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My favorite movie from Sundance this year just released a teaser trailer.

Simply put, this movie is a brilliant concept for a film, a script that is even better in the execution than it was in the concept, and really well-directed and acted to boot.

Granted, you may think the depths of the idea of somebody being buried alive got well and truly plumbed in Kill Bill Vol. 2, but there are some really great ideas in this movie. Given that one of the weapons at the main character Paul Conroy’s disposal is a cell phone, you get all the expected notes that one should expect: commentary on consumer culture, the lack of reasonable customer service on the telephone, and general jaded nature of the American population at large. What surprised me were the moments that came out of left field. For one, I appreciate the restraint it must have taken to not open this story up, showing the people that the protagonist is talking to on the phone. I can only imagine that was a note that producers gave over and over. The point at which I was watching a chase scene taking place in a claustrophobic underground wooden box, I was all in and willing to go wherever this story was headed.

Although Chris Sparling’s script was clearly written to be shot on a shoestring, given the single on-screen character and location, the movie moves from feeling appropriately cramped and confined to a much more open, freewheeling film. Or, rather, as freewheeling as one can make a movie feel which stays in the same, small place. Kudos to Rodrigo Cortés for managing to stay out of the way of the brilliant material in the script and even inventing a few shots to add to his reel.

Ryan Reynolds is, for me, the consummate leading man. This point was hammered home watching him rise above the dreck and scatology of Van Wilder and turn the role into something worth watching. Being that he is the only onscreen actor, those skills are put to the test. He gets to stretch a bit here, playing a wide range of emotions. The movie is believable because we see the full scope of fear, remorse, and hope that Reynolds puts on display. While I can imagine this being a watchable movie with the involvement of a lesser talent, Reynolds’ work here takes the film from a mere engaging thriller to something more emotional. Green Lantern can’t come soon enough.

In the meantime, I highly recommend this one unless you are afraid of tight spaces.

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April 30, 2010 at 4:58pm

Sundance 2010

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January 22, 2010
6:45 pm
Grown Up Movie Star
at Broadway Cinema IV in Salt Lake
My Score – 90

9:30 pm
Get Low
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 92

Movies seen thus far: 2
Today’s Favorite: Get Low
Festival Favorite: Get Low

January 23, 2010
12:45 pm
The Oath
at Broadway Cinema V in Salt Lake
My Score – 78

3:00 pm
Restrepo
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 91

6:30 pm
happythankyoumoreplease
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 92

9:45 pm
Smash His Camera
at Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 79

midnight
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 89

Movies seen thus far: 7
Today’s Favorite: happythankyoumoreplease
Festival Favorite: happythankyoumoreplease

January 24, 2010
noon
Buried
at Broadway Centre Cinemas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 96

3:00 pm
The Company Men
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 84

6:45 pm
Catfish
at Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 93

9:00 pm
Splice
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 82

Movies seen thus far: 11
Today’s Favorite: Buried
Festival Favorite: Buried

January 25, 2010
6:00 pm
The Taqwacores
at Broadway Centre Cinmas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 87

9:00 pm
CASINO JACK and the United States of Money
at Broadway Centre Cinmas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 80

Movies seen thus far: 13
Today’s Favorite: The Taqwacores
Festival Favorite: Buried

January 26, 2010
6:00 pm
Gasland
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 87

9:00 pm
Lucky
at Broadway Cinema VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 88

Movies seen thus far: 15
Today’s Favorite: Lucky
Festival Favorite: Buried

January 27, 2010
6:00 pm
HOWL
at Broadway Centre Cinmas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 86

9:30 pm
Holy Rollers
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 84

Movies seen thus far: 17
Today’s Favorite: HOWL
Festival Favorite: Buried

January 28, 2010
8:30 am
Sympathy for Delicious
at Library Center Theatre in Park City
My Score – 88

2:15 pm
High School
at Racquet Club in Park City
My Score – 93

6:30 pm
The Kids Are All Right
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 90

9:45 pm
Four Lions
at Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 86

Movies seen thus far: 21
Today’s Favorite: High School
Festival Favorite: Buried

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January 29, 2010
6:00 pm
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 66

9:00 pm
Exit Through the Gift Shop
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 92

midnight
The Violent Kind
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 83

Movies seen thus far: 24
Today’s Favorite: Exit Through the Gift Shop
Festival Favorite: Buried

January 30, 2010
12:45 pm
A Small Act
at Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 89

3:30 pm
Winter’s Bone
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 91

7:30 pm
Life 2.0
at Broadway Cinema IV in Salt Lake
My Score – 87

9:30 pm
Shorts Program IV
at Broadway Cinema V in Salt Lake
My Score – 51

12:00 am
Animation Spotlight
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 62

Movies seen thus far: 29
Today’s Favorite: Winter’s Bone
Festival Favorite: Buried

January 31, 2010
12:30 pm
Skateland
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 56

3:30 pm
Nowhere Boy
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 91

6:00 pm
Twelve
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 39

Movies seen thus far: 32
Today’s Favorite: Nowhere Boy
Festival Favorite: Buried

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