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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…
This film is so well made and gripping, and it's surprising just how much the romance really works. Like it REALLY works. The driver is one of the most interesting characters in recent memory and I believe I have a killer theory about this movie that seems to work completely and might just be unique. More on that later though. I'll be posting about it some time this month on the Humble Cookie website #ShamelessSelfPromotion
Ein Film auf den man sich definitiv einlassen muss. Eine derart ruhige und langsame Erzählweise hat man selten gesehen die Figuren im Film bewegen sich meist unnatürlich langsam, und dennoch erzeugt Refn damit einen so wunderbaren Film.
Der perfekte Einsatz von Musik vom Intro bis zum Ende, die wunderschönen Bilder mit hervorragendem Lichtspiel, die spärlichen aber sehr intensiven Dialoge, und der perfekte Einsatz von wenig aber dafür rücksichtsloser Gewalt machen den Film zu einem einzigartigem Filmerlebnis.
a flawless fairytale
Escenografia y camaritas on point wachin
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Exhilarating, mysterious and simply beautiful cinema. Nicolas Winding Refn won Best Director at Cannes for a reason, phenomenal is the only word that comes to mind with this film. Arguably, Driver is a boring, plain character, but underneath that mask of sanity, lies insanity and eternal darkness. Gosling portrayed him superbly and with the help of Mulligan, Cranston, Isaac, Perlman and Brooks, the acting was second to none. Gory and glorious, watching this film will have you pumped, astounded and sentimental. Three things that you would not associate with one film, except this thrilling work of art.
Is there a best typography award?
It's really a pretty straightforward, entertaining, but hyperviolent film- just maybe not quite what you'd expect after watching the trailer. It's far from the impenetrable art film it's said to be.
Not perfect but it has a way to stick with you for weeks at a time. Also the shot with Gosling spinning the bullet in his hands is master class
170 mandatory viewing experiences.
Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…