Gravity – Review

The standout movie of this season has GOT to be Gravity, and my eagle eyes scored me an early screening *for Singapore* at GV Vivocity.

HOLY. SH*T. This is a good movie. The trailer says it all really, and there are many twists and turns that keep you constantly on the edge of your seat. Whilst it is doubtful that actual space travel entails… whatever this movie entails, the movie takes the movie going experience and just smashes it into a whole other level.

3D had its coming out party with Avatar, but this movie, is 3D’s graduation. Everything about it is beautiful, there is genuinely not one moment where you would go. HA that’s CGI, or HA that’s greenscreen. Everything in this movie looks stunningly perfect. From the stunning vistas, to the deep dark emptiness of night, this movie HAS to be seen in 3D. It’s never overplayed, but serves to immerse you fully in its majesty and beauty.

The acting on this film is stellar. With a startlingly spartan cast of 3, Sandra Bullock spends most of this movie alone, cocooned in her spacesuit. She does however, bring it. The dark intensity of a lost soul. the fear and terror of losing everything in space. The desperate scramble to survive when it seems like everything is conspiring to kill you. Every moment of this movie is focused solely on Sandra Bullock’s character and she delivers every shot with perfect clarity and often painstakingly transparent vulnerability. George Clooney also brings a good performance, though he is basically playing the same guy from every movie he’s been in since… whenever. A character who I love. But is starting to get a little repetitive.

Almost every review of this movie has been glowing and mine will be the same. Alfonso Cuaron has destroyed every other space movie ever made with his gentle and stunningly compelling piece, to which I say, Bravo.

6/5 Stars. I cannot recommend this movie enough.



Sony’s BACK! – Massive Launch @ IFA

Sony has announced a massive swathe of products at this year’s IFA conference in Berlin. From cameras of all sorts to curved TVs to new cellphones and earphones, there’s something for everyone. Do check out my flickr here for pics of my favourites from the announcement!

One of the biggest standouts for me this year is the introduction of the Lens Cameras, the QX10 and QX100. A truly unique new concept that pairs Sony’s awesome lens and sensor technology with the device that everyone has in their pockets already, their smartphones. The lens cameras are compact in size, which is a major selling point as they are paired to the smartphone via Wi-Fi. This then allows for the ability to take some truly unique shots, in hard to reach places, or of selfies without the trouble.

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The Newsroom Season 2

I love The Newsroom, a TV show on American politics, as viewed from the perspective of a Cable newsroom. The show was created by one of the greatest TV show writers of our generation *in my humble opinion*,  Aaron Sorkin. What really sets The Newsroom, apart from other TV shows however is the powerful ensemble cast, delivering lines so clever, often you need to watch the episode again just to catch its sheer brilliance. All this is typical and hardly surprising of HBO. But what really sets The Newsroomapart is the attention to detail placed on reflecting realities on the ground. The show whilst set in the fictional past, is affected by and reflects the real past. Being a  lover of The West Wing, in times past, there really was little doubt that I would love a a show so similar to it, and season 2 has just started. Although it is worth looking back on the first season if you want to know the back story, but Episode 1 of Season 2 works out very well as an introduction to the series and it starts out well paced and delivers a powerful punch unlike any other.

I’m now up to episode 5 of the season and there have been some twists and turns, the overarching theme on this show revolves around an alleged black-op where the US government allegedly used Sarin Gas on an innocent civilian population somewhere in the Middle East. There are also various awesome stories that are swirling around, that affect intimately the lives of each and every member of the cast. It’s fantastic to watch and just really easy to fall in love with.

The show has been deeply criticised however, for being almost too Sorkin-esque. That wonderful rapid fire quality, and heart stopping pace that Sorkin loves to keep up and whilst this show seems to have done away with Mr. Sorkin’s trademark “Walk-n-talks”, the sheer speed of conversation sometimes boggles the mind. I think it’s the kind of show you will either adore, or hate with a reckless abandon, and if you’re someone like me who truly loves the pacing and the characters and the awesome story-lines, you will love The Newsroom.

Also –  check this video of Olivia Munn answering the question I asked her via Twitter. Highlight of my week.