Review: Buried

Starring: Ryan Reynolds Director: Rodrigo Cortés Iraq based Truck driver Paul Conroy wakes up in the dark. He flicks on his lighter to find himself buried in a wooden coffin, with a cell phone and a torch. What follows is a race against time as Paul tries desperately to find out why he is there, and get himself rescued. The last movie I reviewed was Devil, a movie set almost entirely in an elevator. Almost entirely, that is. Going one step further, Buried manages to contain its entire 90-minute running…

The Gremlins Gag Reel

Directors love an in-joke. There are an awful lot of movies out there that contain the odd knowing reference, cameo or other visual gag. For some filmmakers they are as much a part of cinema’s language as dollying and panning. More often than not they are references to other movies from the work of the star/director/producer of the movie you are watching, or signature moments which recur throughout that particular director’s filmography. Much of the time these gags will go unnoticed by the majority of the audience, but for the…

Celluloid Zombie’s Ten Best Movies of 2010

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I’m making a list and checking it twice. Yep, it’s that time again, when you can look back on another year of celluloid output and try and decide which movies were your favourites. Pointless, perhaps, because to truly compile an accurate Top Ten you’d have to have seen every movie made this year. Which I obviously didn’t. I need to sleep and leave the flat from time to time, after all. So, to give this post an accurate title, here are my Top Ten Movies of 2010 that I’ve Actually…

Everybody’s Talking About the Golden Globes

The outrage is palpable. There is rioting on the streets. Sort of. The Golden Globe nominations have just been announced and they’re about as interesting, relevant and reflective of quality as any award nomination list. Sure, I could join the chorus of disapproval, reproduce the full list of nominations and rant about why they suck. But I’m not going to say anything that hasn’t already been said 1000 times. So, instead, here’s a picture of a cat poking his tongue out. Trust me, it’s more interesting. Awwwww, cute. . .

Cinema’s Most Disastrous Santas

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What would Christmas be without Santa Claus? For kids the world over this chubby, jovial character personifies everything that children hold dear about the festive season. Namely, getting sacks full of expensive presents and eating until you pass out. Whether Saint Nicholas actually exists or not is a moot point, because anyone can don the famous red outfit and play the part. However, not everyone can play the part convincingly. Some are unpleasant, some misguided, and some just plain rubbish. Here are five examples of what happens when the wrong…