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…
Great. Open ending. Amazing cinematography. I love the way shots lasted for such a long period of time, it really gave a feeling of tension.
It was also very refreshing to see a quiet, composed character rather than the stereotypical angry, threatening man off for revenge we get in most plots like this. Ryan Gosling's character having few lines proves that actions speak louder than words.
This is my third visiting of Drive, and I have enjoyed it more each successive time. The character is so mysterious, a loner, drifter, keeps to himself. Kind of reminds me of myself. He falls in love, and breaks his only code to save the girl. It's the quintessential story.
From what I have read, a lot of the downfall on this film comes from two things: the awkward pauses in the dialogue, and the ultra-violence. Here's why I believe both of those aspects of the film are ideal for the film and make perfect sense.
Not all human interactions are perfect. It's not uncommon for their to be long pauses in a conversation, especially for two people who have…
Masterful directing in every sense of the way, amazing 80's retro style soundtrack that goes with the film perfectly, great story and well developed characters. "Real human being, taking the risk of becoming a real hero"
Hungover and in bed. Watched a comfort classic. Great editing and shooting but this gets worse every time I watch it. It's gone from a 4 to a 3 now. Nothing interesting in the performance, but a great simple story. Still like it.
Even as characters are kept at arm's-length, Drive is infused with cool. Crime, stunts, and pissing off the mob? The definition of cool. Where Drive drops the ball is in getting so caught up with violence of the last 1/3 of the movie that it forgets that what separates Drive from any other crime movie is car chase.
A real human being and a real hero.
Don't worry guys, I'm not an average cinemascore person; I enjoyed this very much.
I would say full review coming later, but we all know I'm much too lazy for that.
Drive is directed by Nicolas WInding Refn and stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman and Bryan Cranston. The story follows a young stuntman by day and getaway driver by night in L.A, Driver, who unintentionally bites off more than he can chew after getting to know a neighbor.
One of the most visually pleasing films in a long time, if you ever wanted to experience L.A nightlife but can't afford to get there, this is the second best thing, and I haven't seen many films capture their time/place as perfectly as Drive. But the style isn't all down to the cinematography, the soundtrack accompanies it like a jigsaw puzzle, making Drive easy on the eyes and ears,…
This is really something, an unique perfection to admire.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- 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!