Drive, the deliriously bloody and overwrought Ryan Gosling art thriller that premiered two years ago at Cannes, is a movie that I found stylish in its way (it was hard not to, given that the film was nothing but style), but also luridly unconvincing. I didn’t see it, or even hear anything about it, until its opening weekend, and later, as I caught up with the ecstatic reviews and began to talk to people who thought it was some sort of nihilistic pop masterpiece, I realized that the elements of Drive that I had experienced as borderline loopy — like, say, the entire plot, or Albert Brooks’ corned-beef-meets-ham performance as a “dangerous” mobster — were experienced by others as hiply stylized. You really could read Drive either way: as a sort-of-real-world thriller that didn’t hang together, or as a gorgeously violent tone poem that existed in its own (unreal) world. READ FULL STORY
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What do we know about Ryan Gosling’s next film, Only God Forgives? It’s set in Bangkok. It features criminal characters. And it looks pretty. But that was before a new, minute-long behind-the-scenes clip in which writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn comes out as a fashion-forward adjective-aholic, wearing skirt-adjacent clothing and giving directions like, “Make it dirty, unique, interesting, never-seen-before, and violent.” (The sexy kind of violence, though.)
Plus, Ryan Gosling can box. Ryan Gosling doesn’t like sleeves. Ryan Gosling is aware of the camera.
The 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival has revealed its full lineup, including Sundance favorites The Way, Way Back, which will close the festival on June 23, and Fruitvale Station.
The Way, Way Back follows awkward teenager Duncan (Liam James) through a summer break that’s rather nightmarish whenever he’s with his mom (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend, but has bright moments whenever he’s at the local water park, where he strikes up a friendship with one of the slacker employees (Sam Rockwell). Nat Faxon (Ben and Kate) and Jim Rash (Community) co-wrote, co-directed, and appear in the film. READ FULL STORY
The newest, neon-mottled trailer for Nicolas Winding Refns’ Only God Forgives confirms what we already knew — Thailand, revenge, Ryan Gosling — and gives us more of it. Kristin Scott Thomas looks very angry in various chairs. Vithaya Pansringarm swings a long, sharp sword. Gosling, on a quest to avenge the death of his brother, asks, “Wanna fight?” It all looks gorgeous — and very, very violent. Here alone we see a woman’s body, slick with blood; Gosling’s hands, slick with blood; and a woman’s face through a beaded curtain that looks like blood.
The trailer closes with the line, “Time to meet the devil.” Is this a backdoor prequel to The Usual Suspects? (No. No, it’s not.)
Director Nicolas Winding Refn and actor Ryan Gosling’s first collaboration Drive was one of this writer’s three favorite movies of 2011. (The other two? The Muppets and Hobo with a Shotgun, so feel free to make of that what you will.) The pair have now reteamed on the Bangkok-set thriller, Only God Forgives, in which Gosling plays a drug kingpin tasked with avenging his brother’s death. The film, whose cast also includes Kristin Scott Thomas, arrives July 19, but you can exclusively check out the movie’s new teaser poster below. (And you can follow @RadiusTWC on Twitter to see an animated version, which will be released later today.)
Fans of Nicolas Winding Refn’s neo-noir Drive, you’ll definitely want to take a look at this preview. A new red band trailer, released Wednesday, provides the latest peek at Refn’s second collaboration with Ryan Gosling, Only God Forgives.
The crime thriller, set and shot in Thailand, stars Gosling as Julian, an Englishman who thrives in Bangkok’s criminal underworld. Already living with plenty of enemies as he runs his family’s drug smuggling operation, things get even more complicated — and more bloody — in Julian’s life when his mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother’s recent death.
The new preview doesn’t get quite so gruesome and profanity-ridden as many red band trailers out there, though it still features a few hard-to-watch moments. But go ahead and hit play if you want to see some ruthless Gosling under moody red lights, backed by the music of Thai group Proud (which, with its lullaby-like music box, is rather unsettling when juxtaposed with Refn’s signature stylized acute violence). Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
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