Rodrigo Cortes

This contest is now closed. Thank you for entering! Do you want to believe? Or do you want to think you believe? In Rodrigo Cortes‘ Red Lights, paranormal researchers Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) make it their business to go after claims of the supernatural, from ghosts to faith healing to, well, whatever the hell it is that Robert De Niro‘s psychic Simon Silver does on stage. Obsessed with debunking Silver, Cortes’ film takes both Matheson and Buckley (and the audience) in some really unexpected directions, and it’s a compelling, eye-opening watch. In support of the home video release of Red Lights on October 2nd, we’re giving away two (2) signed posters from the film to two (count ‘em, two!) lucky readers. The mini posters have been signed by Cillian Murphy and Rodrigo Cortes. To win one (1) signed poster from Rodrigo Cortes’ Red Lights, all you have to do is jump down into the comments section and let us know the title of your favorite film about the supernatural (and feel free to get as creative with your interpretation of “supernatural” as you’d like). Please also provide your email address in your comment. This contest is only open to U.S. residents. The contest will close on Friday, October 5th, at 8:00PM PST. The winner will be chosen at random to receive one signed Red Lights poster as described above. After the break, check out the film’s official trailer.

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Red Lights is a film filled with divisive questions. After the film’s Sundance premiere, many were either wrapping their heads around the grounded supernatural thriller’s final moments or completely scoffing at it. Whether one’s reaction is good or bad towards the questions writer/director Rodrigo Cortés is posing, he still gets a reaction out of you, as shown by the film’s early reviews. For most of its running time, Cortés is not afraid of playing with audience’s expectations and perceptions of the events as they play out on screen. Unlike his previous film, Buried, most of Red Lights can’t be taken literally. The difference between ambiguity and having no answers for your film’s questions can get blurred easily, but, as Cortés told us, he wrote and crafted the film with all of his own answers in mind. Here’s what Rodrigo Cortés had to say about the story’s exploration of duality, his flawed protagonists, and how to question everything we see in Red Lights:

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The Dark Knight Rises

Alright, so June didn’t exactly kick us into high gear the way it should have. We didn’t get another Avengers, a movie everyone lost their nuts over. From the blockbusters to the little guys, there was a lack in unanimous love and praise to be found. We did finally get Prometheus, a movie which could go down as this summer’s main topic of movie conversation over whether “It was awesome! No, it sucked!” but we get those all too often during this time of year. If we’re going to get one movie to feed the millions with true, big summer entertainment where all the harshest critics will be beaten across the world, then we got one ‘lil superhero movie coming up that may provoke such a reaction… The Amazing Spider-Man! Actually, no, but Marc Webb‘s reboot does pass the time nicely and, at the very least, gives us a new Peter Parker we can care about. But that doesn’t mean it made this list. Find out what did:

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Back in 2010, Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés got the attention of U.S. audiences by putting Ryan Reynolds in a box for Buried. Now he’s back with an ensemble number that looks at the world of celebrity psychics. The first trailer for Red Lights doesn’t let us in on the secret of whether psychic powers really exist in its world or not, but it raises the question. And what it does reveal to us along the way is that it has an impressive cast that makes it look more than worth checking out. If you want to know more about the film, you can also check out Kate’s review from Sundance – or just check out the trailer below.

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American truck driver Paul Conroy is having what you might call a bad day. After taking a contract in Iraq delivering supplies, his convoy gets attacked and he blacks out. When he awakens, it’s a clear case of out-of-the-frying-pan-and-buried-in-a-coffin. At his immediate disposal are a lighter, a cell phone, and a limited supply of oxygen. He receives a message on the phone that he must use the phone to muster together a $5 million ransom or be left to die. A brief synopsis, but one befitting of a film like this. Buried sounds like little more than a pitch film; selling itself solely on a gimmick. But when thinking of accusing the film of taking the easy road to getting greenlit, it is vital to remember that this man-in-a-box movie is precisely that: a man in a box. The simplicity of the concept is incredibly self-limiting and presents a challenge so seemingly insurmountable that Buried had a plethora of opportunities to fail. Fortunately for the audience, director Rodrigo Cortes and star Ryan Reynolds expertly navigated this minefield.

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It’s a beautiful day in the land of movies when a Sundance favorite announces that they’ll be at Fantastic Fest amongst the diaper-wearing ninjas, the drunken monsters from outer space, and the people sewn together mandibles to glutes. Director Rodrigo Cortes and Ryan Reynolds will be in attendance of the September 23rd screening of Buried, the movie that features him buried alive inside a coffin for what might be the entire run time. However, if you can’t wait that long to see the film, the Alamo Drafthouse is sponsoring an incredibly unique screening of Buried the weekend before. How can they afford to screen it before the big Austin premiere? Because they’ll only be screening it for four people. And those four people will be buried while seeing it.

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Buried

Along with their very cool booth at Comic-Con, the folks at Lionsgate are looking to generate some heat and invoke more Hitchcock references with a new trailer for Buried, the movie that sees Ryan Reynolds buried alive for the entirety of its run time. The new trailer (seen after the jump) reveals much more of the plot, including some of the obstacles that get in between Reynolds’ character and his escape. But there’s still plenty of mystery. In my review from Sundance, I applauded the film for being “an interesting and bold piece of filmmaking.” It shows a great deal of potential in director Rodrigo Cortes. However, I was not then (nor am I now) convinced that it will catch the eye of the mainstream. This new trailer may help, but only time will tell. Check out the synopsis and trailer after the jump…

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Buried

Just as I criticize the marketing effort Lionsgate gave to Kick-Ass earlier this year, we receive a high resolution version of the new poster they’ve released for Buried. And look, it’s quite nice. Combining the artistic merits of Saul Bass with a hint to the film’s unique execution of the buried alive premise, this poster is both saying something interesting and looking pretty.

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Saturday night will be the world’s first chance to see the Rodrigo Cortés directed film Buried, which is one of the more fascinating films of the 2010 Sundance line-up. For now, we have this…

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Now that we know that Ryan Reynolds’s next feature is going to be a one-man show, I’m wondering if he’ll open with, “Oh, hey! Didn’t see you there!”

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