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Review: Gravity, Mr. Pip, Grown Ups 2, Battle of the Year 3D and 2 Guns

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Gravity posterIs Gravity the first really new film of the 21st Century? I hazard it may be. It is certainly the first to harness the bleeding edge of the current technologies (performance capture, 3D, sophisticated robotic camera rigs) to serve a story that could only really exist in this form. Sure, once his ears had stopped bleeding Georges Meliés would totally recognise what director Alfonso Cuarón and his screenwriter partner (and son) Jonás are doing here, but he would be the first to put his hand up to say that he wouldn’t have been able to do it. Same for Kubrick, I suspect.

During a routine shuttle mission high above the Earth, astronauts Sandy Bullock and George Clooney are struggling to make some adjustments to the Hubble telescope when Houston (a nicely cast Ed Harris) warns them of some incoming debris. A Russian spy satellite has been destroyed by its owners causing a chain reaction as the little buggers kick-off all over the place. Tiny fragments of satellite travel at lethal speeds on roughly the same orbit and our heroes have to get to safety before they risk being vaporised.

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Nine to Noon

By Audio and Cinema

Nine to Noon podcast iconFollowers of the Twitter feed (and “friends” on Facebook) will have been alerted to the fact that I am the new regular film reviewer on Radio New Zealand National’s Nine to Noon programme,  hosted for many years by the estimable Kathryn Ryan. I’ve been a fill-in on that show — and several others — for a few years now and I was thrilled when I got the call asking me to get my boots on and start warming up for a place in the first team.

Appearances are fortnightly and I can’t promise that regular Cinematica listeners won’t hear the occasional bit of repeated material. I’m only human, after all. For those that haven’t heard the slot before, here is the item from October 10.

I’ll be back in the studio on Thursday to talk about Captain Phillips and Beyond the Edge 3D — on air from about 11.50am.