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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…
Casting (basically the entire cast is pitch perfect, and both Gosling and Brooks got to stretch outside of their normal images)
Stunt work (or computers that make it look like they had stunt work)
Mood (very rare these days that I see a recent movie that leaves me in a specific mood like the melancholy this film left me with)
Score (fits the movie, I am just an old fart and didn't get into it)
Too much gore (loses impact quickly)
Story/Dialog (couldn't shake the feeling I'd seen everything a million times and heard everything in this before-admittedly it's hard to fault them since they were going for noir/neo noir archetypes, I'm just…
"How 'bout this? You shut your mouth. Or I'll kick your teeth down your throat and shut it for you." - Driver
The coolest, sexiest and most damn attractive film in the history of mankind. And it knows it.
If it was legal, I would marry it.
For this viewing, I paid more attention to cinematography than anything and I picked up on many nuances that I hadn't noticed before. It was, as always, a beautiful and tragic film that is nothing but a dream to watch.
Knickerless Wireless Router's next film turned out to be just him printing out and wiping his ass on 5 star Letterboxd reviews of Drive.
Wait a minute, my mistake! He made Only God Forgives after Drive.
Loved the directing style, but the writing I didn't agree with. I didn't really find the characters likable, and the story seemed simplistic. However, it kept me entertained at the least.
I can see why people like this film, it just wasn't my type.
DRIVE is a mesmerizing, artsy, bold, creative, epic, stylish, crafty and HIGHLY entertaining film, it reminded me why I LOVE cinema. The film gripped me from the incredibly tense and VERY well shot opening scene till the end credits and it NEVER lets down. Ryan Gosling gives a calm but powerful performance as Driver, a guy who does stunt work for the movies and at night drives getaway cars for small heists for extra money. His movie manager is Shannon (Bryan Cranston) who tells him when the next gig will be. It was pretty cool to see a glimpse of the inside work of a stuntman. Gosling is so good in delivering this role because the script called for a…
It's about a man who drives at night and listens to sweet 80s italo pop songs.
Drive.........is...........a..........very..............good............noir...........film. In this noir film by Nicolas Winding Refn be prepared for long........pauses........that will.........drag........scenes.......for longer than..........necessary. That aside it is a fantastic film about a driver who aides in a heist but something goes wrong and he sets out to get back at the guys who set him up. Drive is given tremendous help by the soundtrack during very intricate scenes. Gosling does his best of looking good and saying little as the Driver. Gosling also does a nice job in the fight scenes, but it is nice to see him play a soft spoken guy rather than just a hunk. Albert Brooks is the other stand out as the bad guy Bernie Rose. He doesn't look ruthless, but every action makes his character unpredictable and terrifying. Once the ball gets rolling, Drive gets very tense and suspenseful, making it a great watch, but be warned, early on........nobody talks much.
Finally saw it, pretty badass could've been more badass.
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