Can we maybe call the year right now? Because unless Orson Scott Card appears before the preview audience of ENDER’S GAME to introduce everyone to his husband, there’s probably not going to be a better science fiction filmgoing experience than GRAVITY. Boldly pushing his long-take technique to the limit while filling the screen with stunningly realistic CG effects and a fluidly organic, mobile camera, director Alfonso Cuarón (along with his screenwriting partner and son, Jonás Cuarón), tells the tale of two astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) struggling for survival in Earth orbit after their shuttle is destroyed, and in the process has created a revolutionary, and amazingly immersive, cinematic event.
Yes, Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons dare to compare the film to the sine qua non of mind-blowing space adventures, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. They also explore how Cuarón blazes new trails in cinematic storytelling, and whether, pax AVATAR, the ultimate killer app for large format 3D film may finally have been created. (Here’s a hint: the film broke October box office records.)
Plus, Dan discusses his initial impressions of the horror comedy film BAD MILO, plus what’s coming to theaters this week.
From LA-LA LAND RECORDS comes the music score from the 2002 American version of SOLARIS, based on the 1961 novel by Polish author Stanisław Lem, which was previously made into a 1972 Russian science fiction film.
SOLARIS LLLCD 1161
Music by Cliff Martinez
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Presenting the original motion picture score to the acclaimed 20th Century Fox motion picture SOLARIS, starring George Clooney and Natascha McElhone and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Previously out-of-print, composer Cliff Martinez’s (TRAFFIC, NARC, THE LIMEY) strikingly atmospheric score returns. Praised as a “dream-like wash of sound” by BBC Music and a musical journey that “leaves the listener floating free” by Soundtrack.net, SOLARIS is a thoughtful, meaningful score that resonates emotionally with the listener. This re-issue was produced by Nick Redman and its master prepared by Mike Matessino. CD Booklet features exclusive, in-depth liner notes by writer Julie Kirgo.
1. Is That What Everybody Wants (2:49)
2. First Sleep (2:53)
3. Can I Sit Next To You (1:45)
4. Will She Come Back (5:01)
5. Death Shall Have No Dominion (2:10)
6. Maybe You’re My Puppet (3:50)
7. Don’t Blow It (3:34)
8. Hi Energy Proton Accelerator (10:51)
9. Wear Your Seat Belt (3:10)
10. Wormhole (4:33)
11. We Don’t Have To Think Like That Anymore (2:59)
Total Time: 43:35
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