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What a real NASA astronaut thinks of the film Gravity
Herald Sun ^ | 10/19/13 | GARRETT REISMAN, FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT FORBES

Posted on 10/18/2013 7:52:29 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper

GRAVITY is the most realistic space movie ever. I mean, that Clooney guy looks just like me!

Actually I've been besieged with questions about what I thought about this movie ever since it came out. Just here at work at SpaceX last week,I was asked that question about a dozen times a day. I quipped that "What do you think of Gravity?" was becoming every astronaut's least favourite question, surpassing even "How do you poop in space?"

So, to help me deal with this onslaught, here is my more serious attempt at a movie review:

First of all, it's a great movie. The pace and story was definitely engaging and I think it was the best use of the 3-D IMAX medium to date. Rather than using the medium as a gimmick, Gravity uses it to depict a real environment that is completely alien to most people.

(Excerpt) Read more at m.heraldsun.com.au ...


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KEYWORDS: entertainment; film; gravity; movie; space
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The entire article does have spoiler alerts. They DO warn you. I stopped reading, because I want to see the movie.
1 posted on 10/18/2013 7:52:29 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Fantastic movie. Amazing. I’d have enjoyed it with the sound off. Just watching it is a treat.


2 posted on 10/18/2013 7:54:27 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (NO MORE IRS!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Not me Brother: Clooney is on my Sh*t list.

He won’t get a penny of my money.


3 posted on 10/18/2013 8:03:11 PM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Venturer
"He won’t get a penny of my money."

That's why there's bit torrents.

4 posted on 10/18/2013 8:05:53 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: SoFloFreeper

So, how DO you popp in space?


5 posted on 10/18/2013 8:08:40 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Went to see it tonight. Yes, it requires suspension of disbelief, but it’s well-done. An excellent movie. And only two actors.

Anyone know the meaning of “Demidov” on the cosmonaut suit? I figured it had to have some significance.


6 posted on 10/18/2013 8:09:46 PM PDT by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I love Sandra Bullock but that is just one more reason that I will never watch this movie. The trailer made me mad, offended, and chagrined that people will watch this and probably enjoy it.


7 posted on 10/18/2013 8:11:54 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: henkster

Demidov is a science prize in Russia, like a Nobel Prize.

Could also be someone’s name.


8 posted on 10/18/2013 8:13:25 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: henkster

So .. from your question re “Demidov”, did the Russians come to the rescue again ..??


9 posted on 10/18/2013 8:14:40 PM PDT by CyberAnt (MY AMERICA: "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: SoFloFreeper
So what was the magic force that kept pulling on Clooney when Bullock is holding his line while her foot is tangled in lines? A force that just kept on pulling even though all their momentum had already come to a complete stop...
10 posted on 10/18/2013 8:18:10 PM PDT by DB
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To: DB

Dark Energy.


11 posted on 10/18/2013 8:29:09 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: SoFloFreeper

The actors are real space cadets!


12 posted on 10/18/2013 8:29:10 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: bigbob
There's a fan. The russians have a better system.

/johnny

13 posted on 10/18/2013 8:32:30 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: DB

I’d have to back and look, but it was probably because they were orbiting over D.C. at the time. Or maybe CERN.


14 posted on 10/18/2013 8:33:08 PM PDT by jim999
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To: DB

Maybe it was.....

Wait for it.....

GRAVITY.

No, that was a little bit of scientific inaccuracy there.
Too bad it was so important the film. They could have done
that plot point any number of ways. They choose poorly.


15 posted on 10/18/2013 8:40:38 PM PDT by calljack (Sometimes your worst nightmare is just a start.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I’ll see it in a couple of years on the small screen, probably. The clips of the scenes outside the space station looked pretty awesome.


16 posted on 10/18/2013 8:42:39 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Cboldt

Lord 0bama was in the movie!?!


17 posted on 10/18/2013 8:43:13 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: GeronL

space flick on a small screen? Why?


18 posted on 10/18/2013 8:44:42 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: SoFloFreeper

Just got in from seeing this. My date and I enjoyed it very much. Well made and somewhat plausible. Good escapist movie.


19 posted on 10/18/2013 8:44:44 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I saw the movie tonight. We saw it in 3D, but not IMAX. The special effects are going to sweep the Oscars. I think the editing and direction were amazing.

Clearly, this movie lived up to the hype. As one of those who was a spacenut as a kid, there are some obvious issues, but the “movie” overwhelmed them.

And Clooney was charming enough to make you forget what ad bag he is. That is why they call it acting.


20 posted on 10/18/2013 8:46:07 PM PDT by Vermont Lt ( 1-800-318-2596, Mr President.)
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To: morphing libertarian

I am not spending money on it if I can help it


21 posted on 10/18/2013 8:48:12 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

It is the only movie this year that I think you should see on the biggest screen possible.


22 posted on 10/18/2013 8:48:12 PM PDT by Vermont Lt ( 1-800-318-2596, Mr President.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I tried watching it the other day. After 10-15 minutes I got bored and shut it down.


23 posted on 10/18/2013 8:48:43 PM PDT by sheana
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To: GeronL

Apparently you have Internet. Past solarmovie.


24 posted on 10/18/2013 8:50:51 PM PDT by sheana
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To: SoFloFreeper

bookmark


25 posted on 10/18/2013 8:51:02 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: GeronL

Lol. That was......pssssst solarmovie.


26 posted on 10/18/2013 8:51:35 PM PDT by sheana
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To: sheana

lol

I saw that movie about a spaceship of people going to the sun, that was weird

:p

I got it, I got it


27 posted on 10/18/2013 8:52:42 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: bigbob

Popp what? Oh, you mean Poop.

