Here's the first trailer for Roma, Alfonso Cuarón's follow-up to Gravity

Netflix just released the first trailer for Roma, Alfonso Cuarón’s long-in-the-works follow-up to 2013’s Gravity. The film is a deeply personal work for the director, drawing on events from his childhood to tell the story of a single family throughout a turbulent year, emotionally and politically. If the reduction in…

The 50 greatest special effects movies of all time

For about as long as there have been movies, there have been special effects. That’s no exaggeration: The medium was only a few years old when people began finding ways to toy with the reality of what the motion-picture camera was capturing, creating tricks from quirks in photographic science. A century later, the…

Houston, we have problems: A cinematic guide to what can go wrong in space

The study of space dates back millennia, long before the same ancient humans pondering the sun could fathom just how we’d get beyond our own stratosphere (and before the word “stratosphere” even existed). Science fiction stepped in to fill that void, with the literary works of Johannes Kepler, Mary Shelley, and Jules…

We asked NASA astronauts: What movies get space exploration right?

Space is a very attractive setting for a movie—it’s the promise of mystery, the thrill of adventure, and the horror of the unknown, all wrapped up in a neat, often gorgeous package. The problem is that there aren’t many people who have been to space, so movies often have to guess and/or improvise the details. NASA…

Flee to outer space with this cinematic mashup of interstellar travel

When Georges Méliès released his pioneering short film A Trip To The Moon in 1902, he was setting a precedent that filmmakers would follow for decades to come. If there’s one thing the movies still like to do over a century later, it’s putting human beings into rocket ships and firing them like bullets into the inky,…

Video essay illustrates the power of Alfonso Cuarón’s long take

Long takes in films can be a great tool for filmmakers to engage their audiences, or it can simply be a way for hotshot auteurs to show off their ingenuity and grit. In the wrong hands, it’s a showy move that never does much beyond displaying the technical cleverness of an artist. But in the right hands, as showcased…

Must-see 3-D: 21 movies actually improved by a third dimension

Now, then, and probably forever, 3-D is a gimmick: Whether you’re talking about the first major wave of stereoscopic movies in the 1950s (which employed the now defunct dual-strip system), the brief revival of the ’80s, or the current dominance of “true” or post-converted 3-D blockbusters, the technology exists mainly…

Gravity screenwriter Jonás Cuarón to write and direct “futuristic” Zorro movie

It’s been more than a decade since Antonio Banderas last dressed himself up in a black cape and mask to ride in defense of the common people in the critically and financially disappointing The Legend Of Zorro. Ever since, we’ve been hearing whispers and rumors about a possible fresh interpretation of Johnston…

Read This: A history of sci-fi sound effects from King Kong to Gravity

For Hopes And Fears, Aaron Reese traces a brief history of sound effects in sci-fi films, starting with the early roots of Foley art and continuing on through 2013’s Gravity. Reese manages to find interesting anecdotes behind just about every sound effect—like the infamous “Wilhelm Scream” becoming a staple of modern…

The Martian will now premiere before Halloween, not Thanksgiving

When the trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Martian arrived earlier this week, we were treated to our first look at how Matt Damon was going to “science the shit” out of being marooned on Mars. Well, the entertaining promo has apparently made enough of an impression to have the film’s release date moved up by almost two…

Gravity gets a Blu-ray release that lets you experience the silence of space

Warner Bros. is putting out a Blu-ray version of its 2013 blockbuster Gravity with the option to turn off the film’s score during spacewalk sequences. The “Diamond Luxe” edition of the film, set to release on Blu-ray in February 2015, gives users the option to watch the film in “Silent Space” mode, removing Steven…

Author who wrote book called Gravity sues film with same name, similar plot

In 1999 author Tess Gerritsen first published Gravity, a medical/space adventure that saw its female lead, Emma Watson (no, not that Emma Watson), stranded in space after an outbreak kills the rest of her crew on the International Space Station. Last year’s Alfonso Cuarón directed Gravity told a sort-of-similar tale…

Here are some photos taken by astronauts that look like shots from Gravity

After sweeping through the technical awards at this year’s Oscars, Gravity has established itself as the prettiest movie of 2013. NASA, perhaps irritated by the film’s questionable scientific accuracy, has stuck it to Alfonso Cuarón and company by curating a collection of photos taken by actual astronauts that…

Sandra Bullock fights Hollywood's gender wage gap by earning $70 million for Gravity

Even among the mega-rich in Hollywood there is a disturbing gender pay gap: In 2013, Angelina Jolie—the highest paid Hollywood actress—made roughly the same amount as the two lowest paid male A-list actors of the year. As the highest paid actor, Robert Downey Jr. dwarfed Jolie’s $33 million by raking in $75 million…