I swear the best directors working today do a few things: take their time (between and during projects), use all facets of the cinema (editing, photography, sound etc.) and make their films memorable. It's the last part that remains a mystery and deserves a book. I'll remember "Gravity" for a long time, and see it up for if not winning several Oscars. Yes, it occurred to me that it falls into the category of "offending anyone and therefore it got made." It does, however, showcase the work of Alfonso Cuaron and his crew. It also inspires, doesn't pander, and uses everything Cuaron has shown us he can do before. It's his first film in seven years, and is drubbing the box office competition as "Don Jon," "Rush," and others sink. Art and politics often truly can't keep their hands off one another, yet Cuaron seems more interested in human life pushed and pulled, implies that we're all in this together, has seemingly ordinary people doing amazing things on the screen, and loves stories of aloneness and connection with the world. He has to be one to watch, or at least keep a tab on. We'll see him on the red carpet at Oscar time.