If you asked how you take an Obama in Space, we would all know what you meant.


28 posted on 10/18/2013 8:53:32 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Due to the Federal Government Shutdown, this Tagline is Barrycaded.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

In the theatre no one can hear you scream.


29 posted on 10/18/2013 8:54:06 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Right Wing Yahoos taking Over the GOP --YAHOO!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

ONe of the Best things of the movie - Clooney wasn’t in it that mcuh


30 posted on 10/18/2013 9:02:33 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: GeronL

;)


31 posted on 10/18/2013 9:10:02 PM PDT by sheana
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To: Slump Tester

“That’s why there’s bit torrents.”

As a producer, as long as it’s not one of mine. But the rest of these libtards, go right ahead & make it Yify if you like..


32 posted on 10/18/2013 9:14:54 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: SoFloFreeper

The movie is a masterpiece, stunning and profoundly religious. The pro-life imagery could not be clearer.


33 posted on 10/18/2013 9:27:30 PM PDT by Argus
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To: SoFloFreeper

George Looney and Sandra Bullock are huge cogs in the 0bama money machine. I wouldn’t piss on either of them if they were on fire, let alone devote my time and money to their movies.


34 posted on 10/18/2013 9:42:38 PM PDT by Prole
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To: isthisnickcool

I didn’t like it at all...the plot was space accident with lots of noisy cinematic effects until she, the lone survivor, gets back to earth. And a cameo appearance by Geo. Clooney. I suppose it shows the triumph of the human spirit or something, but I’d prefer a more meaty plot, with interaction throughout with another instead of talking to herself. I never liked that Tom Hanks movie where he’s marooned by himself on an island either...so admit perhaps its me, as everyone else raves about it.


35 posted on 10/18/2013 9:48:39 PM PDT by kiltie65
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To: SoFloFreeper

Excellent review by a man who knows what he is talking about Thanks for posting it.
My wife and I saw this movie in 3-D and enjoyed it.


36 posted on 10/18/2013 9:49:03 PM PDT by zot
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To: GreyFriar; SeraphimApprentice; Interesting Times

Ping to an excellent review.


37 posted on 10/18/2013 9:50:43 PM PDT by zot
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To: DB
So what was the magic force that kept pulling on Clooney when Bullock is holding his line while her foot is tangled in lines?

I just saw it tonight and this stuck out as a problem, even though there were many technical errors and broader implausibilities. Especially since they had just done a very long and plausibly choreographed scene involving the dynamics of tethering. It occurred to me afterwards that centrifugal force could be offered as an explanation, but the scene gives no hint of rotation, and there is a long shot of the scene which highlights the inexplicable force that you mention.

To me, this bespeaks the complete indifference of the director to physical constraints. There were scenes that showed respect for the physical realities, but that was just a directorial decision to listen to some physics wonks to establish credibility. In this case he had PLOT in mind.

38 posted on 10/18/2013 10:31:03 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: kiltie65

There was a Korean movie about a guy getting marooned on an island, in the middle of Seoul in the Han River. The only person who noticed was a recluse girl who never left her room using her telescope.

2 minute trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUBz5xfbl0c

Castaway on the Moon


39 posted on 10/18/2013 10:35:43 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL
There was a Korean movie about a guy getting marooned on an island, in the middle of Seoul in the Han River

So he was on the Han Solo? (Ba Dum Shhh)

40 posted on 10/18/2013 10:38:11 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

*bangs head on table*


41 posted on 10/18/2013 10:39:41 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

Skywalkers in Korea Cross Han Solo
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/03/AR2007050300374.html


42 posted on 10/18/2013 10:42:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Go ducky, it's your freedom!!

43 posted on 10/18/2013 10:42:33 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: dfwgator

lol


44 posted on 10/18/2013 10:43:15 PM PDT by GeronL
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Bookmarking


45 posted on 10/18/2013 11:07:38 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: exit82

I assumed it was the name of the Russian cosmonaut who owned the suit, but it was prominently featured and I figured it had some sort of meaning. In movies like that, it usually does.


46 posted on 10/18/2013 11:11:05 PM PDT by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: kiltie65
I didn’t like it at all...the plot was space accident with lots of noisy cinematic effects until she, the lone survivor, gets back to earth.

Yes, the larger significance of this movie is an interesting question. The most obvious idea is the triumph of feminism, in the person of Ms. Bullock. I was struck by her exultative gesturing at the end, which was of course justified in the context by the fact of her survival. But you could see something of the passing of the baton in her relationship with "Matt", with the action representing a sort of self-emasculation, not to get too theoretical.

There is a DISCOVERY( channel, I guess ) review, WHY GRAVITY DOESN'T SUCK which tries to put the imprimatur of Science on the movie, but this involves a fair amount of foot-dragging. The reviewer opines that it may be an alternative reality, and I think this is surely the case. In fact, this entails the idea of a LAMENT for the decline or demise of manned space exploration, which the plot device of the movie enforces.

"Bear with me, my heart is in the coffin there with Caesar"

47 posted on 10/18/2013 11:26:03 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: calljack

There is no such thing as gravity...the earth sucks! (Old skydivers joke)


48 posted on 10/18/2013 11:39:37 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: TigersEye

you mean Darth Obama, yes?


49 posted on 10/19/2013 12:03:50 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Vermont Lt

wish he really did get flung out into space.


50 posted on 10/19/2013 12:04:49 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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