Moreover, do not buy Gravity from the bootleg man to watch at home on some crappy transfer which is not even blu ray quality. Simply do not do such a thing as the real life equivalent is eating great filet mignon sold by McDonald's and cooked on a dirty garbage can lid; alternatively, a comparison would be bedding the person of your dreams on some cheap polyester sheets that still smell like the cardboard packing material they were mailed to you in by some discount website.
Yes, the film is very different from Alfonso Cuarón's previous movie The Children of Men. Gravity is an experience...and I will be intentionally vague about how and why.
After my great conversation with Corey Mead for WARN's podcast about video games and the military (which I do encourage you to share, download and tweet about, especially if you are NOT interested in video games and their history as you will learn a great deal), I began to think back about my own personal journey from early computers to arcades, pinball, Atari, Nintendo, and then to PC gaming.
[My request is also self-interested and mercenary. Getting great guests is easier when you can demonstrate a deliverable, i.e. a good number of listeners.]
The hip hop generation is also the video game generation: in so many ways we created the present/future.
I am sure that every generation offers some version of the above claim; but, some generations can make a more secure argument in favor of such a fact. The reality is that few folks among any large group of people actually make history or develop new technologies that revolutionize day-to-day life. However, we all want to credit claim. As temporally limited entities, to borrow from Deep Space Nine, is there anything more "human" than undeserved and unearned pride?
In doing research for my interview with Corey, I came upon the wonderful and irreplaceable Siskel and Ebert discussing video games--what were then years ago the newest and hottest toys for the holiday season.
1980's babies will see many familiar things in these two clips. I smiled at the green Nintendo strategy guide which is still somewhere in my childhood bedroom. The power of such inside knowledge is hard to explain to a generation spoiled by Google, and who did not have to go through many unspeakable and disgusting rites of initiation in order to learn the many secrets of video games from seedy high school seniors or adult burnouts who hung out at the arcade and bowling alley. Alternatively, you could just call the Nintendo Powerline for 2 dollars a minute. But such plain facts do not make for compelling or interesting storytelling.
Siskel and Ebert were Renaissance Men. They had a genuine curiosity about the world, serious smarts, and a love of learning which transcended their nitch as film reviewers.
Thus a question: Are there any similar folks on mainstream TV today? Conan O'Brien? Maybe.
I would nominate Anthony Bourdain:
Another favorite Bourdain moment. He is my kind of people:
I do not watch everything. Therefore, my sample size is quite small.
Who do you nominate as heirs to the Siskel and Ebert crown? Alternatively, were they true American originals who are never to be replaced?