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  • Buried

    Buried

    ★★★½

    This movie made a splash at the festival circuit but after all the write up and pre-premier hype, Cortés' sophomore effort got buried (pun intended) and forgotten and Cortes' ended following this fine feature with pale-faced thriller generica like "Red Lights" and "Down A Dark Hall". "Buried" is certainly tense and darkly comedic but you get from the beginning that you're not watching a thriller but a satire about bureaucracy and its inherent absurdity.

  • Blow-Up

    Blow-Up

    ★★★★

    Some have described the film in terms of it being a counter-film and as a representative of an aesthetic current, I find the mod-subculture silly and dull. However, one cannot deny the influence the mod "movement" had on music and fashion and "Blow-Up" is hardly boring, unimaginative or cynical. It's superficially about a bored libertine who seems almost disgusted by his job and his customers but the film mainly deals with the question of what is being framed and observed…

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  • The Oregonian

    The Oregonian

    ★★★★½

    UNHERALDED AND UNKNOWN MASTERPIECE

    I don't know if "The Oregonian" is well known in indie circles, but it is probably and regrettably unknown to the mainstream public at large, probably even to most genre picture fiends like me. Only 350 people have rated it on IMDB (April, 2013) and the average score there is shamefully low: 3,5. For shame people! I know that IMDB ratings are not "scientific" as measures of a movie's popularity or notoriety but they give a…

  • Escape Plan

    Escape Plan

    ★★

    TOUGH GUYZ 2: STOP OR MY GRANDPA' WILL SHOOT: I laughed my head off watching this ridiculous movie. But I wasn't particularly amused. It was the type of laughter that villains in bad movies are prone to engage in, dry and sarcastic. Anyway. Every single actor, including the lovely and apparently slumming Amy Ryan seems to be suffering from tetanus. Fiddy Cents seems even more wussier than he uses to, Stallone speaks in somber, three-word sentences that sound like profound…