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Movies: Run To "Drive", Keep Ryan Gosling Working

 Ryan Gosling Plants One On His "Drive" Director. As Well He Should.

...would live in the movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience. Follow him on Twitter @nathanielr.

Dear Readers,

Go see DRIVE this weekend. It's the only sensible decision.

Sincerely, Nathaniel

You're just going to have to trust me on this one because I'd also urge you not to read any reviews before plunking down the cash. Yeah, I'm bossy. It's better to know nothing about Drive beforehand. The movie won't even give you its protagonists name (he's simply 'the driver' or 'the kid') so don't go digging for info you don't need. I will always be grateful that I saw it "cold". After you've seen it, you'll want to read the reviews anyway. Drive, which erases any lingering doubts (were there any?) that Ryan Gosling is the most exciting young movie star on this side of the Atlantic, also won the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Nicolas Winding Refn. He's already hinting at another movie with Gosling and after Drive they'd be crazy not to bottle lightning twice.

Ryan-drives Drive is just one of those movies, the kind that unfold with such individuality and confidence and sense of possibility that you can almost imagine the celluloid standing up and strutting right past you, knowing full well you're going to turn and look. Yeah, I'm hot shit, it might say, if it weren't so obviously the strong and silent type.


James Marsden tries to fill Dustin Hoffman's shoes in the remake of 70s classic STRAW DOGS co-starring Alexander Skarsgård. Some critics are mad that the new version predictably dumps the smarter meatier elements and subtext for standard thrills but at least Roger Ebert likes it; THE LION KING returns to the big screen for just two weeks in 3-D and they say it's just beautifully retro-fitted. But all moviegoers must ask themselves this question before purchasing a ticket "Can I sleep at night if I continue to enable Hollywood's 3D addiction?"; Two buzzy horny foreign films, Germany's "3" about a straight couple that both fall in love with the same man (from Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer) and Norway's Oscar submission HAPPY HAPPY a marital sex comedy are opening on both coasts;

Finally... SJP is back! (Not that she ever goes away). MORE AFTER THE JUMP...


Sarah Jessica Parker's new comedy is called I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT. The title is so star-flattering and boastful that you can almost visualize the improbable super star handling kindling and matches and gasoline and maybe a rope to tie her to a stake with directly to her army of haters. Is she a secret masochist? The title alone is surely enough to piss them off. I haven't yet seen it but, as with Madonna and other polarizing divas, you have to carefully parse response and reviews and immediately eliminate all opinions from people who will always have it in for that particular goddess. 


Dowager-maggie  road The Emmy Awards are Sunday night! And Downton AbbeyMildred Pierce's only real competition for Best MiniSeries, is returning soon. Will you be watching? I'll be liveblogging and tweeting the awards and I'm rooting for that absolutely addictive series. Any fans of Downton Abbey in the house? It's so  entertaining that you barely mind that the gay character is so irredeemably evil. OMG Blog has the trailer for Season 2 and The Awl hilariously teaches you how to make a dowager hat should you ever dream of dressing up as Maggie Smith for your next costume party. 

 road Here's a fine interview with the director of Shame, the sex addiction drama starring Michael Fassbender that's been setting festivals on fire. The film will open later this year... we're guessing NC-17 given its explicit nature.

 road And since it's Auteur Season here's an interview with the great Pedro Almodóvar on his work, his legendary relationships with his actress muses, and his new film The Skin I Live In with Antonio Banderas.

 road Are you excited for the Newsies musical that's coming to the stage? Didn't you love it when Christian Bale sang that "Santa Fe" number? Swoon. Let's hope someone great got that role.

 road Ugh. Doesn't Ryan Gosling read his rave reviews? Why does he keep threatening to quit movies? He says he won't make movies once he's making babies. Would it be improper to suggest sterilization? The movies need him!

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  1. I for one am excited to watch Downton Abbey on Sunday or Monday.

    Posted by: Critifur | Sep 16, 2011 7:50:37 PM

  2. I stumbled upon 'Downton Abbey' on Netflix Instant late one night and proceeded to watch all 7 episodes in one sitting, thoroughly transfixed with Dame Maggie Smith. I also highly recommend 'Any Human Heart' with Sam Claflin (sigh...), Matthew Mcfadyen and Jim Broadbent as the 3 ages of writer Logan Mountstuart.

    Posted by: The Inveterate Insomniac | Sep 16, 2011 10:26:30 PM

  3. I'm the sort of person who fast forwards through car chase scenes in movies, even on the first viewing, because they bore me THAT intensely. I almost universally hate them. Am I the only one who does this?

    After watching the trailer for that first movie, gotta say, it looks like it's one loooooong car chase with a bit of movie wrapped around it. I'll give it a chance though.

    Posted by: Blake | Sep 16, 2011 11:27:54 PM

  4. goriti vam u pekli mrazi! ))

    Posted by: essays uk | Sep 17, 2011 2:18:24 AM

  5. I'm so excited for the return of Downton Abbey! I love the show, except, and I know this seems contradictory, I really wish they didn't have any gay characters. I hate historical depictions of homosexuality because it's always so depressing. There are no happy endings. I get this sinking feeling in my stomach just thinking about what it must have been like to be gay back then.
    I know we're supposed to hate Thomas, he's a villain, but I pity him so much. No wonder he's horrible, think what he's gone through. But I am supper excited for the return.

    Posted by: Jeffy | Sep 17, 2011 3:58:11 AM

  6. "Any fans of Downton Abbey in the house?"

    Yes! Yes! Yes! [Sybil, the youngest daughter? Deeeeeelicious! ;-)]

    Thanks for the preview link! Can't wait for S2!

    Posted by: JCF | Sep 17, 2011 4:19:30 AM

  7. The first time I really noticed Ryan was "The Believer" where he played a Jewish white supremacist. He was astonishing. I think he's sweet, strong and fearless, even in drag in "All Good Things" and lets not forget "Lars and the Real Girl" what a Guy................

    Posted by: Rob West | Sep 18, 2011 8:37:06 AM

  8. I went to see "Drive" a glacial-paced exercise on waiting for Ryan Gosling to blink; the music was regrettable and I wish I'd had a wayto fast forward to the interesting bits -both of them-.
    In sum: *yawwwwwwwwn*.
    Thanks, Nathanilel!

    Posted by: Do NOT Drive | Sep 18, 2011 11:33:27 PM

  9. Drive: the one movie where you'll get sick of looking at Ryan Gosling's face, as "Do Not Drive" said, waiting to blink, speak, or take that stupid toothpick out of his mouth. I suggest watching a painting of Ryan Gosling's face dry. Opening scene was good though, I wish the movie had gone along those lines instead of that half-assed love/crime story.

    Posted by: Christian | Sep 19, 2011 11:05:41 AM

  10. Sorry, you missed the mark on "Drive". It was the worst movie I've seen in years. Almost got up and left twice. While Ryan Gossling is an excellent actor, Carey Mulligan was terribly miscast. The pace of the movie was either "on" or "off". There were people in the audience laughing at the extended silences. I give it zero stars.

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 19, 2011 4:52:32 PM

  11. Went and saw Drive on your recommendation - worst movie of 2011. Thanks.

    Posted by: marshallt | Sep 23, 2011 8:38:53 PM

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