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Buried – **

Posted: November 26, 2010 in Spain, Thriller, XX

All good reviews for a clever movie with only one actor on only one location! I had to see it. Ryan Reynolds plays a guy who’s buried alive in a coffin somewhere in Irak. I’m claustrophobic. I had to see it. I once talked to a movie freak many years ago (1997) about how cool it would be to have a pitch dark screen in the cinema for several minutes. This movie has it. I had to see it!

I’ve seen it and I am not sure what to think. Yes, it’s a clever idea and yes the script writers did an awesome job by keeping you entertained for 90 minutes with just one guy on just one location. That alone is really note worthy and worth the ticket. However, I was never ever scared watching this movie. Nor was I thrilled and excited. I did think about what I would do in a similar situation, but I didn’t feel like I was trapped in a coffin. And some elements weren’t all that plausible. I’m doubting between ** and **1/2. Because it is, like it or not, an accomplishment to make a feature film about a clever but very simple idea .

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1492: Conquest Of Paradise – 0

Posted: September 25, 2010 in Action, biopic, France, Spain

Seen on dvd at my sister’s place

The trailer is as boring as the movie. Never bothered seeing this movie as I’ve never read any positive review about this ‘epic tale’. I got the dvd for free a year ago, but it wasn’t until my sister decided to watch it on her new HD screen that I decided to give it a shot too. Luckily I had my laptop with me during the movie so I could look up some stuff about Columbus online. That kind of made the experience worthwhile. The movie itself is total crap. I mean, total crap. The acting is wooden. The dialogue is silly. The music is horrible. The over-use of close-ups and slow motions are annoying. The lack of interesting action ruins this action/adventure movie. There is no drama to make it a drama.

Just like Columbus failed on his first journeys (according to the Spanish rulers who expected him to find a shorter way to Asia or to at least bring back a lot of gold), Ridley Scott totally fails in making a dramatic action adventure biopic.