Having not seen Cianfrance's previous movie Blue Valentine (also starring Gosling), I had no particular expectations for this one. However, after seeing the exceptionally favorable reception it's received, I must say I set the bar a little higher. And it did not disappoint.
The Place Beyond the Pines is a really well-made drama film. The acting (especially Cooper's), screenplay, directing and cinematography were all over great. The only issue I found was the pacing, which made the movie extremely lengthy…
Sometimes a movie is just so good, it's hard to describe your feelings in words. And that was the case with Drive, whose review I wasn't able to write until after my third watch.
Drive is a neo-noir independent crime thriller directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. It's that kind of genre movies that are stuck in an art house body, such as Black Swan or A Clockwork Orange.
The setting, Los Angeles, isn't the Los Angeles we're used to see…