Roma (2018)


A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family’s maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s. (IMDb)
I nearly cried during the first shot and it was the credits over a damn floor. Cuarón’s direction is exquisite in its patience, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail with long tracking shots, intimate close-ups, busy backgrounds, and remarkable soundscapes. Beyond its aesthetic beauty though, it’s poignant in its ability to tell a story (Aparicio’s great turn helps of course)–this one being a powerful character study about finding strength and peace amidst chaos (see Cleo’s one-leg stand).
9/10 (Amazing)


Gravity (2013)


A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit. (IMDb)
The zero gravity action sequences here are well-crafted and breathtakingly terrifying, accentuated by Bullock’s great turn as the desperate (albeit shallow) protagonist, complimented nicely by Clooney’s typical jovial banter, and made into cinematic excellence with the help of amazing visuals, a tense score smartly edited, and probing camerawork that skillfully captures the claustrophobic anxiety of the film’s space catastrophe plot as well as its beautiful setting.
8/10 (Great)