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2:00 PM on 02.16.2015

First trailer for My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

It seems documentaries about eccentric filmmakers is the next big thing, as My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn follows suit with last years, Jodorowsky's Dune, when it premiers to VOD platforms and select theatres on F...

Per Morten Mjolkeraaen

Review: Only God Forgives photo
Review: Only God Forgives
by Hubert Vigilla

Anyone who goes into Only God Forgives expecting Drive 2: Bangkok Drift is going to be disappointed. Drive was the unlikely combination of Nicolas Winding Refn's aestheticized violence and the fuzzy feeling of John Hughes. Only God Forgives is a prickly revenge flick filtered through David Lynch, Gaspar Noe, and the VHS-era homage Beyond the Black Rainbow.

There are dozens of pregnant pauses, there are long stretches of silence that track down corridors, the characters don't really feel like people so much as vessels for ideas about character-types. And then there's the score from Cliff Martinez. This isn't a synth-pop mix tape. Instead the music is sinister and full of BWAAAAAMs (which I'm getting awfully sick of), though these moments of high dread are occasionally interrupted by the muzack at a joyless karaoke bar.

That is not a metaphor. There's a karaoke bar in the film, and it's a place without joy. Just like one of the characters who sings at this establishment, the film takes itself so seriously that it never acknowledges its many plunges into unintentional camp.

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3:00 PM on 07.04.2013

Only God Forgives UK Trailer

Blimey. While you lot are out and about mingling and meeting 'Murica-ing, Ryan Gosling's hot face has been splattered all over a fancy new UK trailer for the Winding-Refn outing Only God Forgives. The new trailer shows off, ...

Nathan Hardisty

11:00 AM on 06.17.2013

Trailer: Only God Forgives

The newest trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives is more "direct" (meaning helpful dialogue hints are sprinkled in) than the previously released international ones, but it still manages to pack a wallop. OGF t...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 04.18.2013

International Trailer: Only God Forgives

As the Cannes Film Festival draws ever nearer, so too does the premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives. A seedy and sordid revenge tale set in Thailand, these two new international trailers offer a few more deta...

Thor Latham

1:00 PM on 04.04.2013

Trailer: Only God Forgives (Red Band)

We finally have an honest to goodness trailer for Nicolas Winding-Refn's Only God Forgives. It's the first U.S. trailer I've seen, and I am about as excited as I am capable of being for this film. That is to say, I want to s...

Thor Latham

4:00 PM on 01.07.2013

New teaser for Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives

It may be short, and it may not be the best quality, but this is the most we've seen of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives next to a few pics that we see here and there. It may be but a glimpse, but it has suitabl...

Thor Latham

6:00 PM on 11.19.2012

Poster for Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives

In what is truly a sacrifice for his art, we have been given a poster for Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives where Ryan Gosling's beautiful mug has been put through the meat grinder. Yeesh. This unforgivable crime ...

Thor Latham

10:00 AM on 10.26.2012

Ryan Gosling no longer starring in Refn's 'Logan's Run'

When Drive first came to video, I watched it six times in five consecutive days and never has my love or enjoyment of the film diminished with repeated viewings. It is a masterpiece, plain and simple. So, needless to say...

Thor Latham

Drive: Surfing the surface of the 'superhero' genre photo
Drive: Surfing the surface of the 'superhero' genre
by Nathsies

[Sometimes, when people write awesome stuff on our community blogs, we promote them to the front page! Here is a great example of a well thought out, well executed blog about Drive by our own community member Nathsies. Show us your skills in the blogs and maybe one day your name will be in the bright lights of the front page too!]

Spoilers for everything I mention.

“So Drive was essentially an allegory of a superhero in the making. He became a superhero at the end of the movie and that’s why it’s a happy ending.”- Nicolas Winding Refn[1]

I had the absolute privilege of watching Drive last weekend and it hasn’t disappeared from my mind ever since. There are few times when I am compelled to watch a movie again just after watching it. Drive now joins the ranks of 2001 and Blade Runner in my own little book. Except, Drive is not a science-fiction escapade nor a neo-noir investigation into immortal philosophical quandaries. I do believe it does address many humanistic issues, but its metaphysical ideas never truly become the delivering punch of the movie. My belief, behind Drive, is that it is simultaneously a feature about becoming a real human being through evolution into superherodom. In short, it’s a film that’s about Charles Darwin.

Not literally, of course, that would be silly. What I do mean to say however is that Drive‘s approach to the ‘superhero’ genre is one that is so scarily innovative that it has me wondering if the ‘comic book’ archetype superhero can really last. For Drive, the next step in human evolution is the superhero. To get closer to our humanity, we must save it. What do I mean by all of this?

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3:00 PM on 03.28.2012

Ryan Gosling looks all bloody in Only God Forgives

Get ready to quiver, ladies, because Ryan Gosling is lookin' sexy in Nicolas Winding Refn's (the director of Drive) next outing, Only God Forgives, which is sure to allude to... whoa, wait, did I say "sexy"? I meant he's look...

Jamie R Stone

1:00 PM on 03.26.2012

Hunger Games posters as directed by Bay, Herzog and more

I'm such a sucker for these sorts of things. Below are a bunch of mock-posters for movies that could-have-been if this past weekend's blockbuster The Hunger Games had been directed by other famous Hollywood directors than the...

Liz Rugg

7:00 PM on 03.05.2012

Mondo to release Drive soundtrack on vinyl

Nicolas Winding Refn's critically acclaimed movie Drive was easily one of the best and most refreshing movies we've seen in a long time, and Cliff Martinez' incredible '80s inspired score is part of what made it so phenomenal...

Liz Rugg