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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…
Um dos meus preferidos...
Nicolas Winding Refn a mostrar que é um realizador de top e um dos meus preferidos. ATENÇÂO este não é um filme para todos, é bastante violento embora necessária (explico depois).
O filme é para muitos, parado, mas essa é só apenas mais uma das belezas deste filme, pois, essa quietude contrasta com cenas violentas chamando logo a atenção do espactador, em que Refn basicamente diz ao pessoal: não, este não é um mundo bonito para se viver.
Este filme é acompanhado por uma exelente banda sonora retro (mais um contraste), que dá uma estranha beleza ao filme, exelente cinematografia, planos de cortar a respiração, Refn sabe o que faz...
Ryan Gosling faz um papel, que…
Drive es el mejor trabajo hasta la fecha de Ryan Gosling, realmente impecable.
Fue hace bastante tiempo que la vi por primera vez, pero necesitaba un rewatch para volver a confirmar lo grandiosa que es.
Lo único negativo: Que termina.
Very violent. Not much talking. Not bad.
Drive is one of my favorite films with great actors and one hell of a soundtrack.
The acting in this film is always brilliant with actors such as Ryan Gosling and Bryan Cranston just making this film better than it all ready was.
This is a film for everyone as it has equal parts romance, crime and revenge.
This 1980's inspired crime thriller is a to the point and visceral ballet of violence and driving.
Right from the breathtaking opening scene, the movie draws you into its atmospheric and captivating charm. We see Ryan Gosling as the driver, driving around an alluring Los Angeles. He drives in silence, very rarely does he say a word. But he doesn't need to. A toothpick in his mouth, and an innocence we see in his eyes, the driver is one who keeps the discussion in his head. We don't know much about him, expect that he's is shy and solitary character that finds himself lost in a world of crime and violence.
The style that lives within the film is absolutely…
I think I like this movie too much but I don't care. It's too damn good. Gosling's performance; the gorgeous, glossy cinematography; the intricate plot; the killer soundtrack – it all keeps me coming back. A quick and refreshing watch that's always rewarding.
This movie has a surprising amount of real human beans
I could listen to that soundtrack all damn day.
In many respects, this is a beautiful movie. By that I mean that the shots are beautiful, Ryan Gosling is beautiful, the innocent and genuine connection between The Driver (the un-named protagonist) and his neighbor and her son are beautiful, the list goes on. There are also some lovely scenes of tension where The Driver shows off his prowess as a professional getaway driver. Past that, however, the film doesn't have much to offer. A predictable and slightly muddled story, scenes of dialogue just this side of a daytime soap, and an overall plot leaving you struggling to decide if it was worth a view or not. Beautiful to see once, but not an amazing movie in the grand scheme of things.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- 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!
- 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…