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Alfonso Cuarón

Features

Wednesday, February 22 2012

Charles Dickens 200: Great Expectations: Bright Hope and Dark Resignation

Where we are now, in 2012, is on a darker plain especially for the large "Underclass". Perhaps Dickens can light our way?


Wednesday, June 22 2011

Obsession As the Driver Behind the Road Movie

Since Jack Kerouac's On the Road, the notion of hitting the road to "anywhere but here" speaks to us not of grand rolling landscapes, but of an emergence into a truer, freer, state of being than our everyday routines allow.


Monday, May 28 2007

Future Shock: The Death of Serious Science Fiction

The serious Science Fiction film genre is dead or at least on cinematic life support. As the new millennial marches forward, and an omnipresent production paradigm that substitutes spectacle for smarts, futurist filmmaking is definitely gasping for breath.


Reviews

Thursday, October 30 2014

'Y Tu Mama Tambien' Hides Serious Themes Behind Comedic Fluff

Alfonso Cuarón's highly sexualized film is deceptively serious, hiding weighty themes behind comic banter and, yes, plenty of sex.


Monday, March 10 2014

Faith and Clichés and 'Believe'

Television is especially good at pretending intimacy, at inviting you to feel close to emotional situations and worrying for characters you come to know over time.


Monday, February 24 2014

The Metaphysics of Isolation in Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity'

Gravity is not just a visual feast in the CGI age; it also interrogates humankind's desire to plant feet on the final frontier by confronting it with its metaphysical implications.


Thursday, October 3 2013

The Impossible Is Imagined in 'Gravity'

If the movie isn't an exercise per se, it is an exploration of what might be done, in and by movies, to convey or imagine an impossible experience.


Thursday, January 4 2007

Children of Men (2007)

Even with so much attention paid to her body and to her child, Kee's story is secondary to Theo's, as his loss of hope must be undone and his past redressed.


Blogs

Wednesday, October 1 2014

Cuarón, Almodóvar, and Cassavetes Saved From the Curse of Blockbuster

Due to the time when Blockbuster refused to stock unrated or NC-17 films, many viewers in the States missed out on essential films from directors like Alfonso Cuarón and Pedro Almodóvar.


Friday, October 4 2013

‘Gravity’: You’re All Alone

By taking the simple leap between a character’s personal isolation and the equally terrifying physical isolation of space, Alfonso Cuaron creates a vertiginous masterpiece.


News

Monday, March 26 2007

Alfonso Cuaron: 'The present, projected into the future'

Cuaron talks about Children of Men, his powerful film with explicit references to the political present.


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