The above link is an article on Vulture, which was a deep look inside the making of a movie that I have heard so many great things about. Literally across the board, I have been hearing that this is a movie to see in theaters. See for yourself: New York Times Review.
What I think is more fascinating, however, is just how many articles about Gravity have almost nothing to do with the content of the movie and solely focus on the director, Alfonso Cuarón.1 This includes Wired’s article regarding Cuarón’s distaste for the idea of ever making a movie set in space again.
If you don’t know Mr. Cuarón by name, you probably know him by at least one of the movies he has directed, most popular of which is the third Harry Potter film, which is generally seen as the best of the series due in some part to its ultra-realism in an otherwise unrealistic world of magic. In addition, as the Vulture article discusses, Cuarón is meticulous about the films that he chooses to do and how they turn out. Gravity was so many years (4.5 years, it seems) in the making due to Cuarón dislike of the previous technologies used to portray weightlessness on the screen. I am looking forward to experiencing such obsessive compulsion for myself.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.