Rarely does a film exist and exemplify the art of true filmmaking. Rarely do we get the opportunity to witness and experience the real magic, wonder, beauty, power, and glory of cinematic movies the way they were always intended to be by artists and filmmakers, from the birth of filmmaking as an artform, and Gravity is very much Art on film. With breath-taking visuals, an amazing score, and perfect directing, editing, and a great script with excellent performances by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Gravity is proof that there is still hope for movies to be great visual and entertaining films with substance, passion, heart, and soul. Gravity is not only the best film of the year but it is also one of the best films ever made. Though the film is intended to be seen in IMAX 3D, and I strongly suggest and recommend seeing it in said format first if not only, watching Gravity on the standard screen doesn't take away too much from the enjoyment of the film, but it does restrict you from experiencing the film's full potential as a visual and emotional roller-coaster of a ride. Having said that, Gravity has recently been re-released in theaters in IMAX 3D, and so I hope you take advantage of this opportunity and go see it. You won't regret it! I give Gravity an A+.
As a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I only want the best for a cinematic adaptation of The Hobbit, and though it seems like a dream come true to have the same director and writers return for The Hobbit, I find myself feeling/wishing that they didn't and that they weren't making a trilogy out of a small single book. Still, these films have been enjoyable and interesting, but just like it could have been worse, it also could have been so much better. The Desolation of Smaug, though better than the first, still has many issues and some of them are so frustrating it almost ruins the movie. However, there are many improvements as well, and those end up saving the film. The best part about this movie is the climax and how it really builds up your anticipation for the third film. I have a love/hate thing about cliff-hanger endings. Very few movies can pull it off. I think this movie did it very well. Overall, this second entry in this new Middle-Earth trilogy is good, for the most part. B