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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…
wow. this movie was an incredible watch. beautifully shot and directed, contemplative and surprising. there were times where the tension was almost tangible. would recommend to anyone.
I found the theme and melancholia of this film had striking resemblance with Kim Jee-woon's A Bittersweet Life. You know, the coolest guy, a brief encounter with the pretty girl, lead to bloody revenge.
Anyway what a film. If you love the music, I know I do. Go check Symmetry's Themes for an Imaginary Film. A two and a half hour instrumental project by Johnny Jewel, the original guy Winding Refn and Gosling wanted to do the score.
Drive is a movie which has many things going for it, and very few against it. First of all, how awesome is Ryan Gosling putting a toothpick in his mouth.
Getting to the real thing, the story here is very enjoyable and great. I liked how dark and mysterious kind of vibe the film had along with Ryan. The Driver is someone I knew nothing about, but I still connected to the character, something which I had not expected. The story goes great all the way through, falls a bit, then picks up and soars till the end. There is that right amount of thrill, and the small sprinkle of the love catalyst which sets everything in motion.
I thought I would like this movie more than I did.....which is not to say I did not like it...but still
This wants to be an artfully executed, neo-noir action movie, but falls on its face. The people (person?) behind this movie are clearly out of touch and immature. They must have some kind of stilted fantasy-idea of the world and the way people behave in it.
The long takes of people staring, the never-developed romance, the inclusion of a kid, the use of music: all of it feels so forced and contrived, thin devices used as stylistic props and an excuse to set up the violent action sequences.
To be fair, I left after having seen a woman's head explode without being given an opportunity to emotionally invest in any aspect of the story. I prefer not to see scenes of extreme violence unless they are essential to the telling of a story which expresses something true or meaningful about life and the human condition.
Based on what I saw, I think this film is garbage.
Pretencioso drama en el que un Ryan Gosling más plano que una tabla de planchar comienza a matar a gente a diestro y siniestro convirtiéndose en un maldito psicópata más malo que los malos de la peli.
Bonita banda sonora y fotografía eso sí.
Es como coger un palo del suelo y envolverlo en papel de regalo.
Ryan is pretty quiet in that movie. But that's okay, I would not talk a lot with you If you know what I mean.
I like the 80s-touch of the soundtrack, even the voices and lyrics where kind of disgusting kitschy.
The book was so shitty, this movie just can convince me.
Slow motion when he hits the accelerator
Deadly shadows on the ground
A ride to hell in the elevator
Peace of mind's not easily found.
And beware -
He's not as reasonable as he seems to be,
So keep Albert away from the cutlery.
Love this film
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
- The Godfather: Part II
- 12 Angry Men
- Pulp Fiction
most recent update - Thursday, March 6, 2014, 11:42 PM EST
The letterboxd crew has unveiled a new feature that…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!