George Lucas once said that "the sound and music are 50% of the entertainment in a movie", and a recent trip to see Gravity backed up by a Dolby Atmos sound system left us very much in agreement with him.
What exactly is Atmos? Think of it as a totally different way of doing cinema sound, where rather than looking at individual channels of audio, sound exists in a 3D space that wraps completely around your head.
Comic book movies are often seen as the domain of spandex-clad demigods who battle moustache-twirling villains, but if 300 and Sin City - which both originated on the pages of Frank Miller works - are anything to go by they're not essential to telling a great story.
With sequels to 300 and Sin City incoming, we take a look at 8 great examples of comic book-inspired films with no superheroes in sight.
The 28-year-old Somalian-born actor made his debut alongside Tom Hanks in the Oscar-nominated drama, and according to The New Yorker was reduced to living off per diems from studio Sony Pictures at the Beverly Hills Hotel while promoting the film.
Meanwhile it's estimated that Hanks made a staggering $50 million from his lead part in the Paul Greengrass film.
We find other surprisingly low movie salaries - from low-budgeted films to blockbusters, accepted by up-and-coming newbies to certified stars - below:
March 5 2014, 15:59 GMT | By Emma Dibdin, Features Editor
"It's amazing how many people are closet Godzilla fans," director Gareth Edwards mused during the Q&A session that followed a footage screening of his monster remake last Friday. He's naturally hoping for a coming-out party come the film's release in May, but the in-built fandom brings with it a daunting level of pressure for a director with only one previous feature to his name - 2010's acclaimed micro-budget sci-fi Monsters.
Godzilla, aside from being a remake of a beloved property, will be the final film to come out of the long, fruitful partnership between Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures, which birthed Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy among other projects. The stakes are high.
Amid Gravity's incredible awards season run - which culminated this Sunday with 7 Oscar wins at the Academy Awards - director Alfonso Cuarón weighed into the debate surrounding the film's status as a British film.
"You cannot tell from my accent, but I consider myself part of the British film industry," he said as he collected his BAFTA for Best Director earlier this year. "I have lived in London for 13 years and done almost half of my movies here. I make a very good case for curbing immigration."
Just an hour previously, Gravity triumphed in the Best British Film category igniting a mini-social media storm questioning its national identity.
Cuarón's film may not be a kitchen sink drama about working class grind, but look past the Hollywood stars and Warner Bros backing and there's no question that this is a film that - like the Harry Potter series before it (the two share a British producer in David Heyman) - deserves its 'Made in Britain' tag, even if its 'British' status is still up for debate.
"I want to share this with all the artists that live downstairs," Cuarón said in the BAFTA speech, referring to London-based visual effects company Framestore, the driving force behind the film's incredible spectacle.
We're delighted that Leonardo DiCaprio got nominated. And Her. And Philomena's Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope. We actually agreed with a vast number of Oscar noms this year. However, there were some films and actors who we felt didn't get the recognition they deserved, so we decided to honour them in a different form.
Below are Digital Spy's Alternative Oscar Awards, celebrating this year's greatest who missed out on a nomination. Read on to find out the nominees and who we crowned the best of the rest.
Thanks to awards season, it feels as though everybody has been talking about the same old films forever. Well, that period of cinema will be done and dusted for another year following tomorrow night's Oscars ceremony, which makes it time to talk about some new titles! This month welcomes a variety of films; from Wes Anderson's newest release to Scarlett Johansson as both a sexy alien and Marvel's Black Widow - no matter what you fancy watching, there is sure to be a March release suited to you!
Digital Spy rounds up the five must-see movies for March below...
Liam Neeson is back on the big screen this week with Non-Stop, the action-packed, whodunnit thriller that will have audiences on the edge of their seat throughout.
Whilst undeniably in his element as troubled air marshal Bill Marks, there is more to Neeson than the action tough guy that he has become so well-loved for following thrillers such as Taken and Unknown.
The Northern Irish actor has a back catalogue heaving with strong films and has played such a diverse variety of characters you can be forgiven for forgetting it's him on screen.
To help jog your memory, we at Digital Spy have picked Liam Neeson's five best movie roles below: