‘Gravity’ Thrills You Like Few Movies Can (Video)
And yet the two movies layer on each other and morph into this big creepy mass that keeps you from feeling safe in your house even though one of those movies clearly didn’t earn your fear. 2. The Blair Witch Project (1999) The Blair Witch Project isn’t really a bad movie. In fact it’s so good that it paved the way for a lot of other movies. After it came out, other movies allowed their monster mythology to be vague, instead of explaining every detail. Other movies used the found footage technique to give people a sense of immediacy during the experience and reality after it. Other movies threw out the formula that said “the girl lives,” in favor of killing everyone and leaving the audience alone with the monster at the end. The problem is, we’ve had fourteen years of movies doing exactly that. After all these years the Blair Witch should have uncoiled her hairy fingers from our psyche. It should be nineties nostalgia by now. But do we watch it when we’re going camping? No. No we don’t.
It was one of the first variations of maize cultivated in Central America. Popcorn went north and it went south, but as far as I can see, it really only survived in South America, says Andrew Smith, author of Popped Culture: A Social History of Popcorn .Eventually, trade and commerce brought the unique kernels northward. Most likely, North American whalers went to Chile, found varieties of popcorn, picked them up and thought that they were cute, and brought them back to New England in the early 19th century, Smith explains. After popcorn made its way to the eastern part of North America, it spread rapidly. Eaters found the act of popping corn wildly entertaining , and by 1848, popcorn, the snack food, was prevalent enough to be included in theDictionary of Americanisms.Popcorn had literally exploded onto the scene and was available everywhereespecially at entertainment sites like circuses and fairs. In fact, there was really only one entertainment site where the snack was absent: the theaters. One reason for popcorns increasing popularity was its mobility: in 1885, the first steam-powered popcorn maker hit the streets, invented by Charles Cretor . The mobile nature of the machine made it the perfect production machine for serving patrons attending outdoor sporting events, or circuses and fairs. Not only was popcorn mobile, but it could be mass-produced without a kitchen, an advantage that another crunchy snackthe potato chiplacked (the earliest potato chips were made in small batches in kitchens, not ideal for mass snack appeal). Another reason for its dominance over other snacks was its appealing aroma when popped, something that street vendors used to their advantage when selling popcorn. Still, movie theaters wouldnt allow the popular street snack into their auditoriums. Movie theaters wanted nothing to do with popcorn, Smith says, because they were trying to duplicate whatwas done in real theaters. They had beautiful carpets and rugs and didnt want popcorn being ground into it. Movie theaters were trying to appeal to a highbrow clientele, and didnt want to deal with the distracting trash of concessionsor the distracting noise that snacking during a film would create. When films added sound in 1927, the movie theater industry opened itself up to a much wider clientele, since literacy was no longer required to attend films (the titles used early silent films restricted their audience). By 1930, attendance to movie theaters had reached 90 million per week.
We come to care deeply about the characters Clooney and Bullock play because they are not just a couple of stereotypical astronauts spouting cliched dialogue. They are flesh and blood human beings with needs and desires, and they need each other to get to safety. Seeing them tumble through space will make you appreciate the brakes you have on your car. Clooney rarely (if ever) lets us down as an actor, and he is perfectly cast as the veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski. He is very believable in this role and you immediately get the sense that Matt has been to outer space countless times without having to point it out. From start to finish, Clooney is the calm center in the middle of the storm and gives the movie the positive energy it needs. Even as things get worse, he gives Dr. Stone a reason to keep on going. But when all is said and done, Gravity really belongs to Bullock. She may still wonder if she deserved her Oscar for The Blind Side, but after watching her here, its clear that she did and she may be getting another one come next March. Bullock gives the performance of her life as she reveals her characters inner struggles that illustrate how theres more going on with her than just trying to stay alive. The more we learn about Dr.