― De La Soil (admrl), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 01:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
I drive a Yaris, btw
it'd be more helpful if you swing by next time I'm doing it and just slow tilt the camera a few times
― puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 01:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
Also, this movie was the movie of this
― De La Soil (admrl), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 01:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
I only remember him checking a watch once, maybe twice, in the film
― valleys of your mind (mh), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 02:41 (1 year ago) Permalink
i think it was a few times - he puts it on his steering wheel
― obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 03:09 (1 year ago) Permalink
i appreciate the Yaris punchline, admrl
Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)I am an auteurist at heart, and as much as this film is hand-tooled and sleekly designed as a vehicle (okay, I'll stop) for Ryan Gosling, in many respects it is Winding Refn's show. This is my second encounter with the director; most of his work, although lauded in some circles, has been rooted in genres to / for which I have no allegiance and limited patience. Little dollops of the Pusher trilogy I'd catch on the IFC channel never made me want to delve; his "Tarkovskian" (?!) medieval bloodbath Valhalla Rising just looked ponderous. And the only previous film of Winding Refn's I've seen, Bronson, was an irksome disappointment. Much like Valhalla among genre buffs and the "Game of Thrones" crowd, Bronson rode in on waves of buzz. Tom Hardy's charismatic performance as Britain's most famous career criminal was, so the story went, staged like an abstract opera of performative violence. Comparisons to Kubrick and to Derek Jarman abounded. But to me, Winding Refn, and Hardy for that matter, seemed to be stuck in a mode of second-order imitation, incapable of breaking through the stylistic aping to find the spontaneity and fresh gestures that bring a picture to life on its own terms. (The thing about tableaux vivants is that they depict violent acts that have already occurred; they can inform, but they cannot threaten or thrill.) With Drive, Winding Refn hits the magic formula. I won't make great claims for the film, save to say that it is both stark and succulent, economical and baroque. The key is that Drive replicates a strain of cinema that, in its own way, was its own replicant. The 70s car film -- Two Lane Blacktop, Vanishing Point, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry -- but also the drive-in quickie more generally, a post-Corman recasting of the L.A. noir and the gangster flick in an urban neon key, evolved into an 80s cinema that, like our hero The Driver (Gosling), became "respectable" only in retrospect. Who, at the time, gave a shit about To Live and Die in L.A., or Thief, or Street Smart? Some hardcore auteurists were ahead of the curve. But just as gangster Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) half-jokes to the Driver, the cheap films he used to produce in the 80s were trash, but some people considered them "European." Get it? So, unlike Tarantino, whose recombinant, hash-slung hypertexts demonstrate an active thought pattern, a maneuvering between high and low as a nonstop argument, Winding Refn can lovingly recreate a cinema that was in itself reductive, sculpted around iconicity, clipped dialogue, and velocity as a formal force. And this is why Gosling is so perfect in this role. All he has to do is brood, look pretty and semi-tough, strike poses, help the jacket catch the light. (Drive, like so many Lynch and Scorsese films, owes so much to Kenneth Anger it's absurd.) Likewise Brooks, who delivers a miraculous turn as the ambivalent, aging Jewish crime boss who, along with his brother Nino (Ron Perlman), is stuck in the Mob equivalent of middle management. In Brooks's case, Winding Refn's shrewd against-type casting allows us to witness the swallowed, passive-aggressive rage of every schlemiel unloosed like a spring-trap. Far less successful, however, is Carey Mulligan as Irene, the designated innocent female / verboten love interest. Ordinarily I would complain about the lone woman character being so poorly fleshed out, but in truth she only needed to be an emblem like everybody else. She didn't have the presence to telegraph anything more than waifishness (which, regrettably, film executives seem to get off on). Though a shocking five (!!!!) years Gosling's senior, supporting player Christina Hendricks would've been a much stronger match for Driver. At the same time, the very quality that serves Gosling (and Winding Refn) so well in Drive is a rapidly diminishing commodity. Gosling is a highly gifted actor in the Method mold; his versatility is, in some sense, a reversibility, a penchant for projecting masculinity as either cocksure (Murder By Numbers, Blue Valentine) or existentially uncertain (The Believer, The Slaughter Rule, Half Nelson). The key, of course, is that these are two sides of the same coin. All of this hits its apotheosis with Drive, becoming almost a Sunset Strip billboard for a faded fin de siècle doomed-romantic Quiet Man. Even though Drive wasn't the box office hit or Oscar magnet its studio (or critics) thought it would be, it has entered the vernacular in more sidelong, viral ways. Fan-produced posters dot the Internet, amateur artists all finding their own way to connect Drive and Gosling to that same gritty, disreputable movie history Winding Refn plumbs for its stoic gravitas. Gosling himself, meanwhile, has become the subject of the "Hey Girl" Internet meme, his brooding visage an all-purpose come-hither that can be jokingly tied to various unlikely messages (most of them leftist / feminist but not exclusively) in order to sex them up. What all of this means, of course, is that Gosling is in serious danger of becoming a parody of himself, something halfway between an expensive prop and an ersatz James Dean. But the reason Drive works is because, like the incarnation of Gosling it utilizes, it is never less than immaculately composed. What's more, it does more than simply cut a sleek figure across the wide screen. It moves. (The near-silent opening getaway sequence is the best argument for Winding Refn's complete success.) It is perfectly appropriate, finally, that although our putative hero is "The Driver," he is not awarded titular status. Drive is named for an action, an imperative statement, or perhaps even one of the basic psychoanalytic forces. And what both The Driver and his final journey share at the film's conclusion is that they remain ambiguous and unknowable. Their vanishing points recede into an infinite distance.
― stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Saturday, 25 February 2012 08:10 (1 year ago) Permalink
Friend's birthday party had tracks from this soundtrack playing here and there, reminding me that this flick was probably the one flick since "Up" maybe that's stuck in my head the longest.
― Spleen of Hearts (kingfish), Saturday, 25 February 2012 09:03 (1 year ago) Permalink
BOM lists the budget at $15M, flick has brought in like 5x worldwide that so far
― Spleen of Hearts (kingfish), Saturday, 25 February 2012 09:07 (1 year ago) Permalink
agree with academic hack that christina hendricks as the main female character would have improved the film immensely. mulligan is badly miscast here and it makes the film so much weaker. i don;t like her anyway but it's not her fault that she can't play the part she's given - she would never have been in a relationship with the ex-con, it's just not believable.
― jed_, Sunday, 26 February 2012 01:49 (1 year ago) Permalink
relationship with the ex-con wasn't the unbelievable part imo
― stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Sunday, 26 February 2012 02:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
I'm not sure Hendricks really has the chops either
― Number None, Sunday, 26 February 2012 12:03 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Three Word Username, Sunday, 26 February 2012 12:20 (1 year ago) Permalink
really wish the entire movie had been as good as the first ten minutes :/
― Bo Jackson Overdrive, Sunday, 26 February 2012 16:07 (1 year ago) Permalink
this movie is so dope
― J0rdan S., Sunday, 26 February 2012 16:24 (1 year ago) Permalink
watching it on blu-ray was o_o
― J0rdan S., Sunday, 26 February 2012 16:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah, not that I didn't like the remainder of it, but that first ten minutes was really really great.
― Johnny Fever, Sunday, 26 February 2012 16:37 (1 year ago) Permalink
the opening scene was pretty awesome but i kept being nagged by the fact that he just left the two dudes in the car and walked out -- pretty rad on the one hand, but also kind of a cop-out resolution by the writers
― J0rdan S., Sunday, 26 February 2012 16:45 (1 year ago) Permalink
What nags about that? Basketball game had just let out, big crowd was forming, they had as good a chance of getting out of there unnoticed as he did (which I assume was the plan all along). The car was always disposable.
― Johnny Fever, Sunday, 26 February 2012 16:47 (1 year ago) Permalink
idk it just makes it seem like he does kind of a shitty job there... like he parks the car and abandons his clients, who happen to be wearing all black and carrying huge black bags presumably of cash just as the police swarm the garage
― J0rdan S., Sunday, 26 February 2012 16:48 (1 year ago) Permalink
i know he gives the whole "outside of this 5 minutes" speech but it sorta broke the wall for me... and i was more than willing to take him murdering a dude with shotgun with a metal bar that he ripped off the wall of a bathroom
― J0rdan S., Sunday, 26 February 2012 16:49 (1 year ago) Permalink
― J0rdan S., Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:25 AM (45 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
I need to watch it on blu-ray now.
― wolf kabob (ENBB), Sunday, 26 February 2012 17:12 (1 year ago) Permalink
― catbus otm (gbx), Sunday, 26 February 2012 18:52 (1 year ago) Permalink
― "HUH?" (admrl), Sunday, 26 February 2012 18:58 (1 year ago) Permalink
― wolf kabob (ENBB), Sunday, February 26, 2012 5:12 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
oh yeah this movie is gorgeous on blu-ray. it really is an immaculately shot & composed flick
― Cruller, Cobbler, Poffert, Pie (latebloomer), Monday, 27 February 2012 07:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
lol that reads like I'm being sarcastic.
