Gravity

Posted by: Murph

Gravity - 10/07/13 08:20 AM

Yes, there is movie thread somewhere but I'm thinking this film deserves its own thread and it deserves to be in the "Home Theater" section or at least it soon will, some day.

Sharon and I went to see it over the weekend. It was actually pretty exiting, (not two hours of floating around space and sappy character break down, as I was concerned it might be.) However, the reason I bring it here is because it will absolutely be the new 'standard' for demoing your HT when it comes out in Blu-Ray

I hate cliches, but saying that "the visuals are absolutely stunning," is truly the best way to describe it. I was in a 'normal' theater and within the first minute of the opening scene, I had to remind myself I wasn't in an IMAX. The sound was 'probably' equally amazing, but honestly, other than a few surround sound moments, the visuals stole the show so I'd probably have to watch it again to concentrate on the sound and offer a review on that.

There were a small number of cool 3-D scenes but it was obvious that they put a lot of work into making sure the 3-D blurries did not detract from things when they wanted to concentrate on a wide angle, spectacle shot.

I won't spend a lot of time trying to describe it further. Perhaps the best testament to how visually amazing this movie is, would be the fact that there were times when the entire theater stopped crunching thier popcorn and just stared. Complete crowd silence!! That never happens around here. Well, all except that one fat guy in my row who looked like Comic Book Guy from Simpsons, but he really stood out as a an annoying distraction because he was the only one. In a way though, he made me realize that the rest of the theater was either too "jaw dropped" or fascinated to lift a finger.

In short, just go see it. If nothing else, the scenery is worth the price of admission. If you wait for home TV viewing, you will regret not seeing it, just once, on a theater sized screen.
Posted by: medic8r

Re: Gravity - 10/07/13 08:28 AM

The buzz I'd heard on this was good. Thanks for confirming it! I may have to drag myself to the theater after all!
Posted by: Boltron

Re: Gravity - 10/07/13 09:32 AM

I saw it on 3D IMAX. Pretty much jaw dropping. I don't like 3D but if you will only ever see one 3D movie it's this one. I loved it.
Posted by: casey01

Re: Gravity - 10/07/13 09:58 AM

Lots of buzz around town last month when the film had its premier at TIFF. Apparently, it was kind of a different film for Sandra Bullock than what she has done in the past, however, I understand she was quite good in it. She indicated in several interviews she is quite claustrophobic and had to keep fighting to overcome it.
Posted by: Hansang

Re: Gravity - 10/07/13 04:19 PM

I remember walking out of Saving Pvt. Ryan and the theater was absolutely silent. You could have heard a pin drop. BTW, Got a chance to visit Normandy and the national cemetery where the Niland brothers were buried. Quite moving!
Posted by: CV

Re: Gravity - 10/07/13 04:54 PM

I'm going to see Gravity this coming weekend, but I doubt I'll be able to convince anyone to travel 2.5 hours to see it in IMAX 3D with me. I think I'll just opt for 2D. I still don't know anything about it other than what I saw in the trailer, so don't give anything away!
Posted by: nickbuol

Re: Gravity - 10/08/13 05:49 PM

Took my team in Baltimore to Fogo de Chao today for lunch.

Now I am getting ready to go see Gravity at a Cinemark XD theater. Sometimes travel for work has its perks.
Posted by: nickbuol

Re: Gravity - 10/08/13 11:09 PM

Wow. What a cool theater and a good movie. I went to the Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD south of Baltimore. I felt like I was going to a movie in the middle of Universal Studios right next to the Mummy roller coaster. AWESOME theming.

Anyway, I saw Gravity in 3D on their huge XD screen. The sound was super impressive, as mentioned before. Deafeningly silent at times, and fit the way things should be. Visuals were top notch, although I did notice a good amount of film grain later in the movie (don't want to say when as it could spoil it for others). Not bad grain, but I noticed it because the rest was so "grain free."

I will admit that I am one of those people that can nit-pick about things with a movie..


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OK, so you are out in space, working on fixing the Hubble. You tell me that you are low on oxygen while working? But nobody else is? Really? That is nit-pick #1. #2 - All sorts of bad crap is happening, and you are pretty much out of oxygen, what does the commander do? Keeps asking you questions so that you a) talk and use more oxygen that you don't have, and b) pause for extended periods of time to contemplate your answer and respond. Get you damn butt inside moron before you pass out of oxygen deprivation! #3 - I call foul on leaving the commander to float away. We saw time and time again where when he was tethered to the doctor, there was a distinct "I pull on you until the slack is gone, and then you're lack of motion pulls me back" EXCEPT when he is pulling away from the entire ISS. He is somehow still pulling on the whole thing even though all slack has been taken up. At that point, the ISS is already moving in a different trajectory because the doctor and then the commander both "pulled" on it. There is no force still pulling him away. There was NO reason for him to detach unless he was being pulled into the Death Star's tractor beam, or somehow was Superman and can start and stop moving while in space, in which case he could have stopped everything, or worse case just flew himself back to earth.

Those are the 3 biggies for me, but again, I enjoyed the movie very much.
Posted by: Murph

Re: Gravity - 10/09/13 09:41 AM

I agree Nick. I had pause with that bit of basic physics as well. There are always technical flaws in every movie. I got by that one and Sandra's perfect hair in zero G because, in whole, it was so good and thus forgivable.
Posted by: nickbuol

Re: Gravity - 10/09/13 10:12 AM

Originally Posted By: Nick

I enjoyed the movie very much.


