Director Rodrigo Cortes Talks RED LIGHTS at Sundance 2012

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One of the many films that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was writer-director Rodrigo Cortes (Buried) Red Lights.  Starring Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Toby Jones, Joely Richardson, Elizabeth Olsen, Craig Roberts, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Adriane Lenox, Red Lights is a paranormal thriller that questions the supernatural and whether a world-renowned psychic is actually gifted or just a charlatan.  Shortly after premiering at the Festival, Millennium Entertainment picked up the film for domestic distribution, so I’d imagine it’ll be released later this year.  For more on the film, here’s Matt’s review.

During my extended interview with Cortes, he talked about coming back to Sundance after premiering Buried at the Fest two years ago, the plot and themes of Red Lights (he doesn’t spoil anything), how he came up with the idea, the challenges of filming and trying to finish for Sundance, film vs. digital, his writing process, future plans, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

BURIED Blu-ray Review

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In 2002’s Phone Booth, audiences were riveted while watching Colin Farrell stuck in a (you guessed it) phone booth for 90 minutes. 2010’s Buried uses the similar formula of putting a mainstream actor with sex appeal (Ryan Reynolds) front and center for the entire movie. This “bottle episode” style takes the main actor to task, stretching their dramatic range and testing the stamina of their character. While Reynolds outperforms Farrell in Buried, the film succeeds on a number of other levels. Hit the jump to see my review.

Exclusive: BURIED Behind-the-Scenes Clip, “Ear Piece”, from the Upcoming Blu-ray Combo Pack

by     Posted 3 years, 104 days ago

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Today, we’re pleased to bring you an exclusive clip from the special features included on the upcoming Blu-ray Combo Pack (includes the DVD, Blu-ray, and digital copy) for Buried.  For those who don’t know, the film centers on a contractor in Iraq (played by Ryan Reynolds) who is kidnapped and wakes up to find himself buried alive with only a lighter and a cell phone as his resources.  Over the course of the film, he speaks with various people, but they couldn’t get the miscellaneous voices on set during filming.  Instead, as director Rodrigo Cortes explains in this clip, they used an earpiece smaller than a coin and had Reynolds interact with his coach, who was in a soundproof booth away from the set.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  Buried is an intense and imaginative film and you should definitely check it out when it hits DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack on January 18th.

Top 10 Posters of 2010

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On Collider, we bring you a lot of posters.  Sure, it’s marketing but that doesn’t mean they can’t be the stuff you want to hang on your walls at home.  With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 posters of 2010.  The only rule is that the posters had to come from a studio.  So if you’re wondering, “Where the hell are all the Mondo posters?!”, that’s why (they also would have taken up the entire list).

Hit the jump to check out my picks for the Top 10 Posters of 2010.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK Takes Top Prize from the National Board of Review

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While different folks have their own dates for when awards season has officially “begun”, I set it at the date the National Board of Review announces their picks for the year.  In two of the past three years, the NBR’s pick for Best Picture has gone on to win the Oscar.  However, last year’s NBR winner, Up in the Air, went home empty-handed.

This year, the NBR has given the top prize to The Social Network.  The film also picked up the prizes for Best Director (David Fincher), Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Best Actor).  Other winners included Lesley Manville getting Best Actress for Another Year, Christian Bale winning Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter, and Jacki Weaver receiving Best Supporting Actress for Animal Kingdom.  Hit the jump for the full list of awards, including the National Board of Review’s Top 11 films, Top 10 Independent Films, Top 6 Foreign Films, and Top 6 Documentaries.

BURIED Review

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Imagine I told you about a film that focused on a single actor buried alive inside a coffin for over 90 minutes as he fought to stay alive with just a lighter, a cell phone, and a few other items MacGyver might struggle to find useful. You might wonder if that film could really keep your interest. Luckily, Rodrigo Cortes’ Buried will not only keep your interest, but floor you with tension and intrigue, ultimately making your heart race as if you were in the shoes of Paul Conroy (a brilliant Ryan Reynolds) as he fights to stay alive. This dead simple premise is an excellent example of how precise execution can elevate a film far beyond the confines of the wooden box the film takes place in. Join me after the break for my full review of Conroy’s struggle for survival.

Would You Get Buried for BURIED? These Four Did.

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Imagine going to Alcatraz to watch Escape from Alcatraz or watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind at Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. That’s exactly what the Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow sets up, and for Ryan Reynolds upcoming thriller Buried, they actually buried four lucky people alive in coffins. Don’t worry; they were totally willing… unlike main character Paul Conroy.  Join me after the break for full pictures from the exciting event.

