Buried: blown away!

Those who know me know that I am not a big fan of suspense thrillers. I mean… I LOVED Sixth Sense (in spite of the fact that my friend Gilberto spoiled it for me by telling the end :D) and I’ve highly enjoyed movies like The Shining. But you won’t see this kind of movie too often on my Netflix queue.

Then Chris Sparling, the husband of Kerri Sparling, wrote Buried. Being the sissy that I am with “this kind of movie” I had avoided going to see it in the theater. But when it became available on Netflix, I put it at the top of my queue. 🙂

We watched it last night and we were BLOWN AWAY! To begin with, the script is simply brilliant! Chris touched on multiple social aspects that are highly relevant to our time: the war and its impact on the lives of people in the US and overseas; corporate mis-behavior, trying to avoid embarrassment due to stories leaking in the media, to name just a couple. The script is the top thing that rocks about the movie (and I don’t say this because I know Chris).

Ryan Reynolds is the second thing that made the movie what it was. I can’t say I was a big fan of his previous movies (I was indifferent to most of them) but I was really impressed with his role in this movie. He is practically the only person on screen the entire movie and all scenes take place inside a coffin. When you see the special features, you realize how physically and emotionally demanding the shooting was on Reynolds!

Last, the photography and overall directing of the movie was incredible too. The constraints imposed by the “set” make it a true triumph to come up with the beautiful lighting that consistently prevails throughout the multiple shots. Then, the shots from multiple angles that help with the storytelling, made possible by having seven different coffins that were used for different types of shots… in short, for such a constraining medium to bring Chris’ story to life, director Rodrigo Cortes did an incredible job!

According to IMDB, the next screenplay by Chris (titled ATM) is scheduled to be released later in 2011. I am looking forward to seeing it!

2010: My Favorite Music

As time goes by, my life continues to be HIGHLY filled by music. I am really listening to music nearly every waking moment. But that does not mean I am listening to as much music (different artists, that is) as I used to. As time passes, I find myself settling around a few albums and artists that I go back to regularly. In 2010, these were the albums I played the most:

  • Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – The Social Network OST was haunting me for weeks… it still does. Ironic I haven’t seen the movie yet! 🙂
  • Other Machines: my friend Mike Olsen from Full Sail put out a new album of music this year. Impeccable stuff, just like his earlier album while I was still in Florida.
  • Jónsi: his new album is a great continuation of his work with Sigur Ros and Riceboy Sleeps. Some moments in here that I keep going back to over and over again.
  • Hans Zimmer: the Inception OST was another regular play in 2010. I am addicted to the music as much as I am addicted to the movie.
  • Hammock: their new album and their December EP are brilliant. Check out their new collaboration with Matthew Ryan, released on New Year’s Day, 2011.
  • The Candlepark Stars: these guys are my favorite discovery this year. They are right in the middle, between Explosions in the Sky and Hammock… LOVE THEM!

A few more albums I liked (nearly all from Canada):

  • The Arcade Fire: The Suburbs
  • Broken Bells: self-titled
  • Stars: The Five Ghosts & The Seance
  • The New Pornographers: Together
  • Caribou: Swim
  • Robin Guthrie: Sunflower Stories

Some tracks I enjoyed:

  • Peter Gabriel: “Flume”
  • Underworld: “Always Loved a Film”
  • Belle and Sebastian: “I Didn’t See It Coming”
  • Silvio Rodriguez: “Trovador Antiguo”
  • Gorillaz: “Stylo (feat. Mos Def & Bobby Womack)”

Inception: What It Has Done To Us

Inception is one of those movies that leaves you thinking. But that is a description that falls in many ways…

When we went to see inception, two of the other three people that joined us were seeing it for the second time. Reading forum topics about Inception, this is not a uncommon situation (people watching it 2-3-4 times to try to make sense of it…)

Truth is Christopher Nolan got us all talking. Even film music fans (I count myself among them) are talking about how the score plays subliminally with slowed-down versions of Edith Piaf songs!

The movie’s “true” meaning (something that Nolan may never give up… even something he may not even know himself) may never reveal itself to us. But that doesn’t matter too much, I think.

What stuck with me was the power of inception… beyond it, think what we as parents can do to our children by making them believe something as they are children: that they can realize their true potential, that they can make reach their goals… we are in a way planting those same seeds of an idea that were mentioned in the movie.

What did you think about Inception?