Tag Archives: Ryan Gosling

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

15 Apr

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Derek Cianfrance announced himself as a director of real craft and as a writer with a particular flair for character with the brilliantly sombre love story Blue Valentine.  The Place Beyond the Pines reunites Cianfrance with Blue Valentine’s lead Ryan Gosling, a deft decision which elevates this sprawling and unconventional triptych to sumptuous heights.  Hollywood is oft criticised for being staid and unoriginal, obsessed with remakes and never-ending sequels, so it’s a refreshing relief when a film like this comes along and blows off the cobwebs, because The Place Beyond the Pines is  brimming with unabated quality. Continue reading

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Blue Valentine (2010)

15 Apr
In my experience, the prettier a girl is, the more nuts she is, which makes you insane.

In my experience, the prettier a girl is, the more nuts she is, which makes you insane.

Gangster Squad (2013)

22 Jan

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Being bumped from an awards friendly September release date to the month where films go to die, ostensibly on account of post-Aurora reshoots, should have been warning enough that all was not well with Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad.   Yet, despite a stellar cast, a blistering, old fashioned ‘true’ story of gangsters, tommy guns, glamorous molls and dapper brogues, no amount of reshoots could have salvaged this muddled romp through crime ridden post war LA.

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