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8 Reasons Why “Drive” Is a Modern Masterpiece

By David Zou

Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” is his 2011 film based on the novel of the same name by James Sallis. It was nominated for an Oscar for its sound editing, an honor completely deserved.

Its particularity lies in the fact that it is a successful action movie that overcomes the genre limitations; at the same time, it is appealing to the so-called mainstream audiences and arthouse film buffs. A character in the film, Bernie, says: “I used to produce movies in the 80s. Kind of like action films. Sexy stuff. One critic called them European. I thought they were shit.”

Refn was born in Denmark, but went to New York just before he turned 11. The mixture of his European background and American upbringing is particularly significant for Refn’s work; to take an example, his Bronson seems to be deeply influenced by Kubrick, but also has some European arthouse qualities. This quote from “Drive” seems like self-irony on the part of Refn; he is most likely tired of people trying to classify him as European or whatever.

The film seems to be heavily influenced by Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samouraï, namely, Ryan Gosling’s character is possibly modeled after the main lead in Melville’s film. The main difference is that the Driver lives the life that the humanist authors called vita activa (active life), while Melville’s character is completely detached from his surroundings and engages with other people only when necessary.

“Drive”, although simple at first sight, is full of divergent meanings, cultural tropes and philosophical subjects. The same as with a painting; firstly, the film has to be experienced and then analysed in order to be enriched with the limitless world of “Drive”.

1. Outstanding cast

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10 Great Recent Movies Available On Netflix

By Dan Leopold

Each month, Netflix adds and subtracts to its impressive list of movies available to stream. While the service’s internal algorithms do their best to suggest films catered to the taste of each subscriber, it can still be daunting to choose from the extensive collection.

So, here is a list of 10 “Hidden Gems” found on Netflix. By no means exhaustive, these movies offer a glimpse into the diverse selection offered by the streaming service.

1. The Place Beyond the Pines


No one working in Hollywood today quite captures the ethos of the rebel quite like Ryan Gosling. Channeling the intransigent spirit of James Dean and (a young) Martin Sheen before him, Gosling exudes a coolness that can’t be taught or faked. And in no film besides maybe Drive is that truer than in The Place Beyond the Pines.

Gosling plays Luke Glanton, a deadbeat working as a stuntman in a small circus. While touring with the show, he reconnects with former lover Romina, played by a doe-eyed Eva Mendes. Luke learns that he has a child by Romina and the two eventually get back together, only for their relationship to succumb to the menacing violence hidden in Gosling’s character. This sequence provides a foundation for the rest of The Place Beyond the Pines, which unfolds as a triptych of stories revolving around Gosling and Avery Cross, played by Bradley Cooper as a sly and ambitious police officer.

Director Derek Cianfrance never lets violence drift too far away from the periphery of his camera, even in sequences where no action manifests. A particular scene where a few crooked cops almost corner Avery in a forest attests to the strength of Cianfrance’s ability to administer intensity without any physical conflict.

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10 Highly Anticipated Future Productions By Acclaimed Directors

By Luc Hinrichsen

Normally, Taste of Cinema is a platform for looking into the glorious (or not so glorious) past of cinema. This list will take an opposite approach and examine some future productions by acclaimed directors.

10. First Man (Damien Chazelle)

After his surpassing success of “La La Land”, Damien Chazelle has another iron in the fire. His next project is a biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong, adapted from the biography “First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong”. Born in Ohio in 1930, Armstrong served in the US Army in Korea in the 50s and was a test pilot for the NASA. In 1969, he was the first person who travelled to the moon and back.

This movie marks the second collaboration between the director and Ryan Gosling, whose teamplay proved to be very prolific, regarding award wins and huge box office successes. The screenplay is written by Oscar winner Josh Singer (he won the trophy for “Spotlight” in 2016), and the movie will be released in October 2018.

9. If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)

Other than Chazelle, Barry Jenkins is the shooting star of the directing sphere of Hollywood in 2017. His second feature film, “Moonlight”, gained him an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and was a massive success.

His next production is an adaption of the 1974 novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” by James Baldwin. Set in Harlem, the original tells the story about Tish and Fonny, an engaged couple whose relationship is put to the test after Fonny is falsely accused of rape. While pregnant, she tries to prove his innocence before the birth of their baby.

Jenkins wrote the screenplay during his work on “Moonlight” – a time he obviously was in a brilliant state of creativity. “To translate the power → continue…

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Nostalgia for Blockbuster Video Covers: Kyle Mooney on Brigsby Bear

By Meredith Alloway

If you haven’t watched Kyle Mooney’s early work, you’re missing out — it’s a healthy crop of innovative character work made with comedy group Good Neighbor. Mooney has also, along with fellow members Beck Bennett and writer Dave McCary, brought some of the best sketches to SNL in years. There’s the Kanye vs. Kyle bit and Mooney’s romance with Leslie Jones; often the best sketches are the ones that are cut for time (Ryan Gosling is a gem). When it was announced that Mooney and McCary’s first feature film, Brigsby Bear, would premiere at Sundance, there was anticipation around how they […] → continue…

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