MOVIE MADNESS #79 … The Place Beyond the Pines

ryan gosling

HEY, saw a really good one last night…
The Place Beyond the Pines…

Ryan Gosling is his dynamic self, so very much the new Steve McQueen, with his Daredevil motorcycle physicality, and that ice
blue Cool thing he’s got.  He’s great at playing dangerous volcanic types, living double lives and wrought with inner conflict.
If you liked  DRIVE,  you’ll love this one.

He’s only in the first half or less… and I was sad when I realized…
I am a big fan, and have made a point to see all of his films.
But then Bradley Cooper takes center stage, and the film continues
so smoothly, I found myself engrossed and didn’t mind….
Gosling’s presence lingers, with such a strong and intense impression left from his time on camera.

Dealing with the inevitable connections between fathers and sons,
in this film the generational aspects come to play in surprising ways,
and original twists.

Very well written, with some amazing young actors, (Emory Cohen, who was so very Brando, was my favorite;  and Dane Dehaan is so very Benicio del Toro dark), and I hope to see more of them…

It is one of those films that holds you til the end.
Excellent direction, writing and editing, with flowing and concise timing, and not one weak link.

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…ryan gosling…movie madness

If you’ve kept up with me at all, then you know that I am a
movie buff.   I Love Good movies, and I love companions who
have great taste in film, and great actors…

With most people, when I mention Ryan, get this sort of puzzled
look on their face, doing their best to recall just What they’ve
seen him in.
And nicely enough, as the Universe dished up a lovely reunion
with a long time ‘friend’, I was also amazed to discover that Ryan is
His favorite actor as well….  a lovely cosmic meshing of minds.

The last few months, I have made sure to check out nearly every
film with Ryan Gosling in it, for I am now convinced that he is one
of the greatest actors ever.

Strangely enough, he started out as a Mouseketeer, and thrown
into the company with the likes of Brittney, Justin, Christina,
and others.
And it’s been my observation that most of these kids turned
actor/entertainer has been pretty messed up by the strange nuance
that Disney seems to hold over them.  But Ryan is different…

If you aren’t hip to him yet, might I suggest Two Films that show his
breadth…  my two favorites so far:
**DRIVE**  and  **LARS and the REAL GIRL**

It’s my bet you’ll be amazed, for he is the penultimate Actors’ Actor,
stretching from
…..steamy, convoluted loner, facing deep conflict with
his life choices, in an ever increasingly dangerous situation, to…
…a strange, sweet and introverted boy-man, living  in a fantasy world
that is conveyed so endearingly as to be tender and comedic.

After that, may I recommend:
The Believer (w Summer Phoenix) ….
Crazy Stupid Love (w Steve Carell)…
Blue Valentine (w Cindy Williams)…
and Fracture (w Anthony Hopkins).

In each, he bends himself to complete commitment to character,
and never fails to hold his own next to the Pros in the industry.

If by then you’re not convinced… well…you’re hopeless.