David O. Russell’s latest whimsical freewheeling drama sends Jennifer Lawrence, as Joy Mangano, on a roller coaster journey depicting expectation vs. life with an indefatigable charisma. Joy may not have been on everybody’s ‘to watch’ list leading up to the … Continue reading Quality, Value, Cinema: JOY – Review
American Sniper is a smart piece of American propaganda that uses the microcosm of Chris Kyle’s rise to legend status as a basis to build a compelling cinematic experience detailing the intimacies of an American hero on a larger platform … Continue reading American Sniper
Okay, soundtrack’s on. Let’s do this! Who’d have thunk it? A ‘feel good’ superhero film. Marvel Cinematic Universe first came to silver screen fruition in the iron form of a “billionaire, playboy, philanthropist’ by the name of Tony Stark. Since … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy
A friend of mine (James Llewellyn) and I had the great idea to watch three or four Ryan Gosling movies back-to-back. Being a huge Blu-ray collector James kindly offered to provide the films if I could play host for the day. With a few other friends in attendance we agreed to the schedule: Drive, The Place Beyond the Pines, and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
I’m not going to sit here and write that this informal mini movie marathon was first and foremost about the films. The idea to watch a bunch of Ryan Gosling movies stemmed from a consensual bromantic infatuation with Gosling on screen. Having said that Gosling’s performances in Drive, The Place Beyond the Pines, and Crazy, Stupid, Love go a lot further than flaunting his pecs and flexing his muscles. He delivers some truly memorable performances, most notably in Drive and manages to tone down his off-screen fame with a touch of humility and humanity.
We agreed as a group that Drive would be the best place to start. With clear heads and lofty expectations of the afternoon’s schedule we sat down and witnessed Nicholas Winding Refn’s masterpiece. Continue reading “Gosling Fest”
A tale split into three. It tackles fatherhood, morality, loneliness and ambition. What it does best is present all of these throughout. I went into this film with a completely open and honestly ignorant mind and come out of it … Continue reading The Place Beyond the Pines