Ryan Gosling cashes in
BY NATHANIEL ROGERS
The opening shot from THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, is a stunner. And not only because it starts with a view of a well-muscled and inked masculine torso. The camera follows the man (we don't see his face) as he paces back and forth, plays with a knife and then walks through a fairground where he turns heads and prompts amateur snapshots. Finally the camera catches his face. It's "Handsome Luke" (Ryan Gosling), a daredevil motorcylist about to defy death and gravity in a round metal cage. As soon as we've seen 'Handsome Gosling,' though, Luke throws a motorcyle helmet on depriving us of his Movie Star mug and enters the cage to perform miraculous stunts. As I recall there aren't any edits in this shot and I have no idea how it was filmed unless Ryan Gosling moonlights as a stuntman in addition to his many many other talents (like naming his body parts, and inspiring hilarious fandom and popular internet memes).
This lengthy continuous shot with its 'now you see him, now you don't' movie-star tease is a pretty apt description of the movie to come which is something of a bait-and-switch with a prominent throughline. See, it's not a Ryan Gosling movie so much as an ambitious triptych which passes the baton fluidly each time it's becoming a new movie.
I'm positive that most reviews will spoil surprises so I'm only offering up a few words on its three parts AFTER THE JUMP...
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Here's the second single from David Bowie's forthcoming album (his first in 10 years) The Next Day, due March 12. The video, which stars Tilda Swinton and Bowie as a married couple whose lives are disrupted by a celebrity couple, was directed by Floria Sigismondi.
The celebrity couple is played by androgynous fashion models Andrej Pejic, and Saskia De Brauw.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
The Guardian adds: "Bad news for the authors of the blog Tilda Stardust, a noble attempt to prove that David Bowie and British actor Tilda Swinton are one and the same person through the painstaking juxtaposition of photos of the pair."
If you missed his first single, catch it here.
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