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BURIED
Buried is everything that a single-location thriller about a man trapped in a coffin possibly could’ve been. It is economic, minimalist filmmaking at its finest. Where other filmmakers might look to this sort of concept to ease the burden of budgetary restrictions, director Rodrigo Cortés takes the opposite approach, employing the most challenging—and creatively satisfying—use of negative space, close-ups, alternating hues, and whirling camera movements at his disposal, all of which skillfully coalesce to deliver a constant sense of discomfort, dread, anxiety and claustrophobia. As the oxygen level and cell phone battery life depletes, the tension continues to increase, the viewer never granted a moment’s rest from being stuck in that coffin right alongside Ryan Reynolds. By the end, you start to hope that he’ll just claw his way out, if only to free yourself. Not the most pleasant of experiences, admittedly, but coupled with Reynold’s charismatic screen presence and a script that knows how to build and maintain intrigue, it’s a smart, exciting and thrilling one. Buy it, and share it with your friends.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Includes both DVD and Blu-ray versions of the film, as well as a “Unearthing Buried: The Making of Buried” featurette.

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Machete

It’s been a while since our last movie poster round-up, so let’s get to it! In today’s edition we have new theatrical one-sheets for James Franco‘s Howl, an unrated NSFW poster for I Spit On Your Grave, the final poster for the 3D computer animated film Alpha and Omega, Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s directorial debut Jack Goes Boating, four character posters for the comic book adaptation of Red featuring Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis, the big screen documentary adaptation of the book Freakonomics, eight character posters for Zack Snyder’s 3D computer animated adaptation of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, and an alternative poster for Piranha 3D, and six character poster for the big screen feature adaptation of Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse trailer Machete.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Jack Goes Boating
Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s directorial debut Jack Goes Boating premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Premieres category. Written by Bob Glaudini, the story follows a stoner limo driver who looks for different ways to improve his skill-set as a way to attract a girlfriend, and goes on a blind date, which “sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.” Hoffman also stars in the romantic comedy, alongside Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Tom McCarthy. Overture Films has released an official movie trailer for the film. Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Sundance Film Festival

Since I’m in Park City, a day before the 2010 Sundance Film Festival officially begins, I thought I’d do a round-up of the films I’m most looking forward to this year at the festival. Attending Sundance, you have to put a list together of the movies you want to see the most. Sometimes you’re lucky and you pick something that becomes the buzz of the fest — Super Size Me, Little Miss Sunshine, Rocket Science, or (500) Days of Summer. And sometimes your choices are just dead wrong, for example, last year The Informers was on the top of my must see list. But by the end of the fest, the film was my most hated movie of the year.

So these predictions are in now way definitive. They are very subjective, films that caught my interest. I usually stick to more narrative films (over documentaries) and often see more English language films. I have my little sub genres which I always feel drawn to, for instance, I usually love coming of age stories. And if they are set in the 1970′s or 1980′s, all the better. Minimalistic one-room thrillers also interest me.

This year doesn’t have many obvious breakout choices, but had a lot of solid looking films. If you’ve been actively reading the site over the last month, then you’ve probably checked out a bunch of the Sundance photo and trailer previews and you might recognize a bunch of these films. The following 18 selections are also in no particular order. Lets take a look at my choices for this year’s festival (and it might be fun to revisit this list at the conclusion of the festival, to see how right or wrong I was).

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Jack Goes Boating
Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating, which premieres at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Premieres category. Written by Bob Glaudini, the story follows a stoner limo driver who looks for different ways to improve his skill-set as a way to attract a girlfriend, and goes on a blind date, which “sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.” Hoffman also stars in the romantic comedy, alongside Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Tom McCarthy. Three photos after the jump.
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These days, it feels like more and more character actors are finally getting a chance to step behind the camera. A few months ago, it was announced that William H. Macy would be directing Keep Coming Back with Milla Jovovich. Now, according to Variety, Philip Seymour Hoffman will get the chance to ply his directorial skills as well. Hoffman will direct the romantic comedy Jack Goes Boating for Overture Films, an adaptation of Bob Glaudini’s play. Although word of Hoffman’s directorial debut first appeared last summer, we now know that Amy Ryan is attached to star opposite Hoffman and that the film will begin shooting in New York City on February 9th. Hoffman will play Jack, a stoner limo driver, and the story will center around his quest for perfection, as well as the fellow pothead he falls in love with (Ryan). A New York Times review of the play called it “immensely likable.”

On our film podcast the other night, we praised Hoffman as one of the finest actors of our generation (for an excellent article about Hoffman’s career, check out Erik Lundegaard’s piece, “Philip Seymour Hoffman is us”). I’ll be interested to see if/how Hoffman’s experience in Doubt, another play adaptation featuring four main leads, will inform how he adapts Jack Goes Boating to the big screen. With Ryan now on board, I’m already immensely excited for this film.

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