Devin and I asked our friend Kevin Werner to rejoin us for a screening and discussion of “Hail, Caesar!” We enjoyed it, even if we weren’t quite sure and didn’t quite agree on what it all means.
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This week on The M&M Report, Devin Mitchell and I were honored and thrilled to speak with RogerEbert.com film critic Susan Wloszczyna. She shared plenty of great stories about interviewing celebrities as wide-ranging as George Clooney, Amy Adams, Peter O’Toole, Mel Brooks and Wes Anderson, among dozens of others. Plus, she offered insights on the business of film criticism and the state of modern movies.
Some movies demand to be seen. Gravity demands to be experienced, in 3D, on the widest possible screen, surrounded by the most excitable people you can find. During its slim 88-minute running time, Gravity conjures the physical and emotional weight of space flight and zero-gravity navigation with more skill, grace and beauty than any movie I’ve ever seen. It’s also one of the few movies in which George Clooney’s star magnetism gets outshined, not only by his co-star, the luminous Sandra Bullock, but by the sheer force of the spectacle surrounding the two leads. Gravity takes stunning advantage of the scope that the big screen affords and the small screen lacks – anyone who says that television is better at everything than movies need only be reminded that no one does outsized spectacle like Hollywood.