― Cruller, Cobbler, Poffert, Pie (latebloomer), Monday, 27 February 2012 07:15 (1 year ago) Permalink
it really is an "immaculately" "shot" & "composed" "flick"
― flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 27 February 2012 08:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Cruller, Cobbler, Poffert, Pie (latebloomer), Monday, 27 February 2012 08:23 (1 year ago) Permalink
Toss up between this and The Iron Lady for worst film of 2011. Seriously, even Transformers: Dark of the Moon had more to chew on.
― Kevin John Bozelka, Sunday, 4 March 2012 07:48 (1 year ago) Permalink
breaking str8boy hearts there kev
― Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 4 March 2012 08:35 (1 year ago) Permalink
― buzza, Sunday, 4 March 2012 08:39 (1 year ago) Permalink
rlly, cuz heads being blown apart don't dazzle everyone, chile? tsk tsk have a lollipop.
― Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 4 March 2012 08:42 (1 year ago) Permalink
It might not be your bag, but "worst film of 2011" is a bit absurd. I'm guessing you didn't see I Am Number Four, Something Borrowed, Conan the Barbarian, Beastly, Arthur, Paul, Season of the Witch, The Change-Up, Abduction, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, What's Your Number?, I Don't Know How She Does It, or Prom.
― stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Sunday, 4 March 2012 08:53 (1 year ago) Permalink
btw I am excluding films I hated like Bellflower or The Green Lantern that I imagine some might actually rep for.
― stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Sunday, 4 March 2012 08:54 (1 year ago) Permalink
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
Ha! Just saw this today and adored it (apart from the anti-abortion angle) so...
Morbs, I'm getting the impression that you finally caved in and saw Drive. But on the off chance you didn't succumb, don't see it! Live an extraordinarily rich life without having done so.
P.S. Abduction was out at two different Redboxes.
― Kevin John Bozelka, Sunday, 4 March 2012 09:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
See ALL those movies.
― stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Sunday, 4 March 2012 09:10 (1 year ago) Permalink
Just for clarification, I don't care if you didn't like Drive. I can understand hating The Iron Lady because there are political contexts at work. If your argument is that there is nothing to chew on in Drive, then that's fine too, but watch all of those films I listed and then we'll go through it shot by shot to decipher just why it is worse than all of those. If you don't find anything to chew on in a film, then you should rate it on technical ability surely. If you find it more offensively dumb than Abduction or I Am Number Four, we'll get into that too.
This "worst film of the year" crap just feels like hyperbole, so I want you to prove it.
― stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Sunday, 4 March 2012 09:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
Paypal me $100 American and the proof is yours.
And don't call me Shirley.
― Kevin John Bozelka, Sunday, 4 March 2012 09:20 (1 year ago) Permalink
Just be reasonable in your statements is all I ask.
― stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Sunday, 4 March 2012 09:23 (1 year ago) Permalink
otm. this is ilx, after all.
― caek, Sunday, 4 March 2012 12:58 (1 year ago) Permalink
this movie reminded me of David Lynch's worst qualities - airless, lifeless, jarring stunt cameos, immaculately shot and executed etc.... just this sense that the director has seldom been around human beings
― TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 4 March 2012 13:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
i liked it well enough, but much of the praise for it has made me wonder if i was missing something.
― RudolfHitlerFtw (Hungry4Ass), Sunday, 4 March 2012 13:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
Relevant to the interests of some of you:
― Spleen of Hearts (kingfish), Sunday, 4 March 2012 19:36 (1 year ago) Permalink
― these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Sunday, 4 March 2012 19:46 (1 year ago) Permalink
Is that pac man barfing or is it some kind of frog?
― Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Sunday, 4 March 2012 20:09 (1 year ago) Permalink
The Missing Piece.
― Clancy Fans and Fancy Clans (Eazy), Sunday, 4 March 2012 20:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
Angelenos or other, tell me about that concrete channel beloved of driving scenes in this and other movies. Is it just the course of the Los Angeles River? How come it's so empty of water? Can one normally drive along it? Would one need a lever action shotgun to blast through gates closing it off?
― ledge, Monday, 12 March 2012 14:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
― "marvellously inoffensive" (Eazy), Monday, 12 March 2012 14:48 (1 year ago) Permalink
But can you just get in there that easily? And not get in trouble with THE LAW? I wanna know!
― ledge, Monday, 12 March 2012 15:03 (1 year ago) Permalink