

27 Oct

Earlier this week, Rope of Silicon shared some highlights from the latest MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) Rating Bulletin, namely the surprising rating of Gravity for a “TBA 2013” release.  As I understand it, the rating of PG-13 for “for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language” is not so surprising, based on what we’ve already heard, but the rating announcement does suggest that a close-to-final cut of the film is complete, also confirmed by tweets (1) (2) from our vfx friends last week.

The Playlist and Giant Freakin Robot both recall the first test screenings this past spring, which were met with mixed to positive reviews, and begin speculating about when general audiences might get to see the final cut: “Will WB decide to take on the festival route, maybe hope to win over nerds and build buzz at SXSW? Or perhaps Cannes can give it some kind of momentum in an out-of-competition screening. We shall see, but this tiny update will have to do for now.”

I always assumed it would be premiere in the fall, based on the original November 2012 date, but Gravity could fall potentially fall into that summer sci-fi category of releases, I suppose, depending on how the studio does its math.  Note that SXSW is scheduled for March, while the Cannes Film Festival usually takes place in May.


Just for fun: tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Creator/AlfonsoCuaron

Click at your own discretion.


Alfonso Cuarón returning to the small screen with JJ Abrams

22 Sep

Last night, Deadline revealed that, “Alfonso Cuarón has teamed with J.J. Abrams for a high-concept drama, which just landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment.”  Cuarón will direct the pilot, which he will co-write with Mark Friedman (The Forgotten, Home of the Brave).

It is about a girl in possession of a great gift/powers — which will come into their own in seven years — and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down.

Warner Bros. and Abrams’ Bad Robot are producing, with Abrams, Cuarón, Friedman, Bryan Burk, and Kathy Lingg listed as executive producers.  Still no title yet.  Read more.

As the Playlist points out, this would be Cuarón’s first small screen gig in nearly a decade.  The filmmaker directed an episode of neo-noir Fallen Angels in 1993, reportedly recruited by director Sydney Pollack after the success of Sólo con tu pareja.  Before that, he directed six episodes of Hora Marcada, a Mexican television fantasy-horror-sci fi anthology, which also featured early in the careers of Emmanuel Lubezki, Guillermo del Toro, and Carlos Cuarón.  “… certainly genre elements [of this early television work] have always been a part of his work to some degree, so all of this is very intriguing.”  Read more.

Kissing in the Rain and other long takes

6 May

Great Expectations is an imperfect film† and it isn’t put on lists of acclaim the way other Cuarón films are.  Nevertheless, it is still beautiful and I’m grateful to Jude Defensor of We Talk About Movies for reminding me.  For his submission to Encore’s All Wet blog-a-thon this week, he selected the scene below.

The rain is such a multi-sensorial experience that visuals alone don’t seem to do it justice. I ended up thinking of scenes that didn’t just show the rain but married it to music gorgeous enough to evoke that exquisite feeling of wet, cool drops falling on your skin and soaking into your clothes, or the even more exhilarating sensation of running through a wall of water.  Read more.

It is yet another beautiful long take, executed by who other than DP Emmanuel Lubezki, accompanied by Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score. It’s actually because of the Scottish composer Doyle that I came to be interested in the work of Alfonso Cuarón.  Continue reading