New TV Spot for BURIED Starring Ryan Reynolds

by     Posted 3 years, 217 days ago

A new TV spot for Rodrigo Cortes’ Buried has gone online.  The film stars Ryan Reynolds as a man who’s been kidnapped, buried alive, and only has 90 minutes of oxygen left.  It looks damn cool and Steve dug the film when he saw it at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spot.  Buried is set to play at this year’s Fantastic Fest.  It opens in limited release on September 24th and opens nationwide on October 8th.

International Trailer for BURIED Starring Ryan Reynolds

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A new international trailer for the thriller Buried has gone online.  The film stars Ryan Reynolds as a man who is buried alive and has 90 minutes before his oxygen runs out.  Steve really dug the film when he saw it at Sundance and it’s one of my 15 most-anticiapted films for the rest of 2010.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Buried will be playing at this year’s Fantastic Fest (and you have the chance to watch it while buried), opens in limited release on September 24th, and opens nationwide on October 8th.

Matt’s 15 Most Anticipated Films for the Rest of 2010

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The 2010 summer movie season kind of sucked.  There were some good wide-release movies like Splice and Predators.  But there were also films like Iron Man 2 and Toy Story 3, which were unable to meet the (perhaps unfairly) high expectations put upon them.  The only major films that cleared the high bar were Inception and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

But I think the rest of the year has the potential to blow minds.  There’s a wonderful variety of both light and serious fare.  I’ve boiled down the number of films I’m excited to see over the next four months down to 15 flicks.  Hit the jump to find out what’s on my radar.  Also, be sure to sound off in the comments section about what films you’re jazzed to see as 2010 begins to wind down.

Rolling Roadshow Believes You should be Buried in order to See BURIED

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Should you be crammed in a sewer pipe if you’re going to watch The Shawshank Redemption? Should you lock yourself in a room and fill jars with your own urine if you’re going to watch The Aviator?  Should you be buried alive if you’re going to watch the new Ryan Reynolds thriller Buried?  The answer to all of these questions is obviously “Yes,” and Fantastic Fest and Rolling Roadshow want to make that last one happen.

Buried will be playing at this year’s Fantastic Fest with Reynolds, who plays a truck driver who is buried alive, and director Rodrigo Cortes in attendance.  The weekend prior to the opening of the festival, there will be the “Rolling Roadshow of One” on September 18th and four people will be chosen at random to watch the entire film buried (obviously, medical personnel will be on hand in case it should all go horribly wrong).  Those four people will then get to walk the red carpet and attend the Fantastic Fest premiere on September 23rd.  Hit the jump for more details.  Fantastic Fest runs from September 23 – 30th in Austin, Texas.  Buried opens in limited release on September 24th and opens nationwide on October 8th.

New Poster for BURIED Starring Ryan Reynolds

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Lionsgate has released yet another cool poster for the upcoming Ryan Reynolds’ thriller Buried.  However, the poster is slightly misleading.  Ryan Reynolds’ character does not get buried alive under laudatory quotations.  He gets buried under dirt.  It’s much easier to bury people with dirt.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  Steve’s not one of the people quoted, but he really liked the film when he saw it at Sundance.  Buried opens in limited release on September 24th and opens side on October 8th.

Brian Geraghty, Josh Peck and Margarita Levieva Join ATM, Written by BURIED Scribe Chris Sparling

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The upcoming thriller ATM has snagged its three leads by signing actors Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Josh Peck (The Wackness) and Margarita Levieva (Adventureland).  Per THR, “[Safran Co. and Gold Circle Films] are hoping to evoke Hitchcockian vibes with their tale of three co-workers (Geraghty, Peck, and Levieva) who make a late-night visit to an ATM and end up in a desperate fight for their lives when they become trapped by an unknown man.”

David Brooks will make his feature directing debut on ATM working from a script by Buried writer Chris Sparling.  Steve loved the hell out of Buried when he saw it at Sundance earlier this year and he wasn’t the only one.  That’s why you should keep ATM on your radar.  And getting Geraghty, Peck, and Levieva on board doesn’t hurt either.

New Theatrical Trailer for BURIED Starring Ryan Reynolds

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Lionsgate has released a new trailer for Buried and just like the previous teaser for the film, it’s pretty great.  The film stars Ryan Reynolds as a man who finds himself waking up in a coffin that’s been buried six feet underground with no idea of who put him there and why.  The film has been gaining a lot of buzz ever since it premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival where Steve saw it and raved about it. You can find out more about the film and watch the trailer after the jump.  Buried opens in select theaters September 24th and nationwide October 8th.

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