All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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?
• Drive is Nicolas Winding Refn’s magnum opus where arthouse meets action in the most thrilling, stylish and brutal way
• Albert Brooks is as chilling as he’s ever been as crime boss Bernie Rose (he even shaved his eyebrows for this damn role!)
• There is some of the old ultraviolence as Alex and his droogs would say, which is presented in a truly raw and realistic manner
• The music is another one of the highlights, combining electronic synth tracks that will make you go right back to the 80s with a memorable score composed by Cliff Martinez
• Movies that focus more on the anti-hero are usually the ones I find the most fascinating to watch…
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…
Absolutely. Love me some G dog.
Ryan Gosling stars as a crash test dummy.
parece um filme mudo essa porra, adorei, acho que é pela voz fina do ryan gosling - que por sinal eu nao acho bonito e nao afetou minha avaliação
I'm so tired of Ryan Gosling. While Kurt Russel may have successfully graduated from the House of Mouse to legitimate badass, Gosling still reeks of Disney saccharine; but he tries oh so hard. The entire film is completely miscast from Albert Brooks' hard-edged villain (nice try though) to Carey Mulligan's constipated face.
The casting is just the tip of the iceberg as the film is filled to the brim with action tropes of the 80's but simply does nothing with them. It's like Refn took an image from his favorite film, over saturated it and blasts a hipster soundtrack that lets you to revisit your nostalgia but feel cool at the same time. The problem is, we've seen everything here…
Oh Drive, no puede ser que mi manera de verte haya cambiado en estos años, donde para mí eras una obra maestra absoluta, ahora me pareces sólo una película muy bien realizada, pero que ya no me emociona demasiado como antes. Esta tercera revisada que le doy, me obliga a tener que ver de nuevo su gran influencia: Le samouraï. Pese a eso sigues siendo un total disfrute en todas tus escenas silenciosas y las que manejan una acción increíble.
"Can I talk to you? I won't keep you long. I have to go somewhere and I don't think I can come back. But I just wanted you to know. Getting to be around you and Benicio was the best thing that ever happened to me."
If I didn’t know from the credits that it was adapted from a novel by James Sallis – any relation to Peter, perchance? – I would have sworn that Drive was inspired by an 18-rated video game. It certainly plays out like one.
The hero, the unnamed Driver (Ryan Gosling) is a getaway wheelman with a code. ‘I give you five minutes. Anything in that time is yours. Anything outside it, you’re on your own.’ In other words, don’t spend too long shooting up the place. He has an exit plan even before he gets in the car, demonstrated in the opening sequence when a basketball game followed on TV shares his attention in the car along with the police…
Great film, great soundtrack, I'm iffy on some of the casting (aka Carey Mulligan - don't get me wrong, I love her but I wasn't feeling her in this part)
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!