All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
There are no clean getaways.
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver seems to be trying to escape his shady past as he falls for his neighbor - whose husband is in prison and who's looking after her child alone. Meanwhile, his garage mechanic boss is trying to set up a race team using gangland money, which implicates our driver as he is to be used as the race team's main driver. Our hero gets more than he bargained for when he meets the man who is married to the woman he loves.
DRIVER leaves his apartment to the noise of Desire's "Under Your Spell", which has been nonsensically playing at Standard and Irene's party next door to the zombied joy of their guests. DRIVER looks to their door, to see if perhaps the staff at Pitchfork had robbed the place and left their iTunes playlist behind.
We pause for 4 seconds, as IRENE must calibrate her emptiest gaze in an attempt to convey longing, and match DRIVER's own highway speed emptiness disguised as longing.
We pause for 5 more seconds, IRENE has clearly sensed a staring contest has begun. DRIVER puts on his best Creepface to gain an advantage.
IRENE: Sorry about the noise
An Open Letter to Ryan Gosling,
So, first off, I'd just like to say that I really enjoyed your performance in this film. Had a real satisfying 'postmodern man with no name' kinda vibe to it. Nice one. Not so much with the Gangster Squad thing. I guess that was probably one of those projects that looked better on paper, huh? Hey, you win some, you lose some. I haven't seen The Place Beyond The Pines yet, but I'm pretty sure I'll like that one, too. You sure have come a long way since that bizarre tv show about the highschool on a cruise ship. Never really got into that one, but a jobs a job, right?
Before you ask, this is not my first Refn movie. In that way, I can know that:
- He still likes to dress his crooks with light grey pants and have some of them bald, like if they were still living in Denmark.
- He still uses an awesome techno soundtrack (with some pop touches that I can forgive) to open his films and to close them. The underground nudist dive bars / seedy joints cannot be omitted, of course.
- He has perfected his visual style all the way from Pusher (1996) until Bronson (2008), including the immaculate camera placement and the golden lightning he uses for illuminating the darkest corners. The camera is a silent stalker, intimidating and…
Breathtaking cinematography, and a stimulating soundtrack, work together to make Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive one of the most seductive pieces of cinema in recent years. Its polished neo-noir style is intoxicating, taking a lustrous Los Angeles skyline at night as a backdrop to its story of crime and revenge. Often criticized for its overuse of the pause, it is the film’s confident handling of tension and catharsis that makes it a silently powerful thriller.
Ryan Gosling is our hero without a name, the protagonist of a modern day fairytale, and on paper his story is simple. A mechanic turned stunt man and getaway driver, he befriends his neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan), and through helping her husband ends up inadvertently involved…
"I used to produce movies. In the 80s. Kind of like action films. Sexy stuff. One critic called them European." - Bernie Rose
Amongst the many joyous viewings of Drive that I've had over the past two years, I've never noticed how the cinematography makes it look like it's straight from a graphic novel. Every shot is glossed over with a vivid streak of emphasised colour that makes each of the characters look even more beautiful or even more ugly than they normally would. The pulpy nature of the plot definitely lends itself to this comic-book coolness, and evokes all of the superhero stories you ever loved. After all, as the tagline reads, 'Some heroes are real'.
I cannot imagine…
The tech writer John Gruber is fond of a Kubrick quote about the truth of a thing being in the feel of it rather than the think of it, a phrase that for me perfectly explains the appeal of Nicolas Winding Refn’s noirish adaptation of the James Sallis novel. Right from the first hotel room scene, through a near wordless 15-minute opening stanza, the foreboding atmosphere of an after-hours, back-streets Los Angeles takes hold. The ambient, minimal score by Cliff Martinez blends with deftly selected French electro-pop to deliver a moody, European sensibility that extends through the production design, colour palette and camera work.
Flashes of sharp violence punctuate the film but are short-lived, like those in the fairy tales…
Film # 19 of the "Scavenger Hunt #5" Challenge
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“Drive” is a powerful and intriguing film, that can’t be put in one genre. “Drive” has such a sublime cinematography and strong visual images. Fans of art-house movies would love this, but it’s also a must-see for people who like a mix of suspense, action and violence. In a strong opening scene, the tone and atmosphere is set. “Drive” grabs you immediately, sucks you in and never lets go.
‘Driver’ works for Shannon, who doesn’t only help him with his stunt work in Hollywood movies, but also has connections to the mob. ‘Driver’ also works as the man in the getaway…
So great. So, so great. Maybe not the masterpiece some are claiming, but without a shred of doubt in my mind a completely intentional homage and story of its own that unfolds beautifully. Stellar direction and lighting, with a killer soundtrack to boot. Ryan Gosling is a tad too po faced for me, but I can see why others wouldn't mind. Fantastically paced and with perfect editing; but I wish the ending weren't so... easy? Maybe that's not the word, I'm not sure, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. But this'll definitely become one of the defining films of the decade when we look back on it ten years or so from now.
I don't think the aesthetic sensibilities of the film are as realized as Refn's downright magical "Only God Forgives" or his hellish "Bronson"; between its peaks are moments of redundant monotony. However, "Drive" does contain its own unique feel of derangement, brewing under a silent exterior and existing in an interesting electro-pop mind-space.
Awesome soundtrack. Brillant first 12 minutes. The less Ryan Gosling says the better.
Who knew Ryan Gosling could make a good action hero?
I've heard quite a bit about Drive since it was first released. Some hailed it as a masterpiece, others found it to be pretentious garbage. One woman actually filed a lawsuit against the film for false advertising. I went back and watched the trailer, they make this out to be an action movie, which it most certainly is not.
Drive is a neo-noir, it ain't an action movie. There's like one car chase, but overall this movie is pretty dark. It's about a man heading into a criminal underworld, and descending into madness. It's all beautifully shot. It's all beautifully accompanied by a great soundtrack. It's all beautifully built-up.
I don't know if I would consider this an art house…
Such a simple story, yet so addictive.
It's visually spectacular.
The driver, "he's just a good guy with bad luck".
The structure is amazing, it keeps you there, curious. Things start to explote in such a shocking way you don't know how the F happened.
You have to watch it it's addictive.
Great movie, great soundtrack.
"If I drive for you, you get your money. You tell me where we start, where we're going, where we're going afterwards. I give you five minutes when we get there. Anything happens in that five minutes and I'm yours. No matter what. Anything a minute on either side of that and you're on your own. I don't sit in while you're running it down. I don't carry a gun. I drive."
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!