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I'm a longtime contributor to MTV, Billboard, Alternative Press and MovieWeb. I've worked as on-air reporter, host, writer and producer for MTV, MSNBC and E!. I have provided opinion and commentary to programs on VH1, IFC, G4, Fuse, Current and Oxygen. I have written for Huffington Post, Premiere, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, NextMovie.com, MTV's television and movie blogs and other publications. I am the founder of Superhero Productions, providing broadcast, online and aftermarket content for a number of clients including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. I personally handle artist management for a handful of bands. "Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool

Thursday, November 08, 2007

"P2" Movie Review

Who hasn't been scared to walk around a parking garage alone at night? "P2" is a small, tightly-wound and wonderfully claustrophobic thriller that aims to do for underground parking structures what "Jaws" did for the ocean.

While it's far from that terrifying, it's a lot of fun, with a standout performance from Rachel Nichols ("Alias") as an over-worked professional who turns believably from damsel-in-distress to John McLane like heroine over the course of the film.

Wes Bentley ("American Beauty," "Ghost Rider") is the stalker-iffic security guard who holds her captive on Christmas Eve. While a couple of cliches remain intact, Nichols' Angela Bridges manages to avoid many of the tried and true pitfalls a character like her's is prone to stumble into. Bentley's adds plenty to his sparsely written Thomas, filling in many of the blanks I presume were on the page with just the right amount of facial expressiveness and body language (the film's brief Elvis homage is also a treat). Well worth watching even if you wait to obtain it from your Netflix queue. - RJD

Remember, you can watch my interview with Nichols and Bentley RIGHT HERE.

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