Posts Tagged ‘Sundance’

Well…that was different

by wil — Feb 10, 2011

I saw two good, not-your-average-run-of-the-mill-Hollywood-movies recently. Coincidentally, both premiered at Sundance 2010.

Buried: Ryan Reynolds in a coffin, with a phone, trying to get out. 94 minutes of claustrophobic Hitchcockian tension. Filmed in Spain. Directed by Rodrigo Cortés.

Enter the Void: If you can get past the scummy underbelly of Tokyo — brimming with drugs, sex, junkies, and strippers — you just might be able to appreciate the thought-provoking storyline (death –> bardo –> rebirth) and stunning visual style. Beautiful camerawork, beautifully integrated CGI. Written and directed by Gaspar Noé. Unrated (if it did have a rating, it would probably be NC-17).

P.S. From the Wikipedia article on Enter the Void:

[Andrew] Male called it “technically stunning”, but also “dreadfully acted, tediously ‘profound’ and painfully overlong”.

Quentin Tarantino listed Enter the Void on his Top 20 movies of 2010, commenting: “Hands down best credit scene of the year … Maybe best credit scene of the decade. One of the greatest in cinema history.”

I largely agree with Andrew Male’s assessment — I noticed a few flat deliveries, and the film is a bit overly drawn-out, but I still recommend it. And I totally agree with Tarantino — the opening credits are awesome.