Revisiting Drive

As I left the theatre with a group of friends after seeing Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, I was asked if I liked it.  I said that I did, that I’m usually okay when a bit of substance is sacrificed in the name of style. Past examples of this exception include 300 (but only briefly), and Tarsem’s The Fall, although Drive is a far better film than either of these.  While I didn’t immediately put my thoughts about the film... Read More

First Images From Steve McQueen’s Shame, Starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan

When Hunger was released in 2008, it violently grabbed my attention and has remained one of my favorite films of the last few years. Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender together generate the sort of synergy rarely seen between an actor and director. So I was extremely happy when I it was announced they’d be working together again on a film named Shamed, also costarring Carey Mulligan. Finally, we have some stills from the film, and while they... Read More

Red Band Trailer for Nicolas Refn’s Drive

One of the more surprising films to have made a name for itself at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston and Carey Mulligan. The film even won him the festival’s Best Director Award. Gosling plays a man who’s a Hollywood stunt car driver by day, and a getaway car driver for hire by night. His involvement with a pretty neighbor woman (Mulligan) gets him thrown... Read More

Never Let Me Go

Mark Romanek’s adaptation of the well respected book Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro is, at one time, both achingly beautiful and as muted as the colors it’s filmed in.  The coming-of-age story surrounding three British teens takes place in a dystopian society where the farming of organs is an accepted practice.  Children spend their whole lives growing carefully into healthy young adults where they are expected to make ‘donations’... Read More

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Updating a hit from the eighties may be Oliver Stone scraping at the bottom of a his proverbial barrel, but it seems that it works for him a bit. After years of hits and misses, well, mostly misses, it’s a refreshing to have a film from the iconic director that doesn’t totally suck. And as relevant as the actual Wall Street was in the late eighties, it is even more relevant today.  Best of all, Stone doesn’t skimp on the true... Read More

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