cinematic roots of: ‘Buried’

In Buried, Ryan Reynolds’ contractor in Iraq wakes up in a coffin with nothing but a Zippo and a cell phone for company, and learns that his captors want a ridiculous ransom to release him. This flick sprang from (among other films)…

cinematic roots of: ‘Life as We Know It’

In Life as We Know It, Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel can’t stand each other, but agree to raise the orphaned child of their friends anyway, because an environment of seething resentment and hatred is hardly different from what other kids grow up in. This flick sprang from (among other films)…

Buried movie review: boxed in

How did anyone dare to do this? How did anyone think they would get away with it? Most audacious of all, perhaps: Did anyone have any notion that such a recklessly bold premise for a film would possibly succeed this well?

poster convergence: ‘North by Northwest’ and ‘Buried’

Saul Bass, call your office. Claustrophobia and paranoia: the suspense filmmaker’s best friend. And hard straight lines are the postermaker’s best friend. In case you’re not familiar with it, Buried (official site, IMDB), coming this autumn, is about Ryan Reynolds getting buried alive, and presumably having to save himself. It’s like Phone Booth, but deadlier. … more…

The Proposal (review)

Stupid narrow-minded provincial Alaskans? Hilarious! Especially when they’re horny white grandmas appropriating native Inuit culture for their own use! Stupid narrow-minded provincial New Yorkers? That’s our heroine!

trailer break: ‘The Proposal’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… Oh, ugh. It’s Green Card meets 9 to 5. See, cuz sexual harrassment is funny when it happens to guys, and it’s romantic, too. Cuz, holy crap, you just know they’re gonna actually fall in love by the end of this. And then I shall go on … more…