Tag Archives: Ryan Gosling

May 28

The Nice Guys – touching on tough subjects without comment. (Film Review)

The Nice Guys The complex notion of the teen age girl as seen through the eyes of men remains predictably unresolved in Shane Blacks The Nice Guys. The opening scenes reveal a teenage boy coming to terms with females and as expected its through a sexual context. The Nice Guys is set in nineteen seventy-seven, […]

May 24

Only God Forgives – Nicolas Winding Refn and the Oedipus reach. (Sydney Film Festival Film Review)

Only God Forgives is showing at the Sydney Film Festival in Competition. Grab tickets here. His destiny moves us only because it might have been ours — because the Oracle laid the same curse upon us before our birth as upon him. It is the fate of all of us, perhaps, to direct our first […]

April 29

The Place Beyond the Pines – Derek Cianfrance and the testosterone high. (film review)

“You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me…” (Exodus 20:5, NIV) I’m starting to feel a bit like my voice is going to […]

January 09

Gangster Squad – Ruben Fleischer’s good v’s evil. (film review)

Next year it will be thirty years since Brian de Palma made The Untouchables (I know!  I know!) one of the many rough parodies of Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, which was made sixty-two years earlier. Gangster Squad is our latest incarnation in the long running homage (we even have the all-important massacre on the steps scene) to a […]

The Ides of March: Bit of a yawn really.

The Ides of March is a film full of ‘good moments’ and that is about the best you can say of it. It’s an old story / message – one we all know and suspect Clooney of harbouring. That is politics is tired and cynical itself; driven by a lust for the win rather than […]

Drive: A boys film the girls will love.

Ok! So I saw drive this weekend. I went with my guy, which I think makes for a better movie experience in this case because this is a celebration of some great ‘blokey’ flicks and it’s kinda nice to do the viewing with a man you have that soft spot for. After all, Nicholas Winding Refn […]