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It’s Heavy, But Good

I just finished watching Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. This is one that I really wanted to see in theaters in 3D, but I missed it. Now, I’m kind of glad I did. I think this one would have made me nauseous. Lots of spinning and flying through space.

The imagery and visuals in this film are stunning. The sunrises over earth, the Aurora Borealis and the vision of the lights in the U. S. at night are gorgeous. What really got me is a particular image at a pivotal point in the story, a turning point for Bullock’s character, Dr. Ryan Stone.

GravityBeneath the terrifying whirlwind adventure in space, they did some great character development. Sandra Bullock’s character is transformed and ends up confronting events from her past in the lonely vacuum of space, and emerges at the end of the film a much different person than the one who joined the mission.

As a kid, I watched the movie Space Camp and decided that I definitely wanted to be an astronaut.  I was reminded of that childhood dream as I watched this movie, and determined that I rank up there with Doctor Leonard (Bones) McCoy with the opinion that space is scary.  Beautiful.  Awe inspiring.  Humbling.  Powerful.  Terrifying.

I think one of the things that made this resonate was something that I read or heard in an interview with an astronaut that, although the film didn’t get everything right, they did a really good job of giving viewers a realistic glimpse of space.  This little snippet that took up less than 30 seconds of the interview is what rolled through my mind through 80% of the film.  Oh.  Holy.  Crap.

For this movie, Sandra Bullock filmed alone, with not much more than a voice for company.  As I understand it, typically movie sets are pretty crowded places, and being by yourself when you’re typically surrounded  by people had to be weird and maybe a little stressful.  I can see the filming circumstances playing a role in the portrayal of this character as well.  All alone out in space…space.

Alone.  In space.   This creeps me out a little all on its own.  As a person who gets a little antsy if I don’t interact with living breathing people on a regular basis, the idea of being in space all by myself, is…tension-worthy.

I understand why Gravity is so highly acclaimed, and I’m really glad I watched it.

Have you seen it?  What did you think?

‘Til next time,


And the Winner of the Golden Globe is…

Did you watch the Golden Globes last night?  I missed the Golden Globes last night.  I was still in recovery after watching His Last Vow, the final episode in Season 3 of BBC’s Sherlock.  (Recovery?  Really?  Yes, recovery.  Don’t worry, there will be a post about all of Season 3, just not until it airs in America.  If you would like to discuss, pretty please email me at ilovegeekology101@gmail.com!)  That however, is not the point.  The point is I missed the Golden Globes.  I like watching the actors go down the red carpet and listening to the interviews more than the award show itself (unless I can keep that on in the background while I do other things…like baseball on television….well, baseball before the NLCS anyway.)  So many films that I want to see were nominated in some form or fashion last night (there’s a full list of nominees and winners below).  Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten to see all of them yet, but here is my list…
  • 12 Years A Slave – Everything I’ve read about this film says it will be stunning, but I missed it when it was in theaters here in Tulsa.  No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t work a trip to the movies into my schedule (well, not if I wanted to sleep anyway).
  • August: Osage County – The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play was written by fellow Tulsan, Tracy Letts, and it was filmed just up the highway from here.  Even if there was no local connection to the film, I would still want to see it.  It opened in Tulsa on Friday, so I’ve still got a little time there.
  • Nebraska – Another film that I’ve heard (and read) people rave about.  It was still playing at the Circle Cinema here in Tulsa last week…let’s see if I can manage it. *gulp*
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • American Hustle
  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • Gravity

All of these movies are ones that are/have been on my list of things to do.  So why haven’t I?  Hmmm….well, sometimes being a grown-up just sucks….and that’s all I have to say about that.  What about you?  Have you seen any of these films?  Are there any that you would recommend that I haven’t listed?  Let me know if I’ve made good choices from the Golden Globes list, and what I need to see before the Academy Awards come along!  Tell me about the best/worst dressed people in your opinion too.  I missed all the handsome men being all dashing in their tuxedos and the glamorous beautiful women in their designer gowns…help a girl out and tell me who I need to go find pictures of…please?

Full list of winners from Golden Globes 2014
Matthew McConaughey won best actor in a motion picture drama for his role in Dallas Buyers Club (Picture: AP Photo/NBC)

Golden Globes 2014: Film winners

Best motion picture – drama

WINNER: 12 Years a Slave

Captain Phillips




Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – drama

WINNER: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips

Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – drama

WINNER: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Judi Dench, Philomena

Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best motion picture – comedy or musical

WINNER: American Hustle


Inside Llewyn Davis


The Wolf Of Wall Street

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – comedy or musical

WINNER: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Christian Bale, American Hustle

Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis

Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – comedy or musical

WINNER: Amy Adams, American Hustle

Julie Delpy, Before Midnight

Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said

Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best director – motion picture

WINNER: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips

Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Alexander Payne, Nebraska

David O Russell, American Hustle

Best screenplay – motion picture

WINNER: Spike Jonze, Her

Bob Nelson, Nebraska

Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan, Philomena

John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave

Eric Warren Singer, David O Russell, American Hustle

Best foreign language film

WINNER: The Great Beauty

Blue is the Warmest Color

The Hunt

The Past

The Wind Rises

Best animated feature film

WINNER: Frozen

The Croods

Despicable Me 2

Best original song – motion picture

WINNER: Ordinary Love, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Atlas, Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Let It Go, Frozen

Please Mr Kennedy, Inside Llewyn Davis

Sweeter Than Fiction, One Chance

Best original score – motion picture

WINNER: Alex Ebert, All Is Lost

Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Steven Price, Gravity

John Williams, The Book Thief

Hans Zimmer, 12 Years A Slave

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

WINNER: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Daniel Brühl, Rush

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County

June Squibb, Nebraska

Golden Globes 2014: TV winners

Best television series – drama

WINNER: Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

The Good Wife

House Of Cards

Masters Of Sex

Best television series – comedy or musical

WINNER: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

The Big Bang Theory


Modern Family

Parks & Recreation

Best performance by an actress in a television series – comedy or musical

WINNER: Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Best performance by an actor in a television series – comedy or musical

WINNER: Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Michael J Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best performance by an actor in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television

WINNER: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra

Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge

Idris Elba, Luther

Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best performance by an actress in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television

WINNER: Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor

Rebecca Ferguson, White Queen

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven

Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

Best performance by an actress in a television series – drama

WINNER: Robin Wright, House Of Cards

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Taylor Schilling, Orange Is The New Black

Kerry Washington, Scandal

Best performance by an actor in a television series – drama

WINNER: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

James Spader, The Blacklist

Best mini-series or motion picture made for television

WINNER: Behind The Candelabra

American Horror Story: Coven

Dancing on the Edge

Top of the Lake

White Queen

Best performance by a supporting actor in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television

WINNER: Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Josh Charles, The Good Wife

Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Corey Stoll, House of Cards

Best performance by a supporting actress in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television

WINNER: Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge

Janet McTeer, White Queen

Hayden Panettiere , Nashville

Monica Potter, Parenthood

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

‘Til next time,


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