Originally Posted By: Murphster

I agree Nick. I had pause with that bit of basic physics as well. There are always technical flaws in every movie. I got by that one and Sandra's perfect hair in zero G because, in whole, it was so good and thus forgivable.


It was a really good "on the edge of your seat" movie for a good 75 minutes with just the first 10 being calm working in space, and the last 5 being of a similar pace (don't want to give anything away).
Posted by: TroyD

Re: Gravity - 10/11/13 10:37 PM

I agree with (not two hours of floating around space and sappy character break down, as I was concerned it might be)

Sorry I just thought it was ok ,and if not for having to see this on a big screen, cause it's just something to see on big screen it was . just two people in space floating around.

Visuals were awespiring, sound was wicked, movie line ,,,, blah normally I'd say wait for Blu_ray release.
Posted by: BBIBH

Re: Gravity - 10/18/13 09:35 PM

Just came home from this movie.

I agree with troyd, just an ok movie. Visually good, sound quality was ok, but I want a movie to move me, not just be memorable because me seat was shaking with subwoofer action.

YMMV
Posted by: Ray3

Re: Gravity - 10/19/13 03:30 PM

Wow, I saw thew title of this thread and wanted to get to the bottom of it.....


badda boom!!!

On a more serious note, I am really looking forward to going to see this one. Eye candy is good for the soul.
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: Gravity - 10/19/13 03:33 PM

Stop staring at me.
Posted by: Ray3

Re: Gravity - 10/19/13 03:51 PM

Yeah - like I have the ability to control THAT!!!
Posted by: Murph

Re: Gravity - 10/21/13 08:06 AM

Hey, I didn't promise the best story ever. I'm guessing that if you own a home projector HT, you will buy this movie though.

For me, it's like War of the Worlds. I can't stand Tom Cruise and found the movie 'just OK' but I bought it for the sidewalk scene.
Posted by: nickbuol

Re: Gravity - 10/21/13 08:53 AM

Originally Posted By: Murph

...but I bought it for the sidewalk scene.


That is what demo discs are for...

You know, for when the ground starts to crack, and everyone else steps AWAY from the developing circle EXCEPT for Tom Cruise, he dances backwards while the crack chases him.

Can you imagine him in any movie where something is falling or coming at him? He would run straight away from it, instead of off to the side where you can actually have a better chance of being safe...

But I digress...

Again, that is what demo discs are for. wink
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: Gravity - 10/21/13 08:55 AM

My cat does the same thing when I'm carrying something heavy. He doesn't move to the side, he zig-zags in front of me, staying in my way.

Tom Cruise is therefore a pussy.
Posted by: Murph

Re: Gravity - 10/21/13 12:19 PM

But Tom's soul is an immortal, Thatan pussy and you will not be enlightened as to the secret behind why he chose to dance away from the danger until you pay the Church of Scientology for an audit into your deep rooted fear of square rooms.

You should be able to figure out Tom and your cat for just a few million dollars, I suspect. No brainer eh?
Posted by: medic8r

Re: Gravity - 10/21/13 01:07 PM

No brains is right.

I mean Tom, of course. Mark has at LEAST half a brain, I'd estimate.
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: Gravity - 10/21/13 03:06 PM

My air of confidence leads another to over-estimate my capabilities!
Posted by: spiffnme

Re: Gravity - 10/24/13 05:32 PM

Anyone hear it in a Dolby Atmos theater? I'm curious to hear opinions.
Posted by: nickbuol

Re: Gravity - 10/24/13 06:35 PM

Hey Spiff!!!

Sorry. I only saw it in large format. Not sure if anyone saw it with Atmos sound.
Posted by: St_PatGuy

Re: Gravity - 10/26/13 11:57 PM

After two weekends of putting it off, finally managed to go see "Gravity" today. I'm lucky enough to have an Imax theater across the street from me. I'll echo what everyone else has said, definitely worth seeing in Imax 3D--it is quite a visual spectacle.

I was not prepared for such an intense movie, both in action and drama. There isn't much to the story, but that is made up for by excellent characters and performances. So much so, that the emotional attachment made some scenes almost unbearable to watch. I was very much on the edge of my seat. Yes, my palms did sweat and I found myself sliding around my seat as the action and tension ratcheted up.

I wish more movies were like this.
Posted by: CV

Re: Gravity - 10/27/13 01:26 AM

Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy
Yes, my palms did sweat and I found myself sliding around my seat as the action and tension ratcheted up.

I wish more movies were like this.


Because your palm sweat is a valuable commodity, and you're trying to bottle as much of it as possible?
Posted by: brwsaw

Re: Gravity - 10/27/13 03:44 AM

Need axiom to build 22.1 channel DSP's.
It'll be our little secret...

Posted by: St_PatGuy

Re: Gravity - 10/27/13 11:31 AM

Originally Posted By: CV
Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy
Yes, my palms did sweat and I found myself sliding around my seat as the action and tension ratcheted up.

I wish more movies were like this.


Because your palm sweat is a valuable commodity, and you're trying to bottle as much of it as possible?


Vials are now available on eBay. Paypal only, please.
Posted by: MichaelTrottar

Re: Gravity - 01/01/14 08:38 AM

You can definitely enjoy the good and thrilling scenes the movie is good.
Posted by: JBG

Re: Gravity - 01/01/14 01:05 PM

haven't seen it yet, but anxiously waiting for the 3d dvd release in feb