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In Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón emphasizes the vastness of space by departing from the rules that usually govern film language on the ground. This movement away from typical cinema rules parallels the freedom that digital imaging can impart on the filmmaking process, provided one has the resources to make it look as good as it does here.
There is an odd feminist strain running through horror movies about the devil. These films aren’t just about the Beast encroaching on the (usually female) body, but often examine human systems as well. The evil forces oppressing the central woman’s physiognomy are paralleled with the traditionally patriarchal structures of western medicinal practices and religion.
There’s a school of film theory that wants to bestow all creative power on the director, but actresses like Garbo prove how influential the humans in front of the camera continue to be.
Check out the essay on my longform blog Selective